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  • Boas and turtles and opossoms — OH MY!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Leslie Gordon has worn a sling holding a baby opossum round the clock, imitating how the marsupial’s mama would have carried the critter around in her pouch. She’s driven throughout the night to Arizona and back to transport a red harvester ant colony to Los Angeles, as the... read on

  • Gandolfini larger than life in charming ‘Enough Said’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    In writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s new film, “Enough Said,” Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) don’t exactly meet cute.

    “Eva was just telling me there’s no one at this party she’s attracted to,” a mutual friend tells Albert as an appalled Eva looks on.... read on

  • Meet ‘The Goldbergs’: Adam Goldberg mines his family’s mishegoss for new sitcom

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 6, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Adam F. Goldberg still remembers how his father used to come home from work, promptly unbuckle his trousers, drop them by the front door and then declare “the TV’s mine,” before parading around the house in his tighty whities.

    In lieu of car keys when Adam was a teenager, his... read on

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  • George Segal on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Where’s Poppa?’ and playing Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Actor George Segal, the late film critic Roger Ebert once noted, “is good at playing the harassed son of the archetypical Jewish mother. In ‘No Way to Treat a Lady” [1968], he was the vice cop whose mother kept wanting him to finish his soup before rushing to rescue Lee Remick.”

    ... read on
  • Jon Voight — Chabadnik at heart

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    On a recent afternoon at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Jon Voight reached into a black satchel and pulled out a well-worn copy of Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews,” then began reading aloud from the text, his fingers carefully tracing the words. Looking professorial, he glanced up... read on

  • Sparks ignite in ‘Afternoon Delight’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Writer-director Jill Soloway has quite the reputation for writing about Jews and sex. As co-executive producer on HBO’s hit mortuary drama “Six Feet Under,” she created a Reform rabbi character whose congregant’s boyfriend accidentally hangs himself during autoerotic asphyxiation.... read on

  • Thor Freudenthal on ‘Percy Jackson,’ grandparents on Schindler’s list

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The whirling, sea-belching monster Charybdis.  A Manticore with a lion’s body and scorpion’s tail.  A man-eating Cyclops.  These are just a few of the beasts threatening the teenaged heroes in Thor Freudenthal’s adventure fantasy “Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters,” the second film... 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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