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Sep 30, 2013

Born to Bollywood royalty, Ranbir Kapoor makes new film a family affair

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.

Sep 30, 2013

Miley Cyrus aimed to ‘make history’ with video awards performance

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.

Sep 25, 2013

Provocative Balthus paintings focus of New York museum exhibition

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.

Sep 24, 2013

Kings of Leon draws on sounds of its past for ‘Mechanical Bull’

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.”

Sep 20, 2013

Critics divided on Orlando Bloom’s Broadway debut as Romeo

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.

Sep 18, 2013

New York’s MoMA exhibition explores Rene Magritte’s surrealist work

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.

Sep 16, 2013

John Grisham’s ‘Time to Kill’ adapted for Broadway stage

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.

Sep 12, 2013

Book Talk: ‘Empty Mansions’ reveals life of reclusive heiress

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.”

Sep 10, 2013

Designers opt for elegance, ease in spring New York collections

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Soft, billowing fabrics in
muted colors with bursts of yellow, cobalt blue, black and red
dominated the runways on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week as
designers showing their spring/summer 2014 collections looked
back to earlier, elegant eras.

With pleated, wide-legged trousers, sheer blouses, beaded,
backless column gowns and tailored dresses and skirts, many
styles were reminiscent of the 1920s and ’30s.

Sep 6, 2013

Argentine designers showcase Latin talent at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – With tailored suits, intricate
knits and meticulously hand-dyed fabrics, Argentine designers
displaying their Spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion
Week on Friday showed the South American nation’s fashion
industry is flourishing.

The seven Buenos Aires-based designers chosen to represent
Argentine fashion ranged from Romina Reinoso, 25, showing the
first collection of her label Tenaz, to Fabian Zitta, who has
created costumes for TV and films, and industry veteran Viviana
Uchitel.

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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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