Jewish Journal

  • Christian Bale’s Moses in ‘Exodus’: Insecure? Schizophrenic?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 11, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Christian Bale’s reputation for being mercurial and intense in years past is well known, but during a recent telephone conversation, the 40-year-old actor proved to be thoughtful, even modest, as he described tackling the monumental role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic,... read on

  • Forensic pathologist is no regular ‘Working Stiff’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 25, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Dr. Judy Melinek can’t watch “CSI,” “Bones” and the myriad other medical examiner (ME) shows that have exploded on to television. “I end up yelling at the TV and throwing things,” Melinek, 45, a forensic pathologist for Alameda County who also testifies in cases throughout the... read on

  • ‘The Red Tent’ puts down stakes as Lifetime miniseries

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    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 about,” Diamant said during a telephone conversation from her Boston-area home. “It’s my best-seller... read on

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

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 19, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    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’ in 3-D: Bible story 2.0?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 7, 2014 | 10:19 am

    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

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