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Jonah Hill’s not-so-nice Jewish guy

By Naomi Pfefferman

January 6, 2014 | 5:48 pm

Jonah Hill in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

In January, 2012, when Jonah Hill -- who first became famous for his comic roles in raunch-fests-with-heart, like “Superbad” -- had just received an Academy Award nomination for his... read on

  • Peter Mark Richman: Actor, painter, writer explores love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Peter Mark Richman was instantly recognizable when he opened the door of his Woodland Hills home for an interview on a recent sunny morning: As one of the most successful character actors in Hollywood over the past six decades, his face has been part and parcel of the popular... read on

  • Finding tikkun olam in ‘Lion King’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    When Ben Lipitz trundles onto the stage as Pumbaa, the malodorous but genial warthog in the hit musical “The Lion King,” the character and his meerkat pal, Timon, stumble across Simba, the dejected lion cub who has fled his kingdom because he erroneously believes he has killed... read on

  • How ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ took flight

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    As a child, you think it would be fantastic to be Peter Pan,” the effusive, droll Rick Elice, playwright and lyricist of the “Peter Pan” prequel, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” said in an interview from his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. 

    “You’d have no bedtime, no homework,... read on

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  • Bob Odenkirk on ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 15, 2013 | 5:32 am

    Actor Bob Odenkirk seems to be everywhere these days, on screens large and small.   Having burst into the comedy zeitgeist with series like “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” he’s best known for playing Saul Goodman, meth-cooker Walter White’s sleazy but... read on

  • Love and anger in the time of AIDS

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    In 1981, Larry Kramer, the author and gay-rights provocateur, became alarmed as he witnessed large numbers of gay men become horribly ill and die in droves of a mysterious illness. The New Yorker was enraged that the government and the media seemed to be ignoring what had been... read on

  • ‘Book Thief’ a story of pure beauty, pure destruction

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Markus Zusak still remembers how his mother, a German Lutheran immigrant to Australia, vividly described the day she saw the Jews being marched to Dachau in her hamlet near Munich. 

    “There was an old, emaciated man who couldn’t keep up with the others, and a teenage boy ran up... read on

  • Daniel Radcliffe turns from magic to murder and mayhem

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The actor who played Harry Potter may be the richest and most famous human of his generation on the planet, but during an interview at the Four Seasons hotel, Daniel Radcliffe, now just 24, exuded none of the cockiness one might expect of a celebrity best known for demolishing... 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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