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Apr 17, 2014

Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theater

NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – From final fittings at a
famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young
choreographer’s new work for the New York City Ballet and a
global tour of “Richard III,” documentaries at the Tribeca Film
Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass.

This year documentaries run the gamut of topics from digital
currency in “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” to the last natural
habitat for Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas in “Virunga”
and “Misconception” about the consequences of world population
growth.

Apr 14, 2014

Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – Singer Audra McDonald, a
five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer
Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s
Bar & Grill” in a performance critics described as a
“spellbinding tour de force” and “intoxicating.”

McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her
last best actress Tony for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” in
2012. But in “Lady Day” she becomes Holiday, who is considered
one of the greatest jazz singers ever.

Apr 11, 2014

Tribeca Film Fest offers eclectic mix of documentary, indie films

NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) – More than a decade after it
was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the Sept.
11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for
documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground
for new talent and digital innovations in cinema.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday with “Time Is Illmatic,”
a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of
his groundbreaking 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” from which he
will perform after the screening.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Railway Man’ revisits war prisoner’s horror and forgiveness

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly before wrapping up filming for “The Railway Man,” a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn’t know how to do it.

The English Oscar-winner saw the dream as a metaphor for the film, based on a true story and best-selling autobiography, and the responsibility he felt in portraying a man who had suffered in silence for decades before finding the power of forgiveness.

Apr 9, 2014

Space memorabilia auction hits $1 million mark in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An emblem that traveled with U.S. astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.

Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors, ranging in age from their late 20s upwards, from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone, Internet or in person in New York on Tuesday.

Apr 4, 2014

Denzel Washington wins raves on Broadway for ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Denzel Washington may be best known for his film roles, but the award-winning actor is dazzling theater critics in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“Heart-stopping,” “a Broadway bulls-eye” and “nothing short of revelatory” are just a few of the accolades used to describe director Kenny Leon’s production, which opened on Thursday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Apr 1, 2014

Jude Law explodes as hot-headed safecracker in ‘Dom Hemingway’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With an extra 20 pounds, an impressive paunch and bad teeth, actor Jude Law, best known for his golden boy roles, transforms himself into a sleazy, ranting southeast London safecracker in the film “Dom Hemingway.”

It is Law, Oscar nominated for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain,” as he hasn’t been seen before – unfit, unkempt and with a penchant for delivering expletive-filled speeches.

Mar 27, 2014

Sale of rare Stradivari viola could set world auction record

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rare Stradivari viola, considered to be one of the finest in existence, is expected to fetch more than $45 million in a sealed bids sale this spring, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold.

The ‘MacDonald’ Viola, made by the famed Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719, is the first to be on the market in 50 years, according to Sotheby’s auction house.

Mar 27, 2014

Book Talk: Roddy Doyle on music and language in ‘The Guts’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, “The Guts”, an achingly funny novel about some of life’s more serious issues.

Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book “The Commitments” in 1987.

Mar 21, 2014

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ unleashes a genie on Broadway

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – It has a flying carpet, a
cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said
on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney’s “Aladdin” lacks
the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated film.

The tale of the street urchin Aladdin, who wins the heart of
Princess Jasmine, unleashes the Genie from the lamp and battles
the evil Jafar, was the top-grossing film of 1992, and picked up
Academy Awards for best original score and song for “A Whole New
World.”

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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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