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Jan 22, 2015

‘Strange Magic’ casts animated spell with pop tunes and fairies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Take one feisty fairy princess, a misunderstood villain and a spunky elf, add a magical potion and a soundtrack of classic pop songs and you have the recipe for the George Lucas animated film “Strange Magic,” a fairy tale about finding unexpected love.

Lucas, creator of the blockbuster “Star Wars” franchise, is the executive producer and wrote the story for the film that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Jan 21, 2015

Scale model of luxury liner Queen Mary to anchor onboard gallery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A scale model of the famed ocean liner Queen Mary, carved about 80 years ago from a 200-year-old white mahogany log and exact in every detail, will be the centerpiece of a new gallery on the ship that was the epitome of luxury travel in its heyday.

The 1/45th scale model, 21 feet long and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kg) includes a figure of Sir Winston Churchill on the afterdeck.

Jan 21, 2015

Singer Sam Smith, ‘Imitation Game,”Transparent’ receive GLAAD nods

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British singer Sam Smith, historical thriller “The Imitation Game” and the hit TV series “Transparent,” “Game of Thrones” and “Orange is the New Black” were among the nominees announced on Wednesday for 26th annual GLAAD Awards.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization said the equality and visibility of how the LGBT community is portrayed in the media has improved.

Jan 20, 2015

James Patterson to launch explosive ‘Private Vegas’

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – James Patterson, already among
the world’s best-selling authors, plans to shake up the
publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, “Private
Vegas,” which will self-destruct within 24 hours.

A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will be flown
to an undisclosed location for a meal with Patterson, the author
of “Unlucky 13″ an “Cross My Heart,” and receive a copy of the
book ahead of its launch on Jan. 26.

Jan 16, 2015

‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ ups ante for glitz in new Broadway version

NEW YORK (Reuters) – What happens in Las Vegas does not always stay there. “Honeymoon in Vegas,” based on the 1992 Nicholas Cage movie, arrived on Broadway on Thursday night with a winning dose of glitz and kitsch.

The musical, starring Tony Danza as a dapper, high-rolling gambler, is adapted from the movie of the same name which also featured James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker. Its Broadway opening at the Nederlander Theatre was replete with skydiving Elvis impersonators and sexy showgirls.

Jan 14, 2015

‘Freedom Journey’ photo exhibit recalls 1965 civil rights march

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stephen Somerstein was a 24-year-old college student when he photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march that changed the course of civil rights in the United States.

Fifty years later as the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers spark protests and the film “Selma,” about King’s role leading the march wins acclaim, Somerstein’s photographs are the focus of an exhibition marking the anniversary.

Jan 14, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal gives stellar turn in Broadway’s ‘Constellations’

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Romance is intertwined with
string theory, quantum mechanics and the idea of parallel
universes in “Constellations,” a two-character play starring
Jake Gyllenhaal and British actress Ruth Wilson in their
Broadway debuts.

The 70-minute work by British playwright Nick Payne, which
was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2012,
opened on Tuesday night with the New York Times hailing it as
possibly the “most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.”

Jan 14, 2015

A Minute With: Sienna Miller on acting, ‘American Sniper’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With long dark hair and an American accent, British actress Sienna Miller disappears into her role as the wife of a U.S. Navy SEAL sharpshooter in the film “American Sniper.”

Blond, blue-eyed Miller has ramped up her career since the birth of her daughter in 2012. Next month, she takes over as singer Sally Bowles for the final weeks of “Cabaret” on Broadway.

Jan 12, 2015

Film series brings major art exhibitions to U.S. theaters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmakers are bringing major art exhibitions featuring the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt from museums around the globe to U.S. theaters with a series of movies that will take audiences on a guided tour of the shows.

The first film, “Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern,” will be screened up to 350 selected theaters across the United States on Tuesday. It details the acclaimed “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” exhibition, which attracted more than 560,000 visitors to London’s Tate Modern, making it the museum’s most popular show ever.

Jan 6, 2015

DASH named best overall diet for fifth year: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The DASH diet, rich in vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, has been named the best overall diet for the fifth consecutive year, outpacing Weight Watchers and the Mediterranean diet, U.S. News & World Report said on Tuesday.

DASH, which was developed to lower blood pressure without medication, was also chosen by a panel of health experts as the top diabetes diet and the best plan for healthy eating.

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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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