Jewish Journal

Almost Interesting

By Joy Bennett

December 8, 2015 | 4:51 pm

I just finished David Spade's book Almost Interesting and was pleasantly surprised -- he tells of his struggle to escape an unfortunate childhood and starting out in comedy, including the ups and downs of fame.  He tells about his insecurities while writing comedy, getting attacked by his assistant and other pitfalls of making it.  A most enjoyable read!

  • Brooklyn Film

    By Joy Bennett

    November 8, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Yesterday I saw the film Brooklyn, what a sweet, moving film about an Irish immigrant!  Very enjoyable, almost an old-fashioned feel to the film.

  • New Staples Sports Bar

    By Joy Bennett

    October 12, 2015 | 11:25 am

    If you are heading out to the Staples Center for a game soon, check out the new Draft Kings Fantasy Sports Bar and Lounge.  They have a nice menu and environment, and it's a comfy place to wait for the game to start!

  • Catch & Release

    By Joy Bennett

    August 10, 2015 | 6:29 pm

    This evening I tried the new Catch & Release fish restaurant in Marina Del Rey, a wonderful place.  Very fresh ingredients, lovingly prepared.  Friendly staff, too!

  • Ricki and the Flash

    By Joy Bennett

    August 10, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    We went to see Ricki and the Flash over the weekend, Meryl Streep was terrific!  Is there anything she can't do?  She makes so-so movies good and good movies spectacular just because she's there.  Rick Springfield was great, too!

  • Bru’s Wiffle Place

    By Joy Bennett

    July 22, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    Today for lunch I tried Bru's Wiffle Place, a cute and unique place in Santa Monica on Wilshire near 24th Street.  They have all sorts of dishes with waffles, burgers, chicken, desserts, and serve alcohol, a yummy place. Not open for dinner though, and it does get crowded!

  • LA Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    June 8, 2015 | 11:47 am

    The huge Los Angeles Film Festival runs from June 10th to 18th, check it out at lafilmfest.com.  Also, I saw Spy over the weekend, another great hit for Melissa McCarthy!

  • Dances with Films

    By Joy Bennett

    May 13, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    The excellent film festival in Los Angeles, Dances with Films, runs this year from May 28th through June 7th in Hollywood.  They have an expertly curated selection of independent films and outstanding panels all for reasonable prices.  For more information and to find out about discounted advance tickets, visit danceswithfilms.com.

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