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  • Egyptian actors, told they were on Israel TV, turn violent [VIDEO]

    July 24, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    Egyptian actors on a hidden camera television show reacted violently upon being told they were being aired on an Israeli TV channel.

    Excerpts from the show, part of satellite TV channel Al-Nahar’s special Ramadan programming, were translated and distributed this week by MEMRI-the...

  • Adam Sandler proposes wife swap with Tom Cruise

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Actor Adam Sandler is a reasonable guy.  Hence his agreement with Tom Cruise that anything he does with Cruise’s wife, Katie Holmes, in his new movie “Jack and Jill”, Cruise is more than welcome to do with Sandler’s wife, Jackie Sandler. Sounds fair, especially to Mrs. Sandler...

  • Actors play doctor in Israel during week-long tour

    By Hollywood Jew

    June 20, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Stars from “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Raising Hope” and “Rookie Blue” were treated to a weeklong tour of Israel courtesy of America’s Voices in Israel and El Al, Israel Airlines.  Kevin McKidd and Sarah Drew (aka Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s “Grey’s...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Schwarzenegger making play dates with Medvedev

    By Julia Bendis

    January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.

    Here are my issues with...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream

    This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew?  I talked to a professional in the business to find out.

  • The Industry, Israel and Idealism with Danny Sussman

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 11, 2008 | 4:27 am

    I managed to crash (with advance approval) an exclusive event for Birthright Israel alumni at a sushi restaurant in Westwood this week. For Jews who live on another planet, Birthright Israel is program that gives Jews ages 18-26 a free educational trip to Israel. It’s not my fault I...

  • Einstein’s allure is more than theory on stage

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We think of Albert Einstein, and we conjure up the image of a frail, unkempt and absent-minded old man, but a visit to the Einstein archives at Caltech provides quite another picture.

    The man who radically transformed our understanding of the universe was adored by women, at 23...

  • Theater: A generation’s history, one life at time

    By Laurel Ollstein

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Showing Our Age" is a play about stories, and the fact that everyone has one. It's a project that I started more than 10 years ago, though not specifically as an idea for a play. I was a participant in a community outreach program in which we interviewed senior citizens, used their...
  • Theater: Updated ‘Anne Frank’ production shows harder side, and tears

    By Ivor Davis

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Rubicon, Ventura's ambitious professional theater company, offended a small number of local Jewish theatergoers last December by putting on a musical play, "Back Home Again: A John Denver Christmas Show," a collection of the late singer's holiday songs, which not surprisingly...
  • Theater: The Catskills, a sonata mit a tvist

    By Tom Tugend

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What's vodka and orange juice?

    Answer: A drink invented by communists living in Florida.

    If that sounds like a Borscht Belt gag of the late 1950s, you're in the right place and proper mood for a date with "The Catskill Sonata."

    The play, now in its world premiere run at...

  • Persian Jews break with tradition to break through in Hollywood

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The generation of Iranian Jews who escaped Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution with their parents and traded a fearful existence for lives in New York and Los Angeles are now emerging in the entertainment industry.

    Whether it's producing Oscar-winning films, appearing on prime-time...

  • Thrown For A Loop

    By Avi Liberman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Avi we're doing some looping for a movie called, 'The Mount of Olives.' It was filmed in Israel and we're looking for Hebrew and Arabic speakers." Being an actor and comic in Los Angeles, you run into some interesting gigs. When my friend, Joey, himself a Christian Arab from...

  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • Writer Kaufman Brings Offbeat to Stage

    By Susan Josephs

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During the period he lived in New York and worked odd jobs, Charlie Kaufman once had a conversation with a colleague about Jews and height.

    "I said Jews are small, she said Jews are tall. But I really couldn't conceive of that," he said. "I'm short, plus I had these uncles who had...

  • One Voice Gets Alexander’s Vote

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For Jason Alexander, best known as Jerry Seinfeld's hapless sidekick, George Costanza, a grass-roots peace initiative to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace is more than just "yadda yadda yadda."

    Alexander visited Israel this week to help launch One Voice, a project that hopes to...

  • ‘House’ of Oscar Fever

    By Tom Tugend

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish talent and themes scored only modestly in the Oscar nominations announced Tuesday.

    However, there was recognition for the critically acclaimed "House of Sand and Fog" by Vadim Perelman, a 39-year old native of Kiev, in his first feature film.

    Although Perelman did not make the...

  • My Parents, Magic Makers

    By Stephanie Waxman

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I was young, my brother and I were trained to enter our house through the back door because, in all probability on a Wednesday afternoon, a rehearsal was taking place in the large living room of our Burbank house.

    The den, which was equally large, had a round maple table that...

  • A State of ‘Jewtopia’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "We're nice Jewish boys who love our mothers," Sam Wolfson said. "We don't mean any harm," said his pal, Bryan Fogel.

    Wolfson and Fogel feel nervous because they've written and are starring in an irreverent play, "Jewtopia," about a Jew who dislikes Jewish women (Wolfson), and a...

  • Chabad rocks!

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad of California's 22nd annual "L'Chaim to Life Telethon," hosted by Dennis Prager, was humming along nicely with a long roster of talent that included classic actors James Caan and Elliott Gould, comic actor Dom DeLuise and Israeli singer David "Dudu" Fisher. Then 10:30 p.m....

  • The Problem With Julie

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Like the know-it-all self-help guru in her neurotic comedy, "Amy's Orgasm," 28-year-old filmmaker Julie Davis had never had what you'd call an actual boyfriend back in 1998. But she liked to dish out relationship advice. "I had all these theories," says the effervescent...

  • A Century of Strasberg

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Lee Strasberg, who shaped three generations of actors, playwrights and directors, was born 99 years ago, and to mark the upcoming centennial, his heirs are burnishing his legacy in Los Angeles and New York.The man who introduced "method acting" to America and taught the likes of Paul...

  • Uncle Vanya’ Hits Sour Note; ‘Amadeus’ in Perfect Harmony

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    No one ever said Anton Chekhov was an easy fit for American actors. In Chekhov, there may be scoundrels, but no villains; interesting, appealing women, but no heroine; a central figure perhaps, but flawed. Under the surface, it is the human condition that he unfolds for us.

    In the...

  • ‘The Threepenny Opera’ Exceeds Its Grasp

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In its five years of existence, A Noise Within, the classical-theater company, has given audiences many of the most enjoyable performances to be offered anywhere in Los Angeles.

    The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle recently recognized this sustained level of excellence by handing out...

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