Jewish Journal

Actress Mila Kunis opens up about Jewish history


May 7, 2012 | 8:46 am

Mila Kunis attends the 236th Marine Corps birthday ball for 3rd Battalion in 2011.

Actress Mila Kunis said she had to hide her Jewishness as a youngster in Ukraine and was miserable during her early years in the United States.

In an interview published in Britain’s The... read full article

  • Beastie Boy Adam Yauch dies at 47


    May 4, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Adam Yauch of the seminal hip-hop group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47 after battling cancer.

    Yauch, one of three members of the seminal hip-hop group, had been diagnosed in 2009 with cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node. The news of Yauch’s death was first...

  • Lust, spectacle on a biblical scale: Why we love silent films

    By Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Sure, you’ve heard of old movies, but one highlight of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival reaches back 88 years, reviving the silent film “The Moon of Israel.”

    The revival fits right in with the rediscovery of the silent film genre, kick-started by the Oscar...

  • After Mel Gibson-Joe Eszterhas spat, Hollywood Jews standing by Gibson on ‘Judah Maccabee’

    by Dana Kennedy, JTA

    April 23, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Jews run Hollywood, the old cliche goes.

    So an outsider might find it strange that one of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Warner Bros., agreed to make a movie about one of the Jewish world’s greatest heroes with a star known for going on anti-Semitic tirades.

    And when the plans to...

  • Is HBO’s ‘Girls’ about young women’s struggles, or some women’s privileges?

    by Dvora Meyers, JTA

    April 19, 2012 | 5:25 pm

    “Girls” begins with the conversation that many parents of 20-somethings dream of having someday real soon with their floundering children: No. More. Money.

    This is what the parents of 24-year-old Hannah Horvath, played by series creator, director and writer Lena Dunham, tell her...

  • An indelible film, ‘Shoah’ also reflects an extraordinary artist

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 11, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Surely the most unpromising premise for a film ever conceived is this: Nine and one half hours of people speaking in languages you do not understand about mass murder.  Yet “Shoah” offers an experience unlike any other film, and its creator has written a memoir introducing us to...

  • Meet Michael Ginsburg: On ‘Mad Men,’ Sterling Cooper gets a Jewish copywriter

    by Ami Eden, JTA

    April 10, 2012 | 11:41 am

    “Mad Men” is like the Jews—it gets a lot of attention for a show watched by less than 2% of the population.

    And, now, to kick off its fifth season, the 1960s period drama, winner of four straight Emmys for best drama, has a new Jewish character. To be more precise, the...

  • Producer threatens L.A. Jewish film fest over rejection of sex-abuse documentary

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    March 27, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and ”Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt’s documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.”


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