Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. But Ben Feldman had the time. A successful New York big-shot, big-time lawyer and a real success at being in real estate, he left it behind to turn to crime. "It's such a kick," says Feldman. Kick it up a notch: His mid-19th-century crime story -- not his, but the...
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Media Clippings
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Earlier this year, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute launched a new bimonthly eZine geared for Jewish women called 614. There have been four issues so far, and from the looks of them, the endeavor has been a success, both visuallyand editorially. According to a press release distributed several months ago, HBI was bent on sparking "conversation among Jewish women" via 614, which...
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They're bad, they're bad -- which may be very good for the box office
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"Superbad" is as good as it gets for those who look in the mirror and see Snow White looking back when wishing for the Wicked Witch. Of course, that's way better than reflecting on acne, which can be the acme of angst for any teen male wearing out the groove in Madonna's "Like a Virgin," looking for life lessons. After...
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Hollywood — What would God say? "Good question," quietly replies Mark Nelson, veepee and senior exec producer of CNN Productions, whose three-part "God's Warriors," premiering on the cable network Tuesday night, takes the question, "Whose side is God on?" and plays "Jeopardy" with the answer. In examining the fierce role fundamentalism plays in Judaism (Aug. 21), Islam (Aug. 22) and...
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Andy's doing the box step of his life on 'SNL'
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Andy Samberg's got his disc in a box. The "Saturday Night Live" star's not alone: NBC and Starbucks are counting on many others stopping in for a cup of cappuccino and comedy when "Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07" DVD is released exclusively at the coffee capital of the caffeine world on Aug. 20. Meanwhile, Samberg and the rest...
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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