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  • ‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

    1 week ago

    Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor...

  • ‘Ave Maria’: The Friday night dilemma

    By  Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Filmmaker Basil Khalil has come up with an astute resolution to the Mideast conflict, based on the proposition that Israeli Jews and Palestinians will cooperate if that’s the only way they can get away from each other.

    Khalil, born in Nazareth of a Palestinian father and a...

  • Director casts ‘Room’ in compassionate light

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Lenny Abrahamson jokes that he is perhaps the third best-known Jew in Ireland. The first is former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, who grew up in Dublin on the same street as Abrahamson’s mother and played with her as a boy; the second is the fictional character of Leopold Bloom in...

  • Motion picture academy implements historic changes to increase diversity

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    After public furor over the second consecutive year of all-white Oscar acting nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to endorse new procedures for increasing diversity at the Oscars and within the academy itself.

    The changes will affect the academy's...

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

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Key nominations for the 2016 Oscars

    January 14, 2016 | 2:32 pm

    Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Thursday.

    [Noms: Holocaust themes and Jewish talent]

    Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars. The winners will be announced...

  • Oscar nominations: Holocaust themes and Jewish talent

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 14, 2016 | 12:07 pm

    The 2016 Oscar nominations are out and, beneath the best picture and best actor headlines, this year’s nods uncover and confirm two Jewish themes.

    More than 70 years after the killing of 6 million Jews came to an end, there is no sign of “Holocaust fatigue” among global...

  • ‘Son of Saul’ nominated for best foreign language Oscar

    January 14, 2016 | 10:44 am

    The Hungarian Holocaust film “Son of Saul” was nominated for the best foreign film Academy Award.

    The announcement was made early Thursday morning in a ceremony in Los Angeles.

    “Son of Saul,” which tells the story of a Jewish concentration camp inmate forced to help cremate his...

  • Two Holocaust movies among top Oscar contenders

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    Two movies on the Holocaust and its aftermath have made the cut to compete for best foreign-language film among entries from 80 countries vying for Oscar honors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Dec. 17.

    Both entries, “Son of Saul” and “Labyrinth of...

  • Jewish themes resonate in foreign-language-film Oscar race

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 3, 2015 | 10:44 am

    The annual Academy Award competition for best foreign-language (non-English) film has been described as the World Cup or Olympics of international cinema, and this year, each of 81 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam, has entered its best movie.

    Despite the usual...

  • Film-maker Polanski relieved after court rejects U.S. extradition request in child sex case

    October 30, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Oscar-winning film-maker Roman Polanski said on Friday he was grateful and relieved after a Polish court rejected a U.S. request for his extradition over a 1977 child sex conviction.

    The case of the Polish-born Polanski, now 82, remains an international cause celebre nearly four...

  • ‘Baba Joon,’ Israel’s Farsi-language film and official 2016 Academy Awards entry, to open the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles

    By Tom Tugend

    October 21, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    The Israel Film Festival kicks off its 29th season on Oct. 28 with one of the most unusual movies to emerge from the Jewish state, with characters who speak mainly in Farsi and represent a distinct thread in the country’s ethnic fabric.

    “Baba Joon” garnered five Ophirs, the...

  • Gwyneth Paltrow fetes her mom, Blythe Danner

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 4:37 pm

    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow helped kick off Oscar season by hosting an Oct. 20 lunch at Craig’s in honor of her mother, Blythe Danner, who is getting awards buzz for her role in “I’ll See You in my Dreams,” now available on iTunes.

    The independent film, written and directed by Brett...

  • Oscar gives nod to Jewish talent but bypasses Israel

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2015 | 12:16 am

    Given that there were few world famous Jewish names among nominees for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood Sunday night, the tribe did fairly well.

    “The Great Budapest Hotel” tied with “Birdman” for the most Oscars, with four each, though the latter walked off with the best...

  • Academy on Joan Rivers: Memorial couldn’t fit all

    February 22, 2015 | 6:48 pm

    The late Joan Rivers didn't have to be at Sunday's Oscars ceremony to make her presence felt.

