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Jon Voight — Chabadnik at heart

By Naomi Pfefferman

August 21, 2013 | 4:49 pm

Jon Voight Photo by Kathy Hutchins

On a recent afternoon at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Jon Voight reached into a black satchel and pulled out a well-worn copy of Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews,” then began reading... read on

  • Sparks ignite in ‘Afternoon Delight’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Writer-director Jill Soloway has quite the reputation for writing about Jews and sex. As co-executive producer on HBO’s hit mortuary drama “Six Feet Under,” she created a Reform rabbi character whose congregant’s boyfriend accidentally hangs himself during autoerotic asphyxiation.... read on

  • Thor Freudenthal on ‘Percy Jackson,’ grandparents on Schindler’s list

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The whirling, sea-belching monster Charybdis.  A Manticore with a lion’s body and scorpion’s tail.  A man-eating Cyclops.  These are just a few of the beasts threatening the teenaged heroes in Thor Freudenthal’s adventure fantasy “Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters,” the second film... read on

  • ‘Lovelace’ — Two versions of a porn star’s tragic tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 7, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    More than a decade after Linda Lovelace died of injuries suffered in a car crash in 2002, the actress remains an icon as the most famous pornography star in the most successful skin flick of all time: 1972’s “Deep Throat,” about a sexually frustrated woman who discovers her... read on

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  • Anything is fair game for ‘Ray Donovan’ showrunner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Hollywood has always had its “fixers,” troubleshooters who clandestinely cover up celebrity scandals and screw-ups.

    Back in the 1930s, MGM’s Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling helped manipulate events to make it look like Loretta Young’s love child with the married Clark Gable... read on

  • Dealin’ with funnyman Jeff Garlin

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 24, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    You can hear Jeff Garlin’s signature rumbling laugh way down the hall from inside his publicist’s Hollywood office, and when he ambles into a conference room, he’s all smiles, appearing just as blustery yet affable as his character Jeff Greene, Larry David’s jocular manager, from... read on

  • Cantor jazzes up her life with one-woman show

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 17, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In 2009, Patti Linsky, now cantor emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, conducted services for the High Holy Days with a low-grade pain in her abdomen that had been throbbing for months. The cause was a small stone in her bile duct that required a simple two-hour... read on

  • Rick Moranis returns, brings ‘brisket’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Actor Rick Moranis has busted ghosts in the “Ghostbusters” flicks, shrunk the kids in that comedy film franchise, tried not to get gobbled by a man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” spoofed Darth Vader as Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” and over-parented in... 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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