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May 14, 2014

Abstract work by Barnett Newman tops Christie’s contemporary art sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American artist Barnett Newman’s abstract painting “Black Fire I” sold for $84.2 million at Christie’s contemporary art sale on Tuesday, setting a new auction record for the artist and confirming the buoyancy of the global art market.

The price, including buyer’s premium, easily surpassed the previous record of $43.8 million set a year earlier for Newman’s “Onement VI,” and topped the $80.8 million a private Asian buyer paid at Tuesday’s sale for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards”.

Apr 22, 2014

Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama ‘Boulevard’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama “Boulevard,” starring Oscar winner Robin Williams.

Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in “Boulevard,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27.

Apr 21, 2014

French, American cultures collide in romantic comedy ’5 to 7′

NEW YORK (Reuters) – French and American attitudes about food, wine, world events, and love and marriage collide in “5 to 7,” a love story set in New York that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

While for Americans 5 to 7 is the typical time when bars offer discounted drinks and food, the French have a decidedly different take on happy hour.

Apr 17, 2014

Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theater

NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – From final fittings at a
famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young
choreographer’s new work for the New York City Ballet and a
global tour of “Richard III,” documentaries at the Tribeca Film
Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass.

This year documentaries run the gamut of topics from digital
currency in “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” to the last natural
habitat for Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas in “Virunga”
and “Misconception” about the consequences of world population

Apr 14, 2014

Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – Singer Audra McDonald, a
five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer
Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s
Bar & Grill” in a performance critics described as a
“spellbinding tour de force” and “intoxicating.”

McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her
last best actress Tony for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” in
2012. But in “Lady Day” she becomes Holiday, who is considered
one of the greatest jazz singers ever.

Apr 11, 2014

Tribeca Film Fest offers eclectic mix of documentary, indie films

NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) – More than a decade after it
was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the Sept.
11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for
documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground
for new talent and digital innovations in cinema.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday with “Time Is Illmatic,”
a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of
his groundbreaking 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” from which he
will perform after the screening.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Railway Man’ revisits war prisoner’s horror and forgiveness

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly before wrapping up filming for “The Railway Man,” a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn’t know how to do it.

The English Oscar-winner saw the dream as a metaphor for the film, based on a true story and best-selling autobiography, and the responsibility he felt in portraying a man who had suffered in silence for decades before finding the power of forgiveness.

Apr 9, 2014

Space memorabilia auction hits $1 million mark in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An emblem that traveled with U.S. astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.

Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors, ranging in age from their late 20s upwards, from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone, Internet or in person in New York on Tuesday.

Apr 4, 2014

Denzel Washington wins raves on Broadway for ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Denzel Washington may be best known for his film roles, but the award-winning actor is dazzling theater critics in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“Heart-stopping,” “a Broadway bulls-eye” and “nothing short of revelatory” are just a few of the accolades used to describe director Kenny Leon’s production, which opened on Thursday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Apr 1, 2014

Jude Law explodes as hot-headed safecracker in ‘Dom Hemingway’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With an extra 20 pounds, an impressive paunch and bad teeth, actor Jude Law, best known for his golden boy roles, transforms himself into a sleazy, ranting southeast London safecracker in the film “Dom Hemingway.”

It is Law, Oscar nominated for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain,” as he hasn’t been seen before – unfit, unkempt and with a penchant for delivering expletive-filled speeches.

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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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