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Benh Zeitlin: Conquering his ‘Beasts’

By Naomi Pfefferman

January 2, 2013 | 3:10 pm

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy on the set of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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
  • ‘Anything Goes’ is high jinks on the high seas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Erich Bergen identifies easily with the brash, impetuous character of Billy Crocker, the romantic lead Bergen plays in Cole Porter’s insouciant 1934 musical “Anything Goes,” which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Nov. 28.  

    “I’m horrible at waiting for auditions,” the 26-year-old... read on

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