NEW YORK (Reuters) – British actor Orlando Bloom scored mixed reviews on Friday for his Broadway debut in a modern-day, interracial remake of “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s classic tale of doomed, young lovers.
Bloom, the star of Hollywood blockbusters “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” plays Romeo opposite Tony-nominated stage actress Condola Rashad in the David Leveaux production that opened on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Belgian painter Rene Magritte’s work, featuring men in bowler hats, mysterious landscapes and bright blue skies, may be familiar to many art lovers, but a new exhibition focuses attention on the artist’s surrealist pieces.
“Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” which opens on September 28 at the Museum of Modern Art and runs through January 12, covers 13 years in his life – an intense period when he worked in Brussels and Paris refining his technique.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Best-selling author John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” has been adapted for the stage and is heading for Broadway next month with an ensemble cast that includes Fred Dalton Thompson of TV’s “Law and Order” and Tom Skerritt, an Emmy-award winner for “Picket Fences.”
Although many of Grisham’s nearly two dozen novels have been turned into popular films, “A Time to Kill,” is the first to be adapted for the stage. The play will open on October 20.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – She was one of America’s richest heiresses with sprawling apartments, palatial homes and fabulous paintings, but little was known about the reclusive woman when she died in 2011 at the age of 104 after spending decades living in a hospital.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman hopes to change that with his book “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.”
NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Soft, billowing fabrics in
muted colors with bursts of yellow, cobalt blue, black and red
dominated the runways on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week as
designers showing their spring/summer 2014 collections looked
back to earlier, elegant eras.
With pleated, wide-legged trousers, sheer blouses, beaded,
backless column gowns and tailored dresses and skirts, many
styles were reminiscent of the 1920s and ’30s.
NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – With tailored suits, intricate
knits and meticulously hand-dyed fabrics, Argentine designers
displaying their Spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion
Week on Friday showed the South American nation’s fashion
industry is flourishing.
The seven Buenos Aires-based designers chosen to represent
Argentine fashion ranged from Romina Reinoso, 25, showing the
first collection of her label Tenaz, to Fabian Zitta, who has
created costumes for TV and films, and industry veteran Viviana
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is the latest in a list of movies celebrating the American outlaw mythology, but the indie film set in rural Texas in the 1970s focuses more on mood and feelings than blazing shoot-outs and daring prison escapes.
For writer-director David Lowery, the impetus for the outlaw romance, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, was a desire to be a part of the tradition of classic American storytelling, and to create a film that felt like an old folk song.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” began as a story about a father and son set against the backdrop of the U.S. civil rights movement, but the film grew into a sweeping historical drama about love, family and racial equality.
Inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents, the film chronicles the changing political landscape and race relations from a deeply divided South in the 1920s, through the battles for desegregation, to the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Peter Sarsgaard has portrayed his share of intense, dark characters, from a homophobic murderer in “Boys Don’t Cry” and a death row inmate in the TV series “The Killing” to his latest role as a sleazy hustler in the new biopic “Lovelace.”
The Illinois-born actor doesn’t search for the offbeat roles. They seem to find him. But he believes there is something worth paying attention to in all of them, including Chuck Traynor, the abusive husband of 1970s adult film star Linda Lovelace he plays in the film about exploitation and betrayal.
NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – Denzel Washington was
looking for something light after his role as an alcoholic
airline pilot in “Flight” and found it in “2 Guns,” an action
buddy film that showcases the two-time Academy Award winner’s
flair for comedy.
The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is new
territory for Washington, who was nominated for his sixth Oscar
for “Flight” and took home golden statuettes for the 2001 crime
drama “Training Day” and the 1989 Civil War film “Glory.”