    Many fans were upset that Rivers, the caustic queen of so many red carpets, was not pictured during the annual In Memoriam TV segment that honors those connected to the film industry who have died in the previous year. Rivers died in September.

    Asked about Rivers' absence, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that oversees the Academy Awards, issued a statement...

    Read more at USA Today.

  • New York real estate magnate Charles Cohen builds a movie studio

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Charles Cohen, the New York real-estate mogul, is sitting quietly in his massive corner office at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), the landmark red-blue-green triptych of West Hollywood buildings he owns, when his two top executives burst in to deliver their morning report. 

    ...
  • Design lessons from Oscar-nominated movies

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 18, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    This year’s crop of Oscar contenders is filled with memorable performances, meditations on life and death, nail-biting suspense and, yes, valuable decorating lessons. If you’ve ever sat through a movie and wondered not whether the butler did it, but where the butler bought that...

  • ‘Wild Tales’: Six crazy nights make it a foreign-language contender

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 12, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Members of the tribe looking for an Oscar finalist full of Jewish characters will find it in an unlikely place — Argentina’s “Wild Tales.”

    The movie by director Damian Szifron is among the five surviving nominees in the foreign-language film category, culled from entries...

  • Letters to the editor: Purim alert, Limmud and more

    February 11, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Purim Alert: Send Us Your Funny Headlines!

    Every year, the Jewish Journal’s Purim issue features a tabloid-style gloss cover with fake headlines that shock, upset and sometimes even entertain our readers. This year, we’d like to invite you to contribute one or two of your best...

  • Meet Oscar-winner Graham Moore: Hollywood’s newest Jewish writing prodigy

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Graham Moore arrives at a Silverlake coffee house wearing a dress shirt and tie, a display of formalism somewhat out of character for a Hollywood writer. The eccentric suits him. “I think I always felt like an outsider, like a weirdo,” Moore said, describing a condition that has...

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    January 23, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand; the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherei to feed a small army; the red-carpet...

  • Solving the enigma: Producing Alan Turing’s story, against all odds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 22, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Sitting in a Beverly Hills cafe the other day, the almost preternaturally youthful Ido Ostrowsky, 35, and Nora Grossman, 31, looked more like college students than the first-time producers who, against all odds, launched the acclaimed and multiple-Oscar-nominated World War II...

  • Israel bypassed in Oscars race

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 19, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Israel is out, but a Polish Holocaust-related film is in, as movies from nine countries advanced on Nov. 19 in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

    “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” Israel’s entry, did not make the cut. The film depicts the five-year legal struggle...

  • Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

    August 11, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63.

    The sheriff's coroner's division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the...

  • 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...

  • Watch: Idina Menzel sings ‘Let it Go’ with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

    March 4, 2014 | 11:08 am

    If you liked Idina Menzel (Travoltified name: Adele Mazeen) at the Oscars, you’ll love love love her on “The Tonight Show.”

    The “Frozen” star squeezed in next to host Jimmy Fallon and his resident band The Roots Monday night for what is definitely our all-time favorite version of...

  • Top five Jewish moments from the 2014 Oscars

    March 3, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    The high ratio of Members of the Tribe in Hollywood makes the Academy Awards sort of an inherently Jew-y event. That said, from Holocaust survivors to Semitic songstresses, there were segments from Sunday night’s ceremony that certainly can be counted as overtly Jew-y. Five, to be...

  • Brad Pitt the big winner on Oscar night

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

    “12 Years A Slave” won the Oscar for best picture, a resonant choice for a ceremony that feels more and more oppressive each year.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres did her daytime best to keep things “light,” after last year’s host Seth MacFarlane offended almost every gender, ethnicity,...

  • 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...

  • New Media Vault Mixer

    By Joy Bennett

    February 28, 2014 | 11:34 am

    New Media Vault Mixer photo by Joy Bennett

    Last night I went to the New Media Vault Mixer celebrating their 5th Anniversary and the upcoming Oscars at the beautiful and elegant W Hotel in Hollywood.  This is a fun and lively group of entertainment and technology types that...

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