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  • 2012 Oscars: Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    February 28, 2012 | 11:34 am

    See what happens when Ryan Seacrest interviews the actor as “The Dictator”—and gets “ashes” spilled on him on live TV!

  • Oscar opens up: Cameras, candor and Sacha Baron Cohen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 27, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    The year of Hollywood celebrating itself reached its apotheosis at the 84th annual Academy Awards, as the films, stars and telecast paid tribute to cinema’s enduring legacy.

    Introducing the broadcast, actor Morgan Freeman emphasized the universality of film, spouting treacly...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • ‘Footnote’ falls, continuing Israel’s Oscar drought

    February 26, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    “Footnote” failed to win Israel’s first Academy Award, coming up short in the best foreign-language film category.

    The film, directed and written by Joseph Cedar, was beaten out by the Iranian entry, “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi, at the annual Oscars ceremony on Sunday night...

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  • Academy Awards threatens to ban Sacha Baron Cohen

    February 23, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Actor Sacha Baron Cohen will be banned from the Academy Awards if he arrives at the Red Carpet dressed as The Dictator, a character from his upcoming film.

    Paramount’s awards staff said Baron Cohen would not receive his tickets to the Oscars unless he assures the Academy of Motion...

  • Yo, L.A. Times: You forgot to mention most academy voters are part of a minority group

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 21, 2012 | 10:57 am

    An L.A. Times survey on the demographics of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences found that a majority of its 5,765 members are “overwhelmingly” white males. The article reporting the findings of the survey, based on interviews with 5,100 academy...

  • A sneak peek at ‘Footnote,’ Israel’s Oscar nominee

    February 21, 2012 | 10:17 am

    In his latest film, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a drama of personal controversy. He explores spirit, resilience and responsibility. “Footnote” tells the story of a father, embittered by his life and angered by the success of his son. That son, though publicly...

  • A casting director’s dream

    February 16, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Casting director Heidi Levitt had to fill more than 60 character roles for “The Artist,” the Oscar-nominated film about a 1920s silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) in Hollywood whose career spirals downward with the advent of sound, just as his protégée (Bérénice Bejo) reaches...

  • Hollywood celebrates ... Itself

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Everyone likes an ego boost.

    In Hollywood, merely a few months ago, critics and commentators were lamenting the lost luster of movie magic.

    In a blunt commentary last November titled “Film Is Dead? What Else Is New?” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott put it this way: “It...

  • How studio exec-turned-producer pitched ‘Moneyball’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Rachael Horovitz sipped decaffeinated cappuccino at the Sunset Tower Hotel recently, overlooking a panorama of Hollywood and beyond. The elegant, poised producer had flown in from New York the night before to attend the luncheon for nominees of the 2012 Academy Awards, representing...

  • Her brother’s keeper: Letty Aronson is Woody Allen’s younger sister and producer/gatekeeper

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Woody Allen couldn’t care less about the Academy Awards. The 23-time nominee, mostly in the directing and writing categories, notoriously disapproves of the contest between creative works, eschews the ceremony and usually learns of its results from the following day’s New York...

  • Is silence golden? An Interview with ‘The Artist’s’ Michel Hazanavicius

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Elie Wiesel was once famously asked whether Judaism has a tradition of silence. “Yes,” the author and Holocaust survivor answered. “But we don’t like to talk about it.”

    Silence, of course, is paramount in the Jewish tradition. It is believed that during the time of the Temple,...

  • The other silent actor: Max von Sydow plays a mute in a post-9/11 story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Before he became a cinematic legend in the films of Ingmar Bergman and as Father Merrin in “The Exorcist,” Max von Sydow engaged in far more intense performances for survivors of Nazi death camps in his native Lund, Sweden.

    After greeting a visitor with a courtly bow in Beverly...

  • Israel at the Academy Awards… again

    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...

