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  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

  • Seth Rogen waltzes to a dramatic beat in new movie [Q & A]

    July 3, 2012 | 11:52 am

    He’s better known for big studio comedies like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”, but Seth Rogen strays from his beaten path when he stars in the low-budget comedy-drama “Take This Waltz.”

    Directed by Canadian actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley, and opening in U.S. theaters on Friday,...

  • Q-&-A with Wendy Shanker

    January 5, 2011 | 9:37 am

    After Wendy Shanker published her first book, “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life,” she thought she had fought and won her battle for self-acceptance. But after being diagnosed with Wegener’s disease, a life-threatening autoimmune disorder, she found that her struggle to come to...

  • An Appreciation of Islam: Q&A with Rabbi Reuven Firestone

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 11, 2009 | 8:24 pm

    Reuven Firestone is both rabbi and renowned Islamic scholar. A professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and senior fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Firestone’s interfaith work is not focused on...

  • Q & A with Congressman Keith Ellison

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Keith Ellison's congressional campaign was not for the thin skinned. But despite attacks that tried to link him to Islamic extremists, Ellison won the election and on Jan. 4, 2007, became the first Muslim member of Congress -- and even that was filled with controversy, when he...
  • Q&A with Reconstructionist Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, recently made one of his biannual visits to Southern California, which is home to the largest Reconstructionist synagogue in the world, as well as growing congregations from Irvine to...
  • Alan Arkin—not just another kid From Brooklyn

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I can say what I want. I still got Nazi bullets in my ass!"

    Such acerbic rants by Grandpa Hoover pretty much sum up the foul-mouthed, drug-sniffing, sex-crazed curmudgeon Alan Arkin plays in the Oscar-nominated film, "Little Miss Sunshine." Alan Arkin

    The performance is one that Arkin has...

  • Q & A With Joel Kotkin

    By Marc Ballon

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Cities are “humankind’s greatest creation,” asserts Joel Kotkin in his new book, “The City: A Global History” (Modern Library). A contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section and contributing writer for this paper, Kotkin traces the rise of urban centers...

  • Q & A With Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Almost 30 years ago, Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf began teaching Judaism and Torah studies in Iran, becoming one of that community's first women to join a profession long dominated by men. Since then, she's taught a multitude of young students about the joys of Judaism at Jewish schools...