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Jan 13, 2014

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ star wins critical praise

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Jessie Mueller, the star of
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” may not be a household
name yet, but some critics predicted on Monday that she could be
after her performance in the new Broadway musical.

The New York Post described the casting of Mueller, 31, in
the lead role of the show that charts the rise of the songwriter
from her early days penning hits with her first husband Gerry
Goffin to a solo career and her 1971 multiple Grammy-winning
album “Tapestry” as “inspired.”

Dec 23, 2013

‘Lone Survivor’ depicts U.S. Navy SEALs camradery in Afghan tragedy

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – From shooting down a helicopter
to firefights, film director Peter Berg spared no details to
recreate a tragic United States Navy SEALs mission in
Afghanistan in “Lone Survivor,” an unflinching account of one of
the worst losses of life in the history of the special
operations force.

The film, which opens in limited theaters in the United
States on Christmas Day and wider release on Jan. 10, 2014, is
based on the best-selling book by Marcus Luttrell, the only man
who lived to recount what happened during the covert June 2005
Operation Red Wings in which 11 SEALs and eight soldiers died.

Dec 20, 2013

‘August: Osage County’ probes family ties that bind, wound

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Playwright Tracy Letts created the plot and characters in “August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, and knew that adapting it for the screen would not be easy.

It was hard work condensing a three-hour play that premiered on Broadway in 2007 and enthralled audiences into a two-hour film, but Letts, 48, was grateful to be able to do it.

Dec 20, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ anti-gay fallout sparks wider debate on tolerance

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The suspension of TV personality Phil Robertson of A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” for making anti-gay comments sparked a politically charged debate about religion and tolerance on Thursday and cast doubt on the series’ future.

The controversy put A&E, part-owned by Walt Disney Co, in the awkward position of coming up with a palatable response possibly to the detriment of its most popular show, which is scheduled to begin its fifth season on January 15.

Dec 19, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ anti-gay fallout sparks debate on religion, tolerance

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The suspension of TV personality Phil Robertson of A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” for making anti-gay comments has sparked a politically charged debate about religion and tolerance while casting doubt on the series’ future.

Robertson, the patriarch of the backwater Louisiana clan on the reality show about hunting, fishing and domestic squabbles, was put on indefinite “hiatus” by the cable network A&E for his remarks to GQ magazine characterizing homosexuality as sinful behavior.

Dec 18, 2013

‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ a Scorsese epic of American greed

NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Martin
Scorsese plumbs the depths of the debauched, hedonistic
lifestyle of a 1990s convicted stock swindler and the world of
high finance in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a cautionary tale
about excess, lust and greed.

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, is
based on the memoir of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who
made a fortune by defrauding clients and spent it on expensive
cars, homes, a yacht, hookers, orgies and all the alcohol and
drugs he could consume.

Dec 17, 2013

Actor Joaquin Phoenix finds love in a virtual world in ‘Her’

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Joaquin Phoenix knew he had to
star in Spike Jonze’s latest film “Her,” an unconventional
romance that explores ideas about intimacy, isolation,
relationships and technology, because it wasn’t a typical love
story.

Phoenix’s depressed writer character finds love in the film,
set in a futuristic Los Angeles, but the object of his affection
isn’t a co-worker or the girl next door. It’s an intuitive,
voice-controlled, computer operating system named Samantha.

Dec 14, 2013

Beyonce’s surprise release of new album excites fans

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – U.S. pop singer
Beyonce surprised fans and critics with the release of her fifth
solo studio album on Friday, which features 14 new songs and 17
videos and caused a stir on Twitter, capping a year in which the
singer made a carefully choreographed return to music.

The 32-year-old Grammy-winning performer said she wanted to
release the music in a new way, in order to connect more
directly with her fans.

Dec 12, 2013

Rebecca Hall to debut on 1920s Broadway play ‘Machinal’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When actress Rebecca Hall first read “Machinal,” the 1920s play in which she will make her Broadway debut early next year, her reaction was so strong she felt her throat tightening.

Hall’s response, and the fact that it was being directed by Briton Lyndsey Turner, convinced the British actress she had to play the young murderess in the drama that hasn’t been staged on Broadway in 85 years.

Dec 11, 2013

David O. Russell hails big hair, big dreams in ‘American Hustle’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Director David O. Russell travels back to the 1970s with its blaring disco music, garish clothes and big hair in “American Hustle,” a tale about reinvention, love and survival featuring con-artists, mobsters and an FBI sting operation.

A fictional film built around the real-life Abscam scandal that led to the conviction of a U.S. senator and six congressmen, “American Hustle” last week won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best film of 2013 and a best supporting actress prize for Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.

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