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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

  • Will Ellen Degeneres top her best ever Jewish joke as host of the next Oscars?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 2, 2013 | 11:42 am

    New York Magazine's Vulture has limned a list of reasons why Ellen Degeneres is a stable, safe choice for next year's Oscar host. Since last year's pick, "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane proved too edgy for the staid Academy, they may be seeking something more traditional with...

  • Letters to the Editor: Oscars, LimmudLA, Prager

    March 7, 2013 | 3:46 am

    Where Were the Female Comedians?

    As a working lawyer and a practicing comic, I have to remark at the irony that on the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique” (“‘All That I Am I will Not Deny,’” March 1), David Suissa (“Jews Can’t Take Love,”...

  • The “After-Oscar” Redemption Wrap Up

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 1, 2013 | 9:43 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Much has even said/written about Seth MacFarlane and his taste(?) in jokes. While it is easy to blame the host, the producers had the last word, so the anti-Semitic Ted and the tasteless way of making fun of others (there were no shanty Irish jokes were...

  • 7 Comments on a Jewish Habitat Called Hollywood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 28, 2013 | 8:00 am

    1.

    Coming late to this round of responses to Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar night Jewish (or anti-Jewish) jokes makes life so much easier. Of course, I didn’t join late because I knew it would make my life easier, but rather because I thought – and this was an obvious mistake– that...

  • This week in power: Oscars, Hagel, Bennett comments, Hikind

    By Danny Groner

    February 28, 2013 | 2:58 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    MacFarlane's misfires
    Seth MacFarlane may not have been the best host the Academy Awards ever had, but, boy, was he a controversial one. On Sunday night, the "Family Guy" creator took...

  • Comedy is good for the Jews

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Are you one of those Jews who got offended by Seth MacFarlane's "Jews control Hollywood" shtick at the Academy Awards last Sunday night? And do you agree with Anti-Defamation League (ADL) leader Abe Foxman's statement that MacFarlane's attempt at humor was "sad and disheartening"...

  • Judaism’s Big Moment at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 26, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Most of the winners were expected, and the speeches weren’t groundbreaking or over-the-top, especially since some of the lesser-known winners had their thank-yous unceremoniously cut off by the main theme from Jaws. Tributes to the James Bond franchise and recent musicals dominated...

  • Oscar’s big Jewish joke

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    In what seems like an annual compulsion, the writers of The Oscars telecast routinely include jokes about Jews to remind everybody in the industry -- and everybody watching – that Jews indeed “rule” in Hollywood (whatever that imprecise measure of power means).

    But for some in...

  • Seth MacFarlane: Not an anti-Semite

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    No one sends out press releases to announce that something is not anti-semitic. 

    That’s why this morning’s media is full of reports that host Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar performance last night was just shy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s U.N. speech. 

    The Anti-Defamation League was first...

  • Oscars win awards for sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and racism

    February 25, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Was anybody else offended by the not-very-subtle onslaught of sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-semitic "jokes" at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night?

    It seems as though the Oscar writers think that Hollywood is so liberal that it can get away with making offensive comments...

  • Academy Awards — not the greatest night for the Tribe

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2013 | 1:58 am

    Sunday evening’s Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t all that great for the Jewish and Israeli film talent present, but it could have been worse.

    “Lincoln,” the early frontrunner in the Oscar race avoided a near total shutout with a best actor trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title...

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