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  • “Scre4m’s” David Arquette on Courtney Cox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Ghostface is back with “Scre4m,” and with it Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who met on the set of the first “Scream,” in 1996, married three years later, had a daughter but after 11 years of marriage are now in the midst of a trial separation.  In interviews with Oprah and...

  • Justin Bieber Didn’t Decline Meeting with Israeli Children

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    I just got a call from a spokesperson for Justin Bieber, who said the teenaged superstar appreciated my defending him in my previous post, “Justin Bieber Israel Drama:  Give Bieber a Break.”  But, the spokesperson added, the facts reported by some of the Israeli press (which I...

  • Paul Reiser on Playing Himself on (What Else) “The Paul Reiser Show”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Paul Reiser eyes his agent warily in an upcoming episode of “The Paul Reiser Show,” the writer-actor-comedian’s new half-hour comedy on NBC, which closely resembles his real life.  In the scene, it’s been some years since Reiser’s megahit “Mad About You” went off the...

  • Judge Judy: Get Well Soon!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Judge Judy said she needs “a day to chill”  in the hospital after being whisked to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—in an ambulence—following symptoms of stomach distress today, TMZ reported.  “I’m really fine,” the 68-year-old Judith Sheindlin, a.k.a. TV’s sometimes irascible Judge Judy,...

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  • “Mildred Pierce,” Todd Haynes and Me [VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    While watching Todd Haynes’ stunning adaptation of “Mildred Pierce” in a nourish mini-series for HBO, I recalled the first time I viewed a production by this brilliant (and yes, Jewish) writer-director:  Edward Albee’s, “The Zoo Story,” which Haynes directed and starred...

  • The Real “Miral:” Rula Jebreal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Palestinian author Rula Jebreal bears an uncanny resemblance to Freida Pinto, the Indian actress who portrays the writer’s alter ego in Julian Schnabel’s new film, “Miral.”  So it was not surprising that the filmmaker initially assumed Jebreal was Indian when they met in 2007...

  • Brooke Shields and the Jewish Girls of “Girls Talk” [SLIDESHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    “That’s sooo funny, Roger,” Brooke Shields said to playwright Roger Kumble during a read-through of “Girls Talk,” his new satire about Hollywood power moms at the Lee Strasberg Theatre opening March 18.  Shields and her co-stars were laughing over the scene in which the...

  • Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman and Ben Schwartz do Purim and “Peep World”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Michael C. Hall, the Emmy-winning star of Showtime’s “Dexter,” plays his first cinematic Jewish character in “Peep World,” Barry Blaustein’s dark comedy about four siblings who come to terms with their monstrous father (Ron Rifkin) on the eve of his 70th birthday.

    Hall...

  • Julian Schnabel on Jewish Condemnation of “Miral:” “It Comes Out of Fear” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 16, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    Artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel understands why some Jews have condemned his movie, “Miral,” which opens March 25, as an anti-Israel screed: “It comes out of fear,” he told me by phone from New York this morning.  “The fear that the Holocaust occurred, that ‘We have been...

  • Charlie Sheen and John Galliano—both Jewish?!?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    In the aftermath of Charlie Sheen’s anti-Semitic rants last week, the actor told Access Hollywood that he is MOT.  Replied the show’s host:  “You’re getting accused of anti-Semitic remarks; you might want to say, ‘By the way, I’m Jewish!’”  “I know, I know — stupid...

  • Mike Huckabee and Natalie Portman [UPDATE-AUDIO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 4, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    Poor Natalie Portman—who has suffered more than her share of fools this past week—courtesy of Dior’s ex-chief designer John Galliano, and now former Arkansas governor and probable 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. 

    First there were the alleged anti-Semitic remarks by...

  • Natalie Portman Vs. Dior Ex-Designer’s Anti-Semitism [UPDATE] [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    The Oscar-winning, Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has slammed the anti-Semitic remarks Dior’s just-axed chief designer John “I Love Hitler” Galliano allegedly made after assaulting a couple in Paris last week, as caught on video.  The Miss Dior Cherie spokesperson/model—who pointedly...

  • Oscars 2011:  Top Jewish Moments [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    There was Aaron Sorkin’s win for scripting “The Social Network;” Natalie Portman’s for her turn as a deranged ballerina in “Black Swan;” David Seidler‘s for his original screenplay, “The King’s Speech;” Jesse Eisenberg vs. James Franco for best actor, with Colin Firth taking home...

  • James Franco’s Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Ever since James Franco agreed to host the Academy Awards on Feb. 27 with Anne Hathaway, I’ve thought back to my interview with him last year during a break from his performance-art project involving the soap opera “General Hospital” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  His...

  • Conceiving “The Kids Are All Right” [AWARDS UPDATE] [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 25, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    “We were both raised Jewish and upper-middle-class,” writer-director Lisa Cholodenko said of herself and Stuart Blumberg, with whom she wrote “The Kids Are All Right”—and won best screenplay today at at the 2011 Independent Film Spirit Awards (catch the ceremony on TV tonight,...

  • ‘The King’s Speech’ cinematographer, Danny Cohen [SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 23, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    In a memorable scene from “The King’s Speech,” the future George VI (Colin Firth), a.k.a. Bertie, spews every expletive imaginable as a technique to overcome his severe stutter with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).  As f-words flow, a...

  • Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2011 | 7:27 pm

    When the iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon sat down for an interview in Los Angeles recently, he appeared dapper in an immaculate black suit and cashmere scarf as he held court, in impeccable English, on subjects ranging from his impoverished Jewish childhood in London to the dearth...

  • How True is “The Social Network:” Ask Executive Producer Kevin Spacey [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 10, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    With the continuing discussion surrounding the Facebook saga “The Social Network” – specifically how true the film is or isn’t – I sought some answers about the film’s veracity with Kevin Spacey, whose Trigger Street Productions produced the movie.

    Over lox and eggs at...

  • Justin Bieber’s Jewish father figure, Scooter Braun

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Just before his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in the new 3D documentary “Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never,” the munificently-coiffed teen crooner does something unexpected of the object of millions of girl-crushes around the globe:  He recites the “Shema.”

    Bieber...

  • The Jewish Star of “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”— Scooter Braun [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 6, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    This afternoon I saw “Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never,” a 3D documentary about the munificently-coiffed, uber-popular teen crooner who recently swept the American Music Awards and will play his first concert in Israel (and reportedly attend a seder) in April.

    The seder will come...

  • Justin Bieber Says the “Shema?”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    Our Sundance reporter extraordinaire, Larry Mark, got the idea to tweet Jon M. Chu, the director of the much-anticipated documentary “Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never,” to ask a question inquiring Jewish minds want to know.  Here is what Larry just emailed me:

    “This afternoon, the...

  • Golden Globes 2011:  The Jewish nominees

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 14, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    “The King’s Speech”—which today snagged seven Golden Globe Awards nominations, the most of any contending film – is the brainchild of British screenwriter and nominee David Seidler, whose flight from the Nazis and Jewish family trauma partly inspired the movie.  Other...

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