Jewish Journal

My job is to scare you

by Patrick Quinn, Zocalo Public Square

October 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

The author with some of his props

I always knew that writing and visual arts would be unpredictable career paths. But I’ve discovered that there is one thing that I can always count on: dead bodies.

As the art director... read full article

  • Coen Brothers tap Clooney, Johansson for all-star studio comedy


    October 30, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.

    "Hail, Caesar!," scheduled for release Feb. 5, 2016,...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    by David Adams and Zachary Fagenson, Reuters

    October 27, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • TV’s Jewish characters of color

    by David Benkof

    October 23, 2014 | 9:46 am

    As of last month, ethnic minority characters with half-Jewish hyphenated last names are now featured on three of the most popular shows on television.

    Having one such character was interesting, two was a coincidence, but three is a trend.

    The characters in question are:


  • Joan Rivers died of complication during medical procedure

    by Patricia Reaney, Reuters

    October 16, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at the age of 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure that caused oxygen deprivation to the brain, the New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office said on Thursday.

    "The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is anoxic...

  • Sister Girl

    By Melissa Weller

    October 14, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    *Contains massive spoilers*

    Before Gone Girl hit theaters, it had already established itself as more than just the latest David Fincher drama or an early Oscar contender. Gone Girl — adapted into a screenplay by Gillian Flynn from the 2012 bestseller by Gillian Flynn — turned...

  • Richard Gere to star in Joseph Cedar movie filmed in Israel

    by JTA

    October 13, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Actor Richard Gere is set to star in a new film by award-winning Israeli director Joseph Cedar.

    Cedar also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be filmed in New York and Israel, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Sunday.

    The movie will be called...

  • Israel film academy favors women’s themes

    By Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    The Israel Academy of Film has picked the country’s best movies of the year, and the winner is the female sensibility.

    For many years, the Israel Academy’s choice of best feature film — and, therefore, the country’s entry for Oscar honors — has leaned toward macho soldiers and...

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