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Feb 10, 2013

“Identity Thief” steals weekend box office title

Feb 10 (Reuters) – Despite a blizzard in the U.S. Northeast,
“Identity Thief,” a newly released comedy starring Melissa
McCarthy, collected $36.6 million in weekend ticket sales in the
United States and Canada, making it the top-performing film.

Produced by Jason Bateman, who plays the hapless man whose
identity is stolen by McCarthy’s character, “Identity Thief”
easily swiped the top spot from last weekend’s champion, the
zombie love story “Warm Bodies,” which earned $11.5 million.

Feb 7, 2013

Korean designers bring Asian influence to NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Whether it is sexy and sophisticated, colorful and playful or bold and edgy, Korean fashion designers showing their fall and winter 2013 collections at New York Fashion Week on Thursday brought an Asian flair to the runway.

Five designers selected to be part of the Concept Korea project to showcase Korean talent proved the nation’s fashion industry is thriving with tailored, razor-sharp cuts, creative use of color and fabrics, whimsical patterns and architectural shapes.

Feb 7, 2013

Australians win race to top of Empire State Building

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham were the fastest man and woman to race up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building on Wednesday in the run up of the iconic New York landmark.

Bourne finished in 10 minutes, 12 seconds and Walsham clocked 12:05 in the race up 86 floors that is described as a vertical marathon, the New York Road Runner (NYRR), which organizes the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, said.

Jan 30, 2013

Cruise industry tops 20 million clients, focuses on Asia

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cruise lines carried 20.3 million passengers last year and expect the numbers to rise in 2013 as more companies focus resources on luring Asian clients, industry experts said on Wednesday.

A year after the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy with the loss of 32 lives, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents cruise lines around the globe, said it expects to reach 20.97 million passengers this year.

Jan 30, 2013

Once-doomed, NY’s Grand Central turns 100 as celebrated landmark

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – It made its debut in the heyday
of cross-country train travel, faced demolition in the era of
the auto, and got a new lease on life with a facelift in its
eighth decade.

Now Grand Central Terminal, the doyenne of American train
stations, is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Jan 28, 2013

Witch-hunting “Hansel & Gretel” wins U.S. box office

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – A grown-up “Hansel & Gretel” grabbed the weekend box office title, pulling in $19 million (12 million pounds) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales with its reinvention of the fairy tale characters as fierce bounty hunters.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” knocked last weekend’s winner, low-budget horror flick “Mama,” into second place. “Mama” earned $12.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates, followed by “Silver Linings Playbook” with $10 million.

Jan 27, 2013

Witch-hunting ‘Hansel & Gretel’ wins box office

Jan 27 (Reuters) – A grown-up “Hansel & Gretel” grabbed the
weekend box office title, pulling in $19 million in U.S. and
Canadian ticket sales with its reinvention of the classic fairy
tale characters as fierce bounty hunters.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” knocked last weekend’s
winner, low-budget horror flick “Mama,” into second place.
“Mama” earned $12.8 million from Friday through Sunday,
according to studio estimates, followed by “Silver Linings
Playbook” with $10 million.

Jan 25, 2013

Rare 1794 silver dollar sells for record $10 million at U.S. auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 1794 silver dollar, which many experts believe was the first such coin struck by the U.S. Mint, sold for a record $10 million at auction on Thursday.

The Flowing Hair Silver Dollar more than doubled the previous $4.1 million record for a coin set in 1999, auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries said.

Jan 24, 2013

Rare works of famed photographers expected to get record prices at auction

NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Vintage photographs by some of
the world’s most famous photographers such as Edward Weston,
Alfred Stieglitz and Man Ray are expected to fetch more than
$5.2 million at auction and set record prices for their works,
Christie’s said.

The 70 prints, which were made mainly in the 1920s, were
amassed by a private collector and focused on photographers
influenced by the artistic revolution in Western Europe at the
turn of the century.

Jan 17, 2013

Stewart, Pattinson crowned top earning romantic film couple

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With three box office hits earning $1.17 billion at the U.S. box office over the past three years, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are Hollywood’s highest-grossing romantic film couple.

The stars of the “Twilight” vampire films easily surpassed all other film twosomes in the Forbes list that looked at the top 10 grossing romantic films of the last three years.

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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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