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  • Gary Oldman apologizes for his anti-Semitic Playboy interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    June 26, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Actor Gary Oldman apologized for defending Mel Gibson’s 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and saying that Jews run Hollywood on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

    Watch the full apology, here:

    In an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League sent late Tuesday, and published online by Deadline.com, Oldman wrote, “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people.

    Read more, here.

  • Gary Oldman apologizes for Playboy comments

    June 25, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Actor Gary Oldman apologized for defending Mel Gibson’s 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and saying that Jews run Hollywood.

    In an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League sent late Tuesday, and published online by Deadline.com, Oldman wrote, “I am deeply remorseful that comments...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center founder statement on Gary Oldman

    June 24, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a recent interview in Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson – who has caught making anti-Semitic statements – as a victim of political correctness and hypocrisy. In response to Oldman’s comments, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal...

  • ADL condemns anti-Semitic remark by actor Gary Oldman; Says he ‘should know better’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Reacting to published comments by actor Gary Oldman defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments as justifiable, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Mr. Oldman “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”

    In an interview...

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  • 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,...

  • Eszterhas writes tell-all e-book about Mel Gibson

    June 5, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has written an e-book that recounts his fraught relationship with actor and director Mel Gibson and Gibson’s desire to write a “Jewish Braveheart.”

    “Heaven and Mel,” a 30,000-word Kindle e-book published by Amazon, had been scheduled for release on June 6,...

  • After Mel Gibson-Joe Eszterhas spat, Hollywood Jews standing by Gibson on ‘Judah Maccabee’

    April 23, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Jews run Hollywood, the old cliche goes.

    So an outsider might find it strange that one of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Warner Bros., agreed to make a movie about one of the Jewish world’s greatest heroes with a star known for going on anti-Semitic tirades.

    And when the plans to...

  • The Endless Madness of Mel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Mel Gibson makes a strong case for the return of a Hollywood blacklist.

    Not what bears the name today, an insider online database of coveted unproduced screenplays, but the blacklist as it was mid-20th century, a politically charged ignominious register of the do-not-employ....

  • The script for Gibson’s shelved ‘Jewish Braveheart’—The Wrap reads it and shares some details

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 18, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Last week I mentioned Joe Eszterhas’ letter to Mel Gibson accusing the actor-director of hating Jews after Warner Bros.’ shelved Gibson’s film about Judah Maccabee, based on a screenplay that Eszterhas delivered in February. Now The Wrap has gotten its hands on that script.

    I’ve...

  • Mel Gibson Needs a Jewish Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    April 12, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I am a writer, a Jew, a mother and a fan of Mel Gibson.  I may in fact be his only remaining Jewish fan, but to be clear, my adoration of him is as an actor not a human being.  I have written about him a few times and was planning to write about him again today, when I decided it...

  • [UPDATE] Gibson’s Maccabee film on hold; screenwriter calls Mel “Jew-hater,” Gibson responds

    by Danielle Berrin and Naomi Pfefferman Magid

    April 11, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    It looks like Mel Gibson will not be making his controversial Maccabee revolt movie any time soon.  According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. didn’t care for the script screenwriter Joe Eszterhas delivered in February and has put the project on hold: “Warner’s has since passed on it,...

  • Deputy who arrested Gibson settles with department

    February 15, 2012 | 10:30 am

    The sheriff’s deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson and was the subject of his anti-Semitic rant is settling a religious discrimination case against his department.

    James Mee, who is Jewish, says he was subject to religions discrimination and a hostile work environment after...

  • Synagogue solicits Mel Gibson

    January 30, 2012 | 11:19 am

    A California synagogue asked movie star Mel Gibson for a donation, suggesting it would remedy his reputation regarding Jews.

    The president of Congregation Beth Shalom in Corona sent the filmmaker and actor a letter asking for help to prevent the synagogue from losing its building,...

  • I'm drunk with excitement over Mel Gibson's Maccabee movie

    January 13, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    Chanukah has come and gone, and Jewish parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s comforting to know that 5772/2011 will likely be the last year that we have to tell our kids the story of the Maccabees without the help of Mel Gibson. Last September, in an announcement...

  • An Afghanistani and Mel Gibson…sounds like the Maccabees

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Mel Gibson, the infamous Jew-loving actor/director/producer auditioned Azita Ghanizada for a role in his upcoming movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.  Or he just wants to date her since the meeting took place over dinner and photos on TMZ include Gibson moving in for the kiss. ...

  • Robert Downey Jr. asks forgiveness for Mel Gibson

    October 18, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    Robert Downey Jr. at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles urged the Hollywood community to forgive Mel Gibson for his recent troubles.

