NEW YORK/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling liver cancer, his representatives said on Tuesday.
Sledge, dubbed “The King of Slow Soul,” recorded the song for Atlantic Records in 1966. It was his first single and is considered one of the greatest of all soul songs. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War Two Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film “The Imitation Game,” sold for more than $1 million at an auction in New York, Bonhams said on Monday.
Turing, a British mathematical genius, led a team of cryptographers who cracked the wartime Enigma code, which the Germans had considered unbreakable. Their work is credited with hastening the end of the war and saving lives.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tudor court of England’s King Henry VIII, with all its intrigue, greed and betrayal, comes alive on Broadway in “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two,” the theatrical adaptation of author Hilary Mantel’s award-winning historical novels.
The two-part production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which runs for a total of more than five hours, opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York Thursday after sold-out engagements in Stratford-upon-Avon and London’s West End.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – From a crime thriller based on a memoir to a zombie drama set in small-town America or peeks into the lives of a ballerina and a singer, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is showcasing a varied mix of movies along with live dance, music and comedy.
Since it started more than a decade ago, the festival has become a showcase for independent and documentary works, as well as a launching pad for new talent and a testing ground for innovative filmmaking.
NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – Nearly 50 years after Leslie
Caron captured hearts in the film “Gigi,” actress Vanessa
Hudgens is tackling the role in her Broadway debut in a more
modern musical version of the French story.
The revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical
based on the character in French writer Colette’s 1944 novella
of the same name opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Wednesday
NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – Songwriter Don McLean’s
original working manuscript for “American Pie,” one of the most
iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million,
auctioneers Christie’s said on Tuesday.
It fell short of the $2 million record set last year for Bob
Dylan’s hand-written lyrics for “Like A Rolling Stone.”
(Reuters) – Trevor Noah, a South African comedian little known to U.S. audiences, will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of the Emmy Award-winning, late-night parody newscast “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central said on Monday.
The Viacom Inc-owned network said it selected Noah, 31, because he is an “enormous talent” and “wickedly funny.” His premiere will be announced at a later date.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before Helen Mirren agreed to play elderly Jewish World War Two refugee Maria Altmann in the new film “Woman in Gold,” the Academy Award-winning actress checked the last page of the screenplay to see if the character was there.
It’s a trick Mirren learned early in her career. Altmann’s character was at the end of the screenplay of the film about her life that opens in U.S. theaters on Wednesday.
NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – For documentary maker Ken
Burns the film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” has a
special significance because the multiple Emmy award-winner’s
mother died of the disease when he was a boy.
Burns was 11 years old when she lost her battle with cancer,
an event he said robbed him of his childhood.
(Reuters) – Two years after her double mastectomy, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer.
The glamorous wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children said in an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had the surgery last week after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease that killed her mother at age 56.