Arts and Culture

After backlash, Mayim Bialik apologizes for advocating modesty in response to Weinstein allegations

(JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik has apologized following a backlash against her New York Times op-ed suggesting that dressing and acting modestly is protection against sexual assault and harassment.

In the op-ed Friday, written in response to allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, the observant Jewish actress...
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Woody Allen clarifies remarks on Harvey Weinstein: ‘He is a sad, sick man’

(JTA) — Filmmaker Woody Allen clarified his remarks about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein made in an interview with the BBC.

“When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein, I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man,” Allen said in a statement to...
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Wiesenthal Center isn’t withdrawing prize given to Harvey Weinstein

(JTA) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center said it has not considered withdrawing an award given to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was fired by the production company he founded following a string of sexual harassment allegations.

Weinstein received the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the group, which promotes tolerance, and was...
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Russian-Jewish pianist dies on stage

(JTA) — The celebrated Russian-Jewish pianist Mikhail Klein collapsed and died on stage while performing his own composition in his hometown of Irkutsk.

Klein, who in 1987 was awarded the prestigious title of Honored Artist of Russia, reportedly died of heart failure at the foot of a grand piano of...
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Gal Gadot speaks Hebrew while hosting ‘SNL’

(JTA) — Gal Gadot, making her debut as host of “Saturday Night Live,” spoke Hebrew, kissed cast member Kate McKinnon and portrayed a Bosnian woman going on a blind date with O.J. Simpson.

Gadot opened with a monologue in which she switched to Hebrew to address her friends and family...
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein fired following sexual harassment claims

(JTA) — Harvey Weinstein was fired from the movie production firm he started following sexual harassment allegations by several women, including actress Ashley Judd.

The Weinstein Company’s directors announced the dismissal Sunday, citing “new information about misconduct” by Weinstein, who co-founded the firm in 2005.

The board said in a...
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of ‘Seinfeld’ fame, reveals she has cancer

(JTA) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an American television actress who gained fame on the hit series “Seinfeld,” was diagnosed as suffering from breast cancer.

Louis-Dreyfus, whose paternal grandfather was Jewish, broke the news Thursday on Twitter.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” wrote Louis-Dreyfus, who portrayed