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  • Surviving Hollywood

    By Ivor Davis

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On the old Paramount Ranch deep in the San Fernando Valley, Woodstock has returned -- as in the world's greatest love-in, the '60s festival that affected a generation. Producer Lynda Obst, who is responsible for this unnerving flashback, watches intensely from the sidelines with a...
  • The Anti-Seinfeld Comes to L.A.

    By Diane Arieff

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, at the age of 24, Brooklyn-born Danny Hoch got the kind of phone call most struggling actors dream of. It was his agent, telling him that the people from "Seinfeld" had called: they wanted Hoch to get on a plane the next morning to tape a guest-starring role on the...
  • Revisionist ‘History’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Tony Kaye's "American History X" was supposed to establish him as "the greatest living filmmaker," he told The Jewish Journal. Instead, the movie, a drama about the redemption of a neo-Nazi (Edward Norton), was "raped" by New Line Cinema; by "narcissistic, dilettante" Norton, who...
  • Community Briefs

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

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  • Current Events

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The "America Salutes Israel at 50" show at the Shrine Auditoriumis hardly the only celebration in and around Los Angeles planned tocommemorate Israel's jubilee year. Here is a list of some other localevents.

    April 26 -- South Bay Israeli Festival at the TorranceCivic Center,...

  • The Horse Whisperer

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Sixty one and still full of surprises, that's Warren Beatty. This weekend, Beatty goes head to head at the box office with "The Horse Whisperer," starring that other senior icon Robert Redford. Redford, like his contemporary Beatty, not only stars but also directs and produces his...

  • Hollywood’s Boy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Looking studiously at the floor during a recent interview, Ben Stiller came off less the Hollywood "It" dude than the cute, shy guy you had a crush on at Jewish summer camp. The slight 5'7" actor has intense, crystalline blue-green eyes, three days' growth of beard, graying temples,...
  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
  • The Great Profile in Caricature

    By Charles Marowitz

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    John Barrymore's career can be divided into four acts: a reigning matinee idol in the silent era, America's most conspicuous classical actor in the 1920s, a somewhat medium-sized Hollywood star in the 1930s and, in the final days, a crapulous has-been whose main stock in trade was...
  • Signs of the times

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    -- Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to "Fast Forward"

    From top: book cover, Photojournalist Lauren Greenfield; photo from exhibit "Ashleigh, 13, with her friend and parents, Santa Monica." Signs of the times: At an upscale bar mitzvah party in Santa Monica, 13-year-old boys in...

  • If the Spaceship Comes

    By Adam Gilad

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I am in a cult.

    Not one with an Indian twist, nor a homegrown one full of fervid believers waiting for a modern-day Shabtai Tzvi to fly us all to a New Jerusalem. No, my cult is more like that of those UFO suicides in Rancho Santa Fe waiting for the spaceship to take them away to a...

  • Community

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Hollywood Memorial Park faces closure unless a buyercomes to the rescue

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Hollywood Memorial Park is the cemetery of the stars, and rightnow it is starring in a cliffhanger of its own.

    At stake is whether the memorial...

  • Back To School

    By Alexis Sherman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rapping with Their Rabbis

    Students turn to spiritual leaders for matters personal and religious

    By Alexis Sherman, Contributing Writer

    Even as Adam Weintraub embarks on his...

  • Previewing the ‘Prince’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Since Jeffrey Katzenberg started production three years ago of "The Prince of Egypt," an animated film version of the life of Moses, he has probably learned more about America's ethnic and religious sensitivities than any other Hollywood mogul.

    ...

  • The Arts

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Soldier of Fortune

    Adam Goldberg is reaping the benefits of "Saving Private Ryan."

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Steven Spielberg first saw Adam Goldberg in the television series "Relativity," the director...

  • Theater Notes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Jewish Women's Theatre Project askedSusan Merson to write its first commissioned play last year, theactress/writer recalled a bizarre TV news item.

    "This 85-year-old man woke up one morning, turnedto his wife of 50 years and choked her to death," says Merson, theformer...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    [Film]   

    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'

    ...

  • Life’s Dualities

    By William Yelles

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Richardson always wanted to make a moviethat involved survivors of Nazi Germany, especially after seeingfilms of the liberation of the concentration camps. But as thesubject matter has been explored numerous times, Richardson wanted todo it a little bit differently. "I wanted...

  • Singles

    By Stephen A. Simon

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    James Cameron's "Titanic" was huge. The boat, themovie, the box office -- all huge. Titanic even means huge, althoughthe name they chose for the ship sounds better than the "R.M.S.Huge," or the other name they considered: "We're Talking Big."

    Now a warning: This article discusses the...

  • Community Briefs

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most fathers would bristle at the thought of theirteen-age daughters facing mortal combat on a regular basis. Not sowith Dr. Bernard Weinstock.

    "My dad always yells, 'Keep your hands up, keepyour hands up,'" says his 18-year-old Adele Weinstock.

    But then again, Adele Weinstock is no...

  • The Ridiculous and Absurd

    By Charles Marowitz

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the many eccentrics, weirdos andself-styled geniuses of the 1960s and 1970s, Charles Ludlam, founderof The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, was the most unmistakable and,in a certain sense, the most legitimate. Weirdness and eccentricitycarried to extremes sometimes create a...

  • Bagel Factory Wages

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    These days, the CEOs of Noah's New York Bagels andWestern Bagels may be getting less sleep at night, thanks to theBagel Factory.

    The kosher-certified chain, billing itself as"Simply The Best," threw down the gauntlet in the battle for bagelshop supremacy last month, opening it's...

  • Celebrating Israel’s50th

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • ‘Imagining Israel’

    By William Yelles

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, in association withthe Museum of Television and Radio, presents "Imagining Israel: American Visions," a film series of American-made movies and televisionprograms that aims to examine how Hollywood's vision of Israel hasevolved over the past half...

  • Jews, Movies and the American Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director-producer Simcha Jacobovici insists hisdocumentary debunks the myth that Jews control Hollywood.

    Right,Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures on a Hollywood set, circa 1940.

    It's perhaps not coincidental that the nightbefore the Academy Awards, you can catch a documentary...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    To explain the almost cult-like appeal of writerRichard Rodriguez, best known as an essayist on PBS' "News Hour withJim Lehrer," let's start with a story he told last weekend to anear-capacity crowd at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    "I was at lunch with some film producers the...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

  • A Cinematic Salute to Israel

    By William Yelles

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel's 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history. The series begins this week with "Hanna'sWar," the inspiring true story of Hanna...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

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