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Oh, What a Tangled ‘Web’ She Weaves

By Naomi Pfefferman

June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice in "Web Therapy." Photo courtesy of Showtime

On a sunny morning at Jerry’s Deli on Beverly Boulevard, Lisa Kudrow was laughing about the narcissistic shrink she plays on her improvised Showtime dark comedy, “Web Therapy.” “Isn’t she... read on

  • Women in wheelchairs ‘Push’ boundaries in real life, TV

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Mia Schaikewitz parked her shiny black Mitsubishi Eclipse in front of her graphic design office in Pasadena, looking glamorous in her black leather jacket and purple eye shadow with matching fingernail polish. Then she opened her car door, lifted out a wheelchair and assembled it in... read on

  • Donna Summer memories

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    When the news came that Donna Summer—the disco diva who rose to fame with pulsing hits such as “Last Dance” and “Bad Girl” – died today at 63, Jewish publicist Michael Levine called with some memories of the cultural icon.  “I grew up in New York, and when she became a... read on

  • ‘The Dictator’ reviews are in, and the verdict is…

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2012 | 10:04 am

    The reviews are in for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator,” ladies and gentlemen, and while there are pans and mixed notices, a number of the some 20 top critics I perused had good things to say about Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest spoof—mostly praising his social satire or crass... read on

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  • ‘Hysteria’ and the invention of the vibrator [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 16, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Tanya Wexler’s film, “Hysteria,” a romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England opening May 18, begins with a note to the audience: “This story is based on true events. 

    Really.”

    It’s preposterous from a 21st century perspective, but back in... read on

  • ‘The Dictator’: Top Jewish moments

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2012 | 8:18 am

    However the reviews may fall for “The Dictator,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s first scripted film, the comedy certainly offers some bits for The Tribe – – mostly skewing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sentiments—and with plenty of Hebrew and Yiddish words peppered into his... read on

  • Revisiting a conversation with Vidal Sassoon

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    When the news arrived that Vidal Sasson died today at his Mulholland Drive estate, at 84, after battling a long illness some media outlets have reported as leukemia, I thought back to my interview last year with the loquacious hairdressing pioneer, who went so far as to admit that... read on

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the... read on

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