Jewish Journal

Long, winding road to ‘Dallas’ leads to six Oscar noms

By Naomi Pfefferman

January 31, 2014 | 11:16 am

From left: Jared Leto as the transsexual Rayon and Matthew McConaughey as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club”; the film has six Oscar nominations. Photo by Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features

Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, producers of “Dallas Buyers Club,” scarcely slept the night before the early-morning announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations on Jan. 16.

Their... read on

  • Bernard Weinraub: When the news is not fit to print

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Just a few minutes after Bernard Weinraub settled into a booth for breakfast at Nate ’n Al in Beverly Hills, he waved hello to two studio executives he knew from his tenure as The New York Times’ Hollywood reporter, a job he held from 1991 to the mid-2000s. “This is like movie... read on

  • Corrie Siegel: L.A. Jewish art on location

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    On Jan. 25, artist Corrie Siegel will park her 16-foot-long white truck — a converted film production vehicle — in the parking lot of the beach mansion William Randolph Hearst built for his mistress, actress Marion Davies. Now a public facility known as the Annenberg Community... read on

  • Gilda Radner’s best friend

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 16, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    In Alan Zweibel’s play “Bunny Bunny — Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy,” the saga of his platonic love affair with the famed comedian, Radner first spots Zweibel as he hides behind a potted plant on his first day of work on the iconic late-night comedy show “Saturday Night... read on

  • Jonah Hill’s not-so-nice Jewish guy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2014 | 5:48 pm

    In January, 2012, when Jonah Hill -- who first became famous for his comic roles in raunch-fests-with-heart, like “Superbad” -- had just received an Academy Award nomination for his dramatic turn as a shy statistics whiz in Bennett Miller’s baseball saga “Moneyball,” he told the... read on