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  • RIP Dennis Farina, aka Cousin Avi

    July 22, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    To most people, Dennis Farina, who died Monday at age 69, may be best remembered as a tough-talking Chicago cop (which he actually was, for 18 years, before becoming an actor) or as a tough-talking New York City police detective, which he ably played for two seasons as Joe Fontana...

  • Israel Film Fest to fete Martin Landau

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 10, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    When he was barely out of his teens, Martin Landau was already a successful cartoonist working for the New York Daily News. In fact, the young artist was being groomed by the paper as its next theatrical caricaturist. Landau knew that if he got the job, he would never give it up. 

    ...
  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    Early in Theresa Rebeck’s comic play, “Seminar,” four aspiring writers cower in an Upper West Side New York apartment as Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), their imperious creative writing teacher, scans just one page of a short story before lambasting its author. The short story’s heroine,...

  • August Kowalczyk, Polish actor and Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz, dies

    July 31, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    August Kowalczyk, a Polish actor who was the last survivor of a group of Polish prisoners who escaped from Auschwitz, has died.

    Polish media said Kowalczyk died Sunday in a hospice he had recently founded in Oswieciem, the small town in southern Poland where Auschwitz is located. He...

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  • Harry Potter to play gay Jewish poet

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 12, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, is slated to play Allen Ginsberg for the new movie “Kill Your Darlings.” Radcliffe will step into the shoes of the “gay Jewish poet for the film about beat poetry and murder in 1940s New York,” reported the Jerusalem Post.

    Ginsberg was recently played by another Jewish actor, James Franco, last year in “Howl.”

  • Eli Roth votes: Bear vs. Otter Jew

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 12, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Eli Roth is more of a gay bear Jew than an otter Jew according to TMZ. Roth says he’s just too hairy to be an otter in the subculture of gay animal types.

  • Will Sasson Gabai hit the stage for ‘The Band’s Visit’?

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 8, 2011 | 11:36 am

    The Israeli film “The Band’s Visit” is expected to open on a New York stage next year.  The leading role has reportedly been offered to Sasson Gabai, who starred in the 2007 film,  as well as Mohammed Bakri according to Haaretz.

    “The Band’s Visit” was awarded multiple awards including 8 Ophir prizes with Gabai taking home the European Film Award for Best Actor. The film is currently being adapted for stage and is still in the fundraising phase but producers hope to start rehearsals in a few months.

  • Jesse Eisenberg’s five minutes in ‘Hell’

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 1, 2011 | 11:28 am

    Jesse Eisenberg, star of “The Social Network,” is making a point with his lawsuit against Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment regarding “Camp Hell.”  Eisenberg claims he had a minimal cameo role in the film and is emphatic that he does not want to be billed as a star of the horror...

  • Seth Rogen’s inner Harvey Weinstein

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 1, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Seth Rogen didn’t even know the announcements were being made the morning he was nominated for a Spirit Award for his new comedy “50/50”. 

    “I feel like I’m trespassing in the indie world and they seem to have accepted it,” he said to the Hollywood Reporter. “I hope people don’t get...

  • Could Katy Perry play Marilyn Monroe?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    Harvey Weinstein wants to turn his new film “My Week with Marilyn” into a Broadway musical starring the bubblegum-songstress Katy Perry.

    According to Perez Hilton, Weinstein reportedly said:

    “If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy first. I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage. I think she would be amazing. Katy posted about [the movie] on her Twitter and Facebook and the next thing you know 250,000 people have downloaded the trailer in an hour.”

     

  • Scarlett Johansson: Kenyans and Americans all want to work

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 29, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Scarlett Johansson took time from her movie-star day job to speak with Arianna Huffington about poverty and her commitment to making the world a better place. 

    “There are people in America who are absolutely desperate right now, who have no means to support their families, who have...

  • Anne Hathaway’s plan spoiled by love

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 29, 2011 | 11:26 am

    Actress Anne Hathaway is now sporting an engagement ring from her boyfriend Adam Shulman whom she’s been seeing since 2008 reports PEOPLE.

    “I am very much in love with him, [only] Adam totally ruined my plan,” Hathaway, 28, previously said of their three-year relationship. “I was really actually looking forward to a little alone time, and then I fell in love like a fool!”

  • ‘Oh My G-d!’ Where’s my faith?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 28, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Tevya Heller, actor and comedian, misplaced his faith somewhere during his teenage years despite being raised in a devout Jewish household. 

