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

    3 days ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Interviewing Joan Rivers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    In May 2013, I was more than a tad nervous when asked to conduct a 45-minute Q&A with Rivers following a performance of her act at the American Jewish University.  Rivers, after all, was the notorious fashion polista of the red carpet awards scene, so ruthless that she once...

  • Celebrity reactions to Joan Rivers’ death

    September 4, 2014 | 1:12 pm

  • Hollywood accounting

    September 2, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    We’re making major motion pictures, baby!

    And TV shows too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week putting...

  • Meet the Jewish founders of Tinder

    By Jared Sichel

    August 27, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Finding dates used to require approaches such as hiring matchmakers, signing up for dancing and cooking classes, attending synagogue, asking friends for help, or, for the least energetic, merely creating a cursory profile on sites such as JDate.

    But now, thanks to apps such as...

  • Hollywood Zionists are alive and well

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 24, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    In late July, when Israel and Gaza were in the throes of violent conflict, and international condemnation of Israeli military behavior had reached fever pitch, only a token few in the Hollywood community had anything to say about it.

    But one month later, that appears to have...

  • Showbiz meets shtetl: Helping Hollywood get Hasidim right

    August 18, 2014 | 11:33 am

    When it comes to Hasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume.

    But that approach isn’t without its challenges.

    Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher Hasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast...

  • Remembering Lauren Bacall

    August 12, 2014 | 5:48 pm

    It was 1984, and Shimon Peres had just become Prime Minister of Israel.

    As a feature reporter/producer at a radio network, I wanted to get a comment on his new position from someone appropriate. Israel’s first prime minister (and Peres mentor) David Ben-Gurion was no longer...

  • Dear Ryan Kavanaugh: Thank you

    August 11, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Last week, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh became the first major Hollywood executive to publicly oppose a letter condemning Israel signed by Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. "It makes my blood boil," Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter. "As the grandson of Holocaust...

  • Marlon Brando and the Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 30, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Marlon Brando the man was often more confounding and bizarre than any character he ever played. 

    Among his many and sometimes contradictory roles — actor, womanizer, political dabbler, sex symbol and star — he was also a reputed and sometimes disputed philo-Semite.

    “I would...

  • “Hollywood Exiles in Europe” film series at the Hammer Museum

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 30, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Stories of the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and ’50s are, by now, well known. Many books, articles and documentaries exist about the lives of actors, screenwriters and directors who the studios deemed unemployable because of their association — real or alleged — with the...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 28, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • Musical legend on its way, a shopping revolution, top models and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 7, 2014 | 8:26 am

    Are we to expect a visit from Spielberg?

    While NBC's The Voice is set to introduce new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall, the new season of The Voice Israel also has a big name in its midst: a Spielberg. Jessica "Jessy" Katz, the 25-year-old daughter of...

  • Filmmaker Paul Mazursky dies at 84

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, whose perceptive social satires explored the nascent sexual revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s and created complex Jewish characters, died June 30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    The cause of his death at 84 was pulmonary cardiac arrest.

    In 17 films,...

  • Can Israeli actress Moran Atias take Hollywood?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 2, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    As soon as she arrives — beautifully made-up in shades of dark and light, her hair chocolate brown, her dress bridal white, asymmetrical at the thigh and firm at the bust — there’s the distinct feeling in the air that this could be the last lunch Israeli actress Moran Atias might...

  • Gary Oldman defends Mel Gibson, describes Hollywood as ‘town that’s run by Jews’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    [UPDATE: Gary Oldman apologizes for Playboy comments]

    Actor Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson for a 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and said those who criticized him were hypocrites.

    In an interview with Playboy magazine, Oldman said of Gibson, “He got drunk and said a few things,...

  • Israeli producer Ram Bergman to produce ‘Star Wars’ films

    June 24, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Israeli producer Ram Bergman will make the next two “Star Wars” films.

    Bergman, who moved to Hollywood from Israel in 1991, will produce “Star Wars” Episodes VIII and IX, according to the Times of Israel.

    Bergman was named one of Variety magazine’s Top 10 producers to watch in 2005, the year he produced “Brick.” He also produced the 2012 film “Looper.”

  • The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 23, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

    Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • Helping Nigeria, winning the Euroleague cup, news from Hollywood and more… This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Lending a hand to Nigeria

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted Israel’s offer of help in rescuing some 200 schoolgirls captured in April by members of the Islamist terror organization Boko Haram. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jonathan: “We are ready to help...

  • Denounce Sharia everywhere

    May 14, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    This week, the Hollywood left finally discovered something it had apparently been missing for the last few decades: States that impose Islamic law, known as Sharia, brutally violate human rights.

    This shocking realization came after the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the Beverly...

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