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  • For Noah Emmerich, era’s tension in ‘The Americans’ hits home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Noah Emmerich has earned critical kudos for his portrayal of Stan Beeman, a troubled FBI counterintelligence agent who remains unaware that his archenemies — married KGB spooks posing as typical Americans — live just across the street from his suburban Washington, D.C., home in... read on

  • The long road to ‘Harmony’ filled with twists and turns

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    The musical “Harmony,” which opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on March 4, spotlights the little-known true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian German sextet that rose to wild superstardom in the 1930s. But three of the group’s six members were Jewish, and by 1935 they... read on

  • Third-generation survivor finds healing in Anne Frank role

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    As Sigi Gradwohl prepared to play the eponymous role in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” at the Cupcake Theater in Hollywood through March 9, she turned to her grandfather, Peter Neuhaus, who had been in Anne’s class at a Montessori school in Amsterdam before the Nazi threat loomed and... read on

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  • David O. Russell’s lovable crooks

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    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 Russell reminded the boy, but Leo just giggled and told his father, “I’m going to hide and open it!” ... 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

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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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