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  • ‘The Night Before’: A bromance with holiday cheer

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    1 week ago

    Christmas may be the genre and red-and-green backdrop of “The Night Before” (in theaters Nov. 20), but at the film’s heart is the landscape of friendship as it begins to shift when people hit their 30s.

    Friends since childhood, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and...

  • James Franco’s bar mitzvah spectacular

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    October 20, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer has helped plenty of students prepare for bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies, and, in some ways, the one he officiated on Oct. 3 was no different. It involved months of serious study, a special bar mitzvah speech and even a mitzvah project.

    “It was like any...

  • Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

    October 6, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Actor James Franco was bar mitzvahed in a religious ceremony at the age of 37.

    The ceremony was held on Oct. 3 and included the actor wearing a prayer shawl and chanting from the Torah.  Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed...

  • James Franco gets a bar mitzvah, courtesy of pal Seth Rogen

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 2015 | 10:50 am

    “You KNOW you won't want to miss this!!! Seth Rogen and the Gang are going to throw me a Bar Mitzvah!” James Franco euphorically wrote on Instagram recently.

    It’s actually an honorary bar mitzvah for the 37-year-old Franco, who’s known Rogen for ages as well as starred with him...

  • ‘Interview’ writer: If they want to bomb somebody for free speech, I’d like to be at ground zero

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 17, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    On Dec. 17, eight days after my interview with screenwriter Dan Sterling of “The Interview” – the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about goofy journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and then are tasked by the CIA to assassinate him – Sony...

  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    December 17, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The New York premiere of "The Interview," a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

    The hackers, who said they were...

  • ‘Interview’ screenwriter Dan Sterling: Fallout from comedy about Kim Jong-un isn’t so funny

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 12, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    DEVELOPING [Dec. 17, 2014]: Sony Pictures said on Wednesday it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.


    *Over coffee at a Larchmont...

  • Sony CEO ordered ‘The Interview’ toned down, Rogen objected

    December 10, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai ordered the film "The Interview" to be toned down after Pyongyang denounced it for depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, according to emails apparently stolen from Sony's Hollywood studio.

    The comedy, slated for U.S. release...

  • Group claiming Sony hack demands ‘Interview’ not be released

    December 8, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded the company cancel the release of "The Interview," a film comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea's leader.

    A letter posted on a file-sharing site on...

  • Hollywood Zionists are alive and well

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 24, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    In late July, when Israel and Gaza were in the throes of violent conflict, and international condemnation of Israeli military behavior had reached fever pitch, only a token few in the Hollywood community had anything to say about it.

    But one month later, that appears to have...

  • North Korea slams U.S. movie on leader assassination plot; Un calls it ‘act of war’

    June 25, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    North Korea on Wednesday denounced a forthcoming American comedy film featuring a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un as an act of terrorism and threatened to unleash a "merciless counter-measure" if Washington failed to ban the movie.

    The movie "The Interview", starring...

  • Joan Rivers, banned from ‘Tonight Show,’ returns for Jimmy Fallon’s debut

    February 18, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Monday Night marked Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show.” It was also the first time Joan Rivers, among the parade of stars who took the stage to settle a $100 debt, appeared on the show in over 25 years. Even more monumental: It was the 49th anniversary of her...

  • Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt team up for Christmas movie

    February 11, 2014 | 10:05 am

    What are a couple of nice Jewish actors like Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing in a movie about Christmas? We don’t know, but after watching these guys together in “50/50,” we’re looking forward to finding out.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Levine,...

  • Best (Jewish) jokes from the James Franco roast

    August 27, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco doesn’t air until September 2nd, but already a slew of critics and bloggers are hard at work ruining it for enlightening the rest of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend the event Sunday night.

    While we really did want to wait to actually...

  • Seth Rogen’s ‘Bigfoot’ pilot ordered by FX

    August 22, 2013 | 9:23 am

    That elusive Sasquatch has been found, and he’s on FX! Or at least he will be soon.

    The cable network has just ordered up the pilot of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s new animated series, “Bigfoot,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    The show will center on the bipedal...

  • Seth Rogen to lead James Franco roast

    August 5, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The prospect of Comedy Central’s upcoming James Franco roast got funnier on Friday when the network announced that Seth Rogen has been named Roast Master.

    The two Jewish actors go way back, having co-starred a little over a decade ago on the TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” and more recently in the films “Pineapple Express” and “This is the End.”

