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  • Coen brothers on #OscarsSoWhite: We write what we know – Jews and Minnesotans

    6 days ago

    Asked about diversity in Hollywood last week, the Coen brothers defended to the Washington Post their history of making movies about Jews and Minnesotans.

    The Oscars So White controversy, #OscarsSoWhite, may reflect a real problem, the film writing-directing-producing duo agreed:...

  • Actor Abe Vigoda, known for ‘Godfather’ role, dies at age 94

    3 weeks ago

    Abe Vigoda, an American actor best known for roles in "The Godfather" and the 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller," died on Tuesday at the age of 94, after spending three decades jokingly refuting rumors of his demise.

    Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, said her father died at her...

  • Oscars red carpet preview: Is modesty the new sexy?

    3 weeks ago

    Pity Jennifer Lopez. As far as memorable red carpet moments go, she set such a high bar at the 2000 Grammys with her now-legendary plunging green Versace dress that she seemed destined to never top it.

    But many fashion insiders (and followers) have been buzzing about the...

  • Hollywood failures: Sean Penn, ‘Billions’ and #OscarsSoWhite

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 20, 2016 | 10:33 am

    The only industry that fared worse last week than Wall Street, with its steadily declining stock market and calls from investors to “sell everything,” was its more glamorous West Coast counterpart in Hollywood. 

    Let’s start with Sean Penn, the actor well-known for getting himself...

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  • Woody Allen’s sidekick shares all

    January 14, 2016 | 2:22 pm

    There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes.

    “You know, I was having lunch with some guys from NBC and I said, ‘Did you eat yet?’ and [they] said, ‘No, Jew?’ Not, ‘Did you,’ but ‘Jew eat?...

  • Golden Globes 2016: ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star claim trophies

    January 11, 2016 | 8:12 am

    The Hungarian Holocaust movie “Son of Saul” and the star of the Jewy show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rachel Bloom, won Golden Globe Awards.

    “Son of Saul” won for best foreign film and Bloom was named best actress in a television series, musical or comedy when the awards were handed...

  • Lena Dunham show ‘Girls’ to end after 6th season

    January 6, 2016 | 2:51 pm

    Lena Dunham’s successful HBO series “Girls” will end after its sixth season.

    On Wednesday, HBO confirmed the rumor first reported on Entertainment Weekly.

    The upcoming fifth season will premiere Feb. 21. The show has been renewed for a sixth season, but its premiere date —...

  • 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....

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