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  • Writer, director and producer Jim Abrahams has always liked pickle relish

    September 28, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    This interview originally appeared on Zócalo Public Square.

    Jim Abrahams is one-third—along with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker—of the legendary writing-directing-producing trio that gave us some of our most beloved and goofy movies. Before a screening at the Million Dollar...

  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly...

  • Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann honored at Berlin film festival

    February 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where he spoke about filming his famous "Shoah" documentary.

    Lanzmann, 87, will receive an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement on Thursday...

  • Acclaimed writer Nora Ephron dead at 71

    June 26, 2012 | 6:33 pm

    Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for work on movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death.

    A spokeswoman for her agency, Los...

  • An Afghanistani and Mel Gibson…sounds like the Maccabees

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Mel Gibson, the infamous Jew-loving actor/director/producer auditioned Azita Ghanizada for a role in his upcoming movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.  Or he just wants to date her since the meeting took place over dinner and photos on TMZ include Gibson moving in for the kiss. ...

  • Gil Cates, film producers, proud Jew, dies at 77

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    Gilbert (“Gil”) Cates, who died Oct. 31 at 77, was a multi-faceted theater, film and television producer and director, university dean and the patriarch of large at-home family Seders.

    He collapsed in the late afternoon on a UCLA parking lot and an emergency ambulance crew was...

  • Q & A with Howard Gordon

    January 18, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    Running a television show is the sort of job that rarely leaves you with free-time on your hands, but during the writers’ strike of 2007, “24” executive producer Howard Gordon suddenly found himself with just that – free time, and no scripts to write.  So he decided to try his...

  • Producer Arnon Milchan’s goal: Broker Mideast peace

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2008 | 10:44 pm

    Arnon Milchan, ex-Israeli soldier, soccer star, shadowy arms consultant, international business entrepreneur and big-time Hollywood producer, does not lack confidence.

    His next ambition, for instance, is to make peace between Arabs and Jews and take care of the Iranian situation.


  • Producer David Heyman and the lives of outsiders, from ‘Potter’ to ‘Pajamas’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2008 | 3:43 am

    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" isn't the sort of film one might initially expect from David Heyman -- the British producer who bought the rights to the "Harry Potter" books in 1997 and steered the film franchise to become the highest grossing in cinematic history.

    Harry Potter,...

  • Wise moves jazz up Chabad telethon

    September 11, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Telethon promo

    When the 2008 Chabad "To Life" telethon kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday on KCAL 9, it promises a new look courtesy of a show runner with an unusual background.

    Daniel S. Wise, 44, is an Orthodox rabbi who for several years had his own yeshiva in Troy, N.Y. Lately he has...

  • Dreayer finds ‘Suite’ success with talented twins

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I had the busiest two weeks ever; sold another show, made some big deals for twins number three and oy," says Irene Dreayer, her voice husky and a bit tired.

    Gracefully traipsing between the backlot buildings of Hollywood Center Studios, her petite frame wrapped in casual but...
  • “Wicked” producer Platt flies across another bridge

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Producer Marc Platt has crossed a number of bridges in his life, and the inside of his bungalow offices on the Universal Studios back lot certainly reflects it.

    On the Hollywood side, a pink-covered "Legally Blonde" script rests on a glass coffee table and a framed poster for the...

  • Michael Tolkin takes on L.A. excess, family dysfunction and private-school politics in sequel to his

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The fall season is upon us, with new books, movies and TV programs all vying for our attention as palliatives to the news of war, terrorism and melting ice caps. Even as the days get shorter and our own day of judgment looms imminent, we wonder: Is there a hero out there who can set...
  • Tommywood - Great Scott

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scott Steindorff is a happy man. A successful movie and TV producer, his NBC series, "Las Vegas," just got picked up for another season; he won an Golden Globe for the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," starring Paul Newman, and produced the feature film of Philip Roth's "The Human...

  • Ex-Movie Exec Isn’t Silent About Films

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Mayer lounges in the living room of his house on Benedict Canyon Road, a comfortable two-story clapboard structure in Beverly Hills. His dress is conservative, yet casual -- dark pants, dark shoes, light-gray shirt and what appear to be horn-rimmed glasses -- but he sports no...

