Jewish Journal

  • ‘Manhattan:’ The story of the atomic bomb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2014 | 11:40 am

    In the Hollywood offices where WGN America’s TV drama “Manhattan” was written, a poster of a man with his mouth taped shut reads, “Loose talk can cost lives.” A metal plaque warns, “What you do here, what you hear here, what you leave here — stays here.”

    During World War II, a... read on

  • Interviewing Joan Rivers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    In May 2013, I was more than a tad nervous when asked to conduct a 45-minute Q&A with Rivers following a performance of her act at the American Jewish University.  Rivers, after all, was the notorious fashion polista of the red carpet awards scene, so ruthless that she once... read on

  • ‘Love is Strange’ when Alfred Molina and John Lithgow get married

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 20, 2014 | 11:03 am

    In Ira Sachs’ new film, “Love Is Strange,” George (Alfred Molina), a choir director at a Catholic school, and Ben (John Lithgow), a painter, take advantage of New York’s gay marriage laws and joyfully tie the knot. Their happiness becomes short-lived, however, when George — who has... read on

  • Robin Williams’ Holocaust film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 12, 2014 | 1:41 am

    I experienced Robin Williams’ generosity of spirit even before I got on the phone with him for an interview about his Holocaust-themed film, “Jakob the Liar,” in 1999.   The time our interview was set happened to land on the day a white supremacist went on a shooting spree at the... read on

  • Veteran Israeli film producer Menahem Golan dies at 85

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 9, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Menahem Golan, a pioneer of Israeli cinema who made a splash in Hollywood with B-movie action flicks in the 1980s, died on August 8.  He was 85.

    The producer and director was on an evening stroll with relatives when he collapsed not far from his home in Jaffa and died after... read on

  • The writers behind ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa are the married screenwriting team behind 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and now its hit sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” So it’s only fitting that Silver was sipping tea from a mug inscribed with the words “chimpanzee lover” during a... read on

  • Peter Himmelman’s new music video takes on Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2014 | 8:29 pm

    In Peter Himmelman’s  new music video of his song “Maximum Restraint,” the folk-rocker combines searing images of the conflict in Gaza with lyrics staunchly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas terrorism.

    The angry, even sarcastic song has come as something of... read on

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