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  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 2, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

  • Don Mankiewicz dies at 93

    April 29, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Writer Don Mankiewicz, nominated  for an Oscar for his screenplay of “I  Want to Live!”died peacefully at home,  surrounded by family, friends and the  two loves of his life, his wife Carol and  his dog, Valentina. The cause of death  was congestive heart failure. He was  93 years...

  • Anton Yelchin explores extramarital love’s time slot in ‘5 to 7’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    In Victor Levin’s new romantic film, “5 to 7,” an aspiring author laments to a friend about his affair with a French diplomat’s wife who is in an open marriage.  “I was taught that there are no free lunches…the other shoe drops and you suffer 1,000-fold,” the character, named Brian...

  • My Jewish Trek

    March 18, 2015 | 11:24 am

    In the spring of 1991, I had the privilege of spending a month aboard the good old NCC-1701-D. That's the starship Enterprise to you, then the flagship of Star Trek:The Next Generation, and the only interstellar craft I'd been on (and as a bureau chief for the acclaimed sci-fi film...

  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy – eulogy

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 2, 2015 | 11:24 am

    The following is an edited version of the eulogy for actor-director-artist Leonard Nimoy given by Rabbi John L. Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood at the family’s private funeral on March 1. Rosove was not only Nimoy’s longtime friend and rabbi, but also is a cousin to Nimoy’s...

  • Nimoy Unalienated

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2015 | 8:47 am

    This was written by Tom Tugend in March 1991

    As a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, Leonard Nimoy, inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish State and childhood memories of Zionist rallies in Boston Garden, considered making aliya to join Habimah.

    Upon cooler reflection on...

  • Spock's good mother

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 1, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    “Oh, by the way, Leonard,” I say into the phone, as breezily as I can feign, “what did you think about Diane’s belt?”

    Leonard Nimoy is on location in Cambridge, Mass., preparing to direct “The Good Mother” for Disney, starring Diane Keaton. I’m the executive on the movie, on the...

  • My interview with Leonard Nimoy

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    Some 10 or 12 years ago, I got an unusual request from my rabbi, John Rosove at Temple Israel of Hollywood. One of my fellow congregants was, along with his wife, sponsoring a major classical music concert series at the synagogue, and would I be willing to interview this person for...

  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

    February 27, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. He was 83.

    Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died in the morning at his home in Los Angeles'...

  • The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

    September 30, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Last year Volkswagen donated more than a million dollars to an international youth center at Auschwitz.

    In 2011 it donated $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

    And in 2009 it was reported that the Beetle — that iconic VW creation — was actually designed by a Jew.

    But the...

  • Alex Kurztman gets personal in ‘People Like Us’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 20, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Alex Kurtzman is one of Hollywood’s go-to scribes for science fiction and superhero fare. Along with his writing partner, Roberto Orci, he’s penned blockbusters like “Transformers,” a couple of “Star Trek” films, one of them upcoming, and “Mission Impossible III.” His office suite on...

  • Mar. 9-15

    By Ryan Torok

    March 8, 2012 | 10:31 am

    SAT | MARCH 10

    He’s been a starship captain, a hard-boiled cop and high-powered attorney. William Shatner’s career and his willingness to poke fun at himself has culminated in this one-man show, which just wrapped on Broadway....

  • Shatner brings his ‘World’ to L.A.

    March 1, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    William Shatner has audiences leaping to their feet and cheering. These are not aging Trekkers at the latest “Star Trek” convention, but theater-goers at New York’s Music Box Theater responding to his one-person show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It ...” The...

  • Mila Kunis: Trekkie

    By Adam Wills

    July 14, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    “Black Swan” star Mila Kunis has come out of the closet ... as a “massive” Trekkie.

    In the latest issue of GQ, Kunis confesses to having an autographed photo of Leonard Nimoy as well as vintage Star Trek action figures, and ranks Treks in order of preference:

    Mila Kunis: I was too...

  • Leonard Nimoy’s Vulcan logic: A two-state solution

    By Jay Firestone

    June 7, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Anyone mildly familiar with “Star Trek” may recall that the character Spock—half-alien, half-human—struggles to purge his emotions and embrace the logical, detached disposition of the Vulcan people.

    What would the logical, yet emotionally torn Spock have to say about the...

  • NASA takes inspiration from Abrams

    By Adam Wills

    March 24, 2010 | 10:48 am

    “Star Trek” is often cited as inspiration for NASA folk, so it’s not surprising to find the agency borrowing a little from the 2009 J.J. Abrams “Trek” film for the poster promoting STS-134, the final shuttle mission for Space Shuttle Endeavour and the penultimate mission for the...

  • Howard Stern to broker Trek peace talks?

