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  • ‘Chef’ and the redefining of starving artist

    By Melissa Weller

    May 14, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Talk about food for the Seoul.

    For decades, writer/director/actor Jon Favreau has been a staple in the film world, indie and beyond. All over the map, he appeared alongside Keanu Reeves in The Replacements and in other kooks like Daredevil, then turned around and directed the...

  • George Segal on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Where’s Poppa?’ and playing Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Actor George Segal, the late film critic Roger Ebert once noted, “is good at playing the harassed son of the archetypical Jewish mother. In ‘No Way to Treat a Lady” [1968], he was the vice cop whose mother kept wanting him to finish his soup before rushing to rescue Lee Remick.”

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  • Jon Voight — Chabadnik at heart

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    On a recent afternoon at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Jon Voight reached into a black satchel and pulled out a well-worn copy of Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews,” then began reading aloud from the text, his fingers carefully tracing the words. Looking professorial, he glanced up...

  • Dustin Hoffman says he beat cancer

    August 7, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Dustin Hoffman has been “surgically cured” of cancer, a spokesman for the actor said.

    “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” Hoffman’s publicist told People magazine, which was the first to report the story.

    She added that the Academy Award winner is “feeling...

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  • Holiday films that provoke, (and Some Just for Fun)

    November 21, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    In addition to the traditional family and feel-good holiday films, this season offers a small selection of unexpectedly provocative productions.

    Among the latter is the documentary “West of Memphis,” which follows an attempt to exonerate three men convicted as teenagers of the...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

  • Sacha Baron Cohen saluted at Israel Film Festival

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Sacha Baron Cohen received an outstanding achievement award at the Israel Film Festival opening night gala on Tuesday (March 6) at the Beverly Hilton, Cohen explained that his famous alter ego, Borat, couldn't attend because, "he is receiving an award from the Hezbollah film...
  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dinners Party

    Literary Odyssey Dinners, a unique fundraiser which arranges 50 dinners with renowned authors in private homes to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library's Reading Programs for Children and Teens, held its kickoff party at The Peninsula in Beverly Hills.

    Speakers Larry...

  • Hoffman on Hollywood, Judaism and the Holocaust

    By Ivor Davis

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    What moviegoer can forget the scene: a graduation party around a Beverly Hills swimming pool, where a callow, young graduate named Benjamin Braddock gets a little career advice -- one word: "Plastics."

    Plastics have done pretty well, and the young graduate (circa 1967) even better. So...

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