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  • Noah Emmerich of ‘The Americans:’  Emmy Awards watch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    Actor Noah Emmerich folded his lanky body into a chair at L’Ermitage Hotel and pretended to clandestinely scan the lobby. “Those guys over there could be suspicious,” he quipped, and then added, “You don’t have a poison pen, do you?”

    The affable actor was joking, of course --...

  • 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...

  • UCLA doctor focuses on children’s health In new PBS series

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    For the first time in U.S. history, the lifespans of today’s children will be shorter than those of their parents, thanks to the American way of unhealthy living.

    So predicts Dr. Richard Jackson, chair of UCLA’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, who warned in an...

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan on playing a Jewish hotelier

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 7, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    “It’s Jeffrey Dean,” a voice says on the line, and it’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Jewish hotel mogul Ike Evans in the 1950s Miami noir series “Magic City” on STARZ.  Dean says he’s driving his 2-year-old son, Gus, to a cabin in the Catskills, a nice vacation from the...

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  • “Harry Potter’s” Jason Isaacs on Playing “Racist” Lucius Malfoy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    “Lucius Malfoy espouses the language of racism and eugenics,” said Jason Isaacs, the British actor who has portrayed the Muggle-loathing wizard supremacist in seven of the eight “Harry Potter” films, concluding with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part II,” opening...

  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Sister Wives, Polygamy, not too bad of an idea…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 14, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    I have to admit that watching the show “Sister Wives” on TLC made me think about what it would be like to have so-called wives in my family.  To tell the truth, it doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea.  If you think about it, the only bad part are too many children by all those...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Clinton, Bush to Appear Together During 2010 AJU Lecture Series

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 11, 2009 | 3:11 pm

    Two former presidents will share the stage when American Jewish University’s (AJU) Public Lecture Series returns in early 2010. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are scheduled to appear together at Universal’s Gibson Amphitheatre on Feb. 22, the university...

  • East Meets West

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About six months ago, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times opinion section, phoned his friend, Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, West Coast regional director of the American Jewish Committee (AJ Committee). Rodriguez had attended events purported to promote...

  • Silence in Any Language

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust, as seen through the eyes of five international filmmakers, will air on successive evenings on Cinemax, from April 15-19, at 7 p.m.

    Collectively titled "Broken Silence," the series, produced by James Moll (who won an Oscar for the documentary, "The Last Days"),...

  • Radio Yiddish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."

    Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...