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  • A sneak peek at ‘Footnote,’ Israel’s Oscar nominee

    February 21, 2012 | 10:17 am

    In his latest film, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a drama of personal controversy. He explores spirit, resilience and responsibility. “Footnote” tells the story of a father, embittered by his life and angered by the success of his son. That son, though publicly...

  • A casting director’s dream

    February 16, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Casting director Heidi Levitt had to fill more than 60 character roles for “The Artist,” the Oscar-nominated film about a 1920s silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) in Hollywood whose career spirals downward with the advent of sound, just as his protégée (Bérénice Bejo) reaches...

  • Hollywood celebrates ... Itself

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Everyone likes an ego boost.

    In Hollywood, merely a few months ago, critics and commentators were lamenting the lost luster of movie magic.

    In a blunt commentary last November titled “Film Is Dead? What Else Is New?” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott put it this way: “It...

  • How studio exec-turned-producer pitched ‘Moneyball’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Rachael Horovitz sipped decaffeinated cappuccino at the Sunset Tower Hotel recently, overlooking a panorama of Hollywood and beyond. The elegant, poised producer had flown in from New York the night before to attend the luncheon for nominees of the 2012 Academy Awards, representing...

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  • ‘Hugo’ writer Selznic talks of the magic of film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    On the phone from his home in Brooklyn, Brian Selznick, author of illustrated novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” sounds more like your witty Jewish cousin from New York than the creator of a story involving 1931 Paris, automatons and the magical work of the pioneering filmmaker...

  • Her brother’s keeper: Letty Aronson is Woody Allen’s younger sister and producer/gatekeeper

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Woody Allen couldn’t care less about the Academy Awards. The 23-time nominee, mostly in the directing and writing categories, notoriously disapproves of the contest between creative works, eschews the ceremony and usually learns of its results from the following day’s New York...

  • Is silence golden? An Interview with ‘The Artist’s’ Michel Hazanavicius

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Elie Wiesel was once famously asked whether Judaism has a tradition of silence. “Yes,” the author and Holocaust survivor answered. “But we don’t like to talk about it.”

    Silence, of course, is paramount in the Jewish tradition. It is believed that during the time of the Temple,...

  • The other silent actor: Max von Sydow plays a mute in a post-9/11 story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Before he became a cinematic legend in the films of Ingmar Bergman and as Father Merrin in “The Exorcist,” Max von Sydow engaged in far more intense performances for survivors of Nazi death camps in his native Lund, Sweden.

    After greeting a visitor with a courtly bow in Beverly...

  • Israel at the Academy Awards… again

    January 30, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Most 43-year-old film directors/screenwriters cannot say that half of the films they have made were nominated for Academy Awards. Joseph Cedar is an exception to that rule. The 43-year-old Cedar, born in the United States but raised in Israel, just secured his second Oscar nomination...

  • Jews at the Oscars [FILM TRAILERS]

    by Six Degrees No Bacon, JTA

    January 24, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    The 2012 Academy Award nominations came out Tuesday and it seems like Billy Crystal will be hosting a big ol’ Jewish party, providing traction to those who advance the canard that Jews do indeed control Hollywood.

    Three Jewish filmmakers are nominated for best picture—Steven...

  • Jonah Hill, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, ‘Footnote’ in Oscar finals

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Veterans Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen and Israel’s “Footnote” are in the finals of the Oscar race as the 84th Academy Award nominations were announced early Jan. 24 in Los Angeles.

    Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” are among the nine best picture...

  • Will this finally be the year for an Israeli Oscar?

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” Israel’s entry in the Oscar sweepstakes for best foreign-language film, has jumped the first major hurdle by making the shortlist of nine semi-finalists.

    “Footnote” is Cedar’s fourth feature film in an 11-year career, and each one has been...

  • Israel’s entry to Oscars does not plan to become a ‘Footnote’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Joseph Cedar has made four movies during his 11-year career, and the first three have represented Israel in the Oscar races for Best Foreign-Language film.

    One made the five finalists cut, but none has been awarded the golden statuette, nor has any other Israeli film. Cedar and his...

  • ‘50/50’s’ Will Reiser to compete against Woody, Diablo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    When I spoke to screenwriter Will Reiser and Seth Rogen at Canter’s deli last fall, they were about to premiere their film, “50/50,” which is loosely based on Reiser’s battle with cancer while in his 20s.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as stand-ins for the real...

