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  • Benh Zeitlin: Conquering his ‘Beasts’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    In 2008, while doing research for what would become his first feature, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin climbed inside the pickup truck he had purchased for $500 and drove down each of the five roads leading to the bayou’s edge about 80 miles south of New Orleans. At the... read on

  • Paul Rudd Q & A:  ‘This is 40’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 28, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    “There are a couple of Jewish jokes that I think are just great,” actor Paul Rudd said, eagerly, leaning forward on a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he was recently promoting his new Judd Apatow film, “This is 40.”  “This Jewish kid asks his dad, ‘Can I borrow $30?'  And... read on

  • Judd Apatow mines midlife angst for ‘This Is 40’ [BONUS TRAILER]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    “I insult myself all the time in my movies, so why not you?” comedy mogul Judd Apatow joked during a recent interview.

    He was addressing my question about a scene in his new movie, “This Is 40,” where a shlubby journalist wearing a yarmulke shows up to do an interview and is... read on

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  • Dan Fogelman Q & A: ‘The Guilt Trip’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2012 | 7:22 pm

    Screenwriter Dan Fogelman took a two-week cross-country trip with his mom six years ago as research for “The Guilt Trip,” which stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as a fictional (and seemingly Jewish) mother and son taking their respective meshugas on the road. Recently, I... read on

  • Travis Fine on “Any Day Now”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 13, 2012 | 9:35 am

    In the first image of Travis Fine’s heartrending new film, “Any Day Now,” set in the 1970s, Marco (Isaac Leyva), a 12-year-old with Down’s syndrome, roams the streets of a city, lost, bewildered and clutching a child’s doll. The film then flashes back to tell of how Marco was taken... read on

  • Bette Midler: The Divine Miss Bubbe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 12, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Who is Bette Midler? There’s her onstage alter ego, The Divine Miss M, the brash and bawdy chanteuse with risqué sequin-clad décolletage she invented back in the 1970s at Manhattan’s Continental Baths gay spa. And the hilariously over-the-top characters she’s played in such films... read on

  • Elie Wiesel on Oprah Dec. 9: Sneak peak Q & A [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Eight years ago, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel took Oprah Winfrey on a tour of Auschwitz, which she has described as a life-altering experience.  On Sunday, Dec. 9, Wiesel will again speak with Oprah, this time on a "Super Soul Sunday" episode (set to air on OWN – the... read on

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