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  • 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...

  • Michael Moore intervenes to help Palestinian filmmaker attend Academy Awards

    February 20, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Director and activist Michael Moore intervened to help Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat enter the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.

    Burnat, co-director of the film "5 Broken Cameras," which is nominated for best documentary, was detained early Wednesday...

  • ‘Zero Dark’ writer faces the controversy

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 11:32 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site — Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer, he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face,...

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  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Alan Arkin relishes his role as a team player

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 5:59 am

    Alan Arkin is not an actor who seeks individual glory. But that hasn’t prevented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from singling him out several times. This year, Arkin has again been nominated for an Oscar, this time as best supporting actor for his work in the...

  • Israel As Seen Through An Oscar Lens

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 18, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    While the excellent winner of the Ophir (Israel’s Oscars) for Best Picture, Sundance Film Festival entry Fill the Void, didn’t make the cut for the Best Foreign Film category, the Oscar nominee list still features an impressive slate from Israel. In fact, it’s doubly represented in...

  • Mark Boal’s journey from journalism to movie chronicler of the Middle-East wars

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 11, 2013 | 10:21 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site: Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face...

  • The film projectionist you wish you knew

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 7, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    The most famous man in Hollywood whom you’ve probably never heard of is 97-year-old Charles Aidikoff.

    For nearly 50 years, Aidikoff has been operating a private screening room where filmmakers, Academy members and even studios can show their work to small, invitation-only...

  • Film editor William Goldenberg faces off at the Oscars with…himself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    At this year’s Oscars ceremony film editor William Goldenberg will have the rare and coveted distinction of competing against himself. 

    Goldenberg is nominated not only for editing Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the story of how a CIA operative (played by Affleck) sneaked six American...

  • Gatekeepers or Gate Crashers?

    By David Suissa

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    How can a dubious and unoriginal Israeli movie become the darling of the film world and even get nominated for an Academy Award?

    That is the real story behind “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary that, as Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times writes, “has already captured the attention...

  • Saving the ‘Life of Pi’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Elizabeth Gabler was warm, even motherly, as she ushered a reporter into her chintz-filled office in the cozy bungalow that houses the studio Fox 2000, the division of 20th Century Fox where she has served as president for the past dozen years. Dressed elegantly in an olive-colored...

  • Oscar contenders focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Two films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are in the final lap of five Oscar contenders for best documentary feature.

    “The Gatekeepers” is told from the perspective of the six men who headed Israel’s Shin Bet internal security and counter-terrorism apparatus over the past...

  • Spielberg’s year? ‘Lincoln’ nabs 12 Oscar nominations

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2013 | 8:33 am

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," a film about the passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, garnered the most Academy Award nominations of any film this year, including Best Picture as well as nods in three major acting categories, achievement in directing for Spielberg and...

  • The Torah of Les Misérables

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 9, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    So what if the Les Mis cast of characers are thoroughly Christian and utterly French -- there's still Torah to be found in Victor Hugo's epic tale of redemption, writes Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, a liberal-minded Orthodox rabbi in West Los Angeles. "[A]lthough Jean Valjean’s fall and...

  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture debate obscures bigger issues (Part 2)

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    [Read part I here]

    The Oscar-hopeful film “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the ten-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, has been the source of intense debate over its depiction of American use of torture.

    Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, the film’s director and screenwriter Mark Boal have both...

  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture debate obscures bigger issues

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 7, 2013 | 11:22 am

    With Academy Award nominations just days away, the Oscar-winning team that includes director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal continue to endure harsh ignominy for their portrayal of torture in the Oscar-hopeful movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

    Over the past year and a half,...

  • Benh Zeitlin: Conquering his ‘Beasts’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    In 2008, while doing research for what would become his first feature, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin climbed inside the pickup truck he had purchased for $500 and drove down each of the five roads leading to the bayou’s edge about 80 miles south of New Orleans. At the...

  • ‘Fill the Void’ not on Oscar foreign language film shortlist

    By Tom Tugend

    December 21, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Israel’s Oscar-nomination run hit another bump Friday , when “Fill the Void,” the country’s entry, failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films.

    This year’s entries from 71 countries showed a renewed interest in Holocaust and World War II themes....

  • 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...

  • Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars over anti-Islamic film

    September 24, 2012 | 1:03 pm

    Iran said on Monday it would boycott the 2013 Oscars to protest against the making of a crude anti-Islam video in the United States that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world.

    Despite tough censorship and the repression of leading film makers, Iranian art cinema has...

  • John and Paul, still alive

    By David Suissa

    June 27, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Last week, I started writing a column about John Sullivan, a former drug and alcohol addict who restarted his life, thanks to Beit T’Shuvah. But then I got interrupted by another great story, in a documentary called “Paul Williams: Still Alive,” directed by my friend Steve...

  • ‘Dictator’ scribes dish on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 2, 2012 | 11:46 am

    David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, screenwriters of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, “The Dictator,” were bantering in the comic actor’s office as Alec Berg, their co-writer, joined in by speakerphone — he was home babysitting his young daughter. Baron Cohen, star of the...

  • Segel’s starry-eyed man-child amuses and moves us

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Jason Segel folded his 6-foot-4-inch frame compactly onto a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel and placed his hand upon his chin. Quirky and thoughtful in conversation, the star and co-writer of such comic hits as “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” spoke eloquently on...

  • 2012 Oscars: Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    February 28, 2012 | 11:34 am

    See what happens when Ryan Seacrest interviews the actor as “The Dictator”—and gets “ashes” spilled on him on live TV!

  • Oscar opens up: Cameras, candor and Sacha Baron Cohen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 27, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    The year of Hollywood celebrating itself reached its apotheosis at the 84th annual Academy Awards, as the films, stars and telecast paid tribute to cinema’s enduring legacy.

    Introducing the broadcast, actor Morgan Freeman emphasized the universality of film, spouting treacly...

  • Billy Crystal back to basics in Oscar host comeback

    February 27, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Making a comeback as Oscar host after an eight-year absence, comedian Billy Crystal poked fun on Sunday night at his own reluctance to return and paid light-hearted tribute to leading nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards.

    In his ninth appearance as master of ceremonies,...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • ‘Footnote’ falls, continuing Israel’s Oscar drought

    February 26, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    “Footnote” failed to win Israel’s first Academy Award, coming up short in the best foreign-language film category.

    The film, directed and written by Joseph Cedar, was beaten out by the Iranian entry, “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi, at the annual Oscars ceremony on Sunday night...

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