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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 11, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Big Bad Wolves is the latest hit on Israeli cinema.


    The 2013 film is a thriller written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, and starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Doval'e Glickman and Tzahi Grad. It was the official selection of Tribeca Film Festival and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 9, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Birthright for Christmas

    Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau came up with a new initiative to increase the number of tourists arriving in Israel: bringing young Evangelical Christians to Israel for a trip of a lifetime. In a press conference held in Tel Aviv ahead of Rosh...

  • Little-known stories live large on screen

    September 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Several tales largely unknown to mainstream audiences are brought to the fore in many of this fall’s cinematic offerings.

    Among these is “Kill Your Darlings,” a coming-of-age film about the celebrated beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg during his time as a student at Columbia...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    TLV-Eye?

    International company Freij Entertainment‬, which built the London Eye and the world's largest mobile rides in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and other cities, will build a gigantic Ferris Wheel at Tel-Aviv port, sometimes during 2014. The wheel will be 80 meters (263 feet)...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 21, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    The Wonders, or Plaot in Hebrew,  is Avi Nesher's latest feature, and the biggest Israeli hit of the season. It is starring Ori Hizkiah, Adir Miller, Yehuda Levi, Yuval Scharf and more. The film, which incredibly enough, is based on a true story, tracks the complex relationship...

  • A Cinematic Passover Memory

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    March 24, 2013 | 6:48 am

    When I think about Passover on film, there are two different types of stories. The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt are two diverse examples of realizations of the Passover story, which each picked up one Oscar apiece, for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song,...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 15, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    Charlie VaHetzi (Charlie and a Half) is a 1974 Israeli comedy and cult movie. The movie was directed by Boaz Davidson and stars Israeli comedians Yehuda Barkan and Ze'ev Revach. If you like Israeli culture, this iconic film is it. It belongs to the long list of "Israeli classics"...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    There is not a single Israeli who doesn't know Eskimo Limon (Lemon Popsicle), when about 20% of Israelis know it by heart. This 1978 cult film directed by Boaz Davidson became an essential part of the Israeli culture, and is being quoted on various opportunities since then.  The...

  • Henry Jaglom’s ‘45 Minutes from Broadway’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 2012 | 11:01 pm

    Henry Jaglom’s 18th film, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” revolves around an eccentric family of actors with roots going back to the Yiddish theater, spotlighting one spring in their ramshackle country house outside New York City.  There’s the patriarch, George “Grisha”...

  • Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ and the Holocaust-inspired Milgram Experiment [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 15, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Craig Zobel’s controversial new film “Compliance” revolves around a prank caller, impersonating a policeman, who manipulates employees at a fast food restaurant into sexually assaulting a co-worker—a plot based on dozens of jaw-dropping, real incidents that have occurred...

  • ‘Killer Joe’s’ William Friedkin:  ‘I could have been a very violent person’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of “The French Connection,” The Exorcist” and now “Killer Joe”—about a violently dysfunctional Texas family—was courtly and chivalrous at the Four Seasons hotel recently, moving a comfortable chair over for me and offering coffee...

  • Andrew Garfield:  The Jewish Spidey [SLIDESHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 2, 2012 | 5:49 pm

    While watching “The Amazing Spider-Man,” I was struck by how much Andrew Garfield-as-Spidey – or rather, his alter-ego, Peter Parker – reminded me of the kind of gangly geeky-cute guys you’d develop a crush on at Jewish summer camp. 

    And that casting perhaps makes sense,...

  • ‘That’s My Boy’ reviews:  They could have been worse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 2012 | 9:05 pm

    Adam Sandler’s raunch-fest “That’s My Boy” hit theaters in time for Father’s Day, starring Jewish icons Sandler and Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) as the reconciling father and son. And not unexpectedly, critics aren’t exactly embracing the film, while...

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the...

  • From Sundance to Jerusalem

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 11, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Alesia Weston, associate director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, where she has worked for the past nine years, will take over as executive director of the Jerusalem Film Center, known in Israel as the Cinematheque, in June. During her tenure at Sundance, Weston...

  • ‘American Reunion’ scribes on A Very Harold & Kumar Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg were riffing off each other in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel recently, finishing each others’ sentences as they spoke about growing up Jewish in Randolph, N.J., their new film “American Reunion” and their hit “Harold & Kumar”...

  • Paul Weitz on dads, De Niro and “Being Flynn”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Father figures emerge prominently in the films of Paul Weitz—as do complex relationships between fathers and sons.  The last time I spoke with the convivial filmmaker was regarding “About a Boy”, the 2003 film Weitz made with his brother, Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”), about a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ben Lewin’s ‘The Surrogate’ wins at Sundance, and beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Ben Lewin’s “The Surrogate” has taken two prizes at the Sundance Film Festival:  The Audience Award and the special jury prize for ensemble acting in the competition of United States dramatic films.

    The awards – and the sale of the film for $6 million to Fox Searchlight –...

  • Sundance: Helen Hunt as a sexual surrogate

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2012 | 12:18 am

    When “The Surrogate” has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, audiences will view Helen Hunt in her remarkable turn as Cheryl Cohen Greene, based on the real-life sexual surrogate who helped quadriplegic Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) lose his virginity back...

  • ‘50/50’s’ Will Reiser to compete against Woody, Diablo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    When I spoke to screenwriter Will Reiser and Seth Rogen at Canter’s deli last fall, they were about to premiere their film, “50/50,” which is loosely based on Reiser’s battle with cancer while in his 20s.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as stand-ins for the real...

  • The Cinderella stories of Aline Brosh McKenna

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 30, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    When Aline Brosh McKenna pitched her very first script in her first screenwriting class circa 1990, her words were met by a hushed, possibly startled, silence.  The setting was an extension course at New York University: “I just remember somebody writing something about an art...

  • “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Steven Berkoff:  ‘in yer face’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Steven Berkoff, the actor, director and playwright who has achieved notoriety as the bad boy of Britain’s “in yer face” theater, was uncharacteristically apologetic as he arrived on the set of David Fincher’s American movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international best...

  • 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.”

     

  • Israel’s First Slasher Flick at Screamfest! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    I was walking out of a screening of the cheeky new animated film, “Puss in Boots,” starring Antonio Banderas as the titular bad kitty, at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatres when a splattering of fake blood on the cinema’s glass doors, gaunt skeletal figures and assorted skulls...

  • 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...

  • Laughter:  It’s The Best Medicine in Rogen and Reiser’s ‘50/50’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    In a back booth at Canter’s, Seth Rogen is digging into his matzah ball soup with gusto as his close friend, screenwriter Will Reiser, sips a glass of club soda. In person, Rogen — who has emerged as one of the leading comic actors, writers and producers of his generation —...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s bad boy of cinema gets L.A. fest

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    “My country, Israel, is full of contradictions and volcanic eruptions. We fluctuate between extremes. One morning you say peace is at hand and all problems will be resolved. The next day, it’s the apocalypse.”

    The thumbnail description comes from Amos Gitai, who, more than any...

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