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  • Mayim Bialik: Being religious isn’t trendy in Hollywood

    6 days ago

    People of faith working in Hollywood are often out of step with the entertainment industry, American actress Mayim Bialik said.

    “I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” Bialik, 39, told Fox411 in an interview broadcast...

  • Prominent L.A. Jews announce support for Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Nearly 100 prominent Los Angeles Jews, many with close ties to the Hollywood entertainment industry, have affirmed their strong support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    In a full-page ad in the Aug. 14 edition of the weekly Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 98 signatories,...

  • LAUSD board president Steve Zimmer talks about getting back to basics

    3 weeks ago

    Steve Zimmer was first elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board in 2009 after coming to town as a Teach for America trainee and then teaching for 17 years. Now he helps guide the nation’s second-largest public school system, serving nearly 700,000 students...

  • Actor Jason Segel opens up about childhood as Jewish outsider

    July 31, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    Actor Jason Segel — best known as the star of  “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “How I Met Your Mother” — opened up on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast this week about growing up half-Jewish and complete outsider.

    Segel sat down for the Monday podcast ahead of the release of film “The...

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  • Learning Hollywood in the Holy City

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 23, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Rita (Yijing) Zhang, 22, of Beijing is navigating several historic “walls” as she builds her career as a filmmaker. 

    It started in China, where Zhang recently worked as an assistant on the set of Matt Damon’s upcoming film, “The Great Wall.” Now, the international student at...

  • Actor Omar Sharif, star of Doctor Zhivago, dies

    July 10, 2015 | 8:07 am

    Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, has died, Egyptian state television said. He was 83.

    The BBC also reported his death, citing his agent.

    In May, Sharif's agent confirmed the actor, who played a wide range of dashing...

  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    June 30, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary.

    "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one...

  • ‘Titanic’ composer dies in California plane crash

    June 23, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Hollywood composer James Horner, who scored the Oscar-winning film "Titanic" and its mega-hit theme song "My Heart Will Go On", died in a plane crash in southern California on Monday, U.S. media reported.

    The aircraft came down in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los...

  • Kirk Kerkorian, casino tycoon, movie mogul, auto investor dies at 98

    June 16, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Kirk Kerkorian, the son of poor Armenian immigrants who used his gambler's instincts to become a multibillionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon, Hollywood mogul, airline owner and auto industry investor, died at age 98.

    Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and was its...

  • Hollywood: Your Home Away from Home Part 2

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 31, 2015 | 9:35 am

    Part Two: A night out in Hollywood is many people's dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, "Your Home Away From Home!" (Part One: click here)

    VIDEOThe Redbury Hotel Hollywood  From the Redbury: "Situated at the...

  • Hollywood: Your Home Away from Home Part 1

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 4, 2015 | 5:05 pm

    Part One: A night out in Hollywood is many people's dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, "Your Home Away From Home!" VIDEOA Night out in Los Angeles the Bowery and Pantages Theater  From the Bowery: "The Bowery brings...

  • Nimoy Unalienated

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2015 | 8:47 am

    This was written by Tom Tugend in March 1991

    As a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, Leonard Nimoy, inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish State and childhood memories of Zionist rallies in Boston Garden, considered making aliya to join Habimah.

    Upon cooler reflection on...

  • Letters to the editor: Hollywood, Selma and European Jews

    February 25, 2015 | 9:40 am

    The Future of European Jewry

    Couldn’t agree more (“Why Jews Must Stay in Europe,” Feb. 20). While Israel is and always will be a home to Jews from all around the world, clearing out of Europe is not the answer. 

    Noga Gur Arieh via jewishjournal.com

    Of course each side, so to...

  • Hollywood’s necessary not-niceness

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 17, 2015 | 8:53 am

    The billion people who will watch the 2015 Academy Awards got a great gift last week from Amy Pascal, the recently fired co-chair of Sony Pictures, who said this to Tina Brown at a Women in the World conference in San Francisco: 

    “We all live in this weird thing called Hollywood....

  • ‘Whiplash’ director draws from personally experiencing the cost of greatness

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 9, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    In an excruciating sequence in writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” 19-year-old Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), an ambitious young drummer, frenetically performs for his sadistically abusive teacher. Andrew’s hands are bleeding, his sweat flying from every pore, as the...

  • Inside the careful editing process of ‘The Imitation Game’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 9, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    In 2013, veteran film editor William Goldenberg said, he was “humbled and thrilled” when he took the stage at the Dolby Theatre to accept his first Academy Award for cutting Ben Affleck’s Iran thriller, “Argo.” It had been a race in which he had the distinction of competing against...

  • Why liberal Hollywood hates Clint Eastwood – but shouldn’t

    By Harold Brackman

    February 4, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Of course, Hollywood doesn’t exactly “hate” Clint—after all, he’s won two Best Director Awards. The most that can be said is that—after Eastwood mocked Obama’s empty chair at the 2012 GOP Convention—there is no love lost. This year, American Sniper is nominated for Best Picture,...

  • Solving the enigma: Producing Alan Turing’s story, against all odds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 22, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Sitting in a Beverly Hills cafe the other day, the almost preternaturally youthful Ido Ostrowsky, 35, and Nora Grossman, 31, looked more like college students than the first-time producers who, against all odds, launched the acclaimed and multiple-Oscar-nominated World War II...

  • Woody Allen to make TV series for Amazon

    January 13, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Woody Allen has never written for television. But at the ripe age of 79, the venerable Brooklyn-born filmmaker is apparently set to write and direct his first TV series, an Internet-only show for Amazon.

    Amazon, the online purveyor of virtually everything, is relatively new to...

  • No privacy for Pascal – or us

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 7, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Amy Pascal.

    Little more than a month ago she was the reigning queen of movie studiodom, the smart, zany, effervescent, sometimes sassy co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment — quite beloved, definitely revered and, notably, the only...

  • U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack

    December 17, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    U.S. investigators have determined that NorthKorea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

    One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved.

    ...
  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • My job is to scare you

    October 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I always knew that writing and visual arts would be unpredictable career paths. But I’ve discovered that there is one thing that I can always count on: dead bodies.

    As the art director for the “Scare Zones” at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, I oversee the...

  • Coen Brothers tap Clooney, Johansson for all-star studio comedy

    October 30, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.

    "Hail, Caesar!," scheduled for release Feb. 5, 2016,...

  • TV’s Jewish characters of color

    October 23, 2014 | 9:46 am

    As of last month, ethnic minority characters with half-Jewish hyphenated last names are now featured on three of the most popular shows on television.

    Having one such character was interesting, two was a coincidence, but three is a trend.

    The characters in question are:

    *...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • In N.Y. Times ad, Hollywood elite slams Hamas for conflict with Israel

    September 15, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Some 300 Hollywood elite published an ad in The New York Times holding Hamas responsible for the “devastating loss of life” in the latest Hamas-Israel conflict.

    [Related: Hollywood Zionists are alive and well]

    Actors to directors to studio heads signed the statement by members...

  • Kim Kardashian

    September 10, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Kim Kardashian...

    Is not the subject of this column. 

    Hollywood lost two giants recently.  Joan Rivers was just laid to rest.  A few weeks ago, Robin Williams left us.  I am not going to write in-depth tributes to these two amazing people; that has been done and will continue...

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