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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Hollywood Jew

Henry Jaglom’s ‘Train to Zakopané’ carries an unexpected love story

For three decades, Henry Jaglom interviewed his father, Simon, about his past, including his privileged childhood in czarist Russia and his imprisonment as a...

‘Harold and Lillian’ documents a movie-making marriage

The names Harold and Lillian Michelson may not be familiar, but the hundreds of movie titles they worked on certainly are. He was a...

This 90-year-old German rabbi is now a movie star

BERLIN (JTA) — For many Germans, Rabbi William “Willy” Wolff is the first Jewish religious leader they have ever met. And he’s the perfect man for...

Jessica Biel discovers that she’s a little bit Jewish

The celebrities who appear on genealogy shows are almost invariably in for a surprise, like a criminal in their family tree or a British...

Podcast – FAUDA: the Israeli Netflix TV hit with co-creator Avi Issacharoff

From HBO’s In Treatment to Showtime’s Homeland, Israel has become a prominent exporter of quality content for the American television industry. As an emerging...

Steven Spielberg to direct film about publication of Pentagon Papers

Director Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a film about the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers...

For her directorial debut, Natalie Portman mines her inner Israeli and what it means to be Jewish

A security detail opens the doors to the Beverly Wilshire’s Royal Suite, where Natalie Portman looks up from the middle of a grand, high-ceilinged...

ICM Partners’ Chris Silbermann: The good kind of double agent

When it comes to entertainment industry archetypes, none is more disdained or suspect than the talent agent. Aaron Sorkin once described his agent, Ari Emanuel,...

Super mogul Kathy Ireland is the new super model for Israel

In the ever-unwinnable image war, maybe what Israel needs is a Cover Girl.

L.A. Times they are a changin’: Homage to Patrick Goldstein

L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein announced yesterday that he had penned his final column after 12 years at the newspaper. His departure will leave...

Fifty Shades of Oh So Good

The best part of Katie Roiphe’s Newsweek cover story about the popularity of the book Fifty Shades of Grey and what it reveals about...

Boo hoo, I’m beautiful

When Daily Mail columnist Samantha Brick wrote a whiny essay on the downsides of being attractive, the blogosphere laid it on like a ton...

From Sundance to Jerusalem

Alesia Weston, associate director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, where she has worked for the past nine years, will take over as...

‘Mad Men’ masochism

The most interesting scene by far of Mad Men’s season five premiere was not the party, when Don Draper’s new wife Megan sang a...

Obama to Hollywood: Help!

When you need an image boost, who better to turn to than Hollywood, the grandest disseminator of idealized imagery in the world?Governments, dictators, politicians...

TheWrap.com: Covering Hollywood … and circumcision?

In addition to commentating on The Sperminator, the new editress of the New York Times and “why women aren’t funny”, TheWrap.com’s editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman...

Is ‘X-Men’ a metaphor for Jewish survival?

It may be stunningly self-involved to assume “X-Men” is about the Jews but Jewish Telegraphic Agency editor in chief Ami Eden makes a convincing...

Jeffrey Goldberg backflips on Jewish journalism with move to Tablet

Last week, Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg announced his plan to move his eponymous blog, “Goldblog” to the online Jewish magazine, Tablet. This came...

Quote of the day, by Jack Quinn

“Trial or not, John Edwards is the Charlie Sheen of American politics - great hair and no chance for rehabilitation.” —Democratic consultant Jack Quinn...

What will a Jewish-produced movie about Scientology look like?

Since Scientologists are so famously cagey, leave it to a big-mouthed Jew from New York to produce a major motion picture about Scientology. I’m...

Anthony Weiner: Counter-campaign to the anti-circumcision movement?

What’s better than a silly little scandal starring a nice Jewish congressman to stir the pot in the circumcision debate? Call it divine intervention,...

Hollywood power player: The Nina Tassler Interview

Except for her petite frame and that little black dress, you’d never know Nina Tassler once wanted to be an actress. She was entirely...

Is Haim Saban dumping Obama or playing political hardball?

It’s no secret that there are powerful forces within the American Jewish community who feel deep distrust and doubt when it comes to President...

L.A. nightlife king Sam Nazarian now selling hot dogs

Apparently, hotels, nightclubs and restaurants are not fashionable enough to undergird developer Sam Nazarian’s SBE lifestyle brand, so he’s adding a new, unlikely element:...

Kirk and Anne Douglas give $2 million to L.A. theater group

“Theatre was always my first love,” Kirk Douglas said in a statement announcing a major financial gift to L.A.’s Center Theater Group. His wistfulness...

Not Mel Gibson

Trying to determine the worst offender may seem a Sisyphean task considering the past year’s almost farcical uptick in anti-Semitic rants. It’s like separating your least favorite jelly beans from an overstuffed crate. But to their credit as artists, this bunch has at least provided Jew-hating vitriol so colorful and diverse, no one will get bored with the same bean (OK, Mel, you get to be the exception).

Lars Von Trier is not Mel Gibson

The adjacent photo makes me wish I’d titled this column, “Hollywood Anti-Semites: The Year in Review” but that wouldn’t really be accurate since it’s...

Israel watching closely as Obama addresses the Mideast

President Obama’s advisers have said time and again that the major speech he is to deliver Thursday will not be about Israel, but about the Middle East. Jewish groups must wait until Friday, when Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sunday, when the president addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, for the president\'s message for Israel, the advisers said.

Demjanjuk conviction: Better late than never?

The best thing about last week’s conviction in Germany of Sobibor guard John Demjanjuk is that the case works from the bottom up. The low-level functionary was brought to justice.

Coen brothers have bone to pick with Israel boycotters

Popular filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said during a visit to Israel that they do not agree with artists who boycott the Jewish state. Asked during a news conference about music and film artists who boycott Israel over its policies regarding the Palestinians, Ethan Coen said it was a mistake.

New Articles

Interfaith Leaders Gather in Santa Monica in Response to Trump’s Religious Stunt

Los Angeles clergy and spiritual leaders plan to gather at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica Wednesday, June 3 in response to what...

Thousands of Students in Dozens of Israeli Schools Sent Home to Isolation Over COVID-19 Outbreaks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of students in Jerusalem and other cities across the country were sent home Monday to isolation after staff and students...

BDS Co-Founder: Right of Return Will End ‘Zionist State’

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, said in a May 21 interview that the Palestinian right of return would...

‘I’m Not Angry at All’: Owner of Looted Chicago Photo Shop Vows to Rebuild

(JTA) — Don Flesch managed to grab just one item from his downtown Chicago camera shop as it went up in flames Saturday night:...

What the Movement for Black Lives Means to Jews

The Torah and Talmud teach the importance of justice, repairing the world, to not stand idly by and the value of a human life. It’s...

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