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  • ‘Man of Steel’ screenwriter David S. Goyer on Superman and religion

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 19, 2013 | 9:34 am

    “People are always so quick to point out the Christ allegory in “The Man of Steel” but Superman has always struck me as a combination of Old Testament and New Testament; he’s a sort of fusion between these two figures, both Moses and Christ,” screenwriter David S. Goyer said.  So...

  • Mark Boal’s journey from journalism to movie chronicler of the Middle-East wars

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 11, 2013 | 10:21 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site: Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • The New Yorker’s Bruce Eric Kaplan on His New Book and Judd Apatow TV Series

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:07 am

    Many people know Bruce Eric Kaplan as BEK, the longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker.  But he’s also worked as a writer on the iconic TV shows “Six Feet Under” and “Seinfeld,” where he penned the episode in which Elaine was enraged by a cryptic New Yorker cartoon.

    To say...

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  • Talking with Dan Fogelman of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 28, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    It’s hard to name a screenwriter in Hollywood right now who is more successful than Dan Fogelman.  Yet I found him to be unassuming and even slightly self-deprecating in an interview about his new comedy, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”—starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and...

  • First crush to midlife dating

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    A couple years after his Reform bar mitzvah, screenwriter Dan Fogelman devoured Philip Roth’s controversial novel “Portnoy’s Complaint.” The tome was a gift from his cousin, Ken Gordon, now the editor of the Jewish Webzine JBooks.com, “a very literary guy who was my hero...

  • Desperately Seeking Sorkin

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I had this fantasy about Aaron Sorkin. It’s probably only natural that I should want to know him, because he is, after all, the most intelligent and sharp-witted writer working in Hollywood today. His prestige began with “A Few Good Men” (1992), surged with his creation of the 1999...

  • Obituaries

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Abby Mann (born Abraham Goodman), the Jewish screenwriter who won an Oscar for "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died at 80. On June 17, 2005, film producer and Journal arts columnist Tom Teicholz wrote a column about Mann called "Old Lessons Never Die (Abby Mann's "Judgment" in Long...
  • TV: From Bensonhurst to Vermont, via Hollywood

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Gary David Goldberg did not set out to be a screenwriter. He was already 30 when a teacher at San Diego State University guided him toward the profession. That fateful nudge set Goldberg on his path to becoming a successful writer/producer and director of a string of films and...
  • Oscar nod for ‘Unsentimental’ Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "I am an unsentimental Jew. I am aware of our suffering, but I don't wallow in it," said Ronald Harwood, the British screenwriter, playwright and novelist.

    The self-appraisal seems odd for a man whose credits include two of the most penetrating screenplays probing the extremes of...

  • Brad A. Greenberg interviews author Michael Chabon

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 14, 2007 | 9:49 pm

    The Jewish Journal’s senior writer, Brad A. Greenberg, asks Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon about his “frozen chosen” hit “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” about being called an anti-Semite and about being comfortable as a geek.

  • Q&A with writer-director Judd Apatow

    By Mark Schiff

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollywood terms, Judd Apatow is hot. His last two films, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," have been smash hits, and his second comedy this summer, "Superbad," generated a critical buzz ahead of its Aug. 17 release.

    Not bad for a Jewish kid from Syosset, N.Y., who once...

  • Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman ‘Transforms’ filmdom’s giant robot genre

    By Adam Wills

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Alex Kurtzman, who has been able to morph from "Transformers" fanboy to celebrated Hollywood scribe. Variety named Kurtzman one of 10 screenwriters to watch in 2005, along with partner Roberto Orci, and the two are bringing depth to...
  • Minimalist Keret Reads

    By Jessica Steinberg

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Etgar Keret is coming to Los Angeles, but fear not. This brilliant young Israeli writer of his generation, a skillful satirist who seems to have a knack for expressing the emotions, thoughts and language of his peers, has not gone completely Hollywood.

    He has returned to fiction,...

  • ‘The Good Shepherd’: I was a young man for the CIA

    By Steven Rosen

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eric Roth's impressive resume as a Hollywood screenwriter includes an Oscar (for adapting "Forrest Gump") and a string of reality-based screenplays about the difficulties important people face choosing between realpolitik and personal morality.

    These include shared credits on 1999's...

