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  • Oscar 2007: A good year for the Jews!

    February 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After a slow start in the initial Oscar contests, Hollywood's Jews reaffirmed their tribe's historic resilience with a credible finish at Sunday's Academy Awards.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres set the stage by noting the diversity of this year's nominees, concluding that without "blacks,...

  • But what about Azerbaijan?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, in that Hollywood purgatory just before the announcement of the Oscar nominations, I found myself at a party in honor of Borat.

    I fully expected Borat to appear, dingy brown suit and post-modern Groucho mustache and all. Instead, as I walked through the door of the...

  • Director Ari Sandel ‘Banks’ on Oscar buzz with short ‘Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the celebrity-studded luncheon for this year's Oscar nominees, there was Clint Eastwood seated next to fellow director Ari Sandel, chatting away.

    Ari who?

    Well, Ari Sandel is the creator of "West Bank Story," which may not be as well known as Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima"...

  • Jews get short shrift at Oscar nominations

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If, as they say, a "Jewish cabal" runs Hollywood, it sure did a lousy job in promoting its own Jewish-themed films during Tuesday's Academy Award nominations.

    Whereas in past years one could at least count on Steven Spielberg or a Holocaust documentary to provide a snappy lead for a...

  • Films: Oscar buzz surrounds Israel ‘Disengagement’ documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Storm of Emotions," a documentary on the agonizing evacuation of Jewish settlers from their Gaza Strip homes, is the first Israeli production in decades to have a serious shot at Oscar honors. A close-up and personal account of the "disengagement" operation in August 2005, the film...
  • Agoura Gal Meets Oscar Glitz

    By Adam Wills

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Somewhere between a young Joan Rivers and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria, you'll find Adrianna Costa.

    On March 5, the Agoura-raised entertainment correspondent will be covering the Academy Awards live for the first time. However, she won't be in a gown hobnobbing with...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

  • It’s No Joke—Stewart Does Oscars

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The new Oscars' host and the latest Jew to take on the role is -- drumroll, please -- Jon Stewart, the comedian and host of Comedy Central's mock news program, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Stewart is the latest in a long line of comedians, including Johnny Carson, Bob Hope,...

  • Nominated for Best Foreign Film Are…

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On Tuesday, at the indecent hour of 5:30 a.m., when some sleepy official reads off the nominations for the 78th Academy Awards, it's likely no one will follow the announcements more anxiously than filmmakers in 58 foreign countries.

    Each of these nations has submitted its supposedly...

  • An Affair to Remember: Hollywood and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oscar night is almost upon us, and there is considerable talk (and pride) about three of the chief contenders -- Halle Berry, Will Smith and Denzel Washington -- all of whom are black. But don't be fooled: Hollywood and the film industry is still primarily a Jewish story, no matter...

  • Lord of the Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Around the time Mark Ordesky discovered J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," he was engaged in his own epic struggle: trying not to flunk out of Temple Emanuel's Hebrew school. "I was spectacularly unsuccessful at it," confides the affable, boyish executive...

  • Actor of ‘Favor’

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I am not Menachem."

    So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story...

  • And the Oscar Goes to…

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Deborah Oppenheimer, Academy Award winner for "Into the Arms of Stranger: stories of the Kindertransport," will screen the documentary and speak about it at Temple Beth Am on Wed., April 18 at 7 pm (1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.). Two participants of the Kindertransport will also share...

  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Jewish Themes Dominate Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rarely has Jewish talent and Jewish themes received as much recognition as at the last Academy Awards of this century.

    "Life Is Beautiful," the tragicomic fable set partially in a concentration camp, earned best actor and best foreign film Oscars for its star and director, Roberto...

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