NEW YORK (Reuters) – She was one of America’s richest heiresses with sprawling apartments, palatial homes and fabulous paintings, but little was known about the reclusive woman when she died in 2011 at the age of 104 after spending decades living in a hospital.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman hopes to change that with his book “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.”
NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Soft, billowing fabrics in
muted colors with bursts of yellow, cobalt blue, black and red
dominated the runways on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week as
designers showing their spring/summer 2014 collections looked
back to earlier, elegant eras.
With pleated, wide-legged trousers, sheer blouses, beaded,
backless column gowns and tailored dresses and skirts, many
styles were reminiscent of the 1920s and ’30s.
NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – With tailored suits, intricate
knits and meticulously hand-dyed fabrics, Argentine designers
displaying their Spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion
Week on Friday showed the South American nation’s fashion
industry is flourishing.
The seven Buenos Aires-based designers chosen to represent
Argentine fashion ranged from Romina Reinoso, 25, showing the
first collection of her label Tenaz, to Fabian Zitta, who has
created costumes for TV and films, and industry veteran Viviana
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is the latest in a list of movies celebrating the American outlaw mythology, but the indie film set in rural Texas in the 1970s focuses more on mood and feelings than blazing shoot-outs and daring prison escapes.
For writer-director David Lowery, the impetus for the outlaw romance, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, was a desire to be a part of the tradition of classic American storytelling, and to create a film that felt like an old folk song.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” began as a story about a father and son set against the backdrop of the U.S. civil rights movement, but the film grew into a sweeping historical drama about love, family and racial equality.
Inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents, the film chronicles the changing political landscape and race relations from a deeply divided South in the 1920s, through the battles for desegregation, to the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Peter Sarsgaard has portrayed his share of intense, dark characters, from a homophobic murderer in “Boys Don’t Cry” and a death row inmate in the TV series “The Killing” to his latest role as a sleazy hustler in the new biopic “Lovelace.”
The Illinois-born actor doesn’t search for the offbeat roles. They seem to find him. But he believes there is something worth paying attention to in all of them, including Chuck Traynor, the abusive husband of 1970s adult film star Linda Lovelace he plays in the film about exploitation and betrayal.
NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – Denzel Washington was
looking for something light after his role as an alcoholic
airline pilot in “Flight” and found it in “2 Guns,” an action
buddy film that showcases the two-time Academy Award winner’s
flair for comedy.
The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is new
territory for Washington, who was nominated for his sixth Oscar
for “Flight” and took home golden statuettes for the 2001 crime
drama “Training Day” and the 1989 Civil War film “Glory.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cleveland-born blues singer Mary Bridget Davies had no idea when she auditioned for a part in “A Night With Janis Joplin” that a year later she would be playing the wailing, raspy voiced rock’n'roll legend on Broadway.
But a stroke of luck and a talent for transforming herself into the singer/songwriter, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1970, sealed the deal.
NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – Lonely, bored dogs left at
home all day while their owners are at work could soon be
getting some digital company – a TV channel with programming
just for pooches.
DOGTV, a 24/7 channel designed specifically for man’s best
friend, will air nationally next month on the U.S. satellite
operator DirecTV, with hopes of attracting dogs in some
of the 46 million U.S. households that have at least one.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Little is known about a SARS-like virus that has infected people in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, but there is strong support around the globe for screening travelers to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a new poll.
An Ipsos online survey of more than 19,000 people in 24 countries showed that fewer than half of people questioned knew much about the disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, which has infected 88 people and killed 45 people.