Jewish Journal

Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

By Naomi Pfefferman

July 2, 2014 | 3:39 pm

Above, from left: Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello and Chris Bauer in “True Blood.” Photo by Tony Rivetti

Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew. It’s a nod to his knack for juggling myriad obstacles to... read on

  • “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriting team inspired by personal grief

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 25, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Screenwriter Scott Neustadter recalled how his father, Michael, the vigorous president of his Conservative synagogue in New Jersey, received shocking news after medical tests for his nagging back pain in January 2011: He had advanced pancreatic cancer. Surgery followed, plus... read on

  • Comedian Jenny Slate in ‘Obvious Child’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2014 | 9:31 am

    Actress-comedian Jenny Slate held court in a throne-like chair in one corner of a vast room at the Four Seasons Hotel, looking like a quirky fairy tale princess in her gauzy sky-blue dress, an Audrey Hepburn-style up-do and turquoise nail polish on bitten fingernails. 

    “I’m... read on

  • Plays young and old from Pulitzer winner now in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Playwright Donald Margulies favors dark themes, such as loss, grief and the often painful legacies parents transmit to their children, as well as the struggles of the successful or unfulfilled artist.

    His “The Model Apartment (1988), about Holocaust survivors haunted by their... read on

  • Filmmaker Plumbs Her Painful Family Secrets in ‘For a Woman’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 4, 2014 | 10:43 am

    The inspiration for Diane Kurys’ semi-autobiographical new movie, “For a Woman,” began a decade ago as the French filmmaker rummaged through a drawer and found an old photograph of her father’s mysterious brother, Jean.

    Family lore had it that Jean escaped the Soviet Red Army for... read on

  • Pantages welcomes iconic adaptation in ‘Ghost the Musical’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    During his more than three decades as a screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin’s friends, colleagues and even his own son have asked him why he is so preoccupied with death. 

    “But I’m actually obsessed with life,” insisted Rubin, the Academy Award-winning author of the hit 1990... read on

  • How a student’s plagiarism became a playwright’s muse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    In spring 2011, Steven Drukman, a journalist, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and an associate arts professor at New York University (NYU), was upset by the behavior of one of his students.

    She was failing his theater course for her sub-par work, rarely showed up to class,... read on

  • Author documents South African resilience after her own losses

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 28, 2014 | 10:16 am

    In early 2006, Carole Eglash-Kosoff, an author and businesswoman, lost her mother to complications following a hip surgery. Just three weeks later, Eglash-Kosoff’s husband, Alvin, died after an adverse reaction to treatment for his bladder cancer. And only three days after that,... read on

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