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  • A Family Affair

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In his 86th year and in his 86th movie, Kirk Douglas has fulfilled a long-cherished dream by uniting his clan in the film, "It Runs in the Family."

    The picture's Gromberg family, for whom the word "dysfunctional" was invented, consists of patriarch Alex (Kirk, naturally), son...

  • Kicking it Old World

    By Marcus Moraes

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Guib a click, dos is YidishMusic."

    This sentence can be heard several times a day from Brazilian electronic engineer Carlos Daniel Kibrit, 46, founder and producer of the 24-hour Webcast called YidishMusic.

    "Give a click, this is JewishMusic," translated Kibrit, who also is...

  • Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the now-legendary film director Martin Scorsese first discovered Herbert Asbury's book, "Gangs of New York," in 1970 and decided to make it into a film, Rick Schwartz was a 2-year-old growing up in a modern Orthodox home in Teaneck, N.J.

    It took three decades for Scorsese to...

  • Marvin Mirisch

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Marvin Mirisch, one of three brothers who formed the Mirisch Co. motion picture production company, died on Nov. 17 of undisclosed causes at UCLA Medical Center. He was 84.

    Born in New York City, Mirisch was the third of four Mirisch sons. After attending City College of New York,...

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  • The ‘Kid’s’ Staying Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every day during the summer of 1942, 12-year-old Robert Evans set out with a copy of Radio Registry under his arm and hit every audition room in New York.

    "I [made] up one story after another about my brilliant career," the legendary producer recalls in "The Kid Stays in the...

  • The Art of Hollywood Survival

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mike Medavoy's quote on the back of his new book, "You're Only as Good as Your Next One" (Pocket Books), sums up what makes a successful producer or studio chief: "If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented."

    "It sums up what makes a good anything,"...

  • Courageous Acts

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On April 18, 1943, as the vaunted German army marched in to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto, a few hundred Jewish resistance fighters, armed with pistols, rifles and homemade Molotov cocktails, confronted the Nazi soldiers and held them at bay for almost a month.

    The ghetto fighters...

  • The Lamb is Sure to Go

    By Mike Levy

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Mallory Lewis grew up with a very famous sister, but she laughs if you ask about sibling rivalry. "She slept in a shoebox in the closet, I had my own room, it was fine by me."

    But this is no horror story of an evil stepsister. Mallory Lewis' sister is Lamb Chop, the adorable,...

  • Survivor: The Musical

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was early June, and the clock was ticking ominously for composer William Goldstein.

    He'd already written the score for "Oswego: An American Haven," a musical about the rescue of 982 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, based on Ruth Gruber's memoir. There were lyrics by Joe Darion...

  • Stanley Kramer, 87

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legendary filmmaker Stanley Earl Kramer, best known for films such as the classic western "High Noon," died on Feb. 19 of pneumonia. He was 87.

    Born in New York's Hell's Kitchen on Sept. 29, 1913, Kramer was among the pioneer independent producers, working outside the studio system...

  • Divine Inspiration

    By Ellen Sandler

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Why do most people want to believe that a successful career in show business happens by luck? Maybe it's because for people who haven't made it, that's a good explanation or excuse. And maybe successful people want it to seem as if it were easy for them, as if they were chosen to...

  • Through a Child’s Eyes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    All the time Deborah Oppenheimer was growing up, her grandparents remained silent, one-dimensional portraits in a silver frame in the living room. "They were always there but never referred to," says Oppenheimer, who is in her 40's and the executive producer of "Norm" and "The Drew...

  • The Lady Behind the Dancing Man

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Around the end of August, every year for the past 20 years, the Chabad Telethon comes around. It gets so you can't drive anywhere without seeing the purple banners featuring the silhouette of a man wearing tzitzit and dancing joyously to some unheard song.

    What many people do not...

  • Coming Attractions

    By George Robinson

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the mark of a fully matured film industry is that directors have logged enough time behind the camera that one can spot personal styles emerging over several films, then this year's Israel Film Festival proves that the Israelis have definitely reached that plateau. With Eran...
  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • It’s Like…Not ‘Seinfeld’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Peter Mehlman, the former writer and co-executive producer of "Seinfeld," is sitting at a corner table at Shutters on the Beach, wearing mismatched sweats and a day's worth of stubble.

    He's sipping Pellegrino and gazing out the picture window at the palm trees and gray sea under a...

  • The Producer

    By Ivor Davis

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There isn't much Irwin Winkler doesn't know about making movies, which is maybe why, unlike a lot of the young hotshots who've been in the business five seconds, his favorite subject is not his own genius.

    Yet the Jan. 15 opening of "At First Sight," which he directed and stars Val...

  • Community Briefs

    November 26, 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...

  • 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...
  • Film Screenings

    By William Yelles

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Makers of short films routinely encounter the difficulty of getting their movies seen by an audience greater than their parents, cast and crew. But the makers of "Visas and Virtues"have had better luck than most.

    Director and star Chris Tashima and producer Chris Donahue recently...

  • ‘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 Wolf Among ‘Sheep’

    By Rob Eshman

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dick Wolf

    Dick Wolf lets out a low, audible groan at the mention of theV-chip. For years now, the creator and executive producer oftelevision's longest-running drama has spoken out against what hebelieves are the forces of censorship and intimidation lurking behindthe...

  • From the Tube to the Big Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Veteran television writer/producer Saul Turteltaub had to wait 44 years for his first film credit, "For Roseanna," starring Mercedes Reuhl and Jean Reno.
    Saul Turteltaub, a name-brand television comedy writer and producer for 44 years, remembers submitting his first movie screenplay....

  • Keeping in Rhythm

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Creative Team: from left; Producer Garth H. Drabinsky, Choreographer Graciela Daniele, Playwright Terrence McNally (above), Composer Stephen Flaherty, Original Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Director Frank Galati. Photo by Michael Cooper E.L. Doctorow was wary...
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