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First Nighter: Noel Coward's Song at Twilight in Top-Drawer Revival

David Finkle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When you look over the plays Noel Coward trumpeted during his fabulous career, few give the impression of being in any direct way autobiographical.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

Shop(ping) Talk

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

I went to yet another violin shop this weekend. The fine violin shop cliche is a beautiful space in a prime location with oriental rugs and antiques peppered throughout.

Gene, Larry, and Phil

David Finckel | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

What greeted their mortified cellist in the wings, after having caused the ultimate concert disaster, was not anger but gales of hysterical laughter and a tidal wave of empathy. Knowing that I could not possibly have felt any worse, their instinctive reaction to see the funny side of situation saved me.

Touring Scenarios: Places, People and Passion

David Finckel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Over the past thirty-four seasons my world has grown to enormous proportions of extraordinary depth and richness because of the places and people now as familiar to me as my own home, and in some cases, as my own family.

Caregiving Goes To The Oscars

Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

As more than 1 billion viewers gear up to watch the annual Academy Awards this Sunday, it struck me that we have two Oscar Best Picture contenders and one movie overlooked by the Academy but chock full of Oscar gold players and a first-time director which represent some of the most poignant caregiving moments brought to film in 2012.

Older Movie Couples With Chemistry

Michele Willens | Posted 04.17.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Maybe it was just the particular media I happened to watch this week, but I have been thinking about chemistry. (No, not the kind I couldn't pass in high school.) But a different kind of chemistry. And what I am finding is that coupling among 'mature' adults does not necessarily connote sedate or boring.

Popcorn Preview: Quartet

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.28.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Quartet (2012) Cast includes: Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), Billy Connolly (The Boondock Sa...

Mallika Rao

Why Dustin Hoffman's Directoral Debut Film Almost Didn't Happen

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts

In "Quartet," a group of retired classical musicians in England try to raise funds for their stately but financially troubled nursing home by putting ...

What He Did For The First Time Ever

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment

TORONTO — At least Dustin Hoffman is honest when asked why it took him so long to make his directing debut. "I don't know," Hoffman said....

Make Your Music

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 03.24.2013 | Arts
Alexander Goerlach

Life is dull without music. Dustin Hoffman's movie Quartet is the perfect occasion to dust off your old instrument and start playing.

If You Want Older People to Work Longer, You Have to Give Them Jobs

Christina Patterson | Posted 03.21.2013 | Business
Christina Patterson

We need people in "human resources" to realize that you're still "human" when you're over 50, and to be trained in how to recruit and train employees who are older than them.

Must-See Indie Films This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

January is traditionally a spillover month for late-December releases, almost all of them vying for critics' awards and, of course, the Oscar. There are some worthy candidates this year, along with well-intentioned films that suffer from what might be called December Bloat.

At Last, Some Films That Acknowledge That People Get Old

Christina Patterson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Arts
Christina Patterson

Yes, people do get old, though you wouldn't normally know it from films. But at the moment, if you choose carefully, you might.

Movie Review: Quartet

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quartet is harmless, a mild blend of comedy and sentiment, heavy on the sentiment and, unfortunately, far too light on the comedy.

Quartet: Dustin Hoffman as Breakthrough Director

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Fresh from Kennedy Center Honors, the actor Dustin Hoffman was promoting his new movie, Quartet, his directorial debut. At a Q&A following a screening last week, the Academy Award-winning actor noted the relationship between acting and directing.

The 9th Dubai International Film Festival: Celebrities, Galas and Magnificent Films

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

With some great ball gowns packed already -- one thing DIFF does not do is casual! -- a thirst for discovering new favorites and watching once again a few films near and dear to my heart, I look forward to the 9th Dubai International Film Festival.

Woodstock Is Also A Town

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 01.07.2013 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

Every autumn, as soon as the leaves begin to turn, I'm there in my imagination and, fortunately, often physically.

The Two-State-Solution is Dead, One-State is the Answer

Nehad Ismail | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Nehad Ismail

Former Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg endorsed the one-state solution in an article in Haaretz in December 2011, and called the entire left to do the same. Burg has flirted with the idea in the past, but he was never so explicitly.

The Worst Possible Option

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Shai Baitel

Whoever agrees that the preferred solution to the conflict are two-states-for-two-peoples needs to realize that this possibility to implement is gradually slipping away while no progress, however small or incremental, is being made.

Six Questions for Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Jonathan Guyer

I sat down with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the The Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee and discussed the PLO's strategies for 2012.

Panetta Meets Egyptian Leaders, Urges Release Of U.S.-Born Man Accused Of Spying

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

CAIRO — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he urged Egyptian leaders to release a U.S.-born man being held for allegedly being an Israeli spy, ...

Dramatic Bid For Palestinian Statehood On Hold At U.N.; Major Powers Buy Time

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 11.24.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The speeches from Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu illustrated the gulf between Israelis and Palestinians -- a fear their existence is at stake and widely disparate accounts of a painful shared history.

Victims of Obstructionism at the Security Council

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

Will August be the month of surprises, or will September be the month of confrontation and frustration? The United Nations is watching and waiting, with a mixed sense of defiance and vigilance.

Freedom Flotilla II: No to a Kinder, Gentler Siege

Nadia Hijab | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

The Gaza flotilla is not about delivering "goods" to transform Israel's siege into a kinder, gentler blockade. Rather, it is to deliver this question: By what right does Israel besiege Gaza? And this answer: None, under international law.