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  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a...

  • LA Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    June 27, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Last Sunday, June 23rd was the closing night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and what an exceptional festival it was.  I went to many of the events throughout the festival, which ran from June 13 to June 23, 2013.  I was generously given a press pass to the festival from Film...

  • Introducing a New Blog, Shiksa in Hollywood

    By Joy Bennett

    June 26, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Hi, I’m the Shiksa, Joy Bennett.  I have been writing a blog on and off since 2000, mostly on my own website joybennett.com.  Now I get to share my musings with you all!  I love all things cultural in this town, and often finagle press passes to local events that I'll share and...

  • Israel Film Festival explores unfamiliar territory

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Among its other benefits, the Israel Film Festival takes even those of us familiar with the country to places and people we know only superficially, or not at all.

    Three of this festival’s movies — “Fill the Void,” “Sharqiya” and “Zaytoun” — go everywhere from inside an...

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  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Jan 5-11, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 11:30 am

    SAT JAN 5

    B.J. NOVAK: “UNCOLLECTED STORIES”

    Writer and actor B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) shares original pieces of comedic fiction in advance of an upcoming collection. Co-star, writer and producer of “The Office,” Novak has a sensibility that draws on a...

  • Films of the Holocaust and non-Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Two documentary films, each touching the Holocaust era and celebrating the courage and devotion of non-Jews, are screening in Los Angeles.

    The first is about Leopold Engleitner, bright-eyed and lucid at 107, who spent 11 years in and out of prisons and Nazi concentration camps,...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 20-26, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 11:47 am

    SAT OCT 20

    “Six Million and One”

    When Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher discovers the memoir of his late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria, Fisher decides to retrace his father’s footsteps. Realizing it’s unbearable to be...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 1-7, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 29, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    SAT | SEPT 1

    NEIL COMESS-DANIELS
    A folksy singer-songwriter (and rabbi of congregation Beth Shir Shalom), Daniels appears live at the Skirball to perform children’s music that carries a universal message. Come dance and sing along in Skirball’s scenic outdoor amphitheater. All...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Aug. 25-31, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 22, 2012 | 11:14 am

    SUN | AUG 26

    “CHAILIGHTS”
    The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony celebrates its 18th, or Chai, anniversary at the Ford Amphitheatre. The event features the orchestral ensemble performing fiery Spanish sonorities, dark laments, riotous folk and much more. The Aug. 26 concert marks the...

  • ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Review

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    May 31, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Okay folks, ‘Snow White’ is back and this time, she’s mad as hell and ready to kick some butt.

    First off, I must ask…Did we really need two films this year about Miss White? Personally, I think one was too many.

    In any case, ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ directed by Rupert Sanders,...

  • Apr. 27-May 3

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2012 | 10:46 am

    SUN | APRIL 29

    CELEBRATE ISRAEL
    Mizrahi pop star Eyal Golan, “The Voice” contestant Monique Benabou and Craig Taubman are the featured performers at today’s 64th Independence Day Festival, which includes a Salute to Israel Walk and Ride and an art installation competition....

  • West Bank shorts added to L.A. Israel Film Festival

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 21, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    In a small Israeli jail cell, a 17-year-old settler hears the air raid siren that signals the beginning of the Sabbath. From her pocket, she pulls out two travel-friendly candles. When the last of the matches in her small box breaks, her cellmate, a vegan left-wing activist who was...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • Films of triumph and despair

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2011 | 11:00 am

    When Israel fought its War of Independence, embedded TV cameramen were unknown and even combat newsreel photographers were practically non-existent. The newly created state had more important matters to worry about.

    More surprisingly, there have been hardly any movies celebrating...

  • 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...

  • For your consideration

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2009 | 8:20 pm

    While missiles are raining down on the Jews of southern Israel, do you know what's raining down on the Jews of Southern California? Screeners.

    That's right: It's pre-Academy Award season in Hollywood, a time when everyone involved in the movie business receives free DVD copies of all...

  • Survey:  Fewer Americans think Jews control Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2008 | 4:14 am

    Forget Spielberg. Forget the Weinsteins. Forget "Seinfeld."

    The majority of Americans no longer believe that Jews control Hollywood. This is the news from a new poll released by the Anti-Defamation League that also suggests there remains a widespread conviction that there is an...

