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Jul 29, 2014

James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up.”

From the gliding, intricate footwork to the hunched shoulders and fluid movements, Boseman had nailed Brown’s singular mannerisms and raspy voice.

Jul 25, 2014

James Earl Jones back on Broadway in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Double Tony-winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy romance “You Can’t Take It With You” along with Australian actress Rose Byrne, who is making her Broadway debut.

The play, about a loving but odd American family, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. Previews begin on Aug. 26 and the play opens on Sept. 28 for a limited 19-week run.

Jul 24, 2014

Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – Gun-toting thugs and a vicious
Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French
director Luc Besson’s super-powered heroine in his sci-fi,
action thriller “Lucy.”

Besson is known for creating strong female characters in “La
Femme Nikita” and “The Fifth Element.” But he goes a step
further in “Lucy,” which opens in theaters in the United States
on Friday, with an American student in Taipei who becomes
invincible after the full power of her brain is unleashed.

Jul 24, 2014

New York judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against actor LaBeouf

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theatre performance in June.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the bearded actor who starred in the “Transformer” movies and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was silent during a brief hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Jul 24, 2014

N.Y. judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against actor LaBeouf

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theater performance in June.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the bearded actor who starred in the “Transformer” movies and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was silent during a brief hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Jul 23, 2014

Woody Allen conjures up illusion for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Woody Allen explores the mysteries of illusion and love in “Magic in the Moonlight,” a period romantic comedy inspired by 1920s clairvoyants who were debunked by leading magicians of the day.

The Oscar-winning director has long been fascinated by magic, a recurrent theme in his films. In “Magic in the Moonlight,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, reality and illusion collide on the Cote d’Azur in the Roaring Twenties, when spiritualism and seances were in vogue.

Jul 22, 2014

Douglas, Keaton get second chance at love in ‘And So It Goes’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second chance for love in the romantic comedy “And So It Goes.”

The film reunites the Oscar-winning actor with director Rob Reiner, who both worked together on the 1995 movie “American President.” Douglas also stars opposite Diane Keaton for the first time in his career.

Jul 9, 2014

A Minute With: Mark Ruffalo on mixing it up in acting and film

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Mark Ruffalo has played characters ranging from a gay AIDS activist and a sperm donor to a recovering sex-addict and an FBI agent and will reprise his role as the Incredible Hulk in next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

An Academy Award nominee for 2010′s “The Kids Are All Right,” Ruffalo, 46, is appearing in U.S. theaters in the musical film “Begin Again” and will be seen later this year as an Olympic wrestling champion in “Foxcatcher.”

Jul 8, 2014

‘Clinton: The Musical’ gets U.S. debut at NY theater festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Clinton: The Musical,” a bawdy, raucous farce parodying the sex scandal that rocked the White House, with two actors portraying the dual sides of Bill Clinton, makes its U.S. debut this month during the New York Musical Theater Festival.

Critics have described the show that premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in 2012 before transferring to London as “witty, quirky” and a “delicious political satire.”

Jun 27, 2014

In ‘Begin Again,’ Keira Knightley tunefully leaves comfort zone

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) – British actress Keira
Knightley, known for playing tragic heroines in period dramas,
strayed into new territory with her first major singing role in
“Begin Again,” a feel-good film about the music industry and
starting over.

“Begin Again,” which opens in limited release on Friday and
nationwide next month, was written and directed by Ireland’s
John Carney, whose 2006 indie musical “Once” nabbed the best
original song Oscar for “Falling Slowly.”

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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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