Eli Wallach, the ultimate supporting actor

The late Eli Wallach in The Magnificent Seven.

He smoldered on screen with an intensity that reached through the camera. No matter the size of the roles he played, even when the parts offered just a few lines of dialogue, he invested the characterization with a seriousness of the acting “method” that he studied as a founding member of the ...

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Town Players make ‘Hating Hamlet’ fun

Jordan Rose Lee and Stephen Saxton in a scene from the comedy ‘I Hate Hamlet,’ which opened last weekend at the Town Players of Newtown Little Theatre. —Michael Stanley

It’s easy to be drawn to Paul Rudnick’s comedy “I Hate Hamlet” even before the play begins at the Little Theatre, Newtown. Just knowing a little about some of the fascinating background to this play immediately intrigues readers. Rudnick actually lived in actor John Barrymore’s New York ...

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Season of celebrations and gifts

Q.  We have been invited to both college and high school graduation parties and have no idea whether we need to take a gift, and if so, what it should be. A.  Yes, a gift is in order when you are invited to a graduation party. For high school grads, traditional gifts include a check... Read More

Cool off with this Italian treat: Affogato

When is an espresso not an espresso? When it becomes affogato.

After all that snow we had this winter and a wet, rainy spring, summer is finally here! It is a perfect time to get out outside and enjoy the warm weather. And that is just what Judy and I will be doing. Dining outdoors with friends and family has always been favorite of ours. There... Read More

Kristin Scott Thomas illuminates Before the Winter Chill

Kristin Scott Thomas in Before the Winter Chill.

There’s something so relaxing about watching movies from France. Unlike many films made in the USA — which can feel conceived by committee and developed in corporate board rooms — the French let characters breathe. They permit their stories to take leisurely strolls through the emotional ...

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Brando singing and dancing; two Redford gems; comedy classic

Big stars in classic movies highlight what’s available this weekend on broadcast and cable channels. Some offerings return us to Hollywood’s golden age while others paint more recent pictures. Check these out. Guys and Dolls (1955) Marlon Brando is well remembered for his masterful dramatic ...

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Coming out of hibernation; Schaghticoke Mtn. hike June 29

Mountain Laurel blooming recently in Devil's Den. —Rob McWilliams photo

  The hiking community around here, like the black bears out in our wilder woods, mostly slumbers through the winter months. From December to the first warm day of spring, you hike alone, or share a hushed trail with a few kindred souls. Then, about when the leaves come out, it is as if ...

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