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Mar 5, 2015

Elizabeth McCracken wins U.S. Story Prize for short fiction

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – Author Elizabeth McCracken won
the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for
“Thunderstruck and Other Stories,” her collection of tales about
life-altering experiences and loss.

McCracken, a National Book Award finalist for her novel “The
Giant’s House,” will receive a $20,000 prize for her critically
acclaimed book of nine stories.

Mar 3, 2015

MoMA retrospective journeys into world of Iceland’s Bjork

NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – With pulsating sounds,
stunning videos and elaborate costumes, a retrospective at the
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) dedicated to the work of Bjork
transports visitors into the creative world of the Icelandic
musician, composer and singer.

“Bjork,” which opens on Sunday and runs through June 7,
follows the artist through 20 years of her career, from her
first mature solo album “Debut” in 1993 to her latest work and a
new music installation commissioned for the retrospective.

Feb 26, 2015

Film producer betting musical of ‘Finding Neverland’ will fly on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – “Finding Neverland,” Hollywood
film producer Harvey Weinstein’s first hands-on foray into
musical theater and which follows the British family that
inspired Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children tale
“Peter Pan,” has staked its place on Broadway.

After the reworking of the 2012 version that played in
England and a dispute over publicity in New York, the musical
will begin performances in March and open on April 15 at the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Feb 25, 2015

‘Doctor Zhivago’ musical brings epic love story to Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Fifty years after Omar Sharif
and Julie Christie captivated audiences in David Lean’s
Oscar-winning epic film “Doctor Zhivago,” the musical adaptation
of the love story set during the upheaval of the Russian
Revolution will open on Broadway.

The musical is based on Boris Pasternak’s novel that became
an international bestseller after it was smuggled out of the
Soviet Union and published in Italy in 1957. Pasternak was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature a year later.

Feb 19, 2015

Designers spin ’70s vibe for winter looks at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hemlines fell, sultry dresses hugged the body and tailored coats with generous fur trim oozed elegance on the runway as designers at New York Fashion Week spun a retro 1970s look with sleek silhouettes for their 2015 fall/winter collections.

Chunky-knit sweaters, high collars, long layering and fur hats paired with ponchos and capes exuded a warm, comfortable feeling as the week-long fashion fest came to a close on Thursday and temperatures outside dipped below freezing.

Feb 18, 2015

Designers in New York unveil possible Oscar red carpet scene stealers

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – With grandiose gowns,
skin-skimming dresses and a nod to old Hollywood glamour,
designers in New York served up couture treats to entice
fashion’s elite ahead of the world’s most-watched runway at
Sunday’s Academy Awards red carpet.

With stylists eyeing the upcoming Fall/Winter collections at
New York Fashion Week in search of the perfect Oscars dress for
their A-list clients, the stakes were high for designers as they
opted for sophisticated elegance on the runway.

Feb 13, 2015

Lyrics of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ to be sold at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript of “American Pie,” one of the most iconic songs of its time, could fetch up to $1.5 million when it is sold on April 7, auctioneers Christie’s said on Thursday.

The 16 pages of hand-written and typed drafts include notes and deletions for the recording that became a hit after it was released in 1971. It was named a Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Feb 12, 2015

Hugh Grant finds surprise salvation as an academic in ‘The Rewrite’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British actor Hugh Grant may be one of the most successful actors of his generation, but the star of the new film “The Rewrite” says he has always been attracted to the comedy of failure.

Grant, 54, plays Keith Michaels, a divorced Hollywood screenwriter facing hard times who finds romance and new meaning in life when he takes a college teaching job to avoid bankruptcy.

Feb 7, 2015

NBC to investigate anchor Williams’ Iraq war reporting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NBC launched an internal probe on Friday into top-rated “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams’ debunked claim that he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In an internal memo, NBC News President Deborah Turness told staffers that a team would gather the facts about the incident in which Williams, 55, falsely said he was in a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by an RPG.

Feb 4, 2015

Harper Lee’s second book sparks eager anticipation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic.

Until Tuesday when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced it would publish “Go Set a Watchman,” on July 14, few knew the book existed and even its 88-year-old author had thought it had been lost.

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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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