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  • Oscar gives nod to Jewish talent but bypasses Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • 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...

  • And the Oscar goes to ... Israel?

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    There’s a good chance that when they announce the winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it will be the Egyptian film “The Square.”

    It’s one of my favorite movies this year. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir...

  • Fighting ‘Gravity’ and other motion picture musings

    By Melissa Weller

    February 26, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Some chalk talk on the 86th annual Oscar tournament.

    Best Picture 

    Winner: Dallas Buyers Club 
    Wild Card: 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave has all the ingredients for best picture pie; it’s a deep-pocketed period piece that forces painful retrospection of our own harsh and...

  • Oscars Ballot 2014

    February 19, 2014 | 5:18 pm

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    *This ballot is closed as of March 2 at 5:30 pm.

    For official rules...

  • ‘Omar’ in line for foreign language Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    For cinema fans interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is a banner year, with Oscar submissions from both sides focused on the Israeli occupation.

    Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish...

  • Melissa Rivers’ business of guilty pleasures

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    February 18, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Eighteen years ago, Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, had an idea: Red carpet entrances at awards ceremonies could be as exciting as the event itself. Melissa would play the “straight man” role, while Joan made snarky comments about the best and worst attire worn by actors,...

  • Idina Menzel to perform ‘Let It Go’ at Oscars

    February 11, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Change of plans for all parents hoping to get your kids to bed early on Oscar night: According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Frozen” star Idina Menzel will perform “Let It Go” at the ceremony Sunday, March 2.

    “Let It Go” is nominated for best original song, up against “Ordinary...

  • Woody Allen denies Dylan Farrow’s renewed molestation accusations

    February 8, 2014 | 12:23 am

    Film director Woody Allen defended himself on Friday from newly published accusations by his now-adult adopted daughter that he molested her as a child, calling the allegations "ludicrous" and the product of a bitter custody battle with his former partner, actress Mia Farrow.

    An...

  • At 110, holocaust survivor finds sustenance in music

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2014 | 10:34 am

    During her lifespan of 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist, teacher, prisoner in Theresienstadt, wife and mother, and now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

    Even more remarkable has been her indomitable optimism, cheerfulness and...

  • Cate Blanchett

    By Joy Bennett

    February 3, 2014 | 8:12 pm

    Cate Blanchett, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  This year, the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award went to Cate  Blanchett.  I attended the Red Carpet and Awards Ceremony last weekend,...

  • Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar

    January 16, 2014 | 10:09 am

    The Palestinian film ‘Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category.

    It’s the second nomination for Abu-Assad, whose “Paradise Now” was up for the prize in 2005. It’s also the second time a Palestinian film...

  • Jonah Hill’s not-so-nice Jewish guy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2014 | 5:48 pm

    In January, 2012, when Jonah Hill -- who first became famous for his comic roles in raunch-fests-with-heart, like “Superbad” -- had just received an Academy Award nomination for his dramatic turn as a shy statistics whiz in Bennett Miller’s baseball saga “Moneyball,” he told the...

  • Jewish, Israeli-themed films vie for foreign-language Oscar

    By Tom Tugend

    December 17, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    Producers and directors in 76 countries will be biting their nails when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film this week.

    Along with providing a view of cinematic skills in countries from Afghanistan to...

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