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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 9, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    You may want to hang tight for this Israeli creation, because this week, I would like to present to you the horror film: Paranormal Activity.


    The film centers a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are being haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the...

  • Cataloging Tel Aviv’s enduring shopkeepers

    April 16, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    A few years ago, photographer Assi Haim was wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, camera in hand, in search of a project topic. It was at the corner of Allenby and Mazeh streets that he found cafeteria proprietor Zosha, 84, and Nurit, his coworker for 18 years.

    Speaking in a 2011...

  • Don’t call her ScarJo

    April 10, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    It turns out that Scarlett Johansson, everyone’s favorite Jewish ‘it’ girl, has a beef with fans: the 29-year- old actress hates the nickname ScarJo.

    “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant,” she said in the May issue of Glamour...

  • Ben Kingsley honors Holocaust stories with his film roles

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    Sir Ben Kingsley’s piercing brown eyes flashed when he was asked if he remembered the first time he learned about the Holocaust.

    “I’m afraid I do,” the 70-year-old British thespian told the Journal at a recent United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) gala, where he became...

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  • TV director’s charity reaches out to Ukrainian Holocaust survivors

    By Julie Bien

    March 26, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Zane Buzby’s day job is as a successful Hollywood television sitcom director, but her real passion lies in her charity organization, the Survivor Mitzvah Project (SMP), which helps provide continuous and direct financial aid to Holocaust survivors throughout Eastern Europe.

    Since...

  • Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

    Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon...

  • ‘Closely Related’ looks at what it’s like to be the ‘other’

    March 20, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “Closely Related Keys,” a new work at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood by award-winning playwright Wendy Graf, depicts the shock and upheaval that ensues when Julia (Diarra Kilpatrick), an African-American attorney climbing the ladder in a Republican law firm who is involved in an...

  • Oscars, Razzie, the soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 10, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Big in Japan

    More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments. Large business organizations including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Keidanren have recently dispatched research tours to the...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • Oscar Sunday!

    By Joy Bennett

    March 2, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Cate Blanchett at Santa Barbara Film Festival
    2/1/14 photo by Joy Bennett

    You can watch the Oscars live and go backstage for exclusive content here:   http://oscar.go.com/the-oscars-backstage or through a free App available called Watch ABC  -- exciting!  Have a great Oscar...

  • AIPAC vs. Oscars

    February 28, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Anti-Semites say that Jews control Hollywood. And they say that Jews control Washington. But can we control both at once?

    The biggest event in pro-Israel Israel advocacy — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — kicks off this Sunday, the same...

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

  • Why Harvard should withdraw ‘The Collaboration’

    January 27, 2014 | 11:58 am

    It is a compelling story. A young Jewish researcher teaches himself German and ultimately spends years combing through Nazi archives in search of evidence to support a heinous claim uttered by an old man. In cold vaults, and often alone, the young man, whose own maternal...

  • Gal Gadot signs 3-picture deal to play Wonder Woman

    January 23, 2014 | 9:24 am

    Get ready for lots of Gal Gadot. Turns out the Israeli actress and model won’t just be playing Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman,” as recently reported. She’ll be playing Wonder Woman in three movies.

    Gadot revealed the news of her three-picture deal with Warner Bros. on the...

  • Golden Globes’ Jewish winners

    January 13, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Among the crop of victors at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards were a noteworthy bunch of Jewish Hollywood types.

    Best Screenplay, Motion Picture went to Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel) for “Her.”

    Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie is Michael Douglas, who played Liberace in...

  • New Year’s Eve: Grand Avenue was great

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 2, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Note to Los Angeles officials: We do like to party in public.

    Sure, we’re three hours behind the East Coast, but what’s wrong with that? Finally, Los Angeles turned up the heat on New Year’s Eve this year, after being forever the stepsister to New York. Some 25,000 people –...

  • The spy turned big-shot Hollywood producer- read the translated interview with Arnon Milchan!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 10, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    What you are about to read sounds like a big Hollywood production, but it is the true story of the former life of the very successful film producer, Arnon Milchan, as an Israeli spy...

    The popular Israeli news show, Uvda (Fact) opened its 20th season with a revelation of one of...

  • Justin Timberlake, a new Israeli export to Hollywood, World Cup and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Wix goes public

    Israeli startup Wix, had a 119 million dollar IPO launch this Wednesday. The company, based in Tel-Aviv, helps users build their own customized website and works to make website design easier. It's available in multiple languages in 190 countries and is growing at...

  • Clergy reflect on Proposition 8

    October 30, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On a wall of the Autry National Center — among Los Angeles Jewish immigrant artifacts, biographies of Hollywood Jewry, above a case of kippot from Uganda — a white banner proclaims in crimson letters: “Beth Chayim Chadashim, Jewish, Gay & Lesbian & Proud.” The banner, used in gay...

  • Hollywood and Hitler: A book review

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 9, 2013 | 3:20 pm

    It’s rare that a book garners as much pre-publication publicity as has Ben Urwand’s “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler” (Belknap Press, $26.95). Even more unusual, however, is the backlash that greeted the book now that it is actually available to read.

    “Perhaps I’m...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’ bad for the Jews?

    October 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Apparently lots and lots of sex isn’t the most potentially offensive thing about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest film “Don Jon.”

    The Italian American One Voice Coalition has accused the Jewish actor/director of promoting “racist stereotypes” in the movie, according to The Hollywood...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    A moment of humor

    Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman,...

  • Finding ‘Jewtopia’

    September 19, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    I sat somewhere between anxious and bored in my seat, picking at the polyester threads as they unraveled from the sleeve of my robe. One after one, my classmates were called to the bimah, and in the same sing-song cadence of their bar or bat mitzvah speeches, they started their...

  • Thriller brings gay romance, Mideast intrigue into focus

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Filmmakers in Hollywood and abroad long have been fascinated by characters representing different races, religions, nationalities or ideologies who transgress social taboos and barriers by falling in love.

    Back in the silent and barely speaking movie era of the 1920s, Jewish boys...

  • Anne Frank comes to Hollywood in major new exhibit

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 13, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    A digital etching of Anne Frank’s favorite portrait of herself blown out over a large backlit wall glows above Pico Boulevard and faces the Hollywood Hills with the following quote: “This is a photograph of me as I wished I looked all the time, then I might still have a chance...

  • Yakov Smirnoff’s elixir of love

    September 3, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    Yakov Smirnoff has been in the comedy business for more than 30 years. He knows how to make people laugh. 

    Now, he’s trying to show everyone just how important laughter is when it comes to relationships. 

    Smirnoff, who spent the past two decades showcasing his act at his...

  • Stylist claims Drake owes him $70k

    August 27, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Drake’s smooth look doesn’t come cheap — especially if you’re the one dressing him.

    According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the Canadian rapper owes former stylist Michael Raphael over $70,000 in fees and expenses, the New York Daily News reports.

    Last summer...

  • HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION FILM

    By Joy Bennett

    August 24, 2013 | 4:07 am

    Shot from Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, photo courtesy adoptfilms.net/harry

    If you’re a fan of Harry Dean Stanton (and who in their right mind isn’t?) you will enjoy a documentary coming out in Los Angeles on September 13th called Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction...

  • Seth Rogen’s ‘Bigfoot’ pilot ordered by FX

    August 22, 2013 | 9:23 am

    That elusive Sasquatch has been found, and he’s on FX! Or at least he will be soon.

    The cable network has just ordered up the pilot of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s new animated series, “Bigfoot,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The show will center on the bipedal...

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