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  • Robin Williams’ Holocaust film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 week ago

    I experienced Robin Williams’ generosity of spirit even before I got on the phone with him for an interview about his Holocaust-themed film, “Jakob the Liar,” in 1999.   The time our interview was set happened to land on the day a white supremacist went on a shooting spree at the... read on

  • Veteran Israeli film producer Menahem Golan dies at 85

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Menahem Golan, a pioneer of Israeli cinema who made a splash in Hollywood with B-movie action flicks in the 1980s, died on August 8.  He was 85.

    The producer and director was on an evening stroll with relatives when he collapsed not far from his home in Jaffa and died after... read on

  • The writers behind ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 weeks ago

    Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa are the married screenwriting team behind 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and now its hit sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” So it’s only fitting that Silver was sipping tea from a mug inscribed with the words “chimpanzee lover” during a... read on

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  • Peter Himmelman’s new music video takes on Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2014 | 8:29 pm

    In Peter Himmelman’s  new music video of his song “Maximum Restraint,” the folk-rocker combines searing images of the conflict in Gaza with lyrics staunchly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas terrorism.

    The angry, even sarcastic song has come as something of... read on

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    In the opening moments of “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-part series premiering on Sundance TV on July 31, the young Nessa Stein looks on as an assassin plunges sharp tongs into her father’s neck, splattering her face with blood.

    The action then fast-forwards to the same room in... read on

  • Michael Urie is Barbra Streisand in ‘Buyer & Cellar’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    “I’ve always found Barbra Streisand a fun character because she’s a combination of a megastar and my [Jewish] mother,” said playwright Jonathan Tolins, whose play “Buyer & Cellar,” now at the Mark Taper Forum, spotlights Babs’ relationship with an admiring employee. “I feel like... read on

  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey executive chef, Matt Loory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 16, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Chef Matt Loory received the expected gift from one of his customers on his birthday last Aug. 8: a pie, smack in the face.

    Loory is the executive chef of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has rolled into town on the mile-long train the cast and crew lovingly... 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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