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  • Oscars 2011:  Top Jewish Moments [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    There was Aaron Sorkin’s win for scripting “The Social Network;” Natalie Portman’s for her turn as a deranged ballerina in “Black Swan;” David Seidler‘s for his original screenplay, “The King’s Speech;” Jesse Eisenberg vs. James Franco for best actor, with Colin Firth taking home... read on

  • James Franco’s Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Ever since James Franco agreed to host the Academy Awards on Feb. 27 with Anne Hathaway, I’ve thought back to my interview with him last year during a break from his performance-art project involving the soap opera “General Hospital” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  His... read on

  • Conceiving “The Kids Are All Right” [AWARDS UPDATE] [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 25, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    “We were both raised Jewish and upper-middle-class,” writer-director Lisa Cholodenko said of herself and Stuart Blumberg, with whom she wrote “The Kids Are All Right”—and won best screenplay today at at the 2011 Independent Film Spirit Awards (catch the ceremony on TV tonight,... read on

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  • ‘The King’s Speech’ cinematographer, Danny Cohen [SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 23, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    In a memorable scene from “The King’s Speech,” the future George VI (Colin Firth), a.k.a. Bertie, spews every expletive imaginable as a technique to overcome his severe stutter with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).  As f-words flow, a... read on

  • Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2011 | 7:27 pm

    When the iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon sat down for an interview in Los Angeles recently, he appeared dapper in an immaculate black suit and cashmere scarf as he held court, in impeccable English, on subjects ranging from his impoverished Jewish childhood in London to the dearth... read on

  • How True is “The Social Network:” Ask Executive Producer Kevin Spacey [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 10, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    With the continuing discussion surrounding the Facebook saga “The Social Network” – specifically how true the film is or isn’t – I sought some answers about the film’s veracity with Kevin Spacey, whose Trigger Street Productions produced the movie.

    Over lox and eggs at... read on

  • Justin Bieber’s Jewish father figure, Scooter Braun

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Just before his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in the new 3D documentary “Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never,” the munificently-coiffed teen crooner does something unexpected of the object of millions of girl-crushes around the globe:  He recites the “Shema.”

    Bieber... read on

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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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