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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.

Jun 17, 2014

Rare British Guiana stamp sells for record $9.5 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A British Guiana One-Cent Magenta postage stamp from 1856, the only one of its kind to still exist, sold for a record $9.5 million at Sotheby’s on Tuesday.

The hefty price, which includes the buyer’s premium, makes the one-inch by one-and-a-quarter-inch stamp (2.5 cm by 3.2 cm) printed in black on magenta paper the most expensive stamp ever sold at auction, and the most valuable object by weight and size, according to the auction house.

Jun 17, 2014

World’s rarest stamp could fetch record auction price of $20 mln

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A British Guiana One-Cent Magenta postage stamp from 1856, the only one of its kind to still exist, could sell for a record price when it is auctioned on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s, where it is expected to fetch as much as $20 million.

If it reaches such a hefty price in the one-lot sale, the one-inch by one-and-a-quarter-inches stamp (2.5 cm by 3.2 cm) printed in black on magenta paper will be the most valuable object by weight and size, according to the auction house.

Jun 12, 2014

New musical shines spotlight on forgotten composer Bert Berns

NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) – Hits such as “Brown Eyed
Girl,” “Twist and Shout” and “Hang on Sloopy” made Bert Berns
one of his era’s most successful songwriters and producers
before he died in 1968, yet few people outside the music
industry ever knew about him.

That could change with a new musical, “Piece of My Heart:
The Bert Berns Story” which begins previews on June 25 and opens
Off-Broadway on July 21.

Jun 11, 2014

Hill, Tatum reunite to spoof and mock sequels in ’22 Jump Street’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back undercover as bumbling cops masquerading as college students to crack a campus drug ring in the action comedy “22 Jump Street,” which pokes fun at sequels and lampoons the pair’s bromance.

The plot will be familiar to fans of 2012′s “21 Jump Street,” an R-rated, box office hit that earned $200 million worldwide and followed the duo’s slapstick antics as they returned to high school for a similar assignment.

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