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  • ‘Wish I Was Here’: Zach Braff on love, his new movie and being a Jew

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 week ago

    Actor Zach Braff was ensconced on a terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel, decked out in striped pants, red shoes and a brown shirt adorned with a button inscribed with one word: “Love.”

    “A friend gave it to me when I was going through a tough time,” said Braff, who is best-known for...

  • Calendar July 12-18

    By Laura Donney

    2 weeks ago

    SAT | JUL 12

    “FAMILY PLANNING” WORLD PREMIERE

    Nevermind 20-somethings moving back in with their parents — let’s talk about parents moving in with their married daughter. When New Age-Jewish-Buddhist Larry and his narcissistic ex-wife Diane lose their second spouses and most of...

  • Kiyaaa! – Joaquin Phoenix and girlfriend attend Jewish-Muslim karate workshop

    By Jared Sichel

    May 6, 2014 | 10:50 am

    About a dozen Jewish and Muslim high school students participating in a martial arts workshop in Los Angeles got a pleasant surprise Sunday – Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix showed up to watch with his girlfriend and renowned DJ, Allie Teilz.

    Only...

  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes...

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  • Woody Allen denies Dylan Farrow’s renewed molestation accusations

    February 8, 2014 | 12:23 am

    Film director Woody Allen defended himself on Friday from newly published accusations by his now-adult adopted daughter that he molested her as a child, calling the allegations "ludicrous" and the product of a bitter custody battle with his former partner, actress Mia Farrow.

    An...

  • Woody Allen’s son refutes Dylan Farrow’s claims of molestation

    February 5, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The latest on the Woody Allen saga: His son Moses Farrow has spoken out in his defense in the latest issue of People. Moses says he doesn’t believe Allen molested his sister Dylan Farrow, or that their mom Mia Farrow turned her brood of children against their father.

    “Of course...

  • Deconstructing Dylan and Woody by way of ‘Annie Hall’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    There’s a scene late in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” where the two protagonists, Alvy and Annie, are both on their respective therapists’ couches, trying to sort out their love life. 

    “How often do you sleep together?” Alvy’s therapist asks, getting to the all-important question.

    ...
  • Woody Allen’s many confessions haven’t prepared us for the worst accusation yet

    February 3, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    “What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?”

    This usually innocuous question provoked a frisson of uneasiness as the opening line of Dylan Farrow’s open letter to the Hollywood community and the world at large about her alleged molestation by Woody Allen at the age of 7.

    The...

  • Dylan Farrow tells her painful story about Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 1, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    "The message that Hollywood sends matters," writes Dylan Farrow in a wrenching New York Times Op-Ed recounting a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, filmmaker Woody Allen.

    Farrow, a 28-year-old writer and artist, is speaking out for the first time about...

  • Mia and Ronan Farrow not thrilled about Woody Allen’s Golden Globes award

    January 13, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    While it’s unclear how Woody Allen felt about receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at last night’s Golden Globes (the Jewish film legend skipped the show), the Internet knows exactly where Mia Farrow and the ex-couple’s son, Ronan Farrow, stand.

    “Nite all,”...

  • Golden Globes’ Jewish winners

    January 13, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Among the crop of victors at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards were a noteworthy bunch of Jewish Hollywood types.

    Best Screenplay, Motion Picture went to Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel) for “Her.”

    Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie is Michael Douglas, who played Liberace in...

  • Watch: Woody Allen as a pimp, Liev Schreiber as a Hasid in Trailer #2 for ‘Fading Gigolo’

    January 9, 2014 | 10:36 am

    Check it out people: The latest trailer for John Turturro’s  film “Fading Gigolo,” in which he plays a newly-minted male prostitute who gets farmed out by Woody Allen.

    Besides Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara playing ladies looking for a manage a trois, there’s also Vanessa Paradis...

  • A Terrific New Book

    By Joy Bennett

    September 24, 2013 | 3:17 am

    Photo courtesy RITpress.com

    Jack Garner was a chief national film critic for the hundred or so newspapers and outlets of Gannett Company for twenty years, and was the film critic of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle for thirty years.  I met Mr. Garner and knew him slightly...

  • Woody Allen to be honored at Golden Globes

    September 16, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen Woody Allen to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

    The honor is given every year to someone who has “made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” and Allen, 77, surely fits the bill.

    ...
  • Watch: Woody Allen as a pimp in ‘Fading Gigolo’ trailer

    August 15, 2013 | 9:52 am

    It’s hard to decide what seems more unlikely: Woody Allen playing a pimp, or Woody Allen starring in someone else’s film.