  • Jews at the Oscars [FILM TRAILERS]

    by Six Degrees No Bacon, JTA

    January 24, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    The 2012 Academy Award nominations came out Tuesday and it seems like Billy Crystal will be hosting a big ol’ Jewish party, providing traction to those who advance the canard that Jews do indeed control Hollywood.

    Three Jewish filmmakers are nominated for best picture—Steven...

  • Jonah Hill, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, ‘Footnote’ in Oscar finals

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Veterans Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen and Israel’s “Footnote” are in the finals of the Oscar race as the 84th Academy Award nominations were announced early Jan. 24 in Los Angeles.

    Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” are among the nine best picture...

  • 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...

  • ‘50/50’s’ Will Reiser to compete against Woody, Diablo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    When I spoke to screenwriter Will Reiser and Seth Rogen at Canter’s deli last fall, they were about to premiere their film, “50/50,” which is loosely based on Reiser’s battle with cancer while in his 20s.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as stand-ins for the real...

  • Oscars bring back Billy Crystal

    November 11, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Oscar organizers on Thursday brought back funnyman Billy Crystal to host the film awards after recent days of turmoil that led to the departure of one producer and his handpicked emcee Eddie Murphy.

    Crystal, who has hosted the widely-watched Hollywood telecast eight times...

  • Billy Crystal to host Oscars, again

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 10, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Billy Crystal has announced he will be hosting the 2012 Oscars, replacing Eddie Murphy who withdrew yesterday.

    Crystal made the announcement on his Twitter account:

    “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”

    This will be Crystal’s ninth hosting gig with the Academy Awards.

  • Brett Ratner resigns as Oscar telecast producer [UPDATED]

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Brett Ratner, the Blockbuster-director with the big mouth, resigned his role as this year’s Oscar telecast producer yesterday after a PR debacle.

    Then this morning, Eddie Murphy, the star of Ratner’s latest film “Tower Heist” resigned his role as host of the 84th annual Academy...

  • Gil Cates, film producers, proud Jew, dies at 77

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    Gilbert (“Gil”) Cates, who died Oct. 31 at 77, was a multi-faceted theater, film and television producer and director, university dean and the patriarch of large at-home family Seders.

    He collapsed in the late afternoon on a UCLA parking lot and an emergency ambulance crew was...

  • Babes in Oscarland? Brett Ratner to produce 84th Academy Awards

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 5, 2011 | 10:56 am

    It was announced yesterday that sybaritic director Brett Ratner will produce the next Oscar telecast alongside veteran TV producer Don Mischer.

    It is a deliberately diverse duo: Ratner is the forty-something director of action fare like “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” while...

  • James Franco Q & A:  His Film on Tortured Gay Poet Hart Crane

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    One has to wonder when James Franco ever sleeps. Hollywood’s most educated thespian — perhaps best-known for his Oscar-nominated turn as the guy who cut off his own arm in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” – has famously juggled acting on soap operas and in blockbusters (think Rupert...

  • Academy fetes Oscar-winner Arthur Cohn

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 26, 2011 | 10:28 pm

    Swiss producer Arthur Cohn has won an unprecedented six Oscars and he attributes much of his success to a piece of advice Shakespeare put into the mouth of Polonius, “This above all, to thine own self be true.”

    Though speaking more colloquially, Cohn cited the rule as one of his...

  • The Currency of Flirting

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 3, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Awards Season is over! Thank God! While I wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night, I along with the rest of the city’s scenesters have been all over the city in the last few weeks for awards parties, luncheons, and celebrations. As fun as it all is, it’s also a lot of work...

  • 2011 Oscars: Best Dressed Celebs

    February 28, 2011 | 12:21 am

  • Jews and Oscars: The Night’s Minyan [SLIDESHOW]

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2011 | 11:38 pm

    During a brief moment of the opening montage of Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony, hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway played with a dreidel, which proved to be a good omen that a good night awaited Jewish talent.

    Among the top winners, Israel-born Natalie Portman, beaming and...

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