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  • Peter Mark Richman: Actor, painter, writer explores love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Peter Mark Richman was instantly recognizable when he opened the door of his Woodland Hills home for an interview on a recent sunny morning: As one of the most successful character actors in Hollywood over the past six decades, his face has been part and parcel of the popular...

  • A Jew steps into Christmas

    December 17, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    I got offered a part in a Christmas movie over the summer. It’s called “Defending Santa” and stars Dean Cain, Jud Tylor and my movie wife, Jodie Sweetin, best known for playing Stephanie on “Full House.” 

    I’m always happy to be on a set. Acting is one of those jobs where you...

  • Gandolfini larger than life in charming ‘Enough Said’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    In writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s new film, “Enough Said,” Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) don’t exactly meet cute.

    “Eva was just telling me there’s no one at this party she’s attracted to,” a mutual friend tells Albert as an appalled Eva looks on....

  • Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

    By Melissa Weller

    August 28, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum up in one general statement the first time he remembered filing Skyler White under the bitch column, and why. Coworker settled on Skyler’s...

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  • ‘Anything Goes’ is high jinks on the high seas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Erich Bergen identifies easily with the brash, impetuous character of Billy Crocker, the romantic lead Bergen plays in Cole Porter’s insouciant 1934 musical “Anything Goes,” which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Nov. 28.  

    “I’m horrible at waiting for auditions,” the 26-year-old...

  • Can Arnold Schwarzenegger save Washington politics?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Can a Hollywood action hero save Washington politics?

    That seems to be the aim of former California “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who last week launched the new Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at USC with characteristic bravado. 

    “If you don’t have...

  • What’s so great about Stanley Kubrick?

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 11, 2012 | 10:59 am

    On Nov. 1, the Los Angeles County of Museum of Art, (LACMA) in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (those wonderful folks who bring us the Oscars), will present the first U.S. retrospective of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, a project developed in...

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as...

  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Early in Theresa Rebeck’s comic play, “Seminar,” four aspiring writers cower in an Upper West Side New York apartment as Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), their imperious creative writing teacher, scans just one page of a short story before lambasting its author. The short story’s heroine,...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Starring in ‘Godot’ ... and Remembering Beckett

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    In his art-filled Brentwood living room, actor Alan Mandell approached a bookcase filled with volumes on the late existential playwright Samuel Beckett, reverently pulling a file from a shelf. Inside was a rare treasure:  a copy of the script Beckett gave the now 84-year-old Mandell...

  • EG Daily

    March 15, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    The first time I saw EG I was just starting to train at the Howard Fine Acting Studio.  She looked familiar, but I didn’t put it together immediately.  Then it clicked — Dottie!  From “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”!  After we became friends and had worked together on various...

  • Segel’s starry-eyed man-child amuses and moves us

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Jason Segel folded his 6-foot-4-inch frame compactly onto a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel and placed his hand upon his chin. Quirky and thoughtful in conversation, the star and co-writer of such comic hits as “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” spoke eloquently on...

  • Allen, Spielberg grab Golden Globe nominations

    December 22, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    Famed directors Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg led the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe Awards.

    Allen with his “Midnight in Paris,” a critical and commercial success, was rewarded with three nods: best motion picture (musical or comedy), director and screenplay.

    ...
  • A woman’s world?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2011 | 10:08 am

    It’s hard to tell, what with the requisite girdles, supervised weigh-ins and protocol panty hose (“not too dark; this isn’t a cabaret”), that the 1960s world depicted in “Pan Am” is supposed to be about the era’s most worldly women.

    ABC-TV’s new hour-long drama,...

  • Acting from the heart

    February 15, 2011 | 11:04 am

    USC freshman Shayna Turk, a 2010 graduate and former class president of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, didn’t expect a nice gesture with a simple purpose to turn into a mitzvah with the power to save and restore young lives. The musical theater summer camp she...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream

    This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew?  I talked to a professional in the business to find out.

  • Dating dramas

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 16, 2008 | 11:35 pm

    I've decided to embark on an acting career, so I signed up for acting classes. Given that acting is such a competitive business, I comfort myself in the idea that I can also treat acting class as a form of therapy and thus gain added, nonprofessional value. So far, playing characters...
  • Theater: Tolins draws on his own mentorship ‘Secrets’

    By Nick Street

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Everything I write is a question of identity," Jonathan Tolins says over tea after a yoga class in Sherman Oaks. "What choices do you have? What roles do you take on?"

    Those concerns are readily apparent in a body of stage- and screenwriting that has touched on the Jewish family and...

  • Theater: Mark Feuerstein is the “Some Girls” guy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After studying theater on a Fulbright scholarship, Mark Feuerstein played a series of affable Jewish leads on sitcoms such as "Conrad Bloom" and "Good Morning, Miami." His characters were "fumfering menshes who, though well intentioned, let their neuroses get in their own way," said...
  • ‘Meadow Soprano’ explores her Jewish spirit in Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Meadow Soprano, Jewish?

    "Everyone assumes I'm Italian," says Jamie Lynn Sigler, 26, with a sigh, pausing over her hummus lunch at the open-air market in Jaffa, one of the stops on her Birthright Israel tour. "Even kids on the trip keep asking, 'Are you Jewish?'"

    Sigler, who played...

  • There’s no business like shul business

    By Sarah Price Brown

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

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    The consensus among those who know Rabbi Moshe Rothblum is that if he had not become a rabbi, he would have been an actor. If he were not retiring after 35 years on...

  • Grown-up Ringwald gets ‘Sweet’ again—thanks to Fosse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It was kind of a surprise for people to see me in a teddy," Molly Ringwald says. "It's, um, not exactly the kind of thing I'm most associated with."
     
    If theater-goers were surprised by her turn as a debauched showgirl in "Cabaret" a few years ago, they may be equally startled when...
  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Paradise' Golden; Weisz Blooms

    The Golden Globe awards, often seen as a curtain raiser and preview of the Oscar ceremonies, picked a tense drama about two Palestinian suicide bombers as best foreign language film on Monday night, while shutting out Steven Spielberg's "Munich."

    ...
  • He’s Got the Look

    By Amy Klein

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Sam Feuer was a boy, he fell in love with "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" -- and with performing -- since he lived as an outsider in two cultures. Born in America to Israeli parents, the family moved to Israel when Sam was 9.

    "Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to be in a...

  • Tova’s Songs Good for Yiddish’s Image

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As a youngster in Calgary, she was the Yiddish valedictorian of her high school. As a theater major in Edmonton, she was "the first Jewish Medea." Later, she became known across Canada as a character in a popular prime-time drama.

    Now Theresa Tova is Canada's reigning...

  • Too Jewish to Play Myself

    By Annie Korzen

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    People see me as your "typical Jewish woman," and maybe it's true: I've got curly hair, opinions on every subject and I do not go camping. Plus, even after years of speech classes, I still have an identifiable New York nasality in my voice. When I walk into a room, someone always...

  • In Search of Himself

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The High Holidays are always a good time to reflect, and this year, as I was serially sermonized in ways both inspirational and depressing, I was asked to consider that we can always start anew -- that, as the dorm posters used to say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Fields, 8, of Thousand Oaks, won the "My Amazing Summer" essay contest.

    He wins a gift certificate to the store of his choice.

    I went to Yellowstone National Park two days after school ended. It took two days to drive all the way to Yellowstone. We drove through beautiful...

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