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NEW YORK – All winter and spring, the Broadway producer Joey Parnes wore his game face to the advertising meetings at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays for his $7.5 million musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” The show was losing money most weeks, and his big bet – that the June 8 Tony Awards could be a game changer – was a ways…

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LOS ANGELES – In the dim light of a gutted department store, through the dust of nearby construction, Kerry Brougher sees a flickering movie future filled with “hundreds of different cinemas.” For tiny screens. Vast ones. Theaters yet to be conceived.His problem now is to fit an art form that is already bursting through old walls into a new film museum…

Lifestyles

Our friends love modern art but don't really drink; my companion and I are closer to the reverse. So as we researched places where we could travel and all come away happy, Colomé, in northwest Argentina, stood out. It's a mountain winery with a contemporary art museum and sounded like the perfect two-couple compromise – a little bit high culture, a little bit grand cru.I e…

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NEW YORK – Barbara Walters got out while the gets were still good.On Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first surprise guest to pay homage to Walters on her last day as a host on “The View.”Clinton was followed by a parade of television stars whose career paths were paved – at least in part – by Walters, including Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Jane Pauley. Celebritie…

WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission voted, 3-2, Thursday to move forward with a set of proposed rules aimed at guaranteeing an open Internet, prohibiting high-speed Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against legal content flowing through their pipes.While the plan is meant to prevent data from being knowingly slowed by Internet provid…

Theater

NEW YORK – As she’d be the first to tell you, Michelle Williams, a movie star with practically no experience as a singer and dancer, was not an obvious choice to play the nightclub entertainer Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” She is making her Broadway debut in the role, at Studio 54, in the Roundabout Theater Company’s resuscitation of its leg…

Nation and World

NEW YORK – James R. Schlesinger, a tough Cold War strategist who served as secretary of defense under Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford and became the nation’s first secretary of energy under President Jimmy Carter, died Thursday in Baltimore. He was 85.Schlesinger died in Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of complications of pneumonia, said his daughter An…

NEW YORK – It was nearly five years ago that any doubts were laid to rest among engineers at General Motors Co. about a dangerous and faulty ignition switch. At a meeting on May 15, 2009, they learned that data in the black boxes of Chevrolet Cobalts confirmed a potentially fatal defect existed in hundreds of thousands of cars.But in the months and years that followed, as …

Festivals

AUSTIN, Texas – For nearly 30 years, the irreverent soul of this Texas capital city has been linked with what has been billed as the biggest music festival of its kind in the world – the ever-expanding mash-up of music, culture, technology and buzz known as South by Southwest.But when two people were killed and at least 23 were injured shortly after midnight …

GENEVA — Russian officials accused the Syrian opposition’s Western backers on Friday of focusing solely on “regime change” and said the government would only discuss political transition if its opponents agreed on a joint fight with the government against terrorism.The declarations — unlikely to produce compromise because the government tends to define all its armed oppone…

Music

NEW YORK – Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in Beacon.His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who said he died of natural causes in NewYork-Pres…

JERUSALEM – Israeli leaders denounced the agreement reached Sunday in Geneva that would temporarily halt Iran’s nuclear program, saying they were not bound by it and reiterating the principle that Israel would be ready to defend itself without assistance against any threat.After weeks of intense lobbying against any deal between the world powers and Iran that does not ensu…

Timothy F. Geithner will join the private equity firm Warburg Pincus as president, the firm announced Saturday, the former Treasury secretary’s first new prominent position since leaving office this year.The unusually low-key announcement – made with little fanfare on a Saturday morning – is Geithner’s first foray into the private sector in 25 years, after serving in the T…

Nation and World

WASHINGTON – President Obama will nominate Janet L. Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve today, administration officials said Tuesday night, ending an unusually public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world.Obama’s first choice for the job – Lawrence H. Summers, a former adviser to the president – dropped out of the running…

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Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-selling and best-known authors, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 66.Ivan Held, president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, his longtime publisher, did not provide a cause of death. His lawyer, J.W. Thompson Webb, said that he ha…