Jewish Journal

David O. Russell’s lovable crooks

By Naomi Pfefferman

February 19, 2014 | 2:30 pm

From left: Christian Bale, Amy Adams and director David O. Russell on the set of “American Hustle.” Photo © 2013 Annapurna Productions

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... read on

  • 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

  • ‘The Monuments Men’: Saving the art behind enemy lines

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    George Clooney and Grant Heslov sat side by side recently at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for a panel discussion on their new World War II movie, “The Monuments Men.”  Both are credited with writing and producing the film, which opens on Feb. 7, but they couldn’t appear... 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

  • Bernard Weinraub: When the news is not fit to print

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Just a few minutes after Bernard Weinraub settled into a booth for breakfast at Nate ’n Al in Beverly Hills, he waved hello to two studio executives he knew from his tenure as The New York Times’ Hollywood reporter, a job he held from 1991 to the mid-2000s. “This is like movie... read on

  • Corrie Siegel: L.A. Jewish art on location

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    On Jan. 25, artist Corrie Siegel will park her 16-foot-long white truck — a converted film production vehicle — in the parking lot of the beach mansion William Randolph Hearst built for his mistress, actress Marion Davies. Now a public facility known as the Annenberg Community... read on

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