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Jan 14, 2015

‘Freedom Journey’ photo exhibit recalls 1965 civil rights march

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stephen Somerstein was a 24-year-old college student when he photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march that changed the course of civil rights in the United States.

Fifty years later as the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers spark protests and the film “Selma,” about King’s role leading the march wins acclaim, Somerstein’s photographs are the focus of an exhibition marking the anniversary.

Jan 14, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal gives stellar turn in Broadway’s ‘Constellations’

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Romance is intertwined with
string theory, quantum mechanics and the idea of parallel
universes in “Constellations,” a two-character play starring
Jake Gyllenhaal and British actress Ruth Wilson in their
Broadway debuts.

The 70-minute work by British playwright Nick Payne, which
was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2012,
opened on Tuesday night with the New York Times hailing it as
possibly the “most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.”

Jan 14, 2015

A Minute With: Sienna Miller on acting, ‘American Sniper’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With long dark hair and an American accent, British actress Sienna Miller disappears into her role as the wife of a U.S. Navy SEAL sharpshooter in the film “American Sniper.”

Blond, blue-eyed Miller has ramped up her career since the birth of her daughter in 2012. Next month, she takes over as singer Sally Bowles for the final weeks of “Cabaret” on Broadway.

Jan 12, 2015

Film series brings major art exhibitions to U.S. theaters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmakers are bringing major art exhibitions featuring the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt from museums around the globe to U.S. theaters with a series of movies that will take audiences on a guided tour of the shows.

The first film, “Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern,” will be screened up to 350 selected theaters across the United States on Tuesday. It details the acclaimed “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” exhibition, which attracted more than 560,000 visitors to London’s Tate Modern, making it the museum’s most popular show ever.

Jan 6, 2015

DASH named best overall diet for fifth year: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The DASH diet, rich in vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, has been named the best overall diet for the fifth consecutive year, outpacing Weight Watchers and the Mediterranean diet, U.S. News & World Report said on Tuesday.

DASH, which was developed to lower blood pressure without medication, was also chosen by a panel of health experts as the top diabetes diet and the best plan for healthy eating.

Dec 24, 2014

Bradley Cooper sets high targets in new film ‘American Sniper’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Bradley Cooper is quick to say that “American Sniper,” his film about Navy Seal sharpshooter Chris Kyle, is not about the Iraq conflict but an intimate character study of the harrowing impact of war on a soldier and his family.

The dual Academy Award nominee, who is also a producer of the film, directed by Clint Eastwood, had planned to collaborate with Kyle to bring his story to the big screen.

Dec 23, 2014

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ mines human spirit, survival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie never expected to direct a film with shark attacks, plane crashes and prisoner-of-war camps, but she found the story of a World War Two hero so compelling she tackled them in “Unbroken,” a biopic about survival, faith and forgiveness.

The Oscar-winning actress and second-time director was half-way through Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about Olympic runner and POW survivor Louis “Louie” Zamperini when she knew she wanted to make it into a film.

Dec 22, 2014

‘Into the Woods’ goes darkly beyond happy ever after

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Wishes are granted, dreams come
true and Cinderella is rescued by her prince, but it is not all
happily ever after in “Into the Woods,” the film adaptation of
the Tony-winning Broadway musical that puts a modern spin on
fairly tales.

Director Rob Marshall worked closely with composer Stephen
Sondheim and James Lapine in adapting their musical for the
film that opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day.

Dec 22, 2014

Rock star Sting buoys ‘The Last Ship’ with Broadway role

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rock star Sting has boosted ticket sales of his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” and won praise for his performance as a foreman in the show based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeast England.

“The Last Ship,” the first Broadway musical written by Sting, opened on Oct. 26 to mixed reviews, winning praise for his rousing score but losing points for its confused, tangled story.

Dec 12, 2014

Epic ‘Exodus’ casts Christian Bale’s Moses as reluctant leader

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With massive battle scenes, biblical plagues and a towering tidal wave, British director Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is an epic historical drama and retelling of the story of Moses as a reluctant prophet.

Shot in 3D with striking visual effects, 20th Century Fox’s “Exodus” is the latest biblical-theme film to be released in 2014, dubbed the “year of the Bible.”

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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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