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Aug 27, 2014

Self-deluded stage mom grabs ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in “The Last of Robin Hood,” a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover.

As Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn’s young paramour Beverly, Sarandon ventures into Aadland’s deluded nature and complicit role in the illicit two-year affair that shocked Hollywood when it was made public after Flynn’s death in 1959.

Aug 20, 2014

China’s Peking Opera company marks anniversary with U.S. tour

NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – With lavishly embroidered
costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90
singers, actors and musicians of the Peking Opera begins a
special U.S. tour on Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Peking Opera, known as jingju in Chinese, is the country’s
national form of theater, combining unique storytelling,
acrobatics, acting and martial arts with Chinese singing and

Aug 19, 2014

Stellar ‘It’s Only a Play’ cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – British actor Rupert Grint,
best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film
franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind
director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business
comedy, “It’s Only a Play.”

The play, which begins previews on Aug. 28 and opens for a
limited run on Oct. 9, sports a notable cast headed by Tony
winners Nathan Lane (“The Producers”), Matthew Broderick (“How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) and Stockard
Channing (“A Day in the Life of Joe Egg”).

Aug 15, 2014

‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

With stunning underwater footage, the film that airs on Friday on the online streaming service Netflix and in selected U.S. theaters, shows the devastating impact of pollution, overfishing and climate change on the oceans through the eyes of the renowned scientist, explorer and author who has been charting it for decades.

Aug 6, 2014

James Cameron plunges to ocean’s depths in ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director James Cameron ventured to the farthest reaches of the planet and fulfilled a childhood dream in “Deepsea Challenge 3D,” a documentary that follows him on a record-breaking solo dive to the ocean’s depths.

Tightly crammed into the tiny capsule of a vertical-diving submarine, the director of Hollywood’s highest grossing films, “Avatar” and “Titanic,” plunged 35,787 feet (10,908 meters) to the deepest known place on Earth in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Aug 1, 2014

Manet’s ‘Le Printemps’ poised to reach record auction price

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Edouard Manet’s 1881 celebrated portrait “Le Printemps,” which has been owned by the same family for a century, will be auctioned for the first time this year and could fetch up to $35 million, Christie’s auction house said on Friday.

The rare profile painting of the young Parisian actress Jeanne Demarsy, one of Manet’s most famous works, will be among the highlights of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York on November 5.

Jul 29, 2014

James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up.”

From the gliding, intricate footwork to the hunched shoulders and fluid movements, Boseman had nailed Brown’s singular mannerisms and raspy voice.

Jul 25, 2014

James Earl Jones back on Broadway in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Double Tony-winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy romance “You Can’t Take It With You” along with Australian actress Rose Byrne, who is making her Broadway debut.

The play, about a loving but odd American family, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. Previews begin on Aug. 26 and the play opens on Sept. 28 for a limited 19-week run.

Jul 24, 2014

Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – Gun-toting thugs and a vicious
Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French
director Luc Besson’s super-powered heroine in his sci-fi,
action thriller “Lucy.”

Besson is known for creating strong female characters in “La
Femme Nikita” and “The Fifth Element.” But he goes a step
further in “Lucy,” which opens in theaters in the United States
on Friday, with an American student in Taipei who becomes
invincible after the full power of her brain is unleashed.

Jul 24, 2014

New York judge adjourns disorderly conduct case against actor LaBeouf

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday adjourned until September the disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was charged with disturbing a Broadway theatre performance in June.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the bearded actor who starred in the “Transformer” movies and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was silent during a brief hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court.

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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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