  • Oscars bring back Billy Crystal

    November 11, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Oscar organizers on Thursday brought back funnyman Billy Crystal to host the film awards after recent days of turmoil that led to the departure of one producer and his handpicked emcee Eddie Murphy.

    Crystal, who has hosted the widely-watched Hollywood telecast eight times...

  • Billy Crystal to host Oscars, again

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 10, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    Billy Crystal has announced he will be hosting the 2012 Oscars, replacing Eddie Murphy who withdrew yesterday.

    Crystal made the announcement on his Twitter account:

    “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”

    This will be Crystal’s ninth hosting gig with the Academy Awards.

  • Eddie Murphy exits as host of Oscars

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 9, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the Oscars following Brett Ratner’s resignation, which was announced yesterday, according to a press release from The Academy Awards. Murphy starred in Ratner’s recent film Tower Heist. Here is the release:

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...

  • Brett Ratner resigns as Oscar telecast producer [UPDATED]

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Brett Ratner, the Blockbuster-director with the big mouth, resigned his role as this year’s Oscar telecast producer yesterday after a PR debacle.

    Then this morning, Eddie Murphy, the star of Ratner’s latest film “Tower Heist” resigned his role as host of the 84th annual Academy...

  • Gil Cates, longtime Oscar producer, dead at 77

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 1, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Gil Cates, an award-winning director and producer, who helmed 14 Oscar telecasts, died yesterday at age 77.

    According to The Journals Tom Tugend, Cates was “a multi-faceted theater, film and television producer and director, university dean and the patriarch of large at-home family...

  • Babes in Oscarland? Brett Ratner to produce 84th Academy Awards

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 5, 2011 | 10:56 am

    It was announced yesterday that sybaritic director Brett Ratner will produce the next Oscar telecast alongside veteran TV producer Don Mischer.

    It is a deliberately diverse duo: Ratner is the forty-something director of action fare like “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” while...

  • Directors bring Oscars to Bialik-Rogozin School

    June 21, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The directors of the Oscar-winning documentary “Strangers No More” brought their statuettes to the Israeli school that was the subject of the film.

    Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon allowed the students of the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, 70 percent of whom are immigrants, to pass...

  • Academy fetes Oscar-winner Arthur Cohn

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 26, 2011 | 10:28 pm

    Swiss producer Arthur Cohn has won an unprecedented six Oscars and he attributes much of his success to a piece of advice Shakespeare put into the mouth of Polonius, “This above all, to thine own self be true.”

    Though speaking more colloquially, Cohn cited the rule as one of his...

  • What Deportation List? Dueling LA Times Ads Skew Story of Refugee Children in Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 10, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Click here to enlarge.

    “STOP Israel’s deportation of 400 children,” the advertisement in the Saturday, Mar. 5, edition of the Los Angeles Times called out in large type.

    The half-page ad, taken out by the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), announced that Israel was...

  • The Currency of Flirting

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 3, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Awards Season is over! Thank God! While I wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night, I along with the rest of the city’s scenesters have been all over the city in the last few weeks for awards parties, luncheons, and celebrations. As fun as it all is, it’s also a lot of work...

  • Oscar winner ‘Strangers’ promises no Hollywood ending

    March 1, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    One day after an Oscar went to the 40-minute documentary “Strangers No More,” about the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv and its undocumented students from 48 countries across the Third World — a 12-year-old girl named Esther who stars in the movie is facing probable...

  • Natalie Portman Vs. Dior Ex-Designer’s Anti-Semitism [UPDATE] [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    The Oscar-winning, Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has slammed the anti-Semitic remarks Dior’s just-axed chief designer John “I Love Hitler” Galliano allegedly made after assaulting a couple in Paris last week, as caught on video.  The Miss Dior Cherie spokesperson/model—who pointedly...

  • 2011 Oscars: Best Dressed Celebs

    February 28, 2011 | 12:21 am

  • Jews and Oscars: The Night’s Minyan [SLIDESHOW]

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2011 | 11:38 pm

    During a brief moment of the opening montage of Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony, hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway played with a dreidel, which proved to be a good omen that a good night awaited Jewish talent.

    Among the top winners, Israel-born Natalie Portman, beaming and...

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