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  • Hollywood and the Jewish future

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Of the great ironies lately — the German chancellor rescuing 800,000 refugees, the Israeli prime minister making a Holocaust gaffe — Hollywood adds another: “Homeland” has moved to Berlin. 

    The show that began as Israel’s “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War), about captured Israeli...

  • In a blow to BDS, big time Brits—like J.K. Rowling—boo boycott

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 23, 2015 | 10:14 am

    The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) is sobbing in their cereal today.

    More than 150 British artists, intellectuals, and politicians -- including "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, English Jewish historian Simon Schama and Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel of...

  • Kosha Dillz raps your Back to the Future Day theme song

    October 21, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    It's been 30 years since Back to the Future came out.

    Today marks the day that the movie's main character, Marty McFly, traveled to the future in the 1989 "Back to the Future" sequel.

    When we look back on today from the future, let's be proud of what we "give back" to our world...

  • Actress Rachel Bloom’s ‘Ex-Girlfriend’ is the love of her life

    By Gerri Miller

    October 21, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    While growing up in Manhattan Beach, Rachel Bloom sang along with show tunes and dreamed of being on Broadway. “I felt like a neurotic little New Yorker living in Southern California. I never fit in,” Bloom said. 

    Not surprisingly, she headed east to New York Univeristy’s Tisch...

  • James Franco’s bar mitzvah spectacular

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    October 20, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer has helped plenty of students prepare for bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies, and, in some ways, the one he officiated on Oct. 3 was no different. It involved months of serious study, a special bar mitzvah speech and even a mitzvah project.

    “It was like any...

  • A Polish spy named Magda

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2015 | 6:50 pm

    “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” declares 93-year old Magda Kasprzycki, a West Hollywood resident, in the eponymous documentary “Magda.”

    The “it” unwinds gradually in the 60-minute film, starting with a sheltered childhood in an affluent, scholarly family in the Polish...

  • Mayim Bialik visited her father’s grave before Emmys

    September 21, 2015 | 9:59 am

    Actress Mayim Bialik visited the grave of her father before the Emmy Awards ceremony.

    Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” told People in an article published on the magazine’s website Sunday that she would visit the grave of her...

  • Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: The Jews

    September 4, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.”

    Google search results are the product of complicated algorithms that sometimes return unwanted or offensive results. Many consider the notion that the...

  • Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven dead at 76

    August 31, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," died on Sunday afternoon, his family said in a statement. He was 76.

    Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit "Scream," died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles...

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

    August 24, 2015 | 10:43 am

    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

    August 13, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    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

    August 12, 2015 | 3:06 pm

    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...

  • 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.

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