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Anything is fair game for ‘Ray Donovan’ showrunner

By Naomi Pfefferman

August 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Above, from left: Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan and Pooch Hall in “Ray Donovan.” Inset: Showrunner Ann Biderman. Photo: Jeff Riedel/Showtime

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... read on

  • 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

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  • ‘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

  • Noah Emmerich of ‘The Americans:’  Emmy Awards watch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    Actor Noah Emmerich folded his lanky body into a chair at L’Ermitage Hotel and pretended to clandestinely scan the lobby. “Those guys over there could be suspicious,” he quipped, and then added, “You don’t have a poison pen, do you?”

    The affable actor was joking, of course --... read on

  • Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen: Friends for the end of the world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Evan Goldberg is the writer and director — with Seth Rogen, his longtime writing partner — of the new film “This Is the End,” which just could be the first Jewish rapture comedy.

    In it, Rogen and his real-life Jewish (and half-Jewish) pals James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel... read on

  • Gary David Goldberg, creator of ‘Family Ties,’ dies at 68

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer who created the iconic 1980s sitcom “Family Ties,” which made Michael J. Fox a star, as well as the semi-autobiographical CBS series “Brooklyn Bridge” — one of the most Jewish comedies ever to grace the small... 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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