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  • ‘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

    3 weeks ago

    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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  • 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

  • Playwright Jessica Goldberg’s ‘Better’: When misery begets art

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 1, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Almost five years ago, playwright Jessica Goldberg traveled back to her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., to visit her 65-year-old father, who was in hospice, dying from brain cancer in the family’s home.  One day she bid him goodbye as she set off on what she thought would be a short... read on

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