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  • Anne Meara, TV and stage actress, dies at 85

    By Tom Teicholz

    8 hours ago

    Anne Meara, an Emmy- and Tony-nominated actress, who with her husband, Jerry Stiller, performed as one-half of successful comedy duo Stiller and Meara, died May 23. She was 85.

    Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an Irish-Catholic family. She met Stiller in 1953 at a...

  • Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben, dies

    1 day ago

    Anne Meara, the wife and comedy partner of Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor and director Ben Stiller, has died

    Meara died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 85.

    Meara and Stiller were married for 61 years. Born and raised as Roman Catholic, Meara converted to Judaism in...

  • The Holocaust, the Mideast, cons and Americana

    November 25, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Scattered amid this year’s more traditional holiday fare are some ambitious, profound and illuminating films that should intrigue the discriminating audience.

    Among these is “The Last of the Unjust,” a rabbi accused of collaborating with the Nazis, from noted French-Jewish...

  • Ben Stiller to star in HBO series about Jewish family

    January 24, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Ben Stiller reportedly has signed on to direct, produce and star in an HBO original series about a Jewish family called “All Talk.”

    The script is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer and the series, set in Washington, will co-star Alan Alda.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent.

    Shooting is set to begin in the fall.

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  • 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...

  • What is Wrong With Brett Ratner? - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    November 7, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    Brett Ratner has all the qualities in a man that should make a woman run in the other direction.  According to several reports, including here at The Jewish Journal, he has a massive ego, a small penis, and no respect for women.  He also likes to throw out gay slurs.  He is a Jew, so...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Tower Heist’ review

    November 4, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    All I can say is…thank the Movie Gods for Eddie Murphy…because he single handedly put the funny in this new so-called, comedy entitled, ‘Tower Heist’, directed by Brett Ratner.

    So here’s the story in a nut shell…

    There’s this super sleazy, super rich, Wall Street dude named, Arthur...

  • Meet the “Parents” of Little Fockers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 21, 2010 | 11:27 pm

    “Little Fockers,” the third in the franchise about a Jewish nurse (Ben Stiller) with a formidable non-Jewish father-in-law (Robert De Niro) opens Dec. 22, again starring Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Gaylord “Greg” Focker’s over-the-top parents.  The reviews so far...

  • Ben Stiller’s Greenberg

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    Before the “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Parents” franchises made Ben Stiller one of the biggest comic superstars of his generation, the actor played the dramatic lead in a riveting independent film, “Permanent Midnight,” based on Jerry Stahl’s memoir of battling...

  • Guilt Trip: Why Didn’t this ‘Sammy’ Run?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    September 1, 2009 | 8:58 pm

    If you ever doubted that Hollywood can run a good Jewish guilt trip on even the best known among us, read Ben Stiller and Jerry Stahl on Huffington Post. Nearly a month after the death of legendary author/screenwriter Budd Schulberg (he died on Aug. 5 at 95), and 13 years after they...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘All I want for Christmas is Jews’

    December 20, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Relax—it’s comedy

    Approximate lyrics:

    ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… JEWS
    I just want you for my own
    More than you could ever know
    Make my wish come true
    All I want for Christmas is…
    Jews

    I wont ask for much this Christmas
    I dont even wish for snow
    Just want a Jew who runs show...

  • Shocking Discovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was cross when I arrived at The Jewish Journal on Oct. 9, 1986. I had earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University and had fantasized about becoming an arts writer (at least eventually) for, say, The New Yorker. Also, I was a bad Jew, having been turned off by...

  • Sex, Drugs and…Lots of Jews?

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sex, Drugs and...Lots of Jews?

    In the introduction to his new book, Guy Oseary - the maverick Maverick music exec responsible for signing Alanis Morrissette and Prodigy onto Madonna's label (which he now runs) - writes, "I was born in Israel and moved to the United States when I was 8...

  • Hollywood’s Boy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Looking studiously at the floor during a recent interview, Ben Stiller came off less the Hollywood "It" dude than the cute, shy guy you had a crush on at Jewish summer camp. The slight 5'7" actor has intense, crystalline blue-green eyes, three days' growth of beard, graying temples,...
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