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Oct 24, 2014

Pulitzer-winning play ‘Disgraced’ probes identity, prejudice

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A dinner party in an elegant
New York apartment goes terribly wrong in “Disgraced,” the
Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ambition, race, religion and
identity that opened on Broadway.

The five-character drama by writer Ayad Akhtar that began
its run on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre after an earlier
staging in New York in 2012 examines prejudices and
relationships in post-Sept. 11 America.

Oct 23, 2014

Actor Keanu Reeves returns to the dark side in ‘John Wick’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Keanu Reeves travels to a murky underworld in the action thriller, “John Wick,” playing a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing machine to avenge the wrongs done to him by Russian mobsters.

The film, jam-packed with car chases, gun fights, mayhem and murder, is the directorial debut of Reeves’ former stuntman Chad Stahelski and producer David Leitch.

Oct 21, 2014

Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as “Evita” and “A League of Their Own” and in the “Material Girl” music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien’s Auctions said on Tuesday.

They are among the more than 140 items from Madonna’s life and career that could fetch a combined total of up to $500,000 in the two-day in-house and online auction beginning Nov. 7.

Oct 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Oscar de la Renta, the
legendary fashion designer who dressed first ladies and
Hollywood stars during a career that spanned five decades, was
remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style, generous heart
and tireless philanthropy.

Tributes poured in for the tall, Dominican-born designer who
died late on Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by family at
his Connecticut home after a battle with cancer.

Oct 17, 2014

Musical ‘On The Town’ sails back to Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “On The Town” is back on Broadway, 70 years after its debut, in a revival that critics hail as “fizzy and frisky” and a “helluva show.”

The musical, with opened on Thursday complete with a 28-piece orchestra, follows three sailors looking for love and excitement during a 24-hour leave in wartime 1940′s New York.

Oct 16, 2014

Joan Rivers died of complication during medical procedure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at the age of 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure that caused oxygen deprivation to the brain, the New York Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said on Thursday.

“The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy,” it said in a statement, referring to brain damage due to lack oxygen.

Oct 15, 2014

Michael Keaton flies high as has-been actor in ‘Birdman’

NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Michael Keaton hung up his
“Batman” cape more than two decades ago, but the versatile actor
soared to new heights with a high-octane performance as a
has-been trying to revive his career in comedy-drama and early
Oscar favorite “Birdman.”

In the film by Mexican director and Academy Award-nominee
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (“21 Grams,” “Babel”), which opens
in U.S. theaters on Friday, Keaton plays actor Riggan Thomson,
who like himself found fame playing the superhero in an action
franchise he left years ago.

Oct 15, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winners among National Book Award finalists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A novel set in Nazi-occupied France, a debut collection of short stories and a post-apocalyptic tale are among the finalists announced on Wednesday for the 2014 National Book Awards.

The National Book Foundation revealed the finalists in four categories – fiction, non-fiction, young people’s literature and poetry – for the prizes which will be awarded on Nov. 19 in New York.

Oct 10, 2014

Nathan Lane shines in Broadway comedy ‘It’s Only a Play’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “It’s only a Play,” the latest revival of Terrence McNally’s show business comedy is packed with plenty of timely jokes, wise cracks and a stellar cast but Broadway veteran Nathan Lane is the undoubted star of the show.

The ensemble play, which opened on Thursday night for a limited Broadway run, is set at the opening night party of a new show, “The Golden Egg,” as its producer, playwright, cast and friends wait for the reviews.

Oct 8, 2014

MOMA hails Henri Matisse with ‘Cut-Outs’ exhibition

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blue figures swim around walls, dancers prance in a circle and flowers sprout on a huge canvas in an exhibition of the cut-out works of French artist Henri Matisse that opens next week.

The show, “Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs,” which runs from Oct. 12 through Feb. 8 at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), includes 100 works from private and public collections, drawings, textiles and stained glass from the final years of the renowned artist, who died in 1954 aged 84.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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