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Tom Teicholz
Tom Teicholz is a film producer in LA. Everywhere else he's a journalist and author. "Tommywood," his award winning column and blog on arts and culture can be read at

Entries by Tom Teicholz

Conversation About Billy Joel Bio With Author Fred Schruers

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Fred Schruers and I discuss his Billy Joel: The definitive Biography (Crown).

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Paula Bronstein and The Big Story

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:38 AM

A woman makes her way down the sea wall along the Kitakama and Ainokama coastline in Sendai, Japan. Since the tsunami in 2011, the Japanese government has spent billions of yen on the reconstruction of a sea wall along the Sendai coastline....

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Leonard Cohen's Triumphant Problems

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:28 AM


The mere release of Popular Problems, two days after Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday last month, is remarkable in and of itself. (How many 80-year-old sex symbols and style icons are there?) But it also caps a decade in which Cohen conquered troubling neuroses...

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Inside the Mind of Artist Miri Chais

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 7:04 PM


"Re:Mind," a multimedia installation at USC's Fisher Museum of Art, is the first solo show in the United States for Miri Chais, an Israeli-born artist who now lives in Los Angeles. For the show, Chais created and installed a room full of paintings...

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Marx Brothers Make Merry in TV Collection

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Photo: public Domain

The Shout! Factory release of "The Marx Brothers TV Collection," an omnibus of the Brothers Marx's post-film career TV appearances, is occasion enough to celebrate once more the irrepressible talents of Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx.


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The Hollywood Blacklist in Exile

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 1:30 AM

Stories of the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and '50s are, by now, well known. Many books, articles and documentaries exist about the lives of actors, screenwriters and directors who the studios deemed unemployable because of their association -- real or alleged -- with the Communist Party.

Also familiar...

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Israeli Artists of the Imagination Orit Raff and Nir Evron

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:38 PM

"Jealousy" by Orit Raff

Art -- both making it and enjoying it -- seems a luxury in times of war. Yet the work of two Israeli artists, Orit Raff and Nir Evron, showing at the contemporary art space LAXART through...

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Heroes of the Great Patriotic War

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 12:22 PM


At the University of Southern California (USC), in the lobby of the Doheny Library, a giant story of Jewish history has been writ large in a small exhibition titled "Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in...

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Judy Fiskin: The Hammer's Summer Blockbuster

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Judy Fiskin's video "I'll Remember Mama" is a witty, complex story of the artist's relationship with her mother. Photo courtesy of Judy Fiskin

In keeping with summer being the season for superhero sequels, the Hammer Museum is presenting "Made in L.A. 2014,"...

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Sandy Frank: An Appreciation

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 9:44 PM

Sanford Jay Frank

Sanford Jay Frank, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, screenwriting guru and conservative ideologue whom everyone called Sandy, died at his home in Calabasas on April 18 of complications arising out of a glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. He...

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Jackson Pollock's 'Mural': Masterpiece or Macho Outburst?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956); "Mural," 1943; medium: oil and casein on canvas. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa.

Rarely do we see singular artworks that, even as they...

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We Are All Inside Llewyn Davis: The Brothers Coen and Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 8:03 PM


Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen's new film, is the fictional story of one week in the life of a folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961. The title character, played with total conviction by Oscar Isaac and supplied with credible material...

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Israeli Pop Legend Danny Sanderson Has a Date With LA

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Danny Sanderson's Dec. 8 show at American Jewish University's Gindi Auditorium will feature a career retrospective. Photo by Yoav Etiel

If you've been to Israel in the last 40 years or heard Israeli popular music, then you probably...

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The Price of Bob Dylan Going Electric

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Bob Dylan playing the guitar. Image Courtesy of The Estate of David Gahr/Getty Images

The guitar stood on a stand in a small conference room in corporate offices in Beverly Hills. A black Fender Stratocaster with a white body plate, a...

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Lou Adler: Low Key, Lucky and Very Cool

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 8:06 PM

From left: Herb Alpert in the studio with Lou Adler in 1970. Photo courtesy of Herb Alpert Presents

About a mile north of Duke's in Malibu, a right turn takes you up to a bluff with its own driveway, which leads to...

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Etgar Keret: The Long and Very Short of Fiction

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:32 PM


Etgar Keret, with his collections The Nimrod Flip-Out and the recently published Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, reinvigorated the short story (and the short, short story). The author, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope and on This American Life,...

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Inside the Gossip Industrial Complex

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 3:59 PM


George Rush and Joanna Molloy's "SCANDAL: A Manual, The Inside Story of America's Infamous Gossip Columnists" (Skyhorse/Norton) is the most fun read I've had all year -- possibly in several years. It is a delicious look behind the curtain of New...

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Which Jerusalem?

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:04 PM

On October 22, Israel will hold its Jerusalem mayoral election. Nir Barkat, the business-minded pragmatist who is completing his first five year term as mayor is running for reelection. His main opponent is Moshe Lion, the former chairman of the Jerusalem Development authority, who is supported by both the Sephardic...

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The People's Architect: Upcoming Retrospective of Moshe Safdie Shows Architect's Global Vision

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:47 PM

Moshe Safdie's new Guerin Pavillion at the Skirball Cultural Center offers a light-filled natural setting for conferences and gatherings. Photo by Timothy Hursley

The Skirball Cultural Center, which stands at the crest of Sepulveda and Mulholland just west of the 405...

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Lusting for Leicas

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 7:35 PM

The new Leica store and gallery in West Hollywood.

In one version of our lives, childhood is a series of deprivations and desires whereby we want things we can't have, some of which we grow out of or just forget. In...

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