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  • Melissa McCarthy, Rex Reed & Identity Thief

    By Ilana Angel

    February 18, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Melissa McCarthy is a beautiful woman. She is cute, funny, talented, charming, and entertaining.  She makes me laugh out loud and I would love to sit next to her on a plane.  Sidebar:  Do you know which celebrity you’d want to sit next to on a plane?  My top choice would be Russell...

  • Judaism at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    December 17, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    It’s no secret that there are Jews all over Hollywood. Both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, it’s hard to find a film or TV show that doesn’t have a Jew involved in some capacity. Jews win Oscars, Emmys, and other awards all the time. This blog will focus on those...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

  • Alex Kurztman gets personal in ‘People Like Us’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 20, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Alex Kurtzman is one of Hollywood’s go-to scribes for science fiction and superhero fare. Along with his writing partner, Roberto Orci, he’s penned blockbusters like “Transformers,” a couple of “Star Trek” films, one of them upcoming, and “Mission Impossible III.” His office suite on...

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  • Adam Shankman melds worry with chutzpah in ‘Rock of Ages’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Five years ago, at Sadie Sandler’s first birthday party, at the estate of her father, Adam Sandler, filmmaker Adam Shankman was sitting in a plastic toddler’s chair when he was startled by another guest who sat down beside him.

    “He said, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Cruise,’ and I freaked out,”...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘John Carter’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    March 8, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Okay, so first I have to say that I loved ‘John Carter’, the Disney 3D SciFi adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)...

    The plot can seem slightly more complicated than it is…so I’ll just give you the main points.

    First, there’s John Carter (the very handsome, Taylor...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Project X’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    March 2, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Three high school seniors throw a birthday party that spirals out of control and their lives will never be the same.

    Okay, right off the bat, I have to say that ‘Project X’ directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Matt Drake and Michael Baldwin is crazy hysterical, outrageous fun...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Wanderlust’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    February 23, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Things aren’t going well for married couple Linda (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd).

    HBO has rejected Linda’s documentary on penguins suffering from testicular cancer. They felt it wasn’t sexy or violent enough…And…George’s company has just been raided by the FBI. Oh…he’s...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘This Mean War’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    February 15, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Okay, so we have this cute girl who meets a sexy guy for coffee and they hit it off. A few minutes later (give or take) the same girl, meets another sexy guy, and they also hit it off.

    Now in any normal situation, the girl would probably date both guys, right? Well, in ‘This Means...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Safe House’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    February 9, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Rogue agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) has been off the grid for the past ten years and he’s been on the CIA’S most wanted list for the last decade.

    CIA agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been posted to a remote, empty Safe House in Capetown, South Africa for over a...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Chronicle’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    February 3, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    Every so often a film surprises me…Sometimes in a good way…Sometimes in a not so good way.

    Walking into the screening of ‘Chronicle’ directed by Josh Trank, I was expecting to see a movie that I’ve seen way too many times…teenagers get superpowers and fight evil doers.

    Wow, was I...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘The Grey’ review [VIDEO]

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    January 25, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    It takes a lot for a film to truly scare me. I mean, after seeing hundreds and hundreds of movies featuring, knife wielding masked maniacs, cannablistic nuclear families preying on hot teenage girls and demon possessed embroyos, I’ve become kind of blaise about the horror genre.

    So...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows’ review

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    December 16, 2011 | 11:46 am

    The year is 1891. The place is England…And something really, really bad is about to happen throughout the land….Well to be precise, France and Germany…And there’s only one man that can stop this very, very bad thing…Actually, one man plus several helpers.

    Anyway, the man of course...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘In Time’ review

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    October 27, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    ‘In Time’ is a sci/fi thriller written, directed and produced by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca)...Maybe that’s the problem. You know what they say about wearing too many hats…

    Okay, when the film begins, we discover that we are now in the future….A future where you stop aging at 25…(Guess...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Drive’ review

    by Joan Alperin-Schwartz (video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    September 15, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Ryan Gosling is ‘Driver’. He drives…fast…very fast…If you’re a burglar, he’s your go-to guy. Just make sure you get the job done in five minutes. Because that’s all you got…One minute late, Driver is gone.

    Now, driving a get-a-way car is Driver’s night job. His day job is slightly...

  • Film: Israel’s ‘Band’s Visit’ finally plays L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish-Arab relations, sometimes in war, occasionally in love, are frequent themes of Israeli movies, but rarely are they examined with the subtle humor and sensitivity of "The Band's Visit."

    At the center of the leisurely action is the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, eight...

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