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A Minute With: Dustin Hoffman on his directing debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman stepped behind the camera for his directing debut with the British film "Quartet" about a group of retired opera singers. It opens in U.S. theaters in Wednesday. The film, which stars Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay, tells the story of former members of a famous quartet who live in a retirement home for musicians. Old rivalries come to the surface when the fourth member, played by actress Maggie Smith, moves in.

Vegan pizza, smoked salmon Oscars on offer at post-Oscars ball

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's elite will chow down on vegan pizza and kale salad in addition to the traditional smoked salmon Oscars at the annual Governor's Ball after next month's Academy Awards ceremony, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck announced on Tuesday. Unveiling his menu for the year's biggest movie party, Puck said chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, mini Kobe burgers, Japanese baby peach salad, steamed red snapper with Thai spice, Tuna Nicoise and his signature gold-dusted mini-chocolate Oscars also would be served.

Bolshoi Ballet director says asked for protection after threats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director told a Russian newspaper he had received threats for more than a month before a masked attacker threw acid in his face last week but his request for protection was rebuffed. Sergei Filin, who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, had surgery to treat severe facial burns on Tuesday and was preparing for a second eye operation on Wednesday to preserve his sight.

"Death Wish" director Michael Winner dies aged 77

LONDON (Reuters) - Flamboyant British film director Michael Winner, best known for the "Death Wish" series of the 1970s and 80s, died at his London home on Monday. He was 77. In a statement released to the media, his wife Geraldine said: "A light has gone out in my life."