Jewish Journal

‘The Red Tent’ puts down stakes as Lifetime miniseries

By Naomi Pfefferman

5 hours ago

From left: Minnie Driver, Rebecca Ferguson, and Morena Baccarin star in the “The Red Tent.” Photo by Joey L./Lifetime

Anita Diamant laughed as she described how readers often approach her to exclaim, “I love your book!”

“Actually I’ve written 13 books, but I always know which one they’re talking... read on

  • Director relishes the humor in ‘What the Butler Saw’ at Taper

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 days ago

    When asked how playwright Joe Orton’s absurdist humor parallels his own, John Tillinger — who is directing Orton’s jet-black farce “What the Butler Saw,” opening Nov. 23  at the Mark Taper Forum — recalled his mother’s funeral in the mid-1980s.  

    Tillinger had just directed a... read on

  • ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Following in the biblical swashbuckler genre of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which hit theaters earlier this year, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus:  Gods and Kings,” opens on Dec. 12 with a bearded Christian Bale as Moses leading the Jewish flight from Egypt, a preening Joel Edgerton as the... read on

  • Harvey Fierstein, ‘Kinky Boots’ step out on national tour

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 29, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Harvey Fierstein, the six-time Tony Award-winning actor, playwright and gay activist, laughed as he recalled how a reporter once shamelessly rifled through his New York-area apartment. “She went through the entire house and kept opening all the closets,” he said during a recent... read on

  • Hollywood calls on Rabbi David Wolpe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2014 | 7:11 am

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple was pleasantly surprised when the call came that Warner Bros., along with Gulfstream Pictures, was optioning his new book “David:  The Divided Heart (Yale University Press) to be developed into a screenplay not long ago. 

    Wolpe, who was once... read on

  • Rise and shine, crash and burn: The untold story of Cannon films

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    To become a filmmaker, “You have to steal the money, kill your aunt, take her money, make your movie.” So says Menahem Golan in Hilla Medalia’s documentary, “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films,” which will screen as the centerpiece of the Israel Film Festival on Oct.... read on

  • Comic Richard Lewis is crazy busy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    "I should have called my comedy company Oy Vey Productions,” Richard Lewis quipped. 

    The 67-year-old comedian has been nick

    named the “Prince of Pain” for his jazz-style riffs  on his dysfunctional Jewish family, his dates  from hell, his shrinks and sundry meshugges — all... read on

  • ‘Gotham’ star talks life on set as young Batman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 7, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    When David (pronounced “Da-veed”) Mazouz announced, “I am Batman,” to his friends at Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, he wasn’t just joking around. David, 13, stars as the young Bruce Wayne (the future Batman) in Fox TV’s highly anticipated “Gotham,” which airs Mondays at 8... read on

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