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Critics divided on Orlando Bloom's Broadway debut as Romeo
Cast member Orlando Bloom poses during a photocall for the film By Patricia Reaney 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. The New York Times praised Bloom for a "first-rate debut" but other critics were less enthusiastic, saying he lacked stage presence. ...
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NBC reality TV show to send winner to space with Virgin Galactic
Producer Mark Burnett accepts the award for Outstanding Reality - Competition Program for By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - After a decade of casting around for a space-themed show, reality TV producer Mark Burnett has finally found a way to launch his dream. On Thursday, Burnett, creator of "Survivor" and "The Voice" unveiled a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group, for a TV series that will send someone to space. ...
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Streep, Roberts do battle in dysfunction drama 'August: Osage County'
Julia Roberts arrives for the By Mary Milliken TORONTO (Reuters) - Right around Christmas, arguably the high season for family dysfunction, moviegoers will get a chance to compare their clans with the calamitous Westons of Oklahoma in the drama "August: Osage County." They may be thankful they don't have a mother like Violet, Meryl Streep's pill-popping, viper-tongued matriarch. Or they may find shades of themselves in Barb, Julia Roberts's bitter daughter who bristles at Violet's barbs and wallows in a world of unfulfilled promise. ...
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'Meatballs' sequel swallows up U.S., Canadian box office
Voice talents from the new Sony Pictures Animation film By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The sequel to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" devoured the weekend box office competition. The animated 3D "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," which tells the story of monster-sized fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers that come to life as "foodimals," earned $35 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday, easily beating all competitors. "Cloudy 2" outpaced car racing drama "Rush," which pulled in $10. ...
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Pope Francis bio fills gaps left by 'instant books'
Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanBy Tom Heneghan Paris (Reuters) - A wave of "instant books" about Pope Francis rushed into print after his surprise election last March left readers waiting for one that brought more insight into the two seemingly contradictory phases in his past. In "Pope Francis: Untying the Knots," British journalist Paul Vallely fills that gap by showing how the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio went from being the divisive head of the Jesuit order in Argentina in the 1970s to the humble and inclusive pastor he became once made a bishop in 1992. ...
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AP Interview: UN seeks Syria polio access
U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, center right, and Deputy Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad arrive to a hotel surrounded by security Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Damascus, Syria. Brahimi is on his first trip to the country in almost a year. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s health agency said Tuesday it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease in the country in 14 years, and a top U.N. official urged warring sides to grant health workers access to 500,000 children who have never received immunization.
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Derek Jacobi, Daniel Day-Lewis almost played Hannibal Lecter in ‘Silence of the Lambs'
Daniel Day Lewis accepts the Oscar for best actor for his role in By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Derek Jacobi almost had a chance to rhapsodize about the virtues of eating human liver with fava beans and a nice chianti. The acclaimed English star, who will forever be known for his portrayal of the deceptively simple emperor in the BBC adaptation of "I, Claudius," just missed out on a chance to play an even more iconic role. In his new autobiography "As Luck Would Have It," Jacobi reveals that he was one of three finalists to play the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 Best Picture winner "Silence of the Lambs. ...
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Patriots, Saints and Dolphins remain unbeaten
New England Patriots quarterback Brady celebrates after Patriots scored touchdown on pass to Patriots wide receiver Thompkins in first half of their NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in FoxboroughBy Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England, New Orleans and Miami maintained their perfect starts to the National Football League season on a wild and drama-packed Sunday. The Patriots, Saints and Dolphins joined the Kansas Chiefs with their third straight victories of the new season while the New York Giants and Washington Redskins were left wondering where their first wins will come from after embarrassing defeats. ...
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Elephants Understand Human Gesture, No Training Needed
Elephants Understand Human Gesture, No Training NeededElephants understand the human gesture of pointing, new research suggests.
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EU presidency proposes new weakening of EU car rules
New cars stand on a field outside the Audi factory in Ingolstadt near MunichBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lithuania, holder of the EU presidency, has made a new proposal to weaken rules on how much carbon new cars can emit from 2020, in line with demands from Germany and its luxury manufacturers, EU diplomats said. The proposal is stoking anger in Brussels, where Germany's negotiating tactics are regarded as heavy-handed. The latest compromise would allow a phase-in of a 95 grams per kilometer (g/km) limit on auto carbon dioxide emissions until 2022 and increase the number of supercredits, a mechanism that gives companies more flexibility, the diplomats said. ...
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