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  • Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar

    January 16, 2014 | 10:09 am

    The Palestinian film ‘Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category.

    It’s the second nomination for Abu-Assad, whose “Paradise Now” was up for the prize in 2005. It’s also the second time a Palestinian film...

  • The ambition of Natalie Portman

    July 25, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Natalie Portman, once named Natalie Hershlag, is no stranger to ambition. She played her first critically lauded role at the tender age of 13, and just ascended from there (OK, true, her role in the Star War Trilogy was abysmal, but the whole endeavor was as well) culminating in an...

  • Choosing between love and obligation

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    "Fill the Void,” which won Israel’s equivalent of the Academy Award last year, is a love story unlike any Hollywood fare and it is set in a Jewish community unfamiliar to most Jews.

    The movie is by and about a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, enclave in the center of Tel Aviv,...

  • Sean Penn lobbies for Charedi man imprisoned in Bolivia

    May 21, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Actor Sean Penn urged a congressional hearing to pressure Bolivia to release a Charedi Orthodox father of five under house arrest in the country.

    Penn appeared Monday at a hearing on the case of Jacob Ostreicher of Brooklyn, who has been held nearly two years in Bolivia on...

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  • Alan Arkin relishes his role as a team player

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 5:59 am

    Alan Arkin is not an actor who seeks individual glory. But that hasn’t prevented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from singling him out several times. This year, Arkin has again been nominated for an Oscar, this time as best supporting actor for his work in the...

  • Film editor William Goldenberg faces off at the Oscars with…himself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    At this year’s Oscars ceremony film editor William Goldenberg will have the rare and coveted distinction of competing against himself. 

    Goldenberg is nominated not only for editing Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the story of how a CIA operative (played by Affleck) sneaked six American...

  • Gatekeepers or Gate Crashers?

    By David Suissa

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    How can a dubious and unoriginal Israeli movie become the darling of the film world and even get nominated for an Academy Award?

    That is the real story behind “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary that, as Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times writes, “has already captured the attention...

  • ‘Hugo’ writer Selznic talks of the magic of film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    On the phone from his home in Brooklyn, Brian Selznick, author of illustrated novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” sounds more like your witty Jewish cousin from New York than the creator of a story involving 1931 Paris, automatons and the magical work of the pioneering filmmaker...

  • Revisiting Jonah Hill, Oscar nominee!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Jonah Hill is up for a supporting actor Oscar for his first dramatic turn in a major studio feature, “Moneyball,” and this whole awards season has been a heady time for the 28-year-old performer.  Previously best known for his performances in the pop-culture hits of comedy mogul...

  • ‘Better Life’ producers thrilled with Demian Bichir’s Oscar nod

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The underdog in the race for best actor at the 2012 Academy Awards is certainly Demian Bichir, who was nominated for his searing performance as an undocumented worker struggling to raise his troubled teenaged son in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.”  While more expected contenders...

  • Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland on “In Darkness” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 2, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    Agnieszka Holland was sitting by a window in a Los Angeles hotel recently, bathed by sunlight streaming in through slatted Venetian blinds.

    Light and dark are the prominent metaphors in her film, “In Darkness,” based on the true story of a group of Jews who escaped the...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Natalie Portman ponders coming out of maternity leave

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 25, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman is considering returning to the big screen for the indie movie Adaline, which would be her first since giving birth to her son, Aleph, this past June, reports Hollywoodnews.com. Portman, 30, has reportedly been offered the lead role in the film about a woman who stops aging after an accident. Eternal youth makes for a compelling fairy tale, but in this one, it is love that tempts Portman’s character to surrender her immortality. Read more at People.com.

  • The Fighter:  David O. Russell and Amy Adams [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    For “The Fighter” director (and Oscar nominee) David O. Russell, the film isn’t just a docudrama about the rise of boxer Micky “Irish” Ward (nominee Mark Wahlberg), who won the Light Welterweight Championship in 2000 with the help of his ex-champ half-brother, Dicky...

  • Why did “Waltz” lose?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Why did Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir,” the presumed frontrunner in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film, lose out to the Japanese film “Departures”?

    Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has one theory.

    “Given all that pre-Oscar prognostication, the awards themselves...

  • Less controversy surrounds this year’s Oscar foreign film entries

    By Tom Tugend

    December 25, 2008 | 5:54 pm

    ALTTEXT
    Scene from 'Waltz With Bashir'


    A record number of 67 countries are vying for the Oscar in the best foreign-language film category, with generally obscure directors from Afghanistan to Venezuela dreaming of sudden recognition in Hollywood and beyond.

    Among five entries of special...

  • The ‘Boys’ at the Front

    By Tom Tugend

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Werner Angress was attached to a U.S. paratroop platoon winging behind German lines on D-Day, when the sergeant told him he'd be the first to jump.

    "But I've never jumped before in my life," Angress protested.

    "That's OK," the sergeant said, "the newest guy always goes first."

    ...
  • Wonder Women

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last year Hollywood unleashed woman of action Erin Brockovich, and won the Academy Award for its star, Julia Roberts.

    Next month, the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) will honor the real Brockovich at the Sixth Annual Women of Action 2001 luncheon banquet on Aug. 8. Brockovich's...

  • Film Screenings

    By William Yelles

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Makers of short films routinely encounter the difficulty of getting their movies seen by an audience greater than their parents, cast and crew. But the makers of "Visas and Virtues"have had better luck than most.

    Director and star Chris Tashima and producer Chris Donahue recently...

  • Up Front

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Good Brownies

    They call Brownie Troop 239 the Mitzvah Troop, andit seems for good reason. The girls at Stephen S. Wise ElementarySchool are on a mission to sell the most cookies possible to raisemoney for Reoven Aviton, an Israeli boy who suffered from arespiratory disorder...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

  • From Best Boy to Best Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Ira Wohl


    Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how...

  • Israeli Satire and Mystery

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I first went wild over "Salah" in 1964. More than three decades later, I couldn't help wondering whether the Israeli movie would still exert its charm and humor.

    Not to worry. "Salah," which launched a young Haim Topol on his international screen and stage career and was the first...