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  • Noir drama ‘Mob City’ shines light on L.A.‘s criminal underbelly

    November 26, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    In the postwar 1940s, organized crime was rampant in Los Angeles, and the men behind the mob were Jewish, guys like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel and Meyer “Mickey” Cohen, who rubbed elbows with movie stars and reveled in their notoriety. These rather glamorous gangsters are the focus of...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 1, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Srugim is a successful Israeli television drama (sold on Amazon with English subtitles). So far, three seasons were aired, in Israel and in the U.S (on The Jewish Channel on cable television).


    The title of the series, "Srugim", comes from the type of Kippah often worn by...

  • Busted in Bali

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    August 20, 2012 | 6:52 am

    BUSTED IN BALI

    I keep saying. “RELAX and see what happens!”— but when my laptop busted in Bali I was so not calm. I actually felt ill and really thought I might throw up.  I knew that taking so many different kinds of electronics in a backpack on a trip with so many islands...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

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  • Drama queens

    By David Suissa

    June 6, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    One of the biggest and most obvious challenges in raising Jewish awareness and building Jewish connection is finding ways of getting your point across. Every week, across Los Angeles, there are hundreds of classes and sermons that aim specifically to do that: get a Jewish point...

  • Reality Nation Wide Drama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Israel is a very small country, yet somehow has the same amount of reality shows as there are in the USA. This reality-country size ratio makes those shows the center of the public eye. EVERYBODY watches at least two reality shows, and every Israeli knows at least one reality...

  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland on “In Darkness” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 2, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    Agnieszka Holland was sitting by a window in a Los Angeles hotel recently, bathed by sunlight streaming in through slatted Venetian blinds.

    Light and dark are the prominent metaphors in her film, “In Darkness,” based on the true story of a group of Jews who escaped the...

  • ‘The Surrogate’ sells at Sundance—for $6 million!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 24, 2012 | 6:31 pm

    When I spoke to filmmaker Ben Lewin of “The Surrogate” recently, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” and more than a bit cynical about his film’s chances at the Sundance Film Festival, but turns out he need not have worried.  His fact-based movie—about a paralyzed...

  • “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Steven Berkoff:  ‘in yer face’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Steven Berkoff, the actor, director and playwright who has achieved notoriety as the bad boy of Britain’s “in yer face” theater, was uncharacteristically apologetic as he arrived on the set of David Fincher’s American movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international best...

  • Keira Knightley on (early 20th Century) Jews and Aryans in Love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Keira Knightley phoned me on a rare day off from shooting her next film, “Anna Karenina,” to discuss her portrayal of a very different kind of fraught heroine in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” now in theaters. In this period drama based on true events, Knightley...

  • The genesis of psychoanalysis [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    How the brilliant, disturbed Sabina Spielrein influenced Freud and Jung

    It is the summer of 1912 in “A Dangerous Method” — a film whose storyline is drawn from real-life events — and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, is discussing with...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Producers Jami Gertz and Stacey Lubliner of “A Better Life”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 8, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    On a white couch in their airy and still very new-looking Beverly Hills offices, actress Jami Gertz and former agent Stacey Lubliner recounted how they came together to form Lime Orchard productions, whose first feature, “A Better Life,” will premiere at the Los Angeles Film...

  • Facebook Shmacebook!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    People like me should Not be on Facebook!  When you go to Facebook site to sign up, there should be a giant disclaimer that says: “For tough skin people only!  People that are overly sensitive, wear their heart and feelings on their sleeves, and drama queens should NOT sign up!”...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • The Hollywood candidate is not Obama

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 1, 2008 | 4:37 am

    If John McCain wins this election, it will be because of Hollywood.

    It’s not that Hollywood is giving him big money (it isn’t); or that big celebrities are attracting attention to him (they’re not); or that star writers and directors are helping him with stagecraft and wordsmithery...

  • 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...
  • AUDIO: Norman Corwin, Radio Zionist—‘Tel Aviv’ (1944)

    By The Web Guy

    July 14, 2008 | 3:17 am

    It's 1944 and the Columbia Broadcasting System announcer gives time-checks in Eastern War Time. On Columbia Workshop, it's time for a half hour by Norman Corwin, the star hyphenate writer-director-producer of 30s and 40s radio drama. Corwin, says Wikipedia, 'was among the first...
  • Israel’s ‘grande dame’ grows up on the big screen

    By Jessica Steinberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is a scene in Dina Zvi-Riklis' award-winning drama, "Three Mothers," in which Gila Almagor, once a popular singer, stages a comeback concert to raise money for her sister, Yasmin, who needs a kidney transplant. At the start of the concert, she introduces herself as one of three...
  • The artist Elimelech, the comic David Steinberg

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 17th
    Kinda like that Magic Eye poster you had on your wall when you were 14, the images created by artists Moshe Elimelech and Michael Maas reveal depth behind their geometry. Their latest works are on view at L2kontemporary, in an exhibition titled "Space...
  • Clues to family drama’s Jewish roots finally add up on ‘Numb3rs’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Add family drama plus FBI action, and the sum equals CBS's hit drama, "Numb3rs." The show, which just started its third season, is as much about fathers and sons as it is about using mathematics to solve crimes. Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) is the widowed patriarch to two disparate...
  • Israelis Do the Riviera

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Amid the celebrities and paparazzi crowding the Cannes Film Festival last week, Katriel Schory roamed the bustling boulevard Croisette like a proud parent.

    "Israeli cinema has never had such a presence here," Schory, director of the Israel Film Fund, said via the cell phone that...

  • ‘Cabaret’ Glides Into Shoah-Era Tango

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Once, when I was on an all-night bus ride in Brazil, an Argentine man sitting in the rear strummed a guitar, singing one tango after another. The slow, emotional music, its lyrics filled with loss and nostalgia, seemed the appropriate soundtrack. But after a while the Brazilians...

  • Treasury Mainstreams Dramatic Plights

    By Ethan Kanfer

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Published plays -- especially those in anthologies -- tend to be dismissed by the casual browser as specialty items, of interest only to students of theater history or to actors in search of audition material. Ellen Schiff and Michael Posnick clearly had something else in mind when...

  • Let My People Watch TV

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The story of the Exodus from Egypt makes for great cinema and stunning visual effects, as Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston proved half a century ago.

    Now a new version of "The Ten Commandments," with its timeless themes of slavery and freedom, faith and doubt, adultery and...

  • Forget March—Try Midseason Madness

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Olympics drama is over. The Oscar drama is over. The TV ratings drama is just beginning. Now that the networks have a handle on what worked in the fall (ABC's "Commander-in-Chief") and what didn't (CBS's "Head Cases"), it's time to make room for some midseason replacements that...

  • Teens Find Peace On and Off Stage

    By Sima Borkovski

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "We don't care about politics; we just like each other," says Shira Ben Yaakov, a cheerful brunette who is an eighth-grade student at Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon Junior High School.

    Ben Yaakov is referring to Israeli-Arab friends she has met through the Peace Child Israel drama group,...

  • A Blizzard of Flicks for Jewish Eyes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the Sundance wintertime festival, which began Jan. 19 and runs through Jan. 29, Jewish viewers can check out a blizzard of flicks, including:

    Opening night film, "Friends With Money" (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Isaacs), spotlighting successful adults approaching midlife crisis. It's...

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