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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.

Oct 7, 2014

For Jeremy Renner, ‘Kill the Messenger’ is a story that had to be told

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Whether it’s a serial killer, a bomb disposal expert or an investigative journalist in the political thriller movie “Kill the Messenger,” actor Jeremy Renner likes playing dark characters and ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances.

“Kill the Messenger,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is based on the true story of the late American journalist Gary Webb who wrote about links between drug traffickers, Nicaraguan rebels and the CIA.

Oct 6, 2014

‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ dazzles on Broadway

NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) – British import “The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” mesmerized audiences on
Broadway in its New York opening with a dazzling display of
technical wizardry and an “extraordinary” debut performance by
newcomer Alex Sharp.

The London National Theatre production led by Sharp, 25, who
graduated from The Juilliard School in the spring, opened on
Sunday night, thrilling audiences and critics alike.

Oct 5, 2014

‘Inherent Vice’ takes a hazy trip back to 1970 counterculture LA

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Inherent Vice,” director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel that debuted at the New York Film Festival on Saturday is a hazy, drug-fueled trip back to 1970 Los Angeles with its hippies, hustlers and a persistent sleuth.

The film, the first big screen version of a Pynchon novel, is the Centerpiece selection at the 17-day fest that runs through Oct. 12.

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

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.

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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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