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This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in a scene from "The Theory of Everything." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Liam Daniel)

Redmayne Challenged To Portray Hawking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Toronto — At age 32, Eddie Redmayne is still boyish, with freckles not always visible on screen, a generous head of hair, a wardrobe that includes both a black leather jacket and Converse sneakers, and a humility about the praise that welcomes him as he walks into a hotel room one Sunday morning. In The Theory of Everything, he plays …

There’s Nothing Personal, but Katie Holmes Is All Business

Friday, November 28, 2014

“This is going to make us cry, isn’t it?” Katie Holmes asked me. We were sitting in a screening room on the Sony lot, waiting for the movie Foxcatcher to start. She’d rushed into the near-empty theater a few minutes late, an overstuffed purse slung over her shoulder. After sinking into her seat, she slipped her ballet flats off and put her feet …

Russia Understands Religion

Friday, November 28, 2014

Washington — I’m not sure if it was out of personal preference or as a concession to his interviewer that Dmitry Sverdlov asked to meet me at a 1950s-style American diner in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod neighborhood. With the Beach Boys harmonizing on the jukebox and Marilyn Monroe and James Dean looking down from the walls, the small-town Orthodox priest-turned-tech entrepreneur tells me how he …

Court Case Tests Free Speech on Internet

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — About a week after Tara Elonis convinced a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: “Fold up your PFA (protection-from-abuse order) and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?” …

Obama Won’t Back Down on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Sunday responded to Republican critics who have accused him of acting like an emperor with his recent immigration actions, repeating his challenge for Congress to “pass a bill.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders spent the weekend trying to craft a viable political response to the …

More Than 40 Dead in Afghan Blast

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest Sunday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people and injuring scores in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults …

Putin: Crimea Move A Strategic Decision sia won’t be isolated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Moscow — Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a “strategic decision,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Sunday, brushing aside a suggestion that tough retaliatory sanctions may have come as a surprise. Putin said that sanctions, lower oil prices and a plummeting currency would …

Navy Admiral Denies Role in Counterfeiting Casino Chips

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them. Investigation records say his DNA was found on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to …

Brooklyn Shows Its ‘Killer Heels’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Manhattan may have hosted Fashion Week, but Brooklyn’s got “Killer Heels.” A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks …

Coffee and a Kitty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle …

Money Talk: Disabled Nephew Has Student Loan Options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: My nephew was persuaded by a recruiter to attend a for-profit technical college. Then, once he entered, his “advisers” persuaded him to take many, many classes — at full price — always handing him student loan paperwork to get more loans. Then they persuaded him to change …