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  • The real Susie Essman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:04 am

    “Everybody thinks I’m Susie Greene,” actress and comedian Susie Essman said.

    And no wonder. Over eight seasons on Larry David’s largely improvised HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Essman has portrayed a pampered, albeit foul-mouthed Jewish housewife, whose blistering sarcasm... read on

  • Filmmakers spin an Upper West Side fairy tale with L.A. Jewish Film Festival opener ‘Putzel’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Once upon a time, there was a magical land called the Upper West Side of Manhattan. And in that land lived a young man named Walter Himmelstein, with the unfortunate nickname of Putzel — “little fool” in Yiddish — who dreaded setting foot outside his village.

    Walter (Jack T.... read on

  • Civility replaces violence in ‘Last White Night’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    In June 1965, during the most violent days of the civil rights movement, 21-year-old Paul Saltzman drove from Toronto to Mississippi to become a freedom fighter with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

    Just a year before, Klansmen from Neshoba County, Miss., had... read on

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  • Filmmakers reveal magician’s secretive world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    A British journalist recalls how she once sat down at a cafe with the legendary magician, author, historian, actor and, perhaps, the greatest sleight-of-hand artist on the planet in the documentary “Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”

    On that sweltering... read on

  • How ‘The Iceman’ cameth to be

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 1, 2013 | 11:20 am

    “I don’t think I’m in any way a sociopath,” said Ariel Vromen, the Israeli-born filmmaker behind “The Iceman,” inspired by the true story of one of America’s most notorious mob hitmen, Richard Kuklinski, who died in prison in 2006.

    Yet Vromen remembers watching an HBO documentary... read on

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