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Jun 17, 2015

New ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book to hit bookstores on Thursday

NEW YORK (Reuters) – E.L. James, the British author of the hugely successful “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotic novels, is celebrating the fictional birthday of her famous male character on Thursday with the release of her new book, “Grey,” which looks set to be an instant bestseller.

Publisher Vintage Books said demand for the novel, told from the viewpoint of business tycoon Christian Grey, has been consistent with the other books in the trilogy, which have sold more than 125 million copies worldwide.

Jun 9, 2015

Uncle Sam wants you: rare World War One posters up for auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A collection of about 2,000 posters from the World War One era, considered to be one of the world’s finest and amassed over more than a decade by a U.S. Army officer, will be sold at auction later this month, Guernsey’s auction house said on Tuesday.

The collection, which will go under the hammer during an online, unreserved auction with no minimum bids on June 30 and July 1, includes the famous poster of a stern-looking, top-hatted Uncle Sam pointing a finger with the words, “I Want You for U.S. Army.”

Jun 8, 2015

Helen Mirren, musical ‘Fun Home’ win early Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress Helen Mirren won her first Tony on Sunday for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” and her co-star Richard McCabe picked up the best featured actor prize at the 2015 Tony Awards.

Edgy new productions are up against more classic shows, and newcomers are in tight races with veteran stars for the 69th Annual Tony Awards, theater’s highest honors.

Jun 7, 2015

And the winner is … Tony Awards honor finest in theater

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – Risky new productions are vying
with more classic shows, and newcomers are in tight races with
veteran stars on Sunday for the 2015 Tony Awards, U.S. theater’s
highest honors, and the culmination of Broadway’s most
successful season ever.

The 69th Annual Tony Awards will celebrate the best in a
record-breaking season in which audience numbers topped 13.1
million and grosses rose to a $1.36 billion.

Jun 3, 2015

Car lover’s dream, McLaren F1 supercar to be sold at auction

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – Deep-pocketed car lovers will
have a chance to buy a rare McLaren F1 when it goes on the
auction block this summer, as part of a sale of a private
collection of some of the world’s finest sports and supercars.

The 1998 orange, three-seater F1 “LM-Specification” car is
one of the highlights of The Pinnacle Portfolio, a collection of
more than 20 post-World War Two cars that is expected to fetch a
total of more than $65 million in a standalone sale on Aug. 13
by RM Sotheby’s at California’s Monterey 2015 Classic Car

Jun 3, 2015

Big commercial hit and small, creative musical lead Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – Broadway is preparing for its
biggest night on Sunday with the 2015 Tony Awards, U.S.
theater’s highest honors, following a record-breaking season
with a commercial hit vying with an edgy musical for the top

Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, who is also
a nominee, will co-host the show that will be broadcast live on
CBS television from Radio City Music Hall.

Jun 2, 2015

Letters by author Harper Lee to be sold at auction

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – An archive of six typewritten
letters by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee could sell
for up to $250,000 when it goes under the hammer this month,
Christie’s auction house said on Tuesday.

The letters were undated or written between 1956 and 1961 to
Lee’s friend, New York architect Harold Caufield. They will be
auctioned on June 12 in New York.

May 29, 2015

Actor Jim Parsons takes on heavenly role in ‘An Act of God’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With two winged angels at his side, actor Jim Parsons assumes a divine role as he reveals another story of the six days of creation and issues a revised version of the Ten Commandments in the new Broadway comedy “An Act of God.”

Parsons, a multiple Emmy winner for his role as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” is God in the play that opened on Thursday night for a limited run at Studio 54.

May 29, 2015
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Jewish and Arab youths promote harmony in Israel through music


(Members of the Polyphony Quartet from left; Revital Bendersky, Mahdi Saadi, Shir Semmel and Feras Machour pose together at All Souls Church in New York May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Arab and Jewish students in Israel are trying to bridge the gap between their two communities one note at a time through classical music programs that bring together some of the country’s best musicians.

May 27, 2015

Tracy Morgan settles lawsuit with Wal-Mart for undisclosed sum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan and other people injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year have reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with the world’s largest retailer, court documents filed on Wednesday showed.

Morgan, who starred in the TV show “30 Rock” and the late night comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live,” was badly injured and comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair was killed in the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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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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