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Jeremy Piven plays a self(ridge)-made man

By Naomi Pfefferman

March 20, 2013 | 7:26 am

From left: Tom Goodman-Hill as Roger Grove, Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge and Ron Cook as Crabb in “Mr. Selfridge.” Photo by John Rogers/ITV Studios for Masterpiece Theater

Two minutes into a telephone interview, actor Jeremy Piven riffed on his Jewish background: “I grew up Reconstructionist, so my father used to joke that we prayed to ‘To whom it may... read on

  • Comedy-drama ‘Tribes’ communicates dysfunction of British-Jewish family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    The tribes in Nina Raine’s comedy-drama “Tribes,” now at the Mark Taper Forum, are Jewish, literati and deaf — all as perceived through the lens of one garrulous, even antagonistic British-Jewish family.

    The patriarch of this argumentative clan is Christopher, an elitist,... read on

  • Boy on HBO’s ‘Girls’ is also a ‘restless’ filmmaker

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2013 | 4:52 am

    You might only know Alex Karpovsky as Ray Ploshansky, the caustic barista who fitfully romances the naïf Shoshanna on HBO’s zeitgeist-y hit, “Girls.”

    But while shooting that show, Karpovsky also has managed to write, direct and star in two independent films that recently... read on

  • New play, “Therapy,” explores the the lives and fears of therapist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2013 | 7:44 am

    Jeff Bernhardt is an author, playwright, psychotherapist and Jewish educator who directs social-action programs at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills; he is also the lead tutor for the b’nai mitzvah program at Temple Israel of Hollywood. But his new play, “Therapy” — opening March 2... read on

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  • ‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale University graduate flying to the Soviet Union on his own clandestine Jewish mission. His goal was... read on

  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly... read on

  • Film editor William Goldenberg faces off at the Oscars with…himself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    At this year’s Oscars ceremony film editor William Goldenberg will have the rare and coveted distinction of competing against himself. 

    Goldenberg is nominated not only for editing Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the story of how a CIA operative (played by Affleck) sneaked six American... read on

  • Dysfunctional first family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 6, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    When Barack Obama heard that his speechwriter Jon Lovett would be leaving the White House to follow his dream of becoming a Hollywood comedy writer, the president joked something in the vein of, “You’re not going to write about me, right?”

    The commander in chief didn’t need to... 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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