    By Adam Wills

    October 16, 2009 | 11:26 am

    The year-long George Takei-William Shatner feud might be nearing an end. And the arbitrator who could bring peace? Howard Stern, according to Sky News:

    Takei has said he is willing to build bridges with his former co-star as long as his friend, radio presenter Howard Stern, is...

  • Nimoy retiring Spock ears?

    By Adam Wills

    September 8, 2009 | 5:57 pm

    Leonard Nimoy told fans at a DragonCon panel that he will not return as Elder Spock in the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek,” Geeks of Doom reported:

    “There are no plans for me to return for the second movie,” he said in response to a question asked by an attendee.

  • God and ‘Star Trek’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 18, 2009 | 7:10 pm

    Star Trek” was a fantastic movie, especially in IMAX, one of the most entertaining I’ve seen in a long time. But there wasn’t much about God in the film. After all: “Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.”

    Writing for Beliefnet, Paul Asay explains the absence...

  • Top 5 Jewish moments in ‘Trek’

    By Adam Wills

    May 7, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Star Trek,” the new film directed by J.J. Abrams, has been with us in one form or another since the original TV series hit the air in 1966. After the show was cancelled in 1969, there was “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” the film franchise as well as the spin-offs: “Star...

  • ‘Trek’ warps to mainstream, but remembers geeks

    By Adam Wills

    May 7, 2009 | 12:08 pm

    J.J. Abrams goes where no “Star Trek” director has gone before by giving fans what they’ve wanted (for nearly a decade): Kirk and Spock in Starfleet Academy. This might just make up for that whole “Enterprise” TV series debacle.

    At its core “Trek” is a reboot of the 1960s television...

  • Stars boldly go to ‘Trek’

    By Adam Wills

    May 1, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    Last night’s Hollywood premier of this summer’s eagerly anticipated “Star Trek” drew a diverse crowd, from classic “Trek” stars to Heidi Klum and one of the “Girls Next Door.” Among the J-listers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater walking the black carpet (red carries a negative...

  • This Week in Shat: Gay marriage smackdown

    By Adam Wills

    October 31, 2008 | 5:43 pm

    First The Shat slammed J.J. Abrams for not including him in the next “Star Trek” film, and now he’s released a video through his Shatner Project claiming he wasn’t invited to George Takei’s wedding (“Star Trek” castmates Nichelle Nicols was maid of honor and Walter...

  • This Week in Shat

    By Adam Wills

    October 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    This week, The Shat:

    • is slated to voice Santa in a messed-up animated teleflick that combines quantum mechanics and X-mas cheer. Should be out this December. (MTV)

    • is gaining weight because he keeps eating at his favorite Italian restaurant. (Cinemablend) Some fanish friends fessed up they’ve seen him at Café Firenze in Moorpark, which happens to be owned by Top Chef season 5 contestant Fabio, who also works as The Shat’s private chef. Might have to Trek on by…

  • The Nimoys: A father and son, with space between them

    September 24, 2008 | 10:26 pm

    When Adam Nimoy was growing up, he felt alienated from his famous father.

    Leonard Nimoy's work as the Vulcan Mr. Spock on "Star Trek" and his numerous other film and TV projects on both sides of the camera provided a comfortable West Coast lifestyle for his baby boom family.

    But the...

  • Final Frontier calls to Nimoy

    By Josh Richman

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The new "Star Trek" film's trailer shows a vast shipyard where the U.S.S. Enterprise is under construction, as a voice intones that famous phrase, "Space, the final frontier . . ."

    Ah, that deep, rich voice. It's unmistakable. Spock is back.

    In 2002, Leonard Nimoy, now 76, said he...

  • Feisty, prolific SF author Harlan Ellison bares ‘Sharp Teeth’ in bio-pic

    By Pat Sierchio

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The first question in the book "Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism" asks "Can one doubt God's existence and still be a good Jew?" Ask author Harlan Ellison and he'll tell you that for him the answer is 'yes.'

    "It stems from and resonates with my blood and bones and gristle." The...

  • Celebrating a Shpiel-Good Holiday

    By Jane Ulman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Ramvetlh QonglaHbe' voDleH," Beth Chayim Chadashim congregant Maggie Anton Parkhurst will say as she begins Chapter 6 of the synagogue's Megillah reading on Erev Purim.


    It's Klingon, the invented language of the "Star Trek" TV series and films, for "That night the emperor...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Settlers Protest Outpost Dismantling

    Jewish settlers protested at an illegal outpost in the West Bank to oppose army plans to dismantle mobile homes there. According to witnesses, protesters beat up journalists and stoned their cars Wednesday, damaging camera equipment. At midday,...