Jewish Journal

Lovitz, lies and Torah

By Naomi Pfefferman

December 22, 2010 | 3:10 pm

From left: Kevin Spacey and Jon Lovitz in “Casino Jack.” Photo courtesy ATO Pictures.

“I hate lying,” Jon Lovitz, the comedian, actor and comedy club owner, said without a touch of humor in his voice. “I just can’t stand it. I don’t see the advantage of it. It makes... read full article

  • Can you tell me how to get to Jewish ‘Sesame Street’?

    by Jacob Berkman, JTA

    November 22, 2010 | 6:26 pm

    Oscar the Grouch and Moishe Oofnik, his Israeli cousin who lives in a recycling bin on Rechov Sumsum in Tel Aviv, opened up what would turn out to be the most explosive plenary session at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

    They introduced the prime...

  • Is Los Angeles ready for its dose of “Law & Order”?

    August 31, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Following last year’s cancellation of the original New York version of the series after a venerable 20-year run — a record matched in drama only by the classic Western “Gunsmoke” — a new spawn will appear this fall: “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

    While some may dismiss...

  • ‘Being Erica’ TV character transfixes Toronto Jews

    By Renee Ghert-Zand, JTA

    August 31, 2010 | 3:41 pm

    A young woman with long auburn hair sits surrounded by friends and family in her mother’s living room while holding a tiny baby on a pillow in her lap.

    She is the sandek at the brit of her cousin’s son, having agreed to take on this honorary role—the one who holds the baby—to...

  • Orthodox Jew voted off ‘Big Brother’


    August 1, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    The first Orthodox Jew to appear as a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” has been sent packing.

    Andrew Gordon, a Miami podiatrist, was voted off the CBS show in which contestants live in a house and each week oust other contestants based on their feelings toward each other. The winner receives a pot of cash.

    The kipah-wearing Gordon, 39, observed the Sabbath and kept kosher.

    “Big Brother” is in its 12th season.

  • Brit Brings Primo Levi’s Life in Auschwitz to Stage, Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    After his liberation from Auschwitz, Italian writer and scientist Primo Levi observed, “To destroy a man is difficult, almost as difficult as to create one. It has not been easy or quick, but the Germans have succeeded.”

    In the HBO Signature production of “Primo,” the...

  • ‘Sons of Tucson’ a Cult Hit in the Making

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 15, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    “Sons of Tucson” is a clever and subversive new sitcom about three sons who’ve fled to Tucson, Ariz., because their father was imprisoned for financial fraud. They then go on to recruit a ne’er-do-well, played by Taylor Labine (of “Reaper” fame), to pose as their father...

  • Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson's misfit male prostitute returns for a second season of "Hung."

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 1, 2010 | 9:48 pm

    It’s hard to avoid bad puns when discussing HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Hung.” The half-hour comedy-drama revolves around Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), a broke Detroit high school basketball coach who decides to become a gigolo when he realizes his “winning tool” —...

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