NEW YORK (Reuters) – Emmy-winner John Malkovich returns to U.S. television on Friday as the swashbuckling 18th century pirate Blackbeard, ruling over a secret Caribbean island while outwitting and eluding the English navy, in the new NBC television drama “Crossbones.”
The adventure series that premieres on Friday is a reimagining of the story of the notorious English buccaneer, named for his dark Biblical beard and fierce appearance, who terrorized the seas and plundered ships.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Original manuscripts and autographed drawings for two acclaimed books produced by former Beatle John Lennon in the mid-1960s will be sold at auction next week in New York, Sotheby’s said on Thursday.
Eighty nine lots, ranging in price from $500 to $70,000, produced for the 1964 book “In His Own Write” and “A Spaniard in the Works,” published in 1965, will go under the hammer.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.