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  • The new Han Solo is Jewish – and he was discovered at a bat mitzvah

    May 6, 2016 | 8:49 am

    The next time you’re kvetching about having to go to another bar or bat mitzvah, think about this: Steven Spielberg could be there, and he could make you a star.

    That’s how it worked out for Alden Ehrenreich, who is reportedly finalizing negotiations to be the next Han Solo....

  • Han Solo a Jew? Three Jewish actors reportedly short listed for the role

    January 12, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    “Star Wars” character Han Solo could soon join the tribe.

    After seeing thousands of auditions, Disney and Lucasfilm have narrowed down their list of actors to star in an upcoming “Han Solo” spinoff film to “about a dozen,” Variety reported.

    Three Jews — Logan Lerman, Dave...

  • Star Wars and Jewish Cosmic Wars

    December 31, 2015 | 11:02 am

    I made a bet with myself that I could resist using the Star Wars craze as an analogy to write something about the state of the Jewish world. The moment I lost that bet was when I discovered, in Terror in the Name of God, Mark Juergensmeyer’s landmark book about religious extremism,...

  • The Force is strong with Conservative movement teens

    December 28, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    No spoilers here, but you must have noticed by now that “Star Wars” is everywhere. With the recent release of “The Force Awakens,” everyone from die-hard to casual fans are analyzing all aspects of the movie, from the posters to the cameos.

    The big questions fans are asking: Will...

  • The Jewish Force awakens: A ‘Star Wars’ Chanukah gift guide

    November 20, 2015 | 11:41 am

    In the nearly 40 years since the breakout success of the first “Star Wars” film, the franchise has raked in $37 billion, mostly from branded toys and other merchandise.

    Ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — the latest reboot of the films, by director J.J. Abrams — there’s a...

  • Han Solo blasts into Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ universe with own film

    July 7, 2015 | 4:46 pm

    Han Solo, the "Star Wars" space hero who always has a fast ship and a good blaster, will get his own stand-alone film, the Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday, directed by the "Lego Movie" film makers.

    The untitled Han Solo project, slated for release on May 25, 2018, will be the...

  • Darth Vader says ‘I am your father’ in Hebrew (and 19 other languages)

    April 14, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Ever wondered what the most famous Star Wars line sounds like in Hebrew? Or Thai? Or Catalan? Well, thanks to this supercut, now you can quench your insatiable thirst for this kind of knowledge.

  • Disney to release ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in May 2017

    March 12, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Walt Disney Co will release the eighth installment in the "Star Wars" sci-fi film series on May 26, 2017, Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.

    Iger, speaking at Disney's annual shareholder meeting, also announced that a spin-off from the franchise set for release in December 2016 will be called "Rogue One."

  • Israeli producer Ram Bergman to produce ‘Star Wars’ films

    June 24, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Israeli producer Ram Bergman will make the next two “Star Wars” films.

    Bergman, who moved to Hollywood from Israel in 1991, will produce “Star Wars” Episodes VIII and IX, according to the Times of Israel.

    Bergman was named one of Variety magazine’s Top 10 producers to watch in 2005, the year he produced “Brick.” He also produced the 2012 film “Looper.”

  • Campaign 2012 election day updates from your favorite fantasy movies [TOP 10 List]

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Jeff Hensiek and Adam Wills contributed to the post.

    1) Star Wars, Episode VII:

    Han Solo casts the ceremonial first ballot in the first free elections since the fall of the Empire.  

    2) Harry Potter

    Voting by Owl accounts for most accurate election results in history of...

  • About a dog, lost and found

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 22, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    My 7-year-old son’s room is covered with posters from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” The Empire Strikes Back” and other “Star Wars” films, and I myself have enjoyed the zeitgeist-y films “The Big Chill,” “Grand Canyon” and the “Accidental Tourist.”  So I was eager...

  • Sam Worthington on Playing a Holocaust Survivor and Mossad Agent in “The Debt” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    When Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Terminator Salvation”) walks into an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel, he looks nothing like the tormented Holocaust survivor and Mossad agent he plays so soulfully in the spy thriller “The Debt,” opening Aug. 31. His short-cropped hair...

  • Baby’s parents looking for hope, help and a miracle

    August 9, 2011 | 6:38 pm

    Baby Leah tenses and contorts in her crib at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. A visit to her in the room requires suiting up in a gown, gloves and mask to ensure she doesn’t become sick in her fragile state. Zev and Frani Esquenazi’s little girl, who is named for Princess Leia...

  • Star Wars attack ads

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 8, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    See more funny videos at Funny or Die

    The presidential race may be over, but this collection of attack ads from the contest between Lando and Emperor Palpatine is still funny.

    (Hat tip:Solomonia)

  • Return of the Jedi religion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 29, 2008 | 10:15 am

    A Jedi “church” has been born in a galaxy far far away - North Wales.

    The Holyhead chapter of the self-styled Jedi Church, which claims up to 400,000 members worldwide, has sprung up thanks to brothers Barney and Daniel Jones, both Star Wars obsessives.

    The “church” is only one of...

  • ‘Star Wars’ for Jews

    By Adam Wills

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was out communing with the nerds last weekend, contributing to the $158.5 million record four-day opening for "Revenge of the Sith." Now that the series is over and done with (at least until George Lucas launches his live-action "Star Wars" television series), I began reflecting on...