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Jul 23, 2014

Woody Allen conjures up illusion for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Woody Allen explores the mysteries of illusion and love in “Magic in the Moonlight,” a period romantic comedy inspired by 1920s clairvoyants who were debunked by leading magicians of the day.

The Oscar-winning director has long been fascinated by magic, a recurrent theme in his films. In “Magic in the Moonlight,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, reality and illusion collide on the Cote d’Azur in the Roaring Twenties, when spiritualism and seances were in vogue.

Jul 22, 2014

Douglas, Keaton get second chance at love in ‘And So It Goes’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second chance for love in the romantic comedy “And So It Goes.”

The film reunites the Oscar-winning actor with director Rob Reiner, who both worked together on the 1995 movie “American President.” Douglas also stars opposite Diane Keaton for the first time in his career.

Jul 9, 2014

A Minute With: Mark Ruffalo on mixing it up in acting and film

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Mark Ruffalo has played characters ranging from a gay AIDS activist and a sperm donor to a recovering sex-addict and an FBI agent and will reprise his role as the Incredible Hulk in next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

An Academy Award nominee for 2010′s “The Kids Are All Right,” Ruffalo, 46, is appearing in U.S. theaters in the musical film “Begin Again” and will be seen later this year as an Olympic wrestling champion in “Foxcatcher.”

Jul 8, 2014

‘Clinton: The Musical’ gets U.S. debut at NY theater festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Clinton: The Musical,” a bawdy, raucous farce parodying the sex scandal that rocked the White House, with two actors portraying the dual sides of Bill Clinton, makes its U.S. debut this month during the New York Musical Theater Festival.

Critics have described the show that premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in 2012 before transferring to London as “witty, quirky” and a “delicious political satire.”

Jun 27, 2014

In ‘Begin Again,’ Keira Knightley tunefully leaves comfort zone

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) – British actress Keira
Knightley, known for playing tragic heroines in period dramas,
strayed into new territory with her first major singing role in
“Begin Again,” a feel-good film about the music industry and
starting over.

“Begin Again,” which opens in limited release on Friday and
nationwide next month, was written and directed by Ireland’s
John Carney, whose 2006 indie musical “Once” nabbed the best
original song Oscar for “Falling Slowly.”

Jun 25, 2014

NY’s Whitney Museum celebrates Jeff Koons with retrospective

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. pop artist Jeff Koons’ retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art brings his work full-circle because an exhibit at the New York landmark 40 years ago set him off on his groundbreaking career.

Koons is considered one of the world’s greatest living artists. His work “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold for a record-setting $58.4 million last year, the highest price for a living artist.

Jun 24, 2014

Bob Dylan lyrics for ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ sell for $2 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for just over $2 million on Tuesday at Sotheby’s rock and roll auction, which also included memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

The price for the annotated lyrics for “Like a Rolling Stone,” considered one of the most influential songs in postwar music, makes it the most expensive rock music manuscript sold at auction.

Jun 20, 2014

Bob Dylan manuscripts seen top items in NY rock and roll auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bob Dylan’s lyrics for “Like a Rolling Stone” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” are expected to be the highlights of Sotheby’s rock and roll auction next week, which will include memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

The handwritten, annotated manuscript for “Like a Rolling Stone,” considered one of the most influential songs in postwar music, could sell for as much as $2 million, while the lyrics for “A Hard Rain” have a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.

Jun 19, 2014

Who’s hiding in Picasso’s ‘Blue Room’?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Art experts will be combing the archives, analyzing correspondence and scrutinizing sketches and photographs to try to identity a mystery man whose portrait was discovered hidden under “The Blue Room,” a 1901 painting by Pablo Picasso.

Infrared scans revealed the image of a well-dressed gentleman under “The Blue Room,” painted during the artist’s early days in Paris. Art experts are eager to learn who the man was, how he was connected to Picasso, and why his portrait was painted over.

Jun 18, 2014

‘Jersey Boys’ director Eastwood puts high value on cast, script

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Director Clint Eastwood saw three versions of the Tony Award winning musical before casting the film adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” which charts the rise of 1960s pop-vocal group The Four Seasons from the mean streets of New Jersey to the top of the charts.

With hit songs like “Sherry,” “Rag Doll,” “Dawn” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” the rags-to-riches tale of the group’s struggle to overcome their humble beginnings, “Jersey Boys” won four Tonys, including best musical, in 2006.

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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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