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Review: ‘Ashby’ Pairs a Retired C.I.A. Killer With a High School Nerd

Photo Spilling the beans to a teenager: Nat Wolff, far left, and Mickey Rourke in Tony McNamara’s “Ashby.” Credit Peter Taylor/Film Arcade, Paramount Pictures Mickey Rourke, who plays the title character in “Ashby,” is a bizarre sight in this overstuffed semicomedy, which has no idea what it wants to say. In his towering gray pompadour, Ashby suggests a vain, surgically ...

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Fendi and Ferretti Find a New Muse

Photo Fendi’s spring collection included bloomers, with a kind of halter harness covered in flowers cut from leather. Credit Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times MILAN — There’s a new muse in Milan this season, and she’s not a rock star or a movie idol; she’s Mother Nature. With an unseasonal storm battering the first day of Fashion Week, ...

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A Million Thanks: Pro Athletes Are Sharing the Wealth With Their Alma Maters

Photo Draymond Green, who signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Warriors this summer, recently announced a $3.1 million donation to Michigan State’s athletic department. Credit Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Universities have long turned to wealthy alumni to help finance their athletic departments, from the Nike founder Phil Knight’s fueling Oregon’s rise to prominence to the oil tycoon T. ...

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The Art Insider’s Guide to Stockholm

Photo The Stockholm city skyline. Credit Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images “Stockholm, and what is typically Swedish, is changing,” says Saskia Neuman, a native of the city that’s lately seemed to churn out even more cultural heavyweights than it does tall, beautiful people. Before her days as Absolut’s global art manager, Neuman lived in London, Venice and Berlin — adding to ...

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Where Tiny Houses and Big Dreams Grow

BARRYVILLE, N.Y. — Five years ago, Zach Klein, a successful tech entrepreneur then in his late 20s, was living in New York City but dreaming of the wilderness. A former Eagle scout, partner at CollegeHumor, and founder of Vimeo, the elegant online video platform, he was in between ventures, teaching entrepreneurship at the School of Visual Arts and spinning cycles, ...

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Vladimir Putin Calls Elton John — This Time, for Real

MOSCOW — This time, the Russians said, it really happened. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia telephoned the singer-songwriter Elton John, who had asked for a meeting with him to discuss the status of gay rights in Russia. Mr. John announced on Instagram last week that Mr. Putin had called him. But as the story circulated on social media, it ...

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Daily Report: China Promises to Work With U.S. to Prevent Cybercrime

Photo Credit In Seattle, the talk was of cooperation. In a speech to American business leaders Tuesday night, China’s president, Xi Jinping, pledged to work with the United States to prevent cybercrime. Mr. Xi’s long-anticipated visit comes over increased tensions over what White House officials say has been a concerted effort by China to attack the computer networks of businesses ...

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At My Yoga Class, Sleepwalking No More

Photo Credit Morgan Rachel Levy for The New York Times It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Or even a middle-aged guy. But I wasn’t prepared to find my world turned upside-down by a simple yoga class. Confession: I do like my Sunday ritual, which consists of taking Zoe, my Jack Russell terrier, for a long ...

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‘Serial’ Podcast to Take Up Bowe Bergdahl Case

Photo Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.Credit US Army The next season of the hugely successful podcast “Serial” will focus on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier who went missing from his base while deployed in Afghanistan in 2009 and held prisoner by the Taliban, a person familiar with the project said. The season will be co-produced by Page One, ...

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A Husband’s Serious Illness Strengthens a Marriage

Photo The couple at the Community Education Center where Terri works. Credit Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times Language, for the Philadelphia playwright Ed Shockley, has always been a saving grace, the funnel through which he poured his intellect and emotion and perspective. Mr. Shockley, who is fluent in Spanish and Swahili and manages in French and Chinese, gracefully ...

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