    Now the atheist aims to find his connection to Judaism on his new reality show “Oh My G-d!”, airing Dec. 5 on Canadian ichannel. ...

  • Does Jason Segel like puppets better than women?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 22, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Actor Jason Segel spoke with People magazine about his new Muppet movie, explaining why he’s still single:

    “My house is packed with puppets. Like, everywhere. Thank God I have a slightly bigger house now, so I have one room that’s sort of dedicated to puppets. But for a long time I lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was just crammed with puppets. It’s why I’m still single.”

  • Are Jews outdoorsy? Henry Winkler of ‘Happy Days’ thinks so

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 21, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Henry Winkler, the beloved Arthur Fonzarelli from “Happy Days” thinks Jews are more outdoorsy than stereotypes allow. He said this in an interview with the Baltimore Jews Times about his new book, “I’ve Never Met An Idiot On The River: Reflections On Family, Fishing, And...

  • An Afghanistani and Mel Gibson…sounds like the Maccabees

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Mel Gibson, the infamous Jew-loving actor/director/producer auditioned Azita Ghanizada for a role in his upcoming movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.  Or he just wants to date her since the meeting took place over dinner and photos on TMZ include Gibson moving in for the kiss. ...

  • Seth Rogen won’t do your bar mitzvah

    November 8, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Jewish Canadian actor Seth Rogen sat down recently with the South African Times and shared some personal facts about himself and what he has learned over the years.

    Rogen reveals that he is a pretty dramatic person who doesn’t handle stress well. He also is pretty lazy and not a...

  • Same-sex marriage: Coming to a theater near you

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 8, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Rob Reiner, the director of “The American President” and “When Harry Met Sally” announced he is developing a new film on Proposition 8 to the American Film Market (AFM) on Sunday. But don’t expect an objective political portrait—Reiner was active in the fight against Prop 8.

    A...

  • Jason Alexander meets with Knesset caucus

    October 24, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander met with a Knesset caucus to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Alexander is in Israel as part of a high-profile delegation of international business leaders and philanthropists under the auspices of OneVoice, an international...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

  • ‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Lives at Intersection of Science, Religion [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    On a recent afternoon, Mayim Bialik, having finished rehearsing a scene for “The Big Bang Theory” — the CBS comedy about a clique of uber-geeks that premieres its fifth season this week — had retired to her dressing room for a bit of Talmud study and to begin planning her...

  • Israeli actor refuses to perform in West Bank theater

    September 12, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Israeli actor Rami Baruch said he will not perform at a new cultural center in Kiryat Arba, a Jewish suburb of Hebron.

    Baruch, who was scheduled to perform his play “Pollard” at the cultural center’s opening Sept. 19, announced his decision Sunday, saying that according to his...

  • Sam Worthington on Playing a Holocaust Survivor and Mossad Agent in “The Debt” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    When Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Terminator Salvation”) walks into an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel, he looks nothing like the tormented Holocaust survivor and Mossad agent he plays so soulfully in the spy thriller “The Debt,” opening Aug. 31. His short-cropped hair...

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • Jewish Men Don’t Cheat! Ha! And Ashley Madison is a Dating Site!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 17, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Ever since Tiger Woods slipped and unleashed a fury onto himself, every woman out there has been asking the same question: “How could he?  Why would he?”  Then, Jesse James, a.k.a. Mr. Sandra Bullock followed in suit, not to mention countless government officials; gay or straight. ...

  • We got Apples and Oranges and Pears, Oh My!

    By Julia Bendis

    April 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Watching Chelsea Handler the other night made me think of all the idiotic names parents give their children these days.  You might have guessed by that intro that she had none other than Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest on her show.  As Chelsea asked about her daughter Apple, I couldn’t...

  • Paul Reiser on Playing Himself on (What Else) “The Paul Reiser Show”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Paul Reiser eyes his agent warily in an upcoming episode of “The Paul Reiser Show,” the writer-actor-comedian’s new half-hour comedy on NBC, which closely resembles his real life.  In the scene, it’s been some years since Reiser’s megahit “Mad About You” went off the...

  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

    By Julia Bendis

    January 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I really don’t understand what’s all the bruhaha all about!  Why is everyone so upset with Ricky Gervais, and his performance at the Golden Globes?  Last time I checked, Ricky Gervais was a Comedian, and the Golden Globes committee hired him to host the show knowing that he is a...

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