  • ‘Catch A Fire’ ignites filmmaker’s memories of anti-apartheid dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Slovo remembers how her Jewish parents, African National Congress activists, left home in the middle of the night to attend secret meetings. She recalls police regularly raiding their Johannesburg house and arresting her mother and father. All the while, she said, she resented...
  • ‘Bee’ Spells Family D-y-s-f-u-n-c-t-i-o-n-a-l

    By Susan Josephs

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal knows exactly why the dysfunctional yet deeply Jewish Naumann family became her chosen muse.

    "What drew me to them," she said, "was what drew me to 'Anne Frank.' It's a story about people with whom we can all identify."

    The Naumanns are the...

  • How the West Was Frum

    By Penny Schwartz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Can you imagine an Orthodox bar mitzvah celebrated in the Arizona desert soon after the Civil War -- with a guest list that includes Apache warriors, gun-slinging outlaws and a minyan imported from Tombstone?

    Robert Avrech did.

    Avrech, 57, a Hollywood screenwriter, wrote his...

  • Jewish Advocacy, Guerrilla Style

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The set is a converted garage in Pico-Robertson. Eight Hollywood hopefuls dressed in T-shirts and cargo pants, holding shovels and frying pans, are waiting for the camera to start rolling.

    A boom mike looms overhead and a klieg light shines in their faces, but for screenwriter...

  • Believe It or Not

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "It's All True" (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by David Freeman offers us a portrait of an outsized Hollywood, so unbelievable that it must be dead on. It is, more precisely, a novel, lovingly unfolded about the movie business: How it works and how its players -- adults spoiled by too much...

  • Between the Sheets

    By Carin Davis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Writer’s Race to the Chuppah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If the summer's wackiest movie groom is Jewish, credit "American Pie" franchise creator Adam Herz. The Jewish screenwriter based the fictional Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and friends on himself and his high school pals. His iconic 1999 "Pie," with its infamous pastry-nooky scene,...

  • Leon Uris, Author of ‘Exodus,’ Dies at 78

    By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Leon Uris, the novelist and screenwriter whose best-known works are "Exodus," a popular novel about Jews trying to establish modern Israel, and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," perhaps the archetypal Hollywood Western, died June 21 at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. He was 78.

    The...

  • Enter ‘Angry,’ Leave Laughing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Screenwriter David Dorfman specializes in dark comedies in which "one guy makes another's life a living hell," he said. Which is why Revolution Studio's Todd Garner hired him to write "Anger Management" -- the season's most anticipated comedy -- in 2001. "He told me about a...

  • The Real Gidget

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In June 1956, a Jewish 15-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner began tagging along with some of the neighborhood boys and driving out from her Brentwood home to the beach in Malibu. The sport of surfing intrigued her, and she convinced the boys to teach her. Because she was young, slight...

  • Hollywood Dreams

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They told this story at the recent Film and Television Writer's Conference and swore that it was true.

    Two young women, posing as survey researchers, stood outside Ralphs grocery store in Hollywood and asked shoppers, as they left, how their script was going. Sixty-five percent...

  • Diary of a ‘Princess’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I feel like the princess living the fairy tale," says Gina Wendkos, screenwriter of the Walt Disney film, "The Princess Diaries," which opens Aug. 3 in Los Angeles.

    Wendkos' second produced screenplay, based on a Meg Cabot novel, tells of an awkward teenager rescued from obscurity...

  • Strike Anxiety

    By Adam Gilad

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's 3 a.m. and I'm awake. Again.

    Me: We could sell the house and move to Bali! Live in a hut on the beach for six months. I'll write. You and the boys can learn Balinese dance. It's spiritual and aerobic.

    Her: You could get a job.

    Me: Okay. We rent out the house. Buy four backpacks....

  • ‘Believer’ Is a Winner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In our Jan. 26 issue, veteran screenwriter Henry Bean told The Journal he wasn't sure his provocative directorial debut, "The Believer," inspired by the true story of a Jewish Nazi, would be well-received at Sundance. He'd heard that distributors were wary of the controversial...

  • Rocky Mountain Chai

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Move over Sundance, Slamdance, Digidance and Nodance. The two-week showbiz schmoozefest in Park City, Utah, traditionally a launching pad for Jewish indie cinema, is now home to SchmoozeDance, a forum for Jewish filmmakers, journalists, observers and studio execs to celebrate Jewish...

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