Posted by Joan Hyler
For a second straight year the Oscars will have a Jewish themed/WWII movie indirectly dealing with the Holocaust produced, this year as last, by Harvey and Bob Weinstein who sold their high end movie company, Miramax, to Disney a few years ago. Miramax (named famously for the Weinstein parents, Miriam and Max) was just sold by Disney, and Bob and Harvey’s Oscar nominated movie, this year is under the label The Weinstein Company, called “The Inglorious Bastards” stars Brad Pitt and is written and directed by “Pulp Fiction” and Miramax protégé Quentin Tarantino. It’s a vivid and fantastic look at the Holocaust -more pulp pop fiction than last years’ Weinstein Company entry into the Oscars - the sober and somber quasi love story, “The Reader” set after the Holocaust which earned the director Stephen Daldry a best director nomination and star Kate Winslet the Oscar itself as leading actress.
I have known the Weinsteins since I lived in New York and they were starting out as rock and roll promoters from Buffalo, New York. In the 90’s I produced a documentary for them “Get Bruce” about funnyman writer and Oscar contributor (he has written 21 Oscarcasts) Bruce Vilanch and in l998 my client Diane Lane played a Jewish woman married to Liev Schreiber in the Miramax movie “A Walk On the Moon” set in the 60’s in the Catskills about the love affair between a Jewish housewife and a travelling blouse man.
While the Weinstein frères do not tackle religious themes, they are unafraid of their Jewish roots and produce interesting star driven movies that highlight Jewish characters and are even unafraid of tackling aspects of Nazi Germany
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February 19, 2010 | 11:49 am
Posted by Joan Hyler
How appropriate that today we are reminded in the Torah to make a sanctuary that is portable and where we speak to Hashem and get responses from the sacred space between the two Gold Cherubim. It is almost Purim, almost the Oscars (which my longtime friend and client Bruce Vilanch writes) and on Oscar night the Chai Center is having their annual fundraiser at the Olympic Collection in West LA.
The Mishkan was built by the newly minted Israelites with materials that were brought out of Egypt as we were told to ‘despoil the Egyptians’ in the Torah. Many equate Hollywood with Egypt - I do not. Hollywood gold is shimmering but not real - although there are few Queen Esthers at the Oscars this year - there is some substance and a real opportunity on Oscar night to donate to the Chai Center which yearly leads us out of Egypt to help us develop ourselves and our community toward a real Jewish consciousness so maybe next year there will be more than just one Israeli film nominated for Best Foreign Film - there will be a real intersection between Jews and Hollywood - we can only help prepare this by learning more about who we are and entering the Jewish Sacred Spaces in our own lives. Thank you Rabbi Schlomo and Mendel Schwartz and the Great Mother.
February 3, 2010 | 8:46 pm
Posted by Joan Hyler
“Israeli formats are the ultimate greenhouse for ideas” - so says producer and former NBC honcho Ben Silverman in this weeks Variety. Along with an announcement that CBS is adapting another format from Israel “Quinn-tuplets,” this series is being developed in part by Arik Kneller who had been a student of mine in a master class sponsored by the Jewish Federation of LA two years ago.
Also chronicled by Variety is more disturbing news, the success of an iPhone application of Italian fascist Mussolini’s speeches that has Jews outraged internationally and is an unfortunate success in Italy.
Oy! Good news and horrible news.