  • Q&A with Yair Hochner—founder of Tel Aviv’s first gay and lesbian film festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 14, 2008 | 9:00 pm

    Yair Hochner's "Antarctica" – which opens Nov.14 at the Regent Showcase – begins with multi-screen images of one-night stands in the nocturnal life of hunky gay businessman Boaz (Ofer Regirer). The sexually graphic montage introduces some of the main characters of the romantic...
  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 8 - 14: Healing Havdalah, comedy, films

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    November 7, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 8

    (HAVDALAH)
    Joe the Plummer. Tina Fey. Yes We Can. Terrorist ties. Maverick. Hockey mom. It's time to put the contentiousness of Election 2008 behind us. Republicans or Democrats, we are all Jews. To reunite the community, LimmudLA is hosting a "Healing Havdalah,"...
  • Waxing (Philip) Roth

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 24, 2008 | 1:33 am

    The movie, "Elegy," which opens Aug. 8 and stars Ben Kingsley as David Kepesh and Penelope Cruz as the object of his desire, is the latest film to be adapted from the writings of Philip Roth. This one is based on his novella, "The Dying Animal."

    Despite Roth's long, successful...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 5 - 11

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2008 | 11:32 am

    SAT | JULY 5

    (THEATER)

    Only a psychotherapist-cum-theater entertainer could do justice to the zany and improbable Jewish journey spotlighted in the play "Rose." The one-woman show runs the gamut of 20th-century Jewish geography, "from a Ukrainian shtetl to the Warsaw Ghetto, to...

  • You want a peace of the Zohan?

    By Tom Tugend

    June 3, 2008 | 11:52 am

    At age 60, when even the more virile tend to slow down, Israel has replaced Italy as the native habitat of the sex stud.

    That’s the uplifting message from “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” starring Adam Sandler in the title role of an Israeli super commando-turned-New York...

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    May 29, 2008 | 2:32 pm

  • Magnificent Seven: The Israeli Film Fest salutes Oscar nominees

    By Tom Tugend

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    This has been a banner year for Israel's small but increasingly prestigious movie industry, but even in earlier decades, the country's filmmakers came up with Oscar-worthy presentations.

    To mark these achievements, the 23rd Israel Film Festival will screen all seven Academy...
  • Films: Documentary captures young Orthodox boxer’s journey

    By Saul Austerlitz

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    The trailer


    The era of Jewish boxers -- tough guys from the ghettos, like Benny Leonard and Barney Ross -- is over. For that matter, the era of boxing itself, once king of all American sports, has passed, as well. In that regard, Dmitriy Salita is doubly a throwback, being both...

  • Jason Alexander, Taylor Negron and Minnie Driver on stage!

    By Dikla Kadosh

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Sitcoms are notorious for killing an actor's career -- exhibit No. 1: Ian Ziering of "Beverly Hills 90210." Jason Alexander's career is still going strong though, long after George was relegated to the realm of reruns. Alexander became the artistic director of Reprise!...
  • Jews get short shrift at Oscar nominations

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If, as they say, a "Jewish cabal" runs Hollywood, it sure did a lousy job in promoting its own Jewish-themed films during Tuesday's Academy Award nominations.

    Whereas in past years one could at least count on Steven Spielberg or a Holocaust documentary to provide a snappy lead for a...

  • Briefs: Sacha Borat Cohen scores at Golden Globes; Former Carter Center official at Temple Sinai

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Borat's' Cohen Takes Golden Globe

    Sacha Baron Cohen convulsed the Golden Globe audience on Monday evening as he picked up the top award for best actor in a comedy or musical movie, but Cambridge University's favorite alumnus also showed his serious side.

    Addressing all those who...

  • ‘Zorro’s Bar Mitzvah’ documents the real rite of passage

    By Dinah Spritzer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the new Austrian film, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah," Jewish party documenter Andre describes the addictive nature of his video extravaganzas.

    "There are people in Israel with relatives who collect my films, not just of their family, any family," he explains from his audiovisual studio,...

  • ‘The Good Shepherd’: I was a young man for the CIA

    By Steven Rosen

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eric Roth's impressive resume as a Hollywood screenwriter includes an Oscar (for adapting "Forrest Gump") and a string of reality-based screenplays about the difficulties important people face choosing between realpolitik and personal morality.

    These include shared credits on 1999's...

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