NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pioneering U.S. journalist Barbara Walters, who paved the way for women in television news and was the first female to co-anchor a network evening news program, retired on Friday after an illustrious 53-year career.
The 84-year-old TV newswoman bid farewell on “The View,” the morning talk show she created in 1997 during a career that spanned events ranging from President Richard Nixon’s historic journey to China in 1972 to interviews with several generations of celebrities and world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – American artist Barnett Newman’s abstract painting “Black Fire I” sold for $84.2 million at Christie’s contemporary art sale on Tuesday, setting a new auction record for the artist and confirming the buoyancy of the global art market.
The price, including buyer’s premium, easily surpassed the previous record of $43.8 million set a year earlier for Newman’s “Onement VI,” and topped the $80.8 million a private Asian buyer paid at Tuesday’s sale for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards”.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama “Boulevard,” starring Oscar winner Robin Williams.
Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in “Boulevard,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – French and American attitudes about food, wine, world events, and love and marriage collide in “5 to 7,” a love story set in New York that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
While for Americans 5 to 7 is the typical time when bars offer discounted drinks and food, the French have a decidedly different take on happy hour.
NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – From final fittings at a
famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young
choreographer’s new work for the New York City Ballet and a
global tour of “Richard III,” documentaries at the Tribeca Film
Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass.
This year documentaries run the gamut of topics from digital
currency in “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” to the last natural
habitat for Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas in “Virunga”
and “Misconception” about the consequences of world population
NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – Singer Audra McDonald, a
five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer
Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s
Bar & Grill” in a performance critics described as a
“spellbinding tour de force” and “intoxicating.”
McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her
last best actress Tony for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” in
2012. But in “Lady Day” she becomes Holiday, who is considered
one of the greatest jazz singers ever.
NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) – More than a decade after it
was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the Sept.
11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for
documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground
for new talent and digital innovations in cinema.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday with “Time Is Illmatic,”
a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of
his groundbreaking 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” from which he
will perform after the screening.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly before wrapping up filming for “The Railway Man,” a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn’t know how to do it.
The English Oscar-winner saw the dream as a metaphor for the film, based on a true story and best-selling autobiography, and the responsibility he felt in portraying a man who had suffered in silence for decades before finding the power of forgiveness.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An emblem that traveled with U.S. astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.
Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors, ranging in age from their late 20s upwards, from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone, Internet or in person in New York on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Denzel Washington may be best known for his film roles, but the award-winning actor is dazzling theater critics in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun.”
“Heart-stopping,” “a Broadway bulls-eye” and “nothing short of revelatory” are just a few of the accolades used to describe director Kenny Leon’s production, which opened on Thursday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.