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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.”

Dec 5, 2014

Not all magic and fairy dust for live TV production of Peter Pan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of fans tuned in to watch a high-flying Allison Williams as Peter Pan and a tap-dancing Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in a live television production of the classic musical that drew mixed reactions from fans and critics.

The three-hour production of “Peter Pan Live!” that aired on NBC on Thursday night was the Comcast-owned network’s latest live action musical, following last year’s “Sound of Music.”

Dec 3, 2014

Celebrations of summer spark tragedy in Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Liv Ullmann’s newest film, “Miss
Julie,” is set in rural Ireland in the late 19th century but the
Norwegian actress and director says the themes of the period
drama about class, power and desire are still relevant today.

Ullmann adapted and directed the film, which opens in
limited release on Friday, from Swedish playwright August
Strindberg’s play of the same name. It depicts the social
restraints and struggle for dominance between a woman and her
father’s valet on Midsummer’s Eve, a celebration of the summer

Dec 2, 2014

‘A Most Violent Year’ tops National Board of Review film awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Board of Review on Tuesday awarded “A Most Violent Year,” a drama about a man fighting to protect his business in early 1980s New York City, prizes for best film, actor and supporting actress in the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars.

The star of the film, Oscar Isaac, shared the best acting prize with Michael Keaton, who portrayed a has-been actor in “Birdman.” Jessica Chastain nabbed the supporting actress prize for playing Isaac’s wife.

Dec 2, 2014

Christopher Walken gets his Hook into Peter Pan live TV musical

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Academy Award winner Christopher
Walken, a veteran of both stage and screen, is taking a first
crack at a live television musical as Captain Hook in “Peter Pan
Live!,” a gig he likens to a sporting event.

In the production that airs on Dec. 4 on NBC, Walken plays
opposite Allison Williams, who steps into the title role made
famous by Mary Martin in the original 1954 Broadway musical.

Dec 2, 2014

Springsteen, Chris Martin, U2 rock World AIDS Day concert

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filled in for U2′s injured lead singer Bono on Monday evening and rocked a surprise World AIDS Day concert in New York’s Times Square with the Irish rock group.

They joined other U2 members, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr., to perform the group’s songs as crowds packed the center of Manhattan bundled in coats and hats and huddled under umbrellas as rain fell.

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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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