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  • Jewish Entertainment Network: Members of the Tribe only

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 17, 2012 | 5:18 pm

    If this were any other crowd, the speaker wouldn’t dare dish so freely about Steven Spielberg.

    But in the odd cabinlike setting at Morrie’s Fireplace, the private AISH outpost on Pico Boulevard, film director Brad Silberling is among — well, if not friends — fellow Jews. Which is...

  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November...

  • An Evening with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute

    By Ilana Angel

    June 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a very special place to me.  My years working there were the highlight of my professional career, but it was so much more.  It is where I went through a divorce, raised my son, became a phenomenal mother, landed on my feet, embraced my faith,...

  • A close encounter with Steven Spielberg’s dad

    By Tom Tugend

    June 13, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    For Arnold Spielberg’s birthday in the late 1950s, his wife, Leah, gave him a Brownie movie camera. He had little chance to enjoy the present because it was immediately appropriated by his 13-year-old son, Steven.

    Young Steven Spielberg repaid the gift a year or so later, when the...

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  • Shoah Foundation presents inspiration award to Steven Spielberg’s father

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The Four Seasons banquet room was teeming with Spielbergs, but for once it wasn’t producer/director Steven, nor sisters Nancy, Sue or Anne, who were in the spotlight.

    Rather, the mishpachah had gathered to pay their respects and express their filial love to the 95-year-old family...

  • 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...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • Jews at the Oscars [FILM TRAILERS]

    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...

  • Spielberg, Allen garner Golden Globes

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 15, 2012 | 11:20 pm

    The movie industry’s two veteran super-Jews, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen, didn’t walk off with the most prestigious awards at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, but neither did they go home empty-handed.

    “The Adventures of Tintin” earned Spielberg top honors for best...

  • Opinion: A river runs through it: Answering Spielberg’s ‘Munich’

    January 11, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    There is a scene at the end of Steven Spielberg’s controversial 2005 film, “Munich,” that disappointed a lot of Israel’s supporters. Spielberg’s camera caresses the dramatic Manhattan skyline, pans over the East River and ends hauntingly at the Twin Towers, which were still...

  • Allen, Spielberg grab Golden Globe nominations

    December 22, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    Famed directors Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg led the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe Awards.

    Allen with his “Midnight in Paris,” a critical and commercial success, was rewarded with three nods: best motion picture (musical or comedy), director and screenplay.

    ...
  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Spielberg in talks to direct Moses film

    November 17, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    Steven Spielberg is in talks to direct a movie about the life of Moses.

    The film, “Gods and Kings,” is based on a script by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine. According to reports, Spielberg has entered formal talks with Warner Bros. to be the film’s director.

    Spielberg, 64, an...

  • Shoah archive expanding to include testimonies of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is expanding its visual history archive to include video recordings of testimonies about genocides other than the Holocaust, starting with a collection of 50 testimonies by survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

    It will be the first...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

  • Spielberg purchases screen rights to WikiLeaks

    March 2, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Director Steven Spielberg has purchased the screen rights to the WikiLeaks story.

    Spielberg bought the rights to “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy,” written by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

    DreamWorks will...

  • The Circuit: USC Shoah Foundation Institute, AJC

    By Adam Wills

    February 2, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Topping the marquee names at the gala for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute were founder Steven Spielberg, left, and Ambassador for Humanity honoree Jeffrey Katzenberg, flanking Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Some 650 guests attended the Dec. 9 event in the Grand Ballroom at...

  • Spielberg’s righteous foundation helps fund the Library Foundation’s ALOUD Interfaith Series

    By Ryan Torok

    December 15, 2010 | 10:13 am

    In 2008, Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation donated $100,000 to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to buy a collection of Jewish books for the Los Angeles Central Library.

    Recently, the foundation gave the Library Foundation $30,000, to help pay for a speaker...

  • Emmy Awards: Top Ten Jewish Moments

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    It’s fitting that the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 29 showed a clip of this year’s Oscar ceremony—the one where Steve Martin decreed that in “Inglourious Basterds,” Christophe Waltz played a Nazi “obsessed with finding Jews.  “Well, Christophe,“ Martin added,...

  • ‘Waltz with Bashir’ Wins Coveted Golden Globe

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Israel’s “Waltz with Bashir” won the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film on Sunday evening, solidifying its frontrunner status to take home Israel’s first Oscar at next month’s Academy Awards.

    The edgy, animated film about a traumatized veteran trying to recover his memories...

  • When Crystal met Spielberg; A rabbi, a reverend and a pastor walk into a shul

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Spielberg's Shoah Foundation Shines

    When Billy Crystal met Steven Spielberg at the Oct. 22 Shoah Foundation dinner, the comedian had a beef with the filmmaker.

    Why, asked Crystal, was there never a part for him in a Spielberg movie? Couldn't he have changed the title of "Jaws" to...

  • Hollywood conflicted on candidates as California primary date nears

    By Tom Tugend

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Steven Spielberg, arguably Hollywood's most influential citizen, co-hosted a fund-raiser early last year that netted $2.1 million for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.

    A few weeks later, Spielberg joined DreamWorks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in...
  • Briefs: They’re Jews first and Israelis second; Pope to soap offending trope

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis Identify by Faith, Then Flag

    Israelis are three times more likely to identify primarily as Jews than as Israelis, a poll found. According to a survey in Monday's Yediot Achronot, 40 percent of Israelis said they identify "first and foremost" as Jews, while 13 percent...

  • Briefs: Mass Shoah grave discovered in Ukraine; Report: Israel wants to talk with Syria; German Jews decry aliyah push

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

    The Associated Press reported Tuesday on the discovery in May of a previously unknown mass grave in southern Ukraine that may contain remains of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis. The report says that the finding came by accident, when gas...
  • Briefs: Spielberg to press Hu Jintao on Darfur; U of California vs. Shabbat; Weiss recall effort kicks off

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Spielberg Ready to Meet With Chinese President

    Steven Spielberg has notified Chinese President Hu Jintao that he is ready to meet with him in Beijing within the next 30 days to urge that China use its influence with the Sudanese government to halt the genocide in Darfur.

    The...
  • Briefs: Shoah Foundation broadens scope; OU essay contest offers Israel trips

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shoah Foundation Broadens Scope

    Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, having completed its goal of videotaping the testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses, is now directing its technology and know-how to document genocides in other countries.

    In recent months,...
  • Letters to the Editor

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chamberlain Ad

    I do not know if I can communicate how deeply offended I was by the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Neville Chamberlain ad on page 6 of the Sept. 8 Jewish Journal. Besides the complete lack of intellectual honesty, the appalling lack of logical reasoning fails...
  • Spielberg Gives $1 Million for Israel Relief

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When the Righteous Persons Foundation, created and financed by Steven Spielberg, announced earlier this month that it was giving $1 million for relief efforts in Israel, including $250,000 to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles crisis fund, the impact went beyond the...
  • Letters

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One Proud Teacher

    I'm a teacher at Shalhevet Middle School. I've been teaching the Holocaust to my eighth-grade students for the past three years.

    Over a two-month period we tackled questions such as: "How was it possible for Hitler to gain such power?" "Where were the American...

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