    Believe it or not, in “Fading Gigolo,” the legendary Jewish director does both. John Turturro wrote and directed the film, in which Allen plays a bookseller...

  • Blue Jasmine

    By Joy Bennett

    July 28, 2013 | 9:51 pm

    Theatrical release poster

    Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new film, is in my estimation one of his finest later films.  Again he explores, as only Mr. Allen can, the intricacies of a women under the pressure of a major life change, with humor, pathos, and style. Cate Blanchett is...

  • Mel Brooks’ top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes [VIDEO]

    May 20, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips.

    What exactly that means is a good question. As with two others recent subjects on the PBS...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hagel, Prager, Woody Allen

    May 1, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    The Good, the Bad, the Confusing

    Oh, yes, Hagel was bad for Israel — now he’s OK (“Hagel, Obama, Bibi and Red Lines,” April 26). Kerry was good for Israel — now he’s bad. And of course “good for Israel” means not pushing Bibi to actually stop eight years of talking about a...

  • What would Woody Allen do?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Paris-Manhattan,” whose respective residents consider their city to be the center of the known universe, is the title of an appealing French movie by a first-time feature film director.

    The movie centers around Alice Ovitz, a Jewish pharmacist in Paris, and her worshipful...

  • From Yiddish cartoons to Woody Allen, a Tent for young adults

    By Ryan Torok

    April 19, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    During a recent Friday at the Writers Guild on Fairfax Avenue, scenes from Woody Allen films screened after clips from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Lenny Bruce records were passed around the room, and conversation centered on Jewish assimilation in American life and its connection to...

  • A Cinematic Passover Memory

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    March 24, 2013 | 6:48 am

    When I think about Passover on film, there are two different types of stories. The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt are two diverse examples of realizations of the Passover story, which each picked up one Oscar apiece, for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song,...

  • At one-film-a-year pace, Woody Allen not slowing down

    August 6, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Funny, serious, and controversial, Woody Allen’s films evoke many emotions—but his Jewish upbringing sticks out in them like a matzo ball in chicken soup.

    With Allen’s new movie, “To Rome With Love,” opening this summer and his “Bullets Over Broadway” set for a musical...

  • Letters to the Editor: Berman v. Sherman and Woody Allen

    July 19, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Berman-Sherman Analysis Falls Short

    As a legislator and a Jewish Journal subscriber, I was deeply disappointed in “Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating Their Congressional Records” (June 29), Bill Boyarsky’s effort to measure each member’s legislative effectiveness through an...

  • Woody Allen talks about Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    July 11, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    The Woody Allen Israel Project has created a mini-media frenzy.  My column calling for funding to have the filmmaker shoot a film in Israel—accompanied by a crowd funding campaign on jewcer.com—went viral.  The LA Times Patrick Goldstein weighed in with a particularly insightful post...

  • The Woody Allen Israel Project

    By Rob Eshman

    July 4, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Here’s this week’s not-so-crazy idea: Let’s all pitch in, just a few dollars each, and fund Woody Allen’s next movie — in Israel.

    With the release of his latest film this week, “To Rome With Love,” Woody has hit the interview circuit. One question that keeps coming up...

  • Is the heart of Israeli cinema in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Call it sibling rivalry.

    Although less than 40 miles apart, holy, historied Jerusalem and delightedly unholy Tel Aviv barely have anything in common.

    Ask any inhabitant from one city for thoughts about the other and you’ll probably hear that those citizens live “in another...

  • A rare interview with Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 14, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    I don’t know how she did it, but the Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Dodes got a one-on-one with Woody Allen. The young reporter met with the press-shy filmmaker last week at his New York office to discuss his upcoming release “To Rome With Love”, which premiered last month at the...

  • Woody Allen picks Blanchett and Baldwin for next film

    June 4, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    Veteran film director Woody Allen on Monday announced an all-star cast for his next yet-to-be-titled project, led by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, comedian Louis C.K. and actor Alec Baldwin.

    Allen said the movie will be filmed this summer in New York and San Francisco - the first...

  • Woody Allen to play pimp who irks Chasidic neighbors

    March 8, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Woody Allen will play a pimp who irks his Chasidic neighbors in a movie directed by John Turturro.

    Allen is set to co-star in the “Fading Gigolo” along with Turturro and Sharon Stone, Variety reported Tuesday.

    Turturro and Allen will play friends who spark the suspicions of their...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

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