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

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 day ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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: Gods and Kings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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