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Jan 12, 2015

Film series brings major art exhibitions to U.S. theaters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmakers are bringing major art exhibitions featuring the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt from museums around the globe to U.S. theaters with a series of movies that will take audiences on a guided tour of the shows.

The first film, “Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern,” will be screened up to 350 selected theaters across the United States on Tuesday. It details the acclaimed “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” exhibition, which attracted more than 560,000 visitors to London’s Tate Modern, making it the museum’s most popular show ever.

Jan 6, 2015

DASH named best overall diet for fifth year: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The DASH diet, rich in vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, has been named the best overall diet for the fifth consecutive year, outpacing Weight Watchers and the Mediterranean diet, U.S. News & World Report said on Tuesday.

DASH, which was developed to lower blood pressure without medication, was also chosen by a panel of health experts as the top diabetes diet and the best plan for healthy eating.

Dec 24, 2014

Bradley Cooper sets high targets in new film ‘American Sniper’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Bradley Cooper is quick to say that “American Sniper,” his film about Navy Seal sharpshooter Chris Kyle, is not about the Iraq conflict but an intimate character study of the harrowing impact of war on a soldier and his family.

The dual Academy Award nominee, who is also a producer of the film, directed by Clint Eastwood, had planned to collaborate with Kyle to bring his story to the big screen.

Dec 23, 2014

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ mines human spirit, survival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie never expected to direct a film with shark attacks, plane crashes and prisoner-of-war camps, but she found the story of a World War Two hero so compelling she tackled them in “Unbroken,” a biopic about survival, faith and forgiveness.

The Oscar-winning actress and second-time director was half-way through Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about Olympic runner and POW survivor Louis “Louie” Zamperini when she knew she wanted to make it into a film.

Dec 22, 2014

‘Into the Woods’ goes darkly beyond happy ever after

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Wishes are granted, dreams come
true and Cinderella is rescued by her prince, but it is not all
happily ever after in “Into the Woods,” the film adaptation of
the Tony-winning Broadway musical that puts a modern spin on
fairly tales.

Director Rob Marshall worked closely with composer Stephen
Sondheim and James Lapine in adapting their musical for the
film that opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day.

Dec 22, 2014

Rock star Sting buoys ‘The Last Ship’ with Broadway role

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rock star Sting has boosted ticket sales of his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” and won praise for his performance as a foreman in the show based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeast England.

“The Last Ship,” the first Broadway musical written by Sting, opened on Oct. 26 to mixed reviews, winning praise for his rousing score but losing points for its confused, tangled story.

Dec 12, 2014

Epic ‘Exodus’ casts Christian Bale’s Moses as reluctant leader

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With massive battle scenes, biblical plagues and a towering tidal wave, British director Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is an epic historical drama and retelling of the story of Moses as a reluctant prophet.

Shot in 3D with striking visual effects, 20th Century Fox’s “Exodus” is the latest biblical-theme film to be released in 2014, dubbed the “year of the Bible.”

Dec 5, 2014

Not all magic and fairy dust for live TV production of Peter Pan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of fans tuned in to watch a high-flying Allison Williams as Peter Pan and a tap-dancing Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in a live television production of the classic musical that drew mixed reactions from fans and critics.

The three-hour production of “Peter Pan Live!” that aired on NBC on Thursday night was the Comcast-owned network’s latest live action musical, following last year’s “Sound of Music.”

Dec 3, 2014

Celebrations of summer spark tragedy in Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Liv Ullmann’s newest film, “Miss
Julie,” is set in rural Ireland in the late 19th century but the
Norwegian actress and director says the themes of the period
drama about class, power and desire are still relevant today.

Ullmann adapted and directed the film, which opens in
limited release on Friday, from Swedish playwright August
Strindberg’s play of the same name. It depicts the social
restraints and struggle for dominance between a woman and her
father’s valet on Midsummer’s Eve, a celebration of the summer

Dec 2, 2014

‘A Most Violent Year’ tops National Board of Review film awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Board of Review on Tuesday awarded “A Most Violent Year,” a drama about a man fighting to protect his business in early 1980s New York City, prizes for best film, actor and supporting actress in the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars.

The star of the film, Oscar Isaac, shared the best acting prize with Michael Keaton, who portrayed a has-been actor in “Birdman.” Jessica Chastain nabbed the supporting actress prize for playing Isaac’s wife.

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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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