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Feb 24, 2014

Harold Ramis, ‘Ghostbusters’ actor, ‘Groundhog Day’ director dies at 69

By Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day” and “Caddyshack,” died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease, his agent said on Monday.

Ramis, who had suffered from the rare illness since 2010, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, surrounded by family members.

Feb 21, 2014

Hollywood stars set Broadway aglow in limited-run plays

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hollywood stars are lighting up Broadway in limited-run plays that can be box office gold for the theater industry and give film and television actors a prestigious career boost.

British actress Rebecca Hall, of 2013′s Disney-Marvel superhero blockbuster sequel “Iron Man 3,” is appearing on the New York stage in the 1920s play “Machinal,” after making her Broadway debut in January to critical acclaim.

Feb 20, 2014

Lawyer sues over portrayal as degenerate ‘Rugrat’ in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer has sued Paramount Pictures and the makers of “The Wolf of Wall Street” for $25 million in damages, saying he is portrayed as a toupee-wearing, degenerate drug user in the Oscar-nominated film.

Andrew Greene, of New York, also wants the film based on the memoir of stock swindler Jordan Belfort, to be removed from theaters.

Feb 19, 2014

For Sports Illustrated models, cover makes anything possible

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Models Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen were already at the top of their game, but the trio say anything is possible after gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition that hit newsstands on Tuesday.

They joined an illustrious club of former swimsuit models, including Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson and Tyra Banks, with their topless cover photo that appears in the most widely read edition of the magazine. It will be seen by about 70 million readers in print and online.

Feb 13, 2014

‘Winter’s Tale’ movie explores love, miracles in adult fairy tale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fairy tales are not only for children and “Winter’s Tale,” the film adaptation of a best-selling book, aims to lure even jaded, middle-aged adults into believing in the magic of eternal love and the power of miracles.

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Valentine’s Day, is based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 fantasy novel of the same name, and stars Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges”) as a burglar who falls in love with an heiress played by English actress Jessica Brown Findlay, of TV’s Downton Abbey.

Feb 12, 2014

‘House of Cards’ builds season two on power-hungry political pair

NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Like the conniving congressman
he plays in Netflix’s series “House of Cards,” Kevin
Spacey is keeping his cards close to his chest when he comes to
the second season of the Emmy Award-winning political drama that
premieres on Friday.

There will be surprises, promises the double Oscar winner,
and insight into the marriage between his ruthless South
Carolina Representative Francis Underwood and Robin Wright’s
Claire, his cool, calculating wife in the online-only series
from the subscription video streaming service.

Feb 10, 2014

Knee-length hems, sleek silhouettes in bold colors dot NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Designer Carolina Herrera
played with proportions and used sharp geometric prints in bold
colors of blue, black, red and cobalt for day dresses and
flowing gowns in her fall 2014 presentation at New York Fashion
Week on Monday.

Hemlines hovered around the knee. Silhouettes were sleek and
flowing in silk, twill, cashmere and wool felt, with rounded
shoulders on jackets and dresses in a collection that was based
on architectural and geometrical forms.

Feb 7, 2014

Baseball drama ‘Bronx Bombers’ goes to bat on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway’s newest sports-based play, “Bronx Bombers,” opened to mixed reviews on Friday, with some critics praising the casting of the New York Yankees drama and others wondering if it will hit any home runs beyond the hometown fans.

Written and directed by Eric Simonson, who also penned the football play “Lombardi” and the basketball drama “Magic Bird,” “Bronx Bombers” focuses on difficult times during the 1977 baseball season when locker-room rivalries threatened to tear the team apart.

Feb 3, 2014

Autopsy conducted on Hoffman, answers sought on actor’s drug use

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Authorities were conducting an
autopsy on the body of acclaimed stage and film actor Philip
Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment
on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, an official said on

Hoffman, considered by many to be one of the finest actors
of his generation, was discovered in the bathroom of his
Greenwich Village apartment with a syringe in his arm.

Feb 3, 2014

Autopsy set for Hoffman, answers sought on actor’s drug use

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The body of acclaimed stage and
film actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his
Manhattan apartment on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, will
undergo an autopsy on Monday, an official said.

One big question in the 46-year-old actor’s sudden death:
why a talented man at a seemingly good point in his career
apparently returned to the drugs that had plagued him in his

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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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