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The Long Goodbye: Standing O for Obamas at Star-Studded Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

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Al Pacino’s Producer: Lifting Economic Sanctions Good for Iran’s Film Industry

Barry Navidi—who produced the Al Pacino vehicles, “The Merchant of Venice,” “Salome,” and “Wild Salome,” and is touring with Pacino’s current one-man show—spoke with Variety in Tehran during the International Urban Cities Film Festival. He asserted his excitement about the rapprochement between the Obama administration and Iran because it will encourage fimmaking in Iran.