  • ‘Steins’ Skewers Simcha Rivalry

    By Tom Tugend

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Keeping Up With the Steins" proves that you don't have to be Jewish to make a funny, insider Jewish film, or that if you grow up in the Bronx or went to school in North Hollywood, you become a Jew by osmosis.

    Case in point is the son-father team of Scott and Garry Marshall, with the...

  • Director Pays Price in Making ‘Capote’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Truman Capote, the legendary writer and subject of the eponymous Sony Pictures Classics release that has been nominated for five Academy Awards, spent six years writing "In Cold Blood," the book that would cement his literary legacy while also leading to his spiritual downfall.


  • Obituaries

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rebecca Smith, Foundation Inspiration, Dies at 27

    Rebecca Smith, whose diagnosis at age of 5 of the rare genetic disease affecting the nervous and immune systems known as Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), spurred her parents, George and Pam Smith of Hidden Hills, to establish the...

  • U.S. Studios Court Israeli Programmers

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Danna Stern, head of acquisitions at YES, Israel's only television satellite company, was surprised to see that Mark Burnett, reality TV guru and producer of hit shows like "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," had only one framed press clipping in his office: a feature on him that had...

  • The Bighearted Showbiz Dealmaker

    By Gaby Friedman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Once, when Bernie Brillstein's career as a Hollywood manager was already so well established that people tried to hustle him, rather than the other way around, Lorne Michaels sent Bernie a gift.

    The present was a Langdon Clay photograph of Broadway near 42nd Street in New York, a...

  • Let My People Merlot

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    In the beginning, there was sweet wine. Really, really sweet wine.

    But as the kosher market broadened, a trickle of new wines targeted to a more sophisticated audience began to raise expectations among Jewish wine lovers.

    Now kosher wines have entered a third era, in which many...

  • Was Is Back

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    A few weeks ago, Sweet Pea Atkinson stood on the stage of the Los Angeles House of Blues, dapper in a red double-breasted, collarless suit, wearing a red fedora and red leather shoes. The occasion was the historic reunion of seminal groove band Was (Not Was) after a 14-year...

  • You’ll Do Lunch in This Town Again

    By Amy Klein

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Powerful women in Hollywood, back in 1978, were as prevalent as communists during the blacklist. Probably even less so.

    That's when Loreen Arbus came to town. A Jewish girl fresh out of college with some summer internships at Cosmopolitan magazine under her belt, Arbus wanted to make...

  • The Tao of Woody

    By Amy Klein

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    First came God. Then came Godot. Then came Woody Allen. Actually, none of them ever showed up -- not in the play "Waiting for Godot" or the newly acclaimed short feature film parodying it, "Waiting for Woody Allen." In the 16-minute feature, two Chasidim -- Mendel and...

  • The Kid Still Stays in the Picture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tommywood was expecting a Hollywood moment. Publicity guru extraordinaire Michael Levine had arranged for me to meet legendary Producer Robert Evans at his longtime lair, Woodland, the former home of Greta Garbo. I turned north of Sunset Boulevard and, like William Holden, wondered...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Never Too Late

    As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Eugene Brown recalls no fondness for the Orthodox shul he was expected to attend after school even though his parents were not members. Instead of showing up, Brown recalls playing baseball. The charade went on about six months...

  • Producer Channels

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gays weren't even on the radar in Ilene Chaiken's Jewish community in Philadelphia back in the 1960s.

    The creator of Showtime's lesbian drama, "The L Word," grew up in a home of "good liberal Jews" and belonged to a Reform temple.

    "But I think the closest one ever came to...

  • Book Unpacks Shoah Memories

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Karen Levine never had plans to write a book.

    Then in 2001, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio producer came across an article in the Canadian Jewish News about a young Japanese woman, urged on by Tokyo schoolchildren studying the Holocaust, who traveled halfway round the world...

  • Community Briefs

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Officials Honor Israel

    Senior City of Los Angeles officials, visiting Israel under the auspices of the L.A. Jewish Federation, presented a proclamation from the L.A. City Council to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai praising Israel as a "bedrock of stability, democracy and modernity...

  • New Producers Join Chabad Telethon

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon will look a little different this Sept. 14 since two new producers are helming the 23-year-old fundraiser.

    Barry Silver, who worked on "The Howie Mandel Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and Michael G. Levin, who worked as a...

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