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Sep 22, 2014

Far from Hollywood din, New York Film Festival puts focus on quality

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Cannes has its coveted prizes
and Sundance its lucrative deals, but the New York Film
Festival, unencumbered by awards or marketing, says its mission
is simple: to present the year’s best in world cinema.

The 52nd annual event, which opens Friday, is for “film
lovers of all stripes and levels of knowledge,” said its
director, Kent Jones. Its 17-day itinerary includes a main slate
of 30 feature films and a retrospective of the works of Academy
Award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Sep 19, 2014

Critics enamored with Broadway revival of “Love Letters”

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – In an age of instant
messaging, digital communication and fleeting relationships, the
revival of “Love Letters,” a play about an enduring friendship
recorded with pen and paper, is still capturing hearts on
Broadway.

A.R. Gurney’s play about two friends who shared their
thoughts, emotions and lives by writing letters to each other
for five decades debuted on Broadway in 1989, before the advent
of cellphones and text messages.

Sep 15, 2014

Rare ceramics, Chinese, Indian paintings highlight NY Asian Art Week

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Sales of classical Chinese
paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and
ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare
Ming dynasty bowl, will be among the highlights of Asian Art
Week auctions in New York.

The sales that begin on Tuesday at Christie’s and Sotheby’s,
a key driver in the global art market, will feature works of art
from throughout Asia.

Sep 12, 2014

‘This is Our Youth’ stands test of time on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly two decades after its New York debut, “This is Our Youth,” Kenneth Lonergan’s play about privileged, aimless youth, opened on Broadway on Thursday with critics praising its young actors for their funny, spot-on performances.

The play, set in a Manhattan apartment in 1982, chronicles 48 hours in the lives of three friends on the cusp of adulthood, coping with life, parents and each other.

Sep 10, 2014

New York clinic that treated Joan Rivers says no biopsy performed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied on Wednesday ever administering general anesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise.

It was the first time the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic issued a statement since Aug. 28, when Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital from the center with cardiac arrest.

Sep 10, 2014

Actor Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to a violation of disorderly conduct following his arrest in June for disturbing a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway.

The bearded 28-year-old, who starred in the “Transformer” films and with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and tie as he told the court he understood the plea.

Sep 9, 2014

Actor Kevin Kline finds perspective, family secrets in ‘My Old Lady’

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – By the time Oscar-winning actor
Kevin Kline began filming the comedic drama “My Old Lady,” he
was very familiar with the role of the down-and-out, divorced
New Yorker, who inherits a rambling apartment in Paris with a
few surprises and secrets.

Kline, 66, plays Mathias Gold, an embittered, unpublished
writer and recovering alcoholic nearing 60 with little to show
for his life, in the film that premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival and opens in U.S. theaters on
Wednesday.

Sep 6, 2014

Private funeral set for Joan Rivers, acerbic comedy pioneer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued comedy legend who jokingly wrote about wanting an elaborate funeral, will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said on Friday that after an initial examination, further tests were needed to determine the cause of Rivers’ death.

Sep 5, 2014

Comedians, fans, royalty mourn death of Joan Rivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedians, friends and fans on Friday paid tribute and mourned the loss of Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued, brutally honest comedy legend who died a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and friends, her only child, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

Sep 4, 2014

No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking “Can we talk?,” died on Thursday at the age of 81 in a New York hospital a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Melissa Rivers, the comedian’s only child, said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at 1:17 p.m. EDT (1717 GMT).

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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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