    Downey paraphrased the New Testament when he said to the audience at the American Cinematheque Awards ceremony on Oct. 14, a week after Yom Kippur,...

  • Could Gibson be good for the Maccabees?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 21, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    As loathsome and absurd as it may seem, Mel Gibson’s plan to produce a movie about the Maccabees is not an existential threat to Jews. That is, unless he decides to change the ending so that the Maccabees lose. But that's another matter.

    That a man who, in 2006, turned a...

  • ADL raps Mel Gibson on Maccabee movie

    September 14, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized Mel Gibson following news that he is planning to make a film based on the life of Judah Maccabee. Gibson’s Icon Productions concluded a production deal with Warner Bros. for the movie project.

    “We would have hoped that Warner Bros....

  • Mel the Avenger

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 13, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    In the reaction to the announcement that Mel Gibson was going to make a film about Judah Maccabee, the discussion has focused on whether Gibson should be the one to tell the story of this Jewish hero.  I believe the concern should not be so much about whether he is the right person,...

  • Mel Gibson’s obsession with the Jews, Part 10: The Judah Maccabee movie

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 9, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Oy vey.

    The hot word in Hollywood today is the news that Warner Bros. has tapped Mel Gibson to produce a movie about Judah Maccabee and the Jewish-led revolt against the Greek-Syrian army that begot Hanukkah. Is this what Gibson meant when he said the Jews were responsible for all...

  • “Harry Potter’s” Jason Isaacs on Playing “Racist” Lucius Malfoy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    “Lucius Malfoy espouses the language of racism and eugenics,” said Jason Isaacs, the British actor who has portrayed the Muggle-loathing wizard supremacist in seven of the eight “Harry Potter” films, concluding with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part II,” opening...

  • Not Mel Gibson

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 24, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Will the real anti-Semite please stand up?

    Is it: a) Mel Gibson; b) Oliver Stone; c) John Galliano; d) Charlie Sheen; e) Lars von Trier — or (f) all of the above?

    Trying to determine the worst offender may seem a Sisyphean task considering the past year’s almost farcical...

  • Charlie Sheen and John Galliano—both Jewish?!?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    In the aftermath of Charlie Sheen’s anti-Semitic rants last week, the actor told Access Hollywood that he is MOT.  Replied the show’s host:  “You’re getting accused of anti-Semitic remarks; you might want to say, ‘By the way, I’m Jewish!’”  “I know, I know — stupid...

  • Gibson arrester can sue over incident

    February 24, 2011 | 10:13 am

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  • Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks predate DUI tape, Winona Ryder says

    December 16, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    Actor Mel Gibson made “anti-Semitic and homophobic” remarks long before he was caught on tape making those kind of comments, actress Winona Ryder said.

    Ryder in the January issue of GQ said that Gibson was anti-Semitic and homophobic, but “No one believed me,” the New York Post...

  • Emmy Awards: Top Ten Jewish Moments

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    It’s fitting that the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 29 showed a clip of this year’s Oscar ceremony—the one where Steve Martin decreed that in “Inglourious Basterds,” Christophe Waltz played a Nazi “obsessed with finding Jews.  “Well, Christophe,“ Martin added,...

  • ‘When there’s life, there’s hate’: Q & A with ADL’s Abe Foxman

    November 7, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Abe Foxman is director of the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Poland in 1940, he survived the Holocaust in Lithuania.

    Foxman joined the ADL in 1965 upon graduating from New York University Law School and was appointed director in 1987.

    Under his leadership the organization has gained...

  • Robert De Niro is Jewish?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    The young Vito Corleone, really? Doubtful, but somehow the speculation of “conspiracy theorists” that Robert De Niro is a crypto-Jew made their way into The Independent.

    The article was about the delay in Mel Gibson’s Hollywood comeback, caused by De Niro walking off the set of...

  • Briefs: Gore, Oz among Dan Prize winners; Dems dis Lieberman

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Halivni Wins Israel Prize

    Rabbi David Halivni won the Israel Prize for Talmud. Halivni, who made aliyah in 2005, wrote a seven-volume commentary on the Talmud. He teaches at Bar-Ilan University and Hebrew University, and was a professor for many years at Columbia University in New...

  • Sudan refugees sheltered in Negev, cash call doesn’t draw Jews from Iran

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Negev Desert Takes in Sudanese Refugees

    Israel is erecting a tent city in the Negev Desert to accommodate Sudanese refugees. Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter announced Monday that with hundreds of refugees from Darfur and other Sudanese trouble spots flocking to Israel through...

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