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  • ‘Zero Dark’ writer faces the controversy

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 11:32 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site — Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer, he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face,...

  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Israel As Seen Through An Oscar Lens

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 18, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    While the excellent winner of the Ophir (Israel’s Oscars) for Best Picture, Sundance Film Festival entry Fill the Void, didn’t make the cut for the Best Foreign Film category, the Oscar nominee list still features an impressive slate from Israel. In fact, it’s doubly represented in...

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  • Mark Boal’s journey from journalism to movie chronicler of the Middle-East wars

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 11, 2013 | 10:21 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site: Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face...

  • The film projectionist you wish you knew

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 7, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    The most famous man in Hollywood whom you’ve probably never heard of is 97-year-old Charles Aidikoff.

    For nearly 50 years, Aidikoff has been operating a private screening room where filmmakers, Academy members and even studios can show their work to small, invitation-only...

  • Saving the ‘Life of Pi’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Elizabeth Gabler was warm, even motherly, as she ushered a reporter into her chintz-filled office in the cozy bungalow that houses the studio Fox 2000, the division of 20th Century Fox where she has served as president for the past dozen years. Dressed elegantly in an olive-colored...

  • Oscar contenders focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Two films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are in the final lap of five Oscar contenders for best documentary feature.

    “The Gatekeepers” is told from the perspective of the six men who headed Israel’s Shin Bet internal security and counter-terrorism apparatus over the past...

  • Dunham doubles up at Globes, Israeli docs’ double Oscar nomination, Sandler’s countless Razzies

    January 15, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off the Hollywood awards season on Sunday, and it was in television that the Jewish people stood tall -- notably Lena Dunham, the new queen and unchallenged ruler of television comedy.

    Dunham, the creator of "Girls," brought home two...

  • Spielberg’s year? ‘Lincoln’ nabs 12 Oscar nominations

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2013 | 8:33 am

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," a film about the passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, garnered the most Academy Award nominations of any film this year, including Best Picture as well as nods in three major acting categories, achievement in directing for Spielberg and...

  • ‘Fill the Void’ not on Oscar foreign language film shortlist

    By Tom Tugend

    December 21, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Israel’s Oscar-nomination run hit another bump Friday , when “Fill the Void,” the country’s entry, failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films.

    This year’s entries from 71 countries showed a renewed interest in Holocaust and World War II themes....

  • Judaism at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    December 17, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    It’s no secret that there are Jews all over Hollywood. Both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, it’s hard to find a film or TV show that doesn’t have a Jew involved in some capacity. Jews win Oscars, Emmys, and other awards all the time. This blog will focus on those...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Local Testimony- 2012

    The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opened last week at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. The traveling international exhibition is accompanied by the thrilling Israeli Local Testimony exhibition, presenting the best of Israeli photojournalism. Dozens of...

  • Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars over anti-Islamic film

    September 24, 2012 | 1:03 pm

    Iran said on Monday it would boycott the 2013 Oscars to protest against the making of a crude anti-Islam video in the United States that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world.

    Despite tough censorship and the repression of leading film makers, Iranian art cinema has...

  • 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...

  • 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]

    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...

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