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Nov 6, 2014

From Monet to Picasso, L.A. museum gets major gift from mogul

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a town famously built on self-promotion, Hollywood mogul Jerry Perenchio preferred to stay out of the spotlight, which he says “fades your suit.”

On Thursday, the 83-year-old stepped into the glare of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene to donate works by Monet, Degas, Picasso and other artists valued at $500 million, in the largest gift ever made to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Nov 6, 2014

Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

By Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity Jones.

Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from university days who agrees to marry him even though he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live. The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select U.S. theaters.

Nov 5, 2014

A Minute With-Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor
Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in
“The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest
privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity
Jones.

Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from
university days who agrees to marry him even though he is
diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live.
The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select
U.S. theaters.

Oct 24, 2014

With panache, reforming prisoners perform for U.S. attorney general

By Mary Milliken

NORCO Calif. (Reuters) – In a prison on a hill in California, 18 inmates came face to face with the nation’s top law enforcement official. And they came in full makeup.

What the prisoners wanted to show U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday was how two months of acting workshops allowed them to gain control of their emotions, develop self-esteem and prepare themselves for re-entry in society. Many have been behind bars for decades.

Oct 21, 2014

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Oscar de la Renta, one of the most
sought-after fashion designers of the last half century,
dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his
classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.

An individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in
Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death, first reported
by ABC News. The New York Times said de la Renta died of
complications from cancer.

Oct 6, 2014

TV series ‘The Affair’ dissects infidelity, without taking sides

LOS ANGELES, Oct 6 (Reuters) – American television has laid
bare Don Draper’s extramarital dalliances in “Mad Men” and
Olivia Pope’s affair with the president of the United States in
“Scandal.”

Now comes a TV series where the affair is not just a
supporting story, but rather the main plot. “The Affair” is a
psychological dissection of an adulterous liaison between two
married people, played out against the background of an unsolved
crime.

Sep 27, 2014

In ‘Parts Unknown,’ Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Anthony Bourdain’s
television travelogue “Parts Unknown” goes to Iran to discover
how people live behind the geopolitical smoke screen and to
small-town Massachusetts to chronicle the heroin scourge.

But even if the fourth season of his Emmy Award-winning CNN
show fosters cultural diplomacy or raises drug awareness, this
outspoken New York chef insists he is on no kind of socially
minded mission. And he’s not an advocate, activist, journalist
or expert on anything.

Sep 26, 2014

Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in ‘Equalizer’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 25 (Reuters) – After watching the “The
Equalizer,” moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the
home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in
the same way.

In the action thriller that opens in U.S. theaters Friday,
Denzel Washington plays McCall, an efficient, mild-mannered
employee at Home Mart, who also happens to have a past as a
trained killer and a way with tools.

Sep 25, 2014

At L.A. Clippers, Steve Ballmer prizes team tested by adversity

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – After Steve Ballmer plunked
down $2 billion for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, fans might
expect the former Microsoft chief executive to be hitting the
reset button on a team that has been through a nasty public
fight over racism.

Don’t bet on it. That experience, Ballmer knows, makes his
team unique, and it will be part of the story he tells to earn
one thing that was not guaranteed by the record price tag: a fan
base that will sustain the team for years to come.

Sep 24, 2014

A Minute With: Chloe Grace Moretz on digging into a dark role

By Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Teen actress Chloe Grace Moretz says she might have found her darkest role yet as a battered Russian child prostitute in the thriller “The Equalizer,” even though she has been in some pretty dark stuff.

She stars opposite Denzel Washington, who plays McCall, a quiet man with a secret past and a desire to avenge the abuse done to the girl by Russian gangsters.

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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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