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  • Justin Bieber Israel Drama: Give Bieber a Break

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Headlines are buzzing that Justin Bieber declined to meet a group of children affected by Gaza rocket fire during his highly-publicized trip to Israel.  And that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in response, canceled his scheduled meeting with the teenaged superstar, which was to... read on

  • Paul Reiser on Playing Himself on (What Else) “The Paul Reiser Show”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Paul Reiser eyes his agent warily in an upcoming episode of “The Paul Reiser Show,” the writer-actor-comedian’s new half-hour comedy on NBC, which closely resembles his real life.  In the scene, it’s been some years since Reiser’s megahit “Mad About You” went off the... read on

  • Judge Judy: Get Well Soon!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Judge Judy said she needs “a day to chill”  in the hospital after being whisked to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—in an ambulence—following symptoms of stomach distress today, TMZ reported.  “I’m really fine,” the 68-year-old Judith Sheindlin, a.k.a. TV’s sometimes irascible Judge Judy,... read on

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  • “Mildred Pierce,” Todd Haynes and Me [VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    While watching Todd Haynes’ stunning adaptation of “Mildred Pierce” in a nourish mini-series for HBO, I recalled the first time I viewed a production by this brilliant (and yes, Jewish) writer-director:  Edward Albee’s, “The Zoo Story,” which Haynes directed and starred... read on

  • The Real “Miral:” Rula Jebreal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Palestinian author Rula Jebreal bears an uncanny resemblance to Freida Pinto, the Indian actress who portrays the writer’s alter ego in Julian Schnabel’s new film, “Miral.”  So it was not surprising that the filmmaker initially assumed Jebreal was Indian when they met in 2007... read on

  • Brooke Shields and the Jewish Girls of “Girls Talk” [SLIDESHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    “That’s sooo funny, Roger,” Brooke Shields said to playwright Roger Kumble during a read-through of “Girls Talk,” his new satire about Hollywood power moms at the Lee Strasberg Theatre opening March 18.  Shields and her co-stars were laughing over the scene in which the... read on

  • Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman and Ben Schwartz do Purim and “Peep World”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Michael C. Hall, the Emmy-winning star of Showtime’s “Dexter,” plays his first cinematic Jewish character in “Peep World,” Barry Blaustein’s dark comedy about four siblings who come to terms with their monstrous father (Ron Rifkin) on the eve of his 70th birthday.

    Hall... read on

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