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Jul 31, 2013

A Minute With: singer Mary Bridget Davies on channeling Janis Joplin

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cleveland-born blues singer Mary Bridget Davies had no idea when she auditioned for a part in “A Night With Janis Joplin” that a year later she would be playing the wailing, raspy voiced rock’n'roll legend on Broadway.

But a stroke of luck and a talent for transforming herself into the singer/songwriter, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1970, sealed the deal.

Jul 25, 2013

TV goes to the dogs with first channel for canines

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – Lonely, bored dogs left at
home all day while their owners are at work could soon be
getting some digital company – a TV channel with programming
just for pooches.

DOGTV, a 24/7 channel designed specifically for man’s best
friend, will air nationally next month on the U.S. satellite
operator DirecTV, with hopes of attracting dogs in some
of the 46 million U.S. households that have at least one.

Jul 24, 2013

Support high for travel screening to stem MERS spread: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Little is known about a SARS-like virus that has infected people in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, but there is strong support around the globe for screening travelers to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a new poll.

An Ipsos online survey of more than 19,000 people in 24 countries showed that fewer than half of people questioned knew much about the disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, which has infected 88 people and killed 45 people.

Jul 23, 2013

Hugh Jackman claws deep into ‘Wolverine’ to expose a softer side

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – Hugh Jackman battles Ninja
warriors, trounces a monster Samurai and rescues a Japanese
heiress but still manages to show a softer, vulnerable side of
the comic book superhero in “The Wolverine,” the newest film in
the X-Men series.

The movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, marks the
sixth time the 44-year-old Australian actor, who seems as
comfortable singing and dancing on Broadway as defeating bad
guys on the big screen, is portraying the silver-clawed,
self-healing, century-old mutant.

Jul 18, 2013

For actor Ryan Gosling, ‘Only God Forgives’ is like a drug

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ryan Gosling’s latest film, “Only God Forgives,” has deeply divided critics and the Canadian actor concedes that the blood-spattered crime thriller set in Bangkok’s underworld of boxing clubs and brothels may not appeal to everyone.

“The film is kind of like a drug,” the former child star who appeared on “The Mickey Mouse Club” TV show, told reporters ahead of the film’s opening in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Jul 16, 2013

Pop star Cody Simpson returns to Australian roots with new album

NEW YORK, July 16 (Reuters) – Teen pop star Cody Simpson may
exude the laid-back, surfer dude attitude associated with his
native Australia, but behind the mellow exterior lies a business
brain.

At age 10, he had the wherewithal to ask his mother to book
the domain name CodySimpson.com. Three years later he signed a
record deal.

Jul 12, 2013

Family planning, higher education are priorities globally: Neilsen poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Family planning, higher education and quality time with loved ones are priorities for people around the world, according to a new global Nielsen survey focusing on lifestyle values released on Friday.

The Nielsen poll of more than 29,000 people in 58 countries also showed that most people think women should have a say in important household issues, but opinions diverged on how the roles of wife and mother are perceived.

Jul 9, 2013

Actress Amanda Bynes’ bong-throwing case put off until September

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American actress Amanda Bynes, wearing a long blue wig and sweat pants, appeared briefly in court on Tuesday on charges of marijuana possession and throwing a bong out a window and a judge postponed her case until September.

Bynes, 27, made no comment during the hearing but has previously denied the charges of possession, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence.

Jul 3, 2013

Yoko Ono publishes new conceptual art book, ‘Acorn’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly 50 years after writing the conceptual art book “Grapefruit,” writer, artist and peace activist Yoko Ono has released a sequel that she hopes will inspire people and get them thinking and reading.

“Acorn,” a book of 100 “instructional poems” and drawings that will be published on July 15, goes back in time, according to the widow of Beatle John Lennon, because it is something she originally created for the Internet in the 1990s.

Jun 28, 2013

Singer Carla Bruni to tour France, U.S. to promote new album

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, France’s former first lady, says she doesn’t miss political life, isn’t afraid of getting old and is looking forward to touring in France and the United States to promote her latest album, “Little French Songs.”

It’s the fourth album by the Italian-born former model who began her musical career in 1997. Her first, “Quelqu’un m’a dit” (Someone Told Me), was released in 2002 and sold 2 million copies.

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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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