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Jan 22, 2014

Actor Bryan Cranston steps into LBJ’s shoes for Broadway debut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After five acclaimed seasons and multiple Emmys for playing a meth-making chemistry teacher on television’s “Breaking Bad,” actor Bryan Cranston is stepping into the shoes of President Lyndon B. Johnson for his Broadway debut in “All the Way.”

The play, which begins previews on February 10 and opens at The Neil Simon Theatre on March 6, chronicles the first year of Johnson’s presidency after he was catapulted into the White House following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Jan 21, 2014

Who knew? Men enjoy shopping, but many don’t like strip clubs: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About half of men in the United States enjoy shopping for clothes, many don’t like going to strip clubs and it is typical for males under the age of 44 to have sexted someone, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Esquire magazine surveyed more than 1,000 men in an online survey that looked at male behavior. It showed it is normal for men to say “I love you” frequently and to have cried sometime during the past month.

Jan 17, 2014

Rebecca Hall lauded for Broadway debut in ‘Machinal’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was written in the late 1920s, hasn’t been staged on Broadway in more than 80 years and isn’t a sexy musical, but critics praised the revival of “Machinal” and its star Rebecca Hall, saying it is a “must-see” production.

The stylized drama by playwright Sophie Treadwell that opened on Thursday at the American Airlines Theater was inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, a New York woman who was executed in the electric chair for the murder of her husband in January 1928 at the age of 33.

Jan 16, 2014

Bollywood’s top film awards to be presented in Florida

Jan 15 (Reuters) – The 15th International Indian Film
Academy Awards, the Oscars of Bollywood’s yearly $7.8 billion
industry, will be presented in the United States for the first
time this year, organizers of the event said on Wednesday.

Bollywoods’s biggest stars are expected to attend the
weekend event in Tampa Bay, Florida, from April 24-26 when the
top prizes will be handed out. Indian actor Shahrukh Khan will
headline the show.

Jan 15, 2014

Netherlands is country with most plentiful, healthy food – Oxfam

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The Netherlands nudged past
France and Switzerland as the country with the most nutritious,
plentiful and healthy food, while the United States and Japan
failed to make it into the top 20, a new ranking released by
Oxfam on Tuesday showed.

Chad came in last on the list of 125 nations, behind
Ethiopia and Angola, in the food index from the international
relief and development organization.

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.

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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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