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Sep 24, 2013

Kings of Leon draws on sounds of its past for ‘Mechanical Bull’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-winning Kings of Leon marked a decade in music with a new album on Tuesday which critics have praised for showcasing the best of the band’s talents while still moving forward in its sound.

“Mechanical Bull” is the sixth album by the Nashville-based group, formed by the Followills: brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew. The band broke into the mainstream music scene with their 2008 album “Only By the Night,” which included the hits “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire.”

Sep 20, 2013

Critics divided on Orlando Bloom’s Broadway debut as Romeo

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.

Sep 18, 2013

New York’s MoMA exhibition explores Rene Magritte’s surrealist work

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.

Sep 16, 2013

John Grisham’s ‘Time to Kill’ adapted for Broadway stage

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.

Sep 12, 2013

Book Talk: ‘Empty Mansions’ reveals life of reclusive heiress

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.”

Sep 10, 2013

Designers opt for elegance, ease in spring New York collections

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.

Sep 6, 2013

Argentine designers showcase Latin talent at New York Fashion Week

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

Aug 15, 2013

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ offers new take on American outlaw films

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.

Aug 13, 2013

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ serves up decades-long look at race

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.

Aug 8, 2013

Peter Sarsgaard plays charming and despicable in ‘Lovelace’

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.

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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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