Jewish Journal

The weighty experience of ‘Gravity’

By Naomi Pfefferman

February 18, 2014 | 1:15 pm

Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in “Gravity.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

A little-known fact about “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman is that his Jewish grandfather, Heinz Heyman, was a prominent journalist who had to bicycle out of Nazi Germany eventually... read on

  • June Squibb’s just deserts: A Hollywood vet’s Oscar debut

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    These days, 84-year-old actress June Squibb is feeling like the princess who has finally been invited to the ball. After more than six decades of quietly grinding away as a character actress on stage, TV and in films, Squibb has been nominated for her first Academy Award — courtesy... read on

  • ‘The Monuments Men’: Saving the art behind enemy lines

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    George Clooney and Grant Heslov sat side by side recently at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for a panel discussion on their new World War II movie, “The Monuments Men.”  Both are credited with writing and producing the film, which opens on Feb. 7, but they couldn’t appear... read on

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

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2014 | 11:16 am

    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 movie — the real-life story of a Texas homophobe (Matthew McConaughey) who becomes an unlikely... 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

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