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Matthew Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ and male friendships

by Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters

August 22, 2014 | 3:05 pm

Matthew Weiner in Los Angeles on Aug. 8. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

As the creator of "Mad Men," AMC Networks' period TV drama and its brooding, dysfunctional ad man Don Draper, Matthew Weiner has had some experience in exploring the male psyche.

In his... read full article

  • CBS to adapt British sitcom about Jewish family

    by JTA

    August 22, 2014 | 11:52 am

    CBS will adapt a British sitcom called “Friday Night Dinner” about a Jewish family.

    The British show, created by Robert Popper, is about the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family with two sons who come home each week for Friday night dinner.

    According to entertainment...

  • Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams at Emmys

    Reuters

    August 20, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on Wednesday.

    Crystal, 66, who rose to fame in the 1970s comedy circuit that also thrust Williams into the spotlight, will commemorate...

  • Daniel Radcliffe’s first rom-com ‘What If’ taps into writer’s romantic experiences

    by Gerri Miller

    August 20, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    The new film “What If” marks “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe’s first foray into romantic comedy. It’s the brainchild of Canadian-Jewish writer Elan Mastai, and it explores whether members of the opposite sex can be friends if one develops deeper feelings for the other and that...

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  • Showbiz meets shtetl: Helping Hollywood get Hasidim right

    by Miriam Moster

    August 18, 2014 | 11:33 am

    When it comes to Hasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume.

    But that approach isn’t without its challenges.

    Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher Hasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast...

  • Robin Williams was sober, had Parkinson’s at death

    Reuters

    August 14, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Robin Williams was sober and suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well as anxiety and depression at the time of his apparent suicide, the actor's wife said in a statement on Thursday.

    Susan Schneider said the actor "was not yet ready to share publicly" his...

  • Remembering Lauren Bacall

    by Steve North

    August 12, 2014 | 5:48 pm

    It was 1984, and Shimon Peres had just become Prime Minister of Israel.

    As a feature reporter/producer at a radio network, I wanted to get a comment on his new position from someone appropriate. Israel’s first prime minister (and Peres mentor) David Ben-Gurion was no longer...

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