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  • 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

  • ‘Lovelace’ — Two versions of a porn star’s tragic tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 7, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    More than a decade after Linda Lovelace died of injuries suffered in a car crash in 2002, the actress remains an icon as the most famous pornography star in the most successful skin flick of all time: 1972’s “Deep Throat,” about a sexually frustrated woman who discovers her... read on

  • Anything is fair game for ‘Ray Donovan’ showrunner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Hollywood has always had its “fixers,” troubleshooters who clandestinely cover up celebrity scandals and screw-ups.

    Back in the 1930s, MGM’s Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling helped manipulate events to make it look like Loretta Young’s love child with the married Clark Gable... read on

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  • Dealin’ with funnyman Jeff Garlin

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 24, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    You can hear Jeff Garlin’s signature rumbling laugh way down the hall from inside his publicist’s Hollywood office, and when he ambles into a conference room, he’s all smiles, appearing just as blustery yet affable as his character Jeff Greene, Larry David’s jocular manager, from... read on

  • Cantor jazzes up her life with one-woman show

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In 2009, Patti Linsky, now cantor emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, conducted services for the High Holy Days with a low-grade pain in her abdomen that had been throbbing for months. The cause was a small stone in her bile duct that required a simple two-hour... read on

  • Rick Moranis returns, brings ‘brisket’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Actor Rick Moranis has busted ghosts in the “Ghostbusters” flicks, shrunk the kids in that comedy film franchise, tried not to get gobbled by a man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” spoofed Darth Vader as Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” and over-parented in... read on

  • ‘The Goldbergs’ come to ABC

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2013 | 7:10 am

    The radio program “The Rise of the Goldbergs” premiered in 1929, introducing America to an unabashedly Jewish immigrant family whose matriarch, Molly (Gertrude Berg) dished out compassion and comedy as rich as her own chicken soup.

    Two decades later, a television version of the... read on

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