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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.

Jun 9, 2014

Audra McDonald makes Tony history, Cranston wins acting prize

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Actress Audra McDonald made
Broadway history on Sunday, winning her sixth Tony as Billie
Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and Bryan
Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris nabbed the top acting prizes at
the 68th annual Tony Awards.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” took home the top
musical prize and Jessie Mueller was named best actress for her
starring role in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”.

Jun 9, 2014

Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald early Tony Award winners

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Bryan Cranston captured the
prize for best actor in a play on Sunday at the 68th annual Tony
Awards, Broadway’s top honors, and actress Audra McDonald made
history, winning her sixth Tony as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day
at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”

With her best actress award, McDonald became the only woman
to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She also tied with
the late actress Julie Harris, who also had six wins, including
a special lifetime achievement award.

Jun 8, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris, Cranston go for Tonys on Broadway’s big night

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Broadway rolls out the red
carpet on Sunday for the 68th annual Tony Awards, theater’s top
honors, in a star-studded ceremony at New York’s Radio City
Music Hall with Hugh Jackman returning to host the show for the
fourth time.

Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and Orlando Bloom will be
among those appearing while Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris
and Idina Menzel are set to perform during the show, along with
Sting, who will give a preview of his upcoming Broadway debut
musical “The Last Ship.”

Jun 4, 2014

‘Fault in Our Stars’ tugs at heart strings in life-affirming tale

NEW YORK, June 4 (Reuters) – In a summer of blockbusters
with superheroes, a rampaging monster and a wicked fairy, “The
Fault in Our Stars,” the film adaptation of John Green’s
best-seller, is a heart-wrenching story of young love that could
become a box-office hit.

Green’s 2012 young adult novel has sold 10.7 million copies
worldwide, providing a built-in fan base for the film that opens
Friday in U.S. theaters.

May 30, 2014

John Malkovich commands the seas as Blackbeard in TV’s ‘Crossbones’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Emmy-winner John Malkovich returns to U.S. television on Friday as the swashbuckling 18th century pirate Blackbeard, ruling over a secret Caribbean island while outwitting and eluding the English navy, in the new NBC television drama “Crossbones.”

The adventure series that premieres on Friday is a reimagining of the story of the notorious English buccaneer, named for his dark Biblical beard and fierce appearance, who terrorized the seas and plundered ships.

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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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