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  • Director Mike Nichols, 83, one of the few people to win Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards during lifetime

    1 week ago

    Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83.

    The prolific director passed away at his home of cardiac...

  • Holocaust, Jewish themes remain prominent among foreign Oscar offerings

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    The long-forecast “Holocaust fatigue” among filmmakers and their audiences has not yet arrived, judging by the entries for 2013 Oscar honors by producers and directors in numerous countries.

    Each of a record 71 foreign — meaning non-English-speaking — countries has submitted its...

  • ‘Pi’ is approximately 3.1416% Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ang Lee, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning director of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” was understated and thoughtful recently as he settled into a velvet couch at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. He had arrived to discuss his new film, “Life of Pi,”...

  • 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...

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  • ‘Oy’ bring the past to the present at Culver City’s Actors’ Gang

    July 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    For Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, who founded Actors’ Gang and serves as its artistic director, presenting plays that are relevant to our time is paramount for the company. To that end, the Culver City-based theater’s current offering is the U.S. premiere of “Oy,”...

  • Israel Project names interim director

    May 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    The Israel Project named its chief operating and financial officer as the interim chief executive officer to replace the retiring Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.
    Cathy Bolinger joined The Israel Project in 2005 and has been responsible for its day-to-day operations.

    In a news release...

  • “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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Israeli director wins top documentary prize at Tribeca

    May 2, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Israeli director Alma Har’el took top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival in the documentary category.

    “Bombay Beach,” her feature-length film, follows three down-and-out residents of a ghost town on the Salton Sea, a surrealistic landscape in Southern California filled with...

  • Sidney Lumet, Director, 86

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Director Sidney Lumet, who started his career as a child actor in the Yiddish theater and whose films examining social justice in America stand as landmarks of his craft, died April 9 of lymphoma at his New York City home. He was 86.

    Both his parents were veterans of the Yiddish...

  • Danish filmmaker finds hope despite family’s dark history

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2011 | 7:22 pm

    Susanne Bier, whose Danish film, “In a Better World,” is a favorite for Oscar honors, is an anomaly.

    She is a woman director in an overwhelmingly male profession, and she is emphatically Jewish in a country and industry in which such affirmation is hardly the norm.

    After a...

  • Report: Ex-CIA Director Asked to Wiretap Jewish Rep.

    April 20, 2009 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A former CIA director asked for a wiretap on a Jewish congresswoman after she allegedly agreed to intervene on behalf of two indicted former AIPAC staffers.

    CQ Politics, a division of Congressional Quarterly, reported Sunday that then-CIA chief Porter Goss agreed to...

  • Anger replaces shock as Madoff scam puts spotlight on charity boards

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 30, 2008 | 6:42 pm

    Anger has begun to supplant shock as those who contribute to prominent Jewish charities or work on their behalf gasp for comprehension of the unprecedented percussion that the Bernard L. Madoff investment fraud is having on their favorite causes.

    While Madoff himself is a primary...

  • Roman Polanski wants sex charges dropped

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 4, 2008 | 3:10 pm

    You can’t get away with everything in Hollywood—-or can you? Just ask Roman Polanski, who absconded from the country over three decades ago when he was charged with drugging and then having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Despite her pleas to have the charges dropped and the licentious...

  • Ratner not yet keen on “Conan”

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 14, 2008 | 1:16 am

    Thanks to a leak by producer Avi Lerner and premature reporting by the LA Times, the assumption that Brett Ratner would direct the “Conan” film franchise is just that—presumptuous and untrue.

    Sort of. Apparently, budget negotiations are still being hammered out and Ratner insists...

  • Just a nice Jewish director: Public and private images of Brett Ratner clash in swirl of contradictions

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 22, 2008 | 8:40 pm

    I've been cornered downstairs in the gold lamé disco basement at Brett Ratner's house and he's hitting on me.

    His insistence suggests he's accustomed to getting his way with this, and I'm trying not to think about the surroundings -- a wealthy bachelor's lavish playpen, which quite...

  • Republican David Zucker makes stand with ‘American Carol’

    By The Web Guy

    October 3, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    David Zucker is a rarity in Hollywood, a Jewish Republican, and he told The Journal all about it in 2006.

    The comedy director, famed for box-office smashes like ‘Airplane’ and ‘Naked Gun’ is not all talk, though—his avowedly conservative ‘An American Carol’ opens today.

    With an...

  • Producer Arnon Milchan’s goal: Broker Mideast peace

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2008 | 10:44 pm

    Arnon Milchan, ex-Israeli soldier, soccer star, shadowy arms consultant, international business entrepreneur and big-time Hollywood producer, does not lack confidence.

    His next ambition, for instance, is to make peace between Arabs and Jews and take care of the Iranian situation.

    In...

  • Going home again is truly a family affair for filmmaker Azazel Jacobs

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 3, 2008 | 9:04 pm

    "I remember at an early age being told in school that Jews were a minority in the world," filmmaker Azazel Jacobs mused. "And I remember just not believing that because I lived in New York City and thinking they must have things wrong because I was surrounded by so many Jews. That...
  • Jewish life in the City of Lights

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Fortunately I traveled to Paris before Pesach, because missing buttery croissants and oven-fresh French baguettes would have been ruinous to my experience. Indeed, France is most famous for its delicacies -- wine, cheese, pastries, foie gras -- but it is also home to a vibrant Jewish...
  • Spurlock embarks on a cinematic quest for Osama

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When writer/director Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") discovered he was going to become a father two years ago, he was concerned about the tumultuous state of the world into which his child was being born. Spurlock's wish was to give his child a safer and more harmonious place to...
  • William Castle makes spine-tingling return in Jeffrey Schwarz docupic

    By Jay Firestone

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Aside from overrated CGI explosions, deafening sound systems and validated parking, the movie-going experience isn't exactly as thrilling as it once was. That's why director Jeffrey Schwarz wants to remind audiences of cinema's earlier pleasures with the documentary "Spine...
  • Theater: Davidson’s retirement leads to ‘Lessons’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Gordon Davidson is back where he belongs, in the director's chair.

    The man whose name is practically synonymous with Los Angeles theater, who raised the city's reputation from a provincial backwater to the breeding ground for innovative and controversial plays, retired in the summer...

  • Mark Rydell—a Hollywood quintessential passionate professional

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Summer movies provide thrills, chills and laughs and are more noted for their special effects and star actors than for the acting and the seriousness of their purpose. Which makes this a good time to visit with Mark Rydell, a man whose more than 50-year career as an actor, director...
  • Sex and The 30-Something Professional

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Before David Rouda became a stage director and writer, he was an internationally ranked rower who placed 17th in the 1999 World Rowing Championships. Rouda, who started training as a sculler at 13, won six Gold Medals at the Maccabee Games and just missed qualifying for the 2000...
  • Maestro’s mission is to restore banned composers’ music

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After conducting a performance in Germany of the Cologne Opera in 1993, James Conlon turned on his car radio and was riveted by a symphonic poem awash in wave-like melodies. He was so mesmerized that he sat in his car with the motor running, long after he arrived home, to hear the...
  • I Ate the Whole Thing!

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I Ate the Whole Thing!

    Rap music and matzah balls? Hey, Jews can rap. Just ask the group, Chutzpah, which showed up in full rapping gear for the weighing of the 26-pound-matzah ball at Canter's Deli last week to celebrate the DVD release of "When Do We Eat?" The weights and measures...

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