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  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes...

  • We are all ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 6, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, is the fictional story of one week in the life of a folksinger in Greenwich Village in 1961. The title character, played with total conviction by Oscar Isaac and supplied with credible material by the maven of American music,...

  • April 20–26

    By Ryan Torok

    April 17, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    SAT APRIL 20 

    LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 

    The 18th annual Festival of Books features more than 100 panels, stage presentations, music and children’s programs. Authors include Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), singer Lisa Loeb, chef Susan Feniger and Journal contributors...

  • Coen brothers have bone to pick with Israel boycotters

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 16, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Popular filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said during a visit to Israel that they do not agree with artists who boycott the Jewish state.

    Asked during a news conference about music and film artists who boycott Israel over its policies regarding the Palestinians, Ethan Coen said it was...

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  • Lessons from “True Grit”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 26, 2011 | 8:58 pm

    Watching the movie, I kept thinking that the Academy has gotten it horribly wrong. “True Grit” is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld). But there is nothing “supporting” about Steinfeld’s role or...

  • Coen brothers to receive Dan David Prize

    February 22, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, who have produced and directed several highly acclaimed films, will receive a $1 million prize for their contributions to filmmaking.

    Tel Aviv University on Tuesday announced the recipients of the international Dan David Prize, which annually makes...

  • How to throw a Jewish Oscar party

    February 15, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    With so many famous Jewish names among the Academy Awards nominees this year—Coen, Cohen, Eisenberg, Aronofsky, Sorkin and Newman, to name a few—it seems like a good time for a Jewish Oscar party.

    But how to make an Oscar party Jewish?

    In case someone like Joan Rivers asks what...

  • The Coen Brothers Gospel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 4, 2009 | 10:48 am

    Cathleen Falsani, religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, has a new book coming out in the fall called “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers.”

    Not to be confused with the slacker religion Dudeism, “The Dude Abides,” according to publisher Zondervan, “will...

  • There will be Jews at Oscar’s 80th

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After some relatively lean years, Hollywood's Jewish talent -- as well as Israel's -- made a solid showing as nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    The biggest winners were brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, whose thriller "No Country for Old Men"...

  • A moral dilemma— ‘No Country for Old Men’

    By Jason Berger

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The world is rapidly changing. Whether it be the greedy nature of mankind or the constantly upgraded weaponry, the world is evolving for better or for worse. This idea sets up the mainframe for the highly acclaimed new feature film, "No Country for Old Men," a film that not only...
  • Out of “Focus”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "David Mamet calls me Hebraically challenged," confides actor William H. Macy, a longtime collaborator of the esteemed playwright. "I'm the ultimate [gentile]. Part of me is the imploding WASP, a role I've certainly played to death."

    With his weak smile and wounded-looking blue eyes,...

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