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‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

By Naomi Pfefferman

February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

Keidrich Sellati, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell and Holly Taylor star in “The Americans.” Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/FX.

Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale... read on

  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly... read on

  • Film editor William Goldenberg faces off at the Oscars with…himself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    At this year’s Oscars ceremony film editor William Goldenberg will have the rare and coveted distinction of competing against himself. 

    Goldenberg is nominated not only for editing Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the story of how a CIA operative (played by Affleck) sneaked six American... read on

  • Dysfunctional first family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 6, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    When Barack Obama heard that his speechwriter Jon Lovett would be leaving the White House to follow his dream of becoming a Hollywood comedy writer, the president joked something in the vein of, “You’re not going to write about me, right?”

    The commander in chief didn’t need to... read on

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  • Bar Refaeli makes out with nerd in Go Daddy Super Bowl commercial

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 1, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Wanna see blonde bombshell Bar Refaeli making out with a nerd on TV? 

    Check out the new Super Bowl commercial in which the Israeli supermodel smooches a guy introduced as “Walter,” who bears more than a passing resemblance to the portly (and MOT) performer “Josh Gad” of “The Book... read on

  • For David O. Russell, it takes family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    Director David O. Russell’s past efforts include the much-lauded “Three Kings” and the Oscar-winning “The Fighter,” but it is “Silver Linings Playbook,” the story of a bipolar teacher, that he sees as his most personal drama to date. The film is a contender for eight Oscar,... read on

  • Saving the ‘Life of Pi’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Elizabeth Gabler was warm, even motherly, as she ushered a reporter into her chintz-filled office in the cozy bungalow that houses the studio Fox 2000, the division of 20th Century Fox where she has served as president for the past dozen years. Dressed elegantly in an olive-colored... read on

  • Play reveals naked truth behind ‘Deep Throat’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Herschel Savage, the skin-flick actor best known for his appearance in “Debbie Does Dallas,” was perched beside a bare mattress on the floor of the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, preparing to rehearse a scene from “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal” in which he plays a director. The... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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