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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).

Aug 27, 2014

Self-deluded stage mom grabs ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in “The Last of Robin Hood,” a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover.

As Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn’s young paramour Beverly, Sarandon ventures into Aadland’s deluded nature and complicit role in the illicit two-year affair that shocked Hollywood when it was made public after Flynn’s death in 1959.

Aug 20, 2014

China’s Peking Opera company marks anniversary with U.S. tour

NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – With lavishly embroidered
costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90
singers, actors and musicians of the Peking Opera begins a
special U.S. tour on Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Peking Opera, known as jingju in Chinese, is the country’s
national form of theater, combining unique storytelling,
acrobatics, acting and martial arts with Chinese singing and

Aug 19, 2014

Stellar ‘It’s Only a Play’ cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) – British actor Rupert Grint,
best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film
franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind
director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business
comedy, “It’s Only a Play.”

The play, which begins previews on Aug. 28 and opens for a
limited run on Oct. 9, sports a notable cast headed by Tony
winners Nathan Lane (“The Producers”), Matthew Broderick (“How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) and Stockard
Channing (“A Day in the Life of Joe Egg”).

Aug 15, 2014

‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

With stunning underwater footage, the film that airs on Friday on the online streaming service Netflix and in selected U.S. theaters, shows the devastating impact of pollution, overfishing and climate change on the oceans through the eyes of the renowned scientist, explorer and author who has been charting it for decades.

Aug 6, 2014

James Cameron plunges to ocean’s depths in ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director James Cameron ventured to the farthest reaches of the planet and fulfilled a childhood dream in “Deepsea Challenge 3D,” a documentary that follows him on a record-breaking solo dive to the ocean’s depths.

Tightly crammed into the tiny capsule of a vertical-diving submarine, the director of Hollywood’s highest grossing films, “Avatar” and “Titanic,” plunged 35,787 feet (10,908 meters) to the deepest known place on Earth in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Aug 1, 2014

Manet’s ‘Le Printemps’ poised to reach record auction price

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Edouard Manet’s 1881 celebrated portrait “Le Printemps,” which has been owned by the same family for a century, will be auctioned for the first time this year and could fetch up to $35 million, Christie’s auction house said on Friday.

The rare profile painting of the young Parisian actress Jeanne Demarsy, one of Manet’s most famous works, will be among the highlights of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York on November 5.

Jul 29, 2014

James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up.”

From the gliding, intricate footwork to the hunched shoulders and fluid movements, Boseman had nailed Brown’s singular mannerisms and raspy voice.

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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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