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Oct 1, 2014

Ben Affleck gets into dark, tough mind-set in ‘Gone Girl’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ben Affleck is not interesting in playing nice guys and would choose an interesting, complicated character over a likeable one, which is what drew him to “Gone Girl,” a dark thriller about marriage, intimacy and the roles people play.

It was that and working with Academy Award nominee David Fincher, who directed the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Sep 30, 2014

Global spa, wellness industry estimated at $3.4 trillion -report

NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A growing middle class and
consumers’ evolving attitudes toward health and travel have
fueled a global spa and wellness industry worth an estimated
$3.4 trillion in 2013, according to a report released on
Tuesday.

Nutrition and weight loss, preventative and personalized
health, complementary and alternative medicine, and beauty and
anti-aging treatments were the biggest growing sectors, the
report compiled by the non-profit research center SRI
International showed.

Sep 27, 2014

‘Gone Girl’ ensures NY Film Festival dazzles from the start

NEW YORK (Reuters) – David’s Fincher’s “Gone Girl” kicked off the New York Film Festival on Friday adding a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour to one of the most anticipated openings of the year.

The world premiere of the chilling psychological thriller and probing analysis of a marriage is a return appearance for Fincher at the 17-day film festival. The dual Academy Award nominated director premiered “The Social Network” at the festival in 2010.

Sep 26, 2014

Scorsese pays homage to New York Review of Books in ’50 Year Argument’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Film director Martin Scorsese knew making a documentary about a revered literary review would be a challenge, so he approached “The 50 Year Argument” like a piece of music, using interviews and archival footage to convey the emotion.

In the film, which airs on premium cable channel HBO on Monday, Oscar-winner Scorsese and co-director David Tedeschi take a behind-the-scenes look at The New York Review of Books, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and has influenced generations of writers and readers alike.

Sep 22, 2014

Far from Hollywood din, New York Film Festival puts focus on quality

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Cannes has its coveted prizes
and Sundance its lucrative deals, but the New York Film
Festival, unencumbered by awards or marketing, says its mission
is simple: to present the year’s best in world cinema.

The 52nd annual event, which opens Friday, is for “film
lovers of all stripes and levels of knowledge,” said its
director, Kent Jones. Its 17-day itinerary includes a main slate
of 30 feature films and a retrospective of the works of Academy
Award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Sep 19, 2014

Critics enamored with Broadway revival of “Love Letters”

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – In an age of instant
messaging, digital communication and fleeting relationships, the
revival of “Love Letters,” a play about an enduring friendship
recorded with pen and paper, is still capturing hearts on
Broadway.

A.R. Gurney’s play about two friends who shared their
thoughts, emotions and lives by writing letters to each other
for five decades debuted on Broadway in 1989, before the advent
of cellphones and text messages.

Sep 15, 2014

Rare ceramics, Chinese, Indian paintings highlight NY Asian Art Week

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Sales of classical Chinese
paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and
ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare
Ming dynasty bowl, will be among the highlights of Asian Art
Week auctions in New York.

The sales that begin on Tuesday at Christie’s and Sotheby’s,
a key driver in the global art market, will feature works of art
from throughout Asia.

Sep 12, 2014

‘This is Our Youth’ stands test of time on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly two decades after its New York debut, “This is Our Youth,” Kenneth Lonergan’s play about privileged, aimless youth, opened on Broadway on Thursday with critics praising its young actors for their funny, spot-on performances.

The play, set in a Manhattan apartment in 1982, chronicles 48 hours in the lives of three friends on the cusp of adulthood, coping with life, parents and each other.

Sep 10, 2014

New York clinic that treated Joan Rivers says no biopsy performed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied on Wednesday ever administering general anesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise.

It was the first time the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic issued a statement since Aug. 28, when Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital from the center with cardiac arrest.

Sep 10, 2014

Actor Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to a violation of disorderly conduct following his arrest in June for disturbing a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway.

The bearded 28-year-old, who starred in the “Transformer” films and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and tie as he told the court he understood the plea.

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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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