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Mar 20, 2013

David Bowie exhibition breaks box office records

LONDON (Reuters) – Ziggy played guitar. But as a new exhibition devoted to singer David Bowie’s long and innovative career makes clear, he also wrote lyrics, checked every detail of his outlandish costumes, appeared in movies and helped design his own stage sets.

“David Bowie is”, which runs from March 23 to August 11, has broken box office records at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, with 50,000 advance tickets sold.

Mar 15, 2013

Christie’s offers unusual Hannibal work by Poussin

LONDON (Reuters) – Auction house Christie’s will offer an unconventional painting by French classical artist Nicolas Poussin, depicting Carthaginian general Hannibal astride an elephant, in July, expecting it to fetch 3-5 million pounds ($4.5-7.5 million).

The early work is not considered one of the artist’s best and was little known until it appeared in public at an exhibition in Rouen in northern France in 1961.

Mar 14, 2013

Chinese slump dents global art market in 2012-study

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Chinese spending on art and
antiques shrank by nearly a quarter in 2012, ending a streak of
spectacular growth that helped drive up global prices and made
China the biggest player in the market by 2011, a report said on

The study, commissioned by the European Fine Art Foundation
which organises The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), estimated
the worldwide art and antiques market contracted by seven
percent last year to 43 billion euros ($56 billion).

Mar 13, 2013

Top conductor questions opera singers’ commitment

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the world’s leading opera conductors, Antonio Pappano, on Wednesday criticized singers for pulling out of productions too easily, saying at times this was due to illness but at others simply due to a lack of commitment.

The outspoken comments, sure to cause a stir in the operatic world of huge professional pressures and fragile egos, came at a press briefing to outline the upcoming season at the Royal Opera House in London, where British-born Pappano is music director.

Mar 11, 2013

Olivia Newton-John: sweetheart, sex idol, rock chick, radio star

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – With a range spanning the
cardigan-clad sweetheart in the hit musical “Grease” and the
leotarded gym instructor in the raunchy single “Physical”, no
one could accuse Olivia Newton-John of playing it safe in 40
years of singing country, pop and rock.

The Australian, who was born in England and is touring there
for the first time in 35 years, admits to being terrified at
some of the choices she made in a career boasting four Grammy
awards and a lead role in the biggest musical movie hit in U.S.

Mar 9, 2013

Bieber ends London gig without hitches after ‘rough week’

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Pop star Justin Bieber wrapped
up his final London show without hitches on Friday after a week
riddled with paparazzi run-ins and a trip to the hospital.

Bieber, 19, sang and danced his way through his fourth night
at London’s O2 Arena on the European leg of his “Believe” world
tour, back to his normal self after collapsing on stage from
shortness of breath on Thursday.

Mar 8, 2013

Bieber “under the weather”, lunges at UK photographer

LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was filmed lunging and shouting abuse at a photographer on Friday during an ill-fated stay in London which has gone from bad to worse after he collapsed on stage the day before.

The altercation, caught on camera and featured on popular celebrity news websites including TMZ, showed the 19-year-old get out of a van, try to move towards the unnamed member of the paparazzi and threaten him using several swear words.

Mar 8, 2013

Can Bowie turn acclaim and hype into record sales?

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – He caught the music world
napping in January with his first new song in a decade and soon
had critics searching for superlatives to describe his new album
“The Next Day”.

The next big question for David Bowie and his remarkable
comeback is whether the element of surprise and subsequent
acclaim will turn into record sales.

Mar 7, 2013

New films test if Land of Oz still paved with gold

LONDON (Reuters) – The entertainment industry has long viewed The Land of Oz as a road paved with gold, and two major new movie projects will test the public’s appetite for yet more spin-offs from L. Frank Baum’s novel published 113 years ago.

Not every project based on the American author’s adventures in Oz has been a hit – even with Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, the 1978 adaptation “The Wiz” suffered poor reviews.

Mar 5, 2013

Bieber apologizes to angry fans for late UK show

LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian singer Justin Bieber apologized on Tuesday after fans booed him for turning up nearly two hours late to a London concert, blaming technical issues for his late performance.

The 19-year-old teen idol had been scheduled to take the stage at London’s O2 Arena at 8.30 p.m. but said in a Twitter message that the time was pushed back to 9.35 p.m. due to “some technical issues”.

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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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