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  • The man who was Tony Curtis

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 6, 2010 | 9:27 am

    Tony Curtis was so famous, so iconic an American movie star that I don’t really need to tell you who he was. He was Tony Curtis, and he lived that role with childish delight, relishing where his life had taken him, and the pleasures and opportunities fame had afforded him. By the...

  • Ten years after

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 28, 2010 | 6:45 pm

    It’s been 10 years since my mother died on Sept. 22 — nine since I stood by her graveside at the unveiling. Since then, I have visited her grave in New Jersey on many occasions and have diligently observed days of mourning and lit memorial candles.

    I loved her dearly. But have I...

  • Bagels, Bongos and Josh Kun

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 11, 2010 | 5:33 pm

    If USC professor Josh Kun had his way, the Jewish people might not be known as “the People of the Book” but rather “the People of the Record.”

    “Jews on Vinyl,” curated by Kun and Roger Bennett, of the Charles and Andrea Bronfman Foundation, is the new exhibition at the...

  • Q&A With Mel Brooks

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 23, 2010 | 10:38 pm

    JewishJournal.com exclusive audio:
    Interview with Mel Brooks
    Mel Brooks sings

    Mel Brooks is on a hot streak: He was just a Kennedy Center Honoree (along with Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, Grace Bumbry and Bruce Springsteen); 20th Century Fox just released “The Mel Brooks...

  • Rethinking Kasztner

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 27, 2010 | 2:06 am

    “Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis,” a new documentary, portrays filmmaker Gaylen Ross’ attempt to understand why Reszo (Rudolf) Kasztner, a Hungarian Jewish leader who saved more than 1,600 people in war-time Budapest — more than Oskar Schindler — on the...

  • Shadows of the Sun

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 21, 2009 | 12:11 am

    Jewish Journal and Book Soup will present a reading by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069. 310-659-3110.

    When the German forces surrendered to the Allies in May 1945, World War II in Europe ended. However, for the Jewish...

  • The Kraft of Movie Music

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 16, 2009 | 4:27 pm

    “If there’s music in a movie,” said Robert Kraft, president of Fox Music, “whether on screen, or underscore, or someone is playing guitar in a scene, I’m involved.”

    That includes the decisions concerning music at every level.

    “How it’s paid for, is it creatively...

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