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  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey executive chef, Matt Loory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 16, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Chef Matt Loory received the expected gift from one of his customers on his birthday last Aug. 8: a pie, smack in the face.

    Loory is the executive chef of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has rolled into town on the mile-long train the cast and crew lovingly... read on

  • ‘Wish I Was Here’: Zach Braff on love, his new movie and being a Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 16, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Actor Zach Braff was ensconced on a terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel, decked out in striped pants, red shoes and a brown shirt adorned with a button inscribed with one word: “Love.”

    “A friend gave it to me when I was going through a tough time,” said Braff, who is best-known for... read on

  • David O. Russell’s lovable crooks

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    Filmmaker David O. Russell was laughing delightedly at the antics of his 2-year-old son, Leo. The precocious toddler had found a present meant to be opened only on his birthday, as Russell reminded the boy, but Leo just giggled and told his father, “I’m going to hide and open it!” ... read on

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  • Human condition guides ‘Captain Phillips’ screenwriter’s process

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips received dismaying news while conducting a routine safety drill aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship carrying tons of relief supplies through Somali waters en route to port in Mombasa, Kenya. On the radar screen, a very real menace... read on

  • The weighty experience of ‘Gravity’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    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 finding safety in London. From there, he eventually launched a new career covering economics for... 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

  • 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

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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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