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Dysfunctional first family

By Naomi Pfefferman

February 6, 2013 | 12:46 pm

The cast of “1600 Penn”: front row from left: Martha MacIsaac, Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman; back row from left: Benjamin Stockham, Amara Miller, Josh Gad, Andre Holland. Photo by Chris Haston/NBC

When Barack Obama heard that his speechwriter Jon Lovett would be leaving the White House to follow his dream of becoming a Hollywood comedy writer, the president joked something in the... read on

  • Bar Refaeli makes out with nerd in Go Daddy Super Bowl commercial

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 1, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Wanna see blonde bombshell Bar Refaeli making out with a nerd on TV? 

    Check out the new Super Bowl commercial in which the Israeli supermodel smooches a guy introduced as “Walter,” who bears more than a passing resemblance to the portly (and MOT) performer “Josh Gad” of “The Book... read on

  • For David O. Russell, it takes family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    Director David O. Russell’s past efforts include the much-lauded “Three Kings” and the Oscar-winning “The Fighter,” but it is “Silver Linings Playbook,” the story of a bipolar teacher, that he sees as his most personal drama to date. The film is a contender for eight Oscar,... read on

  • Saving the ‘Life of Pi’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Elizabeth Gabler was warm, even motherly, as she ushered a reporter into her chintz-filled office in the cozy bungalow that houses the studio Fox 2000, the division of 20th Century Fox where she has served as president for the past dozen years. Dressed elegantly in an olive-colored... read on

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  • Play reveals naked truth behind ‘Deep Throat’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Herschel Savage, the skin-flick actor best known for his appearance in “Debbie Does Dallas,” was perched beside a bare mattress on the floor of the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, preparing to rehearse a scene from “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal” in which he plays a director. The... read on

  • What Judd Apatow thinks of the Jewish Journal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 9, 2013 | 8:27 am

    “It’s an honor to be insulted by you,” I told Judd Apatow during an interview about his new comedy-drama, “This is 40,” about the midlife angst suffered by record label owner Pete (Paul Rudd) and his wife, Debbie (Leslie Mann). 

    “Yes, exactly!” Apatow replied.

    I’d interviewed... read on

  • Benh Zeitlin: Conquering his ‘Beasts’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    In 2008, while doing research for what would become his first feature, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin climbed inside the pickup truck he had purchased for $500 and drove down each of the five roads leading to the bayou’s edge about 80 miles south of New Orleans. At the... read on

  • Paul Rudd Q & A:  ‘This is 40’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 28, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    “There are a couple of Jewish jokes that I think are just great,” actor Paul Rudd said, eagerly, leaning forward on a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he was recently promoting his new Judd Apatow film, “This is 40.”  “This Jewish kid asks his dad, ‘Can I borrow $30?'  And... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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