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  • Filmmakers reveal magician’s secretive world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    A British journalist recalls how she once sat down at a cafe with the legendary magician, author, historian, actor and, perhaps, the greatest sleight-of-hand artist on the planet in the documentary “Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”

    On that sweltering... read on

  • How ‘The Iceman’ cameth to be

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 1, 2013 | 11:20 am

    “I don’t think I’m in any way a sociopath,” said Ariel Vromen, the Israeli-born filmmaker behind “The Iceman,” inspired by the true story of one of America’s most notorious mob hitmen, Richard Kuklinski, who died in prison in 2006.

    Yet Vromen remembers watching an HBO documentary... read on

  • Bar Paly of ‘Pain & Gain,’ Israel’s other ‘Bar’ supermodel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Bar Paly is the new hot export from Israel.

    Previously we’ve heard all about Bar Refaeli, the flaxen-haired Sports Illustrated cover girl who romanced Leonardo DiCaprio. 

    [Video: Bar Refaeli’s scandalous new ad]

    Now Israel has raised yet another Bar – supermodel, that is --... read on

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  • Michael Shannon on ‘The Iceman’ by Israeli filmmaker Ariel Vromen

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 26, 2013 | 11:25 am

    ... read on
  • Drama in a ‘Class’ of its own

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    In the most searing sequence in Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s “Our Class” — a controversial play about Polish-Jewish relations now at the Atwater Village Theatre through at least May 5 — actors playing Polish nationalists lift chairs symbolizing their Jewish neighbors and mime the... read on

  • David S. Goyer talks ‘Batman,’ ‘Man of Steel’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2013 | 11:05 am

    David S. Goyer, the scribe behind Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the highly anticipated Superman reboot “The Man of Steel,” opening June 14, was sipping English breakfast tea while nursing a cold recent at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    The 47-year-old writer was... read on

  • Falafel Western wrangles opening night of Israel Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    The drama opens in a smoky saloon somewhere in a remote corner of Israel. A young stranger, Avram (Dudu Tassa), enters the bar, where he is regarded suspiciously by the tough-looking musicians slinging back shots of arak, a Middle Eastern liquor. Avram has arrived with a message... 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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