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Jan 11, 2013

Smile or grimace? Royal Kate portrait splits opinion

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The first official portrait of
Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, popularly known by her former
name Kate Middleton, was unveiled in London on Friday, and
opinion was sharply divided over an image many deemed
unflattering.

The 31-year-old, who as a glamorous future queen is one of
the world’s most photographed women, is portrayed in the large
canvas with a faint smile, long, copper-tinted hair and shadow
under her eyes.

Jan 10, 2013

BRIT Awards hand posthumous nomination to Winehouse

LONDON (Reuters) – Scottish singer Emeli Sande joined folk act Mumford and Sons and indie rockers Alt-J with three BRIT Award nominations apiece on Thursday, but the biggest surprise was a posthumous nod for Amy Winehouse 18 months after she died.

Winehouse was included in the “British female solo” category, in which she was up against Sande, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith and Bat for Lashes.

Jan 10, 2013

Bond foiled again in best picture Oscar mission

LONDON (Reuters) – The latest James Bond movie “Skyfall” won five Oscar nominations on Thursday, the highest tally for a 007 picture, but the major categories including best picture once again eluded the franchise that has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Hopes had been raised by bookmakers and some film critics that one of Britain’s most lucrative and best-loved cultural exports would finally make his mark at the Academy Awards at the 23rd time of asking.

Jan 9, 2013

“Lincoln” leads BAFTA film nominations with 10

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – “Lincoln”, the story of U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln’s battle to end slavery starring
Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, won 10 BAFTA nominations on
Wednesday, putting it ahead of the pack at Britain’s top film
honours.

The biopic was shortlisted in categories including best
film, actor, supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and supporting
actress (Sally Field), but director Steven Spielberg was not
nominated.

Jan 8, 2013

Rushdie, Amis targeted in critical maulings of 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – Their status as literary heavyweights could not save them from the savage sarcasm of the critics.

Novelists Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie and former poet laureate Andrew Motion were all up for critical mauling of the year in a shortlist published on Tuesday.

Jan 8, 2013

David Bowie breaks long silence with new music release

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer David Bowie released his first new song in nearly a decade on Tuesday in a surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday.

“Where Are We Now?”, produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is a melancholic look back to the time Bowie spent in Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring black-and-white footage of the city when it was still divided.

Jan 4, 2013

Los Angeles sisters Haim lead hopes of pop revival in 2013

LONDON (Reuters) – Three sisters from Los Angeles producing fun and infectious folk-pop could be the tonic that chart music needs to lift it from what some experts are calling a creative slump.

As music channels, journalists and record labels step up their search for the “next big thing” in 2013, the Fleetwood Mac-inspired Haim sisters have appeared in a growing number of lists produced at the start of each year.

Jan 4, 2013

LA sisters Haim lead hopes of pop revival in 2013

LONDON (Reuters) – Three sisters from Los Angeles producing fun and infectious folk-pop could be the tonic that chart music needs to lift it from what some experts are calling a creative slump.

As music channels, journalists and record labels step up their search for the “next big thing” in 2013, the Fleetwood Mac-inspired Haim sisters have appeared in a growing number of lists produced at the start of each year.

Dec 11, 2012

Spice Girls take stage at musical premiere

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The Spice Girls took to the stage
on Tuesday after the world premiere of a new musical loosely
based on their meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s, earning huge
cheers from an audience that only really got going at the
encore.

“Viva Forever!” was the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer,
whose “Mamma Mia!” musical based on the hits of ABBA has earned
nearly $2 billion worldwide and spawned a hit movie starring
Meryl Streep.

Dec 11, 2012

Spice Girls musical tests Girl Power’s stamina

LONDON (Reuters) – The Spice Girls hit the red carpet in London on Tuesday for the world premiere of a musical based on their meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s, and will discover if “Girl Power” still appeals to the next generation.

“Viva Forever!” opens at the Piccadilly Theatre with a star-studded launch including all five members of the band, and hundreds of die-hard fans are expected to block the streets to get a glimpse of the girls who once ruled the charts.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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