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Feb 12, 2015

Hugh Grant finds surprise salvation as an academic in ‘The Rewrite’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British actor Hugh Grant may be one of the most successful actors of his generation, but the star of the new film “The Rewrite” says he has always been attracted to the comedy of failure.

Grant, 54, plays Keith Michaels, a divorced Hollywood screenwriter facing hard times who finds romance and new meaning in life when he takes a college teaching job to avoid bankruptcy.

Feb 7, 2015

NBC to investigate anchor Williams’ Iraq war reporting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NBC launched an internal probe on Friday into top-rated “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams’ debunked claim that he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In an internal memo, NBC News President Deborah Turness told staffers that a team would gather the facts about the incident in which Williams, 55, falsely said he was in a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by an RPG.

Feb 4, 2015

Harper Lee’s second book sparks eager anticipation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee would publish a second novel half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic.

Until Tuesday when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced it would publish “Go Set a Watchman,” on July 14, few knew the book existed and even its 88-year-old author had thought it had been lost.

Jan 27, 2015

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joan Rivers’ daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging.

Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital.

Jan 26, 2015

Larry David’s Broadway play sets advance ticket sales record

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Comedian Larry David’s new
play, “Fish in the Dark,” is shaping up for a major opening on
Broadway next month and has already set a record for advance
ticket sales by racking up $13.5 million before a single

The comedy about death begins previews on Feb. 2 and opens
on March 5 for a limited 18-week run at the Cort Theatre. It is
written by and stars David, the co-creator and writer of the hit
comedy series “Seinfeld” and the star of HBO’s “Curb Your
Enthusiasm,” in his Broadway debut.

Jan 22, 2015

‘Strange Magic’ casts animated spell with pop tunes and fairies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Take one feisty fairy princess, a misunderstood villain and a spunky elf, add a magical potion and a soundtrack of classic pop songs and you have the recipe for the George Lucas animated film “Strange Magic,” a fairy tale about finding unexpected love.

Lucas, creator of the blockbuster “Star Wars” franchise, is the executive producer and wrote the story for the film that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Jan 21, 2015

Scale model of luxury liner Queen Mary to anchor onboard gallery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A scale model of the famed ocean liner Queen Mary, carved about 80 years ago from a 200-year-old white mahogany log and exact in every detail, will be the centerpiece of a new gallery on the ship that was the epitome of luxury travel in its heyday.

The 1/45th scale model, 21 feet long and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kg) includes a figure of Sir Winston Churchill on the afterdeck.

Jan 21, 2015

Singer Sam Smith, ‘Imitation Game,”Transparent’ receive GLAAD nods

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British singer Sam Smith, historical thriller “The Imitation Game” and the hit TV series “Transparent,” “Game of Thrones” and “Orange is the New Black” were among the nominees announced on Wednesday for 26th annual GLAAD Awards.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization said the equality and visibility of how the LGBT community is portrayed in the media has improved.

Jan 20, 2015

James Patterson to launch explosive ‘Private Vegas’

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – James Patterson, already among
the world’s best-selling authors, plans to shake up the
publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, “Private
Vegas,” which will self-destruct within 24 hours.

A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will be flown
to an undisclosed location for a meal with Patterson, the author
of “Unlucky 13″ an “Cross My Heart,” and receive a copy of the
book ahead of its launch on Jan. 26.

Jan 16, 2015

‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ ups ante for glitz in new Broadway version

NEW YORK (Reuters) – What happens in Las Vegas does not always stay there. “Honeymoon in Vegas,” based on the 1992 Nicholas Cage movie, arrived on Broadway on Thursday night with a winning dose of glitz and kitsch.

The musical, starring Tony Danza as a dapper, high-rolling gambler, is adapted from the movie of the same name which also featured James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker. Its Broadway opening at the Nederlander Theatre was replete with skydiving Elvis impersonators and sexy showgirls.

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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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