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The long road to ‘Harmony’ filled with twists and turns

By Naomi Pfefferman

March 5, 2014 | 1:50 pm

“Harmony” tells the little-known true story of a Nazi-era vaudeville sextet, three of whose members were Jewish. Photo by Greg Mooney

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... 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

  • Human condition guides ‘Captain Phillips’ screenwriter’s process

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips received dismaying news while conducting a routine safety drill aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship carrying tons of relief supplies through Somali waters en route to port in Mombasa, Kenya. On the radar screen, a very real menace... read on

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  • The weighty experience of ‘Gravity’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    A little-known fact about “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman is that his Jewish grandfather, Heinz Heyman, was a prominent journalist who had to bicycle out of Nazi Germany eventually finding safety in London. From there, he eventually launched a new career covering economics for... read on

  • June Squibb’s just deserts: A Hollywood vet’s Oscar debut

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 18, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    These days, 84-year-old actress June Squibb is feeling like the princess who has finally been invited to the ball. After more than six decades of quietly grinding away as a character actress on stage, TV and in films, Squibb has been nominated for her first Academy Award — courtesy... read on

  • ‘The Monuments Men’: Saving the art behind enemy lines

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    George Clooney and Grant Heslov sat side by side recently at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for a panel discussion on their new World War II movie, “The Monuments Men.”  Both are credited with writing and producing the film, which opens on Feb. 7, but they couldn’t appear... read on

  • Long, winding road to ‘Dallas’ leads to six Oscar noms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, producers of “Dallas Buyers Club,” scarcely slept the night before the early-morning announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations on Jan. 16.

    Their movie — the real-life story of a Texas homophobe (Matthew McConaughey) who becomes an unlikely... 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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