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  • Moving and Shaking: Obama at Shoah Foundation, Righteous Among the Nations Award given

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel in his remarks on May 7 to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Obama called for “confronting a rising tide...

  • Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s ‘darkest impulses’

    May 8, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that "we have not extinguished man's darkest impulses."

    Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the...

  • Obama urges fight against global tide of anti-Semitism

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2014 | 2:49 am

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel.

    Speaking Wednesday night (May 7) to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Obama called for “confronting a...

  • Spielberg announces new genocide research center

    By Ryan Torok

    April 30, 2014 | 10:31 am

    The new Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the USC Shoah Foundation — announced April 25 during a press conference at the University of Southern California — represents a milestone for the 20-year-old organization, according to filmmaker Steven Spielberg. 

    Spielberg, who...

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  • Spielberg announces new genocide research center

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    A new Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the USC Shoah Foundation — announced today during a press conference at the University of Southern California — represents a milestone for the 20-year-old organization, according to filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

    Spielberg, who...

  • USC Shoah Foundation announces center for genocide research

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Establishment of a Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California (USC) was announced on April 25 by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, and USC President C.L. Max Nikias, according to a press release.

    The center’s...

  • Steven Spielberg’s DJ kids

    October 3, 2013 | 9:52 am

    This might come as incredibly shocking news, but it appears — get ready for this — that Steven Spielberg’s kids are talented. Wonder where they get it from?

    DJ siblings Sasha Spielberg, 23, and Theo Spielberg, 25, who make up the group Wardell, have just been signed with Jay Z’s...

  • Peres to honor Spielberg, Wiesel with medal

    September 12, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will award his Presidential Medal of Distinction to Steven Spielberg, Elie Wiesel and five other recipients.

    The awards were announced Thursday with a statement from Peres’ office.

    Spielberg is being awarded the medal “for his contribution to...

  • Madonna top-earning celebrity trumping Spielberg, Forbes says

    August 27, 2013 | 11:11 am

    She's still the Material Girl.

    Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated $125 million in the past year, mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing,...

  • Steven Spielberg bails on ‘American Sniper’

    August 6, 2013 | 10:31 am

    For the second time this year Steven Spielberg has dropped a big film project.

    In January, he indefinitely halted progress on the sci-fi movie “Robopocalypse,” and now, Deadline.com reports, he has announced he will no longer direct “American Sniper,” the film adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography starring Bradley Cooper.

    Spielberg’s tentativeness is nothing new. The legendary director spent 11 years getting “Lincoln” into shape before committing to it.

  • The future of Hollywood, according to Steven Spielberg

    June 14, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    Can’t imagine shelling out $25 to see “Iron Man” in the theater? Soon you may not have a choice, says Steven Spielberg.

    Per The Hollywood Reporter, the famed director predicts price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next ‘Iron Man,’ you’re...

  • Spielberg to produce ‘Halo’ television series, plus other news from the Xbox One announcement

    May 21, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Microsoft Corp gave the world a first look at its new Xbox One on Tuesday, announcing that its first gaming console in eight years will come with exclusive video and software content, including a "Halo" series produced by Steven Spielberg.

    The Xbox One, which will be available...

  • Spielberg directs kids to ‘iWitness’ history

    By Tom Tugend

    March 7, 2013 | 7:49 am

    In a video, a Holocaust survivor remembers how he had to kill the family dog as he faced deportation to a wartime ghetto, where there would not be enough food for humans and none for animals.

    After watching the testimony and letting it sink in, a New York high school student went...

  • Reflecting on 20 years of ‘Schindler’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 7, 2013 | 6:57 am

    If Hollywood were a monarchy, Steven Allan Spielberg would likely be its king.

    At 12, he turned out his first amateur scripted film, with family members as actors, and since then he is credited with producing 136 feature films and television movies and shows, directing 51 and...

  • Bruce Cohen: A career full of ‘Silver Linings’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2013 | 7:42 am

    Producer Bruce Cohen, a best-picture nominee for his work on “Silver Linings Playbook,” has been obsessed with the Academy Awards since he was 8. During a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home, looking dapper in plaid pants and shoulder-length blond curls , Cohen exuberantly...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • ‘Homeland’ scores at Golden Globes

    January 14, 2013 | 9:58 am

    "Homeland," a television drama based on an Israeli program, won for best drama at the Golden Globes Awards.

    The Showtime program, based on "Hatufim," or "Prisoners of War," also received awards for best actor, Damian Lewis, and best actress, Claire Danes, at Sunday's awards...

  • Spielberg’s year? ‘Lincoln’ nabs 12 Oscar nominations

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2013 | 8:33 am

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," a film about the passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, garnered the most Academy Award nominations of any film this year, including Best Picture as well as nods in three major acting categories, achievement in directing for Spielberg and...

  • A fascination with Abraham Lincoln

    November 14, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Filmmaker Salvador Litvak has been trying to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln for 12 years, a dream that was finally realized with the completion of his independent film “Saving Lincoln.” But Litvak is hardly alone in his fascination: This year, we saw the 19th century president...

  • The first Jewish president? Lincoln, in the Abrahamic tradition

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 14, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Abraham Lincoln has been dead for almost 150 years, yet suddenly he’s everywhere. At the Skirball Cultural Center, you can see an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln, amid an impressive array of founding American documents. The Huntington Library is...

  • 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...

  • 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]

    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...

  • 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...

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