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Jul 22, 2015

Jenner pulls back curtain on transgender life in TV’s ‘I Am Cait’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Caitlyn Jenner plays tennis with her sister, the 65-year-old mocks her own athletic prowess with the quip “Bruce was a better tennis player than Caitlyn.”

It’s a moment of comic relief in an otherwise emotional first episode of “I Am Cait,” an eight-part docuseries premiering Sunday on E! that pulls back the curtain on the new life of Caitlyn Jenner, the most high-profile transgender American, an Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce.

Jul 17, 2015

Emmy nominations honor end of ‘Mad Men,’ debut of ‘Transparent’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The final season of AMC’s advertising drama “Mad Men,” Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” and Amazon’s new transgender comedy “Transparent” garnered 11 nominations each on Thursday for the 67th Emmy Awards, the highest honors in television.

In a highly competitive year with no shortage of new shows and diverse faces on the small screen, premium cable channel HBO extended its long reign atop all networks, with 126 nominations. Its popular medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” scored an astonishing 24 nods but faces another tough year to win a top award.

Jul 16, 2015

Damaged, dirty women do well in TV’s Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A word of warning to sensitive viewers: Some seriously damaged and foul-mouthed women are winning over the world of television.

The Emmy nominations on Thursday validated a number of raunchy and troubling performances by women in both comedy and drama – lending credence to the idea that likeability is no longer the key to success for female characters.

Jul 16, 2015

Emmy nominations exalt ‘Mad Men’ finale, ‘Transparent’ premiere

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The final season of AMC’s period advertising drama “Mad Men,” Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” and Amazon’s new transgender comedy “Transparent” garnered 11 nominations each on Thursday for the 67th Emmy Awards, the highest honors in television.

Premium cable channel HBO led all networks with 126 nominations, including 24 for medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones,” more than any other show.

May 26, 2015

Advertisers ditch TLC’s troubled ’19 Kids and Counting’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four advertisers pulled out of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated program about a Christian family after reports that the eldest son had molested underage girls.

Retailers Walgreen Co (WALG34.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Payless Shoesource Inc, and hotel chain group Choice Hotels International Inc (CHH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday followed the lead of General Mills Inc (GIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in removing their ads from the program.

May 23, 2015

On L.A.’s Skid Row, a judge leads pack on run to recovery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The five-mile run at dawn ends on a dystopian stretch, a street in Los Angeles’ Skid Row lined with homeless men and women waiting for a free breakfast.

The runners, in contrast, give off a healthy glow as they chat about the run and the challenges ahead. The squalor of Crocker Street is a stark reminder of how far they have come.

May 18, 2015

As ‘Mad Men’ concludes, creator ready to rest on laurels, stay offline

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, Monday is the day to begin “officially resting on my laurels” and staying off the Internet while he basks in the twilight of the television show that has occupied his life for the last eight years.

“This whole thing has exceeded all of my childhood dreams, honestly,” Weiner said at a Sunday night screening of the series finale in Los Angeles, surrounded by cast, crew and fans of the AMC drama about the dark advertising man, Don Draper, against the deep changes of 1960s America.

May 17, 2015

Octogenarian cobbler rescues the soles of Beverly Hills

, May 17 (Reuters) – Arturo Azinian
plucked a pair of Chanel pumps from a box full of shoes, unfazed
by the leather peeling off the interlocking Cs on the toes or
the tarnished metallic heels.

“These have a lot of miles on them, but they will be like
new, for about $70,” said Azinian, an 88-year-old Beverly Hills
cobbler famous for saving the fancy footwear of the elite in the
ritzy 90210 zip code.

May 15, 2015

B.B. King’s death strikes mournful chord for musicians, presidents

May 15 (Reuters) – Guitarist Eric Clapton remembered the
B.B. King album that inspired him as a young musician and
Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton recalled the thrill of
performing with the “King of Blues.”

Musicians, politicians and blues lovers around the world on
Friday expressed sorrow over the death of the blues legend on
Thursday night at the age of 89, and their gratitude for the
legacy he left.

May 13, 2015

On road to recovery, NFL’s Goodell tested by delicate ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Keating and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Back in December, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft crafted the strongest of endorsements for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after his mishandling of punishment in players’ domestic abuse cases undermined his authority.

Goodell is “the one person that understands what’s important, long-term interests of the game,” Kraft said.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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