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For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, too

For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, too

UNIONDALE, NY — As the Boston Bruins buzz the Islanders net throughout the opening period of a game at the Nassau Coliseum, Stan Fischler is standing 10 feet behind the Plexiglas to the left of New York goaltender Kevin Poulin.

Fischler, a hockey broadcaster for four decades, can feel the rattling boards of forechecking Bruins.

There’s no place he’d rather be.

Providing New York-area hockey fans with a bird’s-eye view and expert analysis is what Fischler, 81, has done on broadcasts of Islanders, Rangers and Devils games. He’s had a love affair with the sport since he was introduced to it quite by accident as a seven-year-old growing up in Brooklyn.

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Denverite to direct film starring Bruce Dern

Denverite to direct film starring Bruce DernANY writer knows that one of the hardest things to accomplish these days is selling a book. Another, perhaps even more daunting task, is getting an actual movie made. Arnie Grossman, a Denver author and screenwriter, has now done both. He is also directing the movie he wrote, “The Boat Builder,” which will star Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern. When asked how he has now managed to accomplish what he has only dreamed of doing, he says, “I have to admit there was some kind of alignment of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:42 )

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Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh light

Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh lightLOS ANGELES — For cinematic observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this is a banner year, with both sides choosing Oscar submissions that center on the Israeli occupation. Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish state, was eliminated early by the Academy Awards selection committee. The Palestinian “Omar” is among the five finalists among foreign language films. Although it is considered a long shot to ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:56 )

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Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentary

Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentaryLOS ANGELES — When French director Claude Lanzmann finished filming and editing his eight-hour epic “Shoah” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man. The man was Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish council, or Judenrat, in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the only Nazi-installed “elder of the Jews” not killed during the Holocaust. Compressed into the 3 1/2-hour documentary “The Last of the Unjust,” t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:56 )

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‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritageBOSTON — There’s nothing like a star-studded Hollywood movie to shine a light on a little-known piece of history. That’s the hope of Robert Edsel, who wrote the book that inspired “The Monuments Men,” the George Clooney-Matt Damon film that opens today, Feb. 7, in theaters across the country. The all-star cast also includes Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. Clooney, who directed the film, teamed to write and produce it with Gr...

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 08:14 )

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