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

  • Peter Mark Richman: Actor, painter, writer explores love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Peter Mark Richman was instantly recognizable when he opened the door of his Woodland Hills home for an interview on a recent sunny morning: As one of the most successful character actors in Hollywood over the past six decades, his face has been part and parcel of the popular... read on

  • Finding tikkun olam in ‘Lion King’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    When Ben Lipitz trundles onto the stage as Pumbaa, the malodorous but genial warthog in the hit musical “The Lion King,” the character and his meerkat pal, Timon, stumble across Simba, the dejected lion cub who has fled his kingdom because he erroneously believes he has killed... read on

  • How ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ took flight

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    As a child, you think it would be fantastic to be Peter Pan,” the effusive, droll Rick Elice, playwright and lyricist of the “Peter Pan” prequel, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” said in an interview from his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. 

    “You’d have no bedtime, no homework,... read on

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