    The special will air on Sept. 2, improving Labor Day for fans everywhere and helping Jewish fans everywhere ring in the New Year (which hits two days later).

  • Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen: Friends for the end of the world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Evan Goldberg is the writer and director — with Seth Rogen, his longtime writing partner — of the new film “This Is the End,” which just could be the first Jewish rapture comedy.

    In it, Rogen and his real-life Jewish (and half-Jewish) pals James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel...

  • James Franco and Seth Rogen to star in North Korea comedy

    June 5, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    You loved them in “Pineapple Express.”

    You’re fairly certain you’re going to love them in “This Is The End.” And now, James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up once again, this time for “The Interview,” in which they will play reporters who try to assassinate the president of...

  • Judaism on The Mindy Project

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    March 11, 2013 | 5:24 am

    FOX’s successful new comedy, The Mindy Project, which just got renewed for a second season, won’t air a new episode until next week, but its most recent installment contains a highly worthwhile encounter with Judaism. For those unfamiliar with the show, series creator Mindy Kaling...

  • What Judd Apatow thinks of the Jewish Journal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 9, 2013 | 8:27 am

    “It’s an honor to be insulted by you,” I told Judd Apatow during an interview about his new comedy-drama, “This is 40,” about the midlife angst suffered by record label owner Pete (Paul Rudd) and his wife, Debbie (Leslie Mann). 

    “Yes, exactly!” Apatow replied.

    I’d interviewed...

  • Seth Rogen waltzes to a dramatic beat in new movie [Q & A]

    July 3, 2012 | 11:52 am

    He’s better known for big studio comedies like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”, but Seth Rogen strays from his beaten path when he stars in the low-budget comedy-drama “Take This Waltz.”

    Directed by Canadian actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley, and opening in U.S. theaters on Friday,...

  • Does JDate care about Jewish weddings?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    JDate may be a little confused about its mission.

    The online dating Website, which touts itself as “the premier Jewish singles community online” had a PR firm dredge up wedding-season publicity by releasing a list of the Top Five Jewish Celebrity Weddings of the past year.

  • “Who Won Best Circumcision?”  Top Ten Moments from Israel Film Festival Gala [AUDIO+SLIDESHOW]

    By JewishJournal

    March 16, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    The 26th Annual Israel Film Festival opened in Los Angeles Thursday night, March 16, with a gala at Paramount Studios honoring the actor Jonah Hill, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the creators of the Showtime series “Homeland,” and Showtime President David Nevins.

    About 300...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  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...

  • Seth Rogen’s inner Harvey Weinstein

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 1, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Seth Rogen didn’t even know the announcements were being made the morning he was nominated for a Spirit Award for his new comedy “50/50”. 

    “I feel like I’m trespassing in the indie world and they seem to have accepted it,” he said to the Hollywood Reporter. “I hope people don’t get...

  • Seth Rogen won’t do your bar mitzvah

    November 8, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Jewish Canadian actor Seth Rogen sat down recently with the South African Times and shared some personal facts about himself and what he has learned over the years.

    Rogen reveals that he is a pretty dramatic person who doesn’t handle stress well. He also is pretty lazy and not a...

  • Laughter:  It’s The Best Medicine in Rogen and Reiser’s ‘50/50’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    In a back booth at Canter’s, Seth Rogen is digging into his matzah ball soup with gusto as his close friend, screenwriter Will Reiser, sips a glass of club soda. In person, Rogen — who has emerged as one of the leading comic actors, writers and producers of his generation —...

  • Talking with Dan Fogelman of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 28, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    It’s hard to name a screenwriter in Hollywood right now who is more successful than Dan Fogelman.  Yet I found him to be unassuming and even slightly self-deprecating in an interview about his new comedy, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”—starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and...

  • Meet Rogen’s raunchy alien in ‘Paul’

    By Adam Wills

    December 17, 2010 | 4:10 pm

    Seth Rogen as a baked, reggae-loving extra-terrestrial? Shock, I know.

    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) star as two British comic book geeks who discover the titular wayward alien, Paul (Rogen), on a road trip through America. Bagel anal probe and spaceman balls jokes ensue in a new international trailer that gives us a longer look at the film, which stars Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver. “Paul” lands on March 18 in the U.S. (Feb. 18 in the U.K.).


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