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Shakespeare’s Globe theaters sets stage for new funding for culture

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – – William Shakespeare’s Globe theaters is taking on a new role as a financial trail-blazer by seeking to tap into a form of funding dominated to date by social enterprises and charities. The Globe theaters … Continue reading

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Two new accusers say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two more women came forward on Friday accusing veteran comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens. Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro joined the more than three … Continue reading

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Oscars producers out after three years and a TV ratings drop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last three Academy Awards telecasts, will not be returning for next year’s Oscars, the ceremony organizers said on Thursday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, … Continue reading

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Final curtain for ‘Downton Abbey’ after Season 6

LONDON (Reuters) – The hugely successful British period drama “Downton Abbey” will wind up after the sixth season, its executive producer said on Thursday, but a possible movie version cannot be ruled out. “There’s so many different explanations” for the … Continue reading

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Guitarist John Renbourn, of ’60s folk-jazz band Pentangle, dies at 70

LONDON (Reuters) – Acclaimed guitarist John Renbourn, founding member of 1960s progressive folk group Pentangle, has died at age 70, British media reported on Friday. He was found dead by police at his home in Scotland after failing to show … Continue reading

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After actor’s death, ‘Furious 7′ director drives film to finish

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When his lead actor died suddenly, James Wan knew there was not another director who could give him advice on how to finish the film. Wan was in the midst of the punishing production of “Furious … Continue reading

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TV documentary probes mysteries, treatments, advances in cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For documentary maker Ken Burns the film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” has a special significance because the multiple Emmy award-winner’s mother died of the disease when he was a boy. Burns was 11 years … Continue reading

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Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but ‘not a great deal of hope’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was little hope. In an interview with WBLS radio in … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey to wind up after sixth season, producer says

LONDON (Reuters) – The hugely popular British period drama “Downton Abbey” will wind up after a sixth season, its executive producer Gareth Neame said on Thursday, but he would not be drawn on how the show would end. “There’s so … Continue reading

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‘The Girl on the Train’ No. 1 on bestsellers list for ninth week

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Author Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” kept the top spot No. 1 on the U.S. bestsellers list for the ninth consecutive week on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers … Continue reading

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