NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Hip-hop artists Macklemore &
Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on
Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop
star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each.
The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the
year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop
singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A century after the controversial 1913 Armory Show in New York challenged America’s perception of art, a new exhibition is celebrating the event with works from the original including masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia.
“The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution” opens at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library on Friday and runs through February 23 next year. The exhibit recreates, on a smaller scale, the experience of the 1913 show that shocked New Yorkers and introduced them to the European avant garde.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is one of Indian cinema’s most bankable young stars, and his latest film, “Besharam,” which also stars his parents, is set to become one of the most widely released Bollywood films worldwide.
Kapoor, a member of India’s “first family of film” and the grandson of veteran Bollywood director Raj Kapoor, plays a charming but vulgar car thief in the Hindi-language action comedy that opens on Wednesday in 4,700 cinemas internationally, including 210 in the United States.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and “make history” and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
In a documentary, “Miley: The Movement,” airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, “We Can’t Stop,” hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of “Hannah Montana” far behind her.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – French-born painter Balthus is known for his street scenes and portraits, but it is his paintings of young girls, some with erotic undercurrents, that are the focus of the first exhibition of his works in New York in 30 years.
“Balthus: Cats and Girls – Paintings and Provocations,” which opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday and runs through January 12, examines the early decades of the artist’s career from the mid-1930s through the 1950s in Paris, Switzerland and central France.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-winning Kings of Leon marked a decade in music with a new album on Tuesday which critics have praised for showcasing the best of the band’s talents while still moving forward in its sound.
“Mechanical Bull” is the sixth album by the Nashville-based group, formed by the Followills: brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew. The band broke into the mainstream music scene with their 2008 album “Only By the Night,” which included the hits “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – British actor Orlando Bloom scored mixed reviews on Friday for his Broadway debut in a modern-day, interracial remake of “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s classic tale of doomed, young lovers.
Bloom, the star of Hollywood blockbusters “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” plays Romeo opposite Tony-nominated stage actress Condola Rashad in the David Leveaux production that opened on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Belgian painter Rene Magritte’s work, featuring men in bowler hats, mysterious landscapes and bright blue skies, may be familiar to many art lovers, but a new exhibition focuses attention on the artist’s surrealist pieces.
“Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” which opens on September 28 at the Museum of Modern Art and runs through January 12, covers 13 years in his life – an intense period when he worked in Brussels and Paris refining his technique.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Best-selling author John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” has been adapted for the stage and is heading for Broadway next month with an ensemble cast that includes Fred Dalton Thompson of TV’s “Law and Order” and Tom Skerritt, an Emmy-award winner for “Picket Fences.”
Although many of Grisham’s nearly two dozen novels have been turned into popular films, “A Time to Kill,” is the first to be adapted for the stage. The play will open on October 20.
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.”