Jewish Journal

Jewish David Foster Wallace stuns at Sundance

by Gabe Friedman, JTA

14 hours ago

Jason Segel at a book signing for his children’s book “Nightmares!” (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)/JTA

No, the late great writer David Foster Wallace was not Jewish – but the first actor to portray him onscreen is.

Jason Segel, the Jewish actor known for his roles in films such as... read full article

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    4 days ago

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand, the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherai to feed a small army, the red-carpet...

  • Argentina’s very Jewish Oscar nominee

    by Diego Melamed, JTA

    6 days ago

    If Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” (“Relatos Salvajes” in Spanish) wins an Academy Award on Feb. 22 – it was nominated last week for Best Foreign Film — it will be Argentina’s third Oscar and the first for a film directed by an Argentine Jew.

    The film, which combines humor,...

  • Poland sends request to extradite Polanski to court

    by Wojciech Zurawski, Reuters

    1 week ago

    Polish prosecutors have sent a request to a regional court in Krakow for the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex-crime conviction, the Prosecutors' Office in Krakow said on Tuesday.

    "The further actions in this case will depend on...

  • And the 2015 Jewish Academy Award nominees are…

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the field with nine Oscar nominations — in a tie with “Birdman” — as Hollywood unveiled the list of official Academy Award contenders on the morning of Jan. 15.

    Tribesmen looking for the Jewish angle noted that “Budapest Hotel” was inspired by...

  • Meet Stefan Zweig, the Jewish novelist who inspired ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

    by Gabe Friedman, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Wes Anderson’s whimsical film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was nominated for nine Academy Awards Thursday morning, just days after winning the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical. Named one of the best films of the year by several top critics, it could earn Anderson, a director...

  • ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ leads Oscar nominations


    2 weeks ago

    “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a film inspired by the writing of Austrian-Jewish novelist Stephan Zweig, led the Oscar nominations with nine, including for best picture and best director.

    The Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Motion...

  • Woody Allen to make TV series for Amazon

    by Gabe Friedman, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Woody Allen has never written for television. But at the ripe age of 79, the venerable Brooklyn-born filmmaker is apparently set to write and direct his first TV series, an Internet-only show for Amazon.

    Amazon, the online purveyor of virtually everything, is relatively new to...

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