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May 29, 2014

War documentary ‘Korengal” explores consequences of combat

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – Director and writer Sebastian
Junger took audiences into a combat zone with U.S. soldiers in
Afghanistan in his first documentary and goes a step further in
“Korengal,” delving into their psyche to explore the experience
and effects of war.

The film, opening in New York on Friday and across the
United States in June and July, is a follow-up to his 2011
Oscar-nominated film “Restrepo,” which chronicled the lives of
U.S. soldiers defending a hilltop outpost in the Korengal
Valley, one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan.

May 16, 2014

U.S. TV journalist Barbara Walters bids farewell after 53-year career

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pioneering U.S. journalist Barbara Walters, who paved the way for women in television news and was the first female to co-anchor a network evening news program, retired on Friday after an illustrious 53-year career.

The 84-year-old TV newswoman bid farewell on “The View,” the morning talk show she created in 1997 during a career that spanned events ranging from President Richard Nixon’s historic journey to China in 1972 to interviews with several generations of celebrities and world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.

May 14, 2014

Abstract work by Barnett Newman tops Christie’s contemporary art sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American artist Barnett Newman’s abstract painting “Black Fire I” sold for $84.2 million at Christie’s contemporary art sale on Tuesday, setting a new auction record for the artist and confirming the buoyancy of the global art market.

The price, including buyer’s premium, easily surpassed the previous record of $43.8 million set a year earlier for Newman’s “Onement VI,” and topped the $80.8 million a private Asian buyer paid at Tuesday’s sale for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards”.

Apr 22, 2014

Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama ‘Boulevard’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama “Boulevard,” starring Oscar winner Robin Williams.

Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in “Boulevard,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27.

Apr 21, 2014

French, American cultures collide in romantic comedy ’5 to 7′

NEW YORK (Reuters) – French and American attitudes about food, wine, world events, and love and marriage collide in “5 to 7,” a love story set in New York that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

While for Americans 5 to 7 is the typical time when bars offer discounted drinks and food, the French have a decidedly different take on happy hour.

Apr 17, 2014

Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theater

NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – From final fittings at a
famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young
choreographer’s new work for the New York City Ballet and a
global tour of “Richard III,” documentaries at the Tribeca Film
Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass.

This year documentaries run the gamut of topics from digital
currency in “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” to the last natural
habitat for Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas in “Virunga”
and “Misconception” about the consequences of world population

Apr 14, 2014

Singer Audra McDonald transforms into Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – Singer Audra McDonald, a
five-time Tony winner, channels legendary American jazz singer
Billie Holiday in the Broadway musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s
Bar & Grill” in a performance critics described as a
“spellbinding tour de force” and “intoxicating.”

McDonald, 43, is a classically trained soprano who won her
last best actress Tony for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” in
2012. But in “Lady Day” she becomes Holiday, who is considered
one of the greatest jazz singers ever.

Apr 11, 2014

Tribeca Film Fest offers eclectic mix of documentary, indie films

NEW YORK, April 11 (Reuters) – More than a decade after it
was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the Sept.
11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for
documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground
for new talent and digital innovations in cinema.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday with “Time Is Illmatic,”
a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of
his groundbreaking 1994 debut album “Illmatic,” from which he
will perform after the screening.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Railway Man’ revisits war prisoner’s horror and forgiveness

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shortly before wrapping up filming for “The Railway Man,” a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn’t know how to do it.

The English Oscar-winner saw the dream as a metaphor for the film, based on a true story and best-selling autobiography, and the responsibility he felt in portraying a man who had suffered in silence for decades before finding the power of forgiveness.

Apr 9, 2014

Space memorabilia auction hits $1 million mark in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An emblem that traveled with U.S. astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.

Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors, ranging in age from their late 20s upwards, from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone, Internet or in person in New York on Tuesday.

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