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Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson

July 21, 2017 By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York at the Museum of the Moving Image, features more than 300 artifacts related to Henson’s career, including 47 puppets, character sketches,…

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Shock, thrill, excitement: Broadway stars react to their Tony nods

May 4, 2017 (Reuters) – From shock to excitement, nominees for this year’s Tony awards described their range of emotions when they found out they were recognized for their work on Broadway. Richard Thomas, 65, best known for playing John-Boy Walton in CBS TV series “The Waltons,” told Reuters on Wednesday that he was shocked to hear his name on the list for best actor in a featured role in a play, for “The Little Foxes.” “This is my first nomination and I’ve been working on the street for a…

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Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work

April 21, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children. They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television personality Gayle King, Viacom media executive Shari Redstone and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the board of the Clinton Foundation, at Variety’s Power of Women lunch recognizing their charitable work. Chastain backs women’s healthcare organization Planned Parenthood, which she credits for giving her “the career that I have today.” “I’m the first…

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‘No regrets’ says Mexican actress del Castillo of El Chapo interview

April 14, 2017 By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Mexican actress Kate del Castillo helped orchestrate a secret meeting between actor Sean Penn and drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in what became an explosive Rolling Stone article, little did she know she’d be drawing from the experience for her new Netflix series. In “Ingobernable,” which debuted on Netflix last month, del Castillo, 44, plays a fictional first lady of Mexico on the run after she is framed for her husband’s murder. “This is a woman who’s tried…

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