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Ben Kingsley honors Holocaust stories with his film roles

By Naomi Pfefferman

April 2, 2014 | 2:04 pm

From left: Kate Beckinsale, Sir Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum gala, during which Kingsley received the museum’s National Leadership Award. Photo by Ryan Miller for United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sir Ben Kingsley’s piercing brown eyes flashed when he was asked if he remembered the first time he learned about the Holocaust.

“I’m afraid I do,” the 70-year-old British thespian told... read on

  • Apocalypse Noah: Darren Aronofsky’s dark take on a biblical tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    When we talk about the story of Noah’s ark, cheerful images usually come to mind: a benevolent Noah with a flowing white beard shepherding pairs of animals into a fanciful houseboat. Upbeat songs from Jewish summer camp or, perhaps, that sweet, family-friendly installation at the... read on

  • Remembering comedian David Brenner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2014 | 12:53 pm

    David Brenner, whose wry observational comedy made him a star in the 1970s, and who appeared more than 150 times on “The Tonight Show,” died on Saturday, after a struggle with cancer, at his home in New York.  He was 78.

    Throughout his comedy career, which he embarked upon after... read on

  • Arie Posin on his Russian dissident parents and ‘The Face of Love’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    Arie Posin is the co-writer and director of “The Face of Love,” starring Annette Bening as a widow, still very much in love with her late husband (Ed Harris), who becomes obsessed with a man (Harris again) who is a dead ringer for her late spouse.  Now in theaters, the movie is... read on

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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

  • 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

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