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Synagogue solicits Mel Gibson


January 30, 2012 | 11:19 am

Actor Mel Gibson attends the Cinema for Peace event benefiting the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Los Angeles on Jan. 14. Photo by REUTERS/Phil McCarten

A California synagogue asked movie star Mel Gibson for a donation, suggesting it would remedy his reputation regarding Jews.

The president of Congregation Beth Shalom in Corona sent the... read full article

  • Israel at the Academy Awards… again

    by Rabbi Danny Bouskila

    January 30, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Most 43-year-old film directors/screenwriters cannot say that half of the films they have made were nominated for Academy Awards. Joseph Cedar is an exception to that rule. The 43-year-old Cedar, born in the United States but raised in Israel, just secured his second Oscar nomination...

  • Ben Stiller to star in HBO series about Jewish family


    January 24, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Ben Stiller reportedly has signed on to direct, produce and star in an HBO original series about a Jewish family called “All Talk.”

    The script is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer and the series, set in Washington, will co-star Alan Alda.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent.

    Shooting is set to begin in the fall.

  • At Sundance, view of Israel ranges from critical to abysmal

    by Matthew Weinstein, JTA

    January 23, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    For Israel fans, it’s all pain and anguish this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Unlike in years past at America’s top independent film fest, when feature films exploring the nuances of Israeli life offset some hard-hitting documentaries – such as in 2007 when the...

  • Will this finally be the year for an Israeli Oscar?

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” Israel’s entry in the Oscar sweepstakes for best foreign-language film, has jumped the first major hurdle by making the shortlist of nine semi-finalists.

    “Footnote” is Cedar’s fourth feature film in an 11-year career, and each one has been...

  • Turkish Jews celebrate country’s Eurovision pick, but singer would prefer quiet about his religion

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 18, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Turkey’s Jews are pleased as can be that for the first time, a Jew will be representing their country at the Eurovision song contest.

    But the singer, Can Bonomo, isn’t exactly trumpeting his accomplishment - at least not the Jewish part.

    “We would like to inform that Mr. Can Bonomo...

  • Israel’s entry to Oscars does not plan to become a ‘Footnote’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Joseph Cedar has made four movies during his 11-year career, and the first three have represented Israel in the Oscar races for Best Foreign-Language film.

    One made the five finalists cut, but none has been awarded the golden statuette, nor has any other Israeli film. Cedar and his...

  • Church pastor: Comments by Katy Perry’s dad taken out of context


    January 10, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Comments made by the Rev. Keith Hudson, the father of pop star Katy Perry, during a sermon at an Ohio church were taken out of context, the church’s pastor said.

    Paul Endrei of the Church on the Rise in Westlake told the Cleveland Jewish News Tuesday that Hudson’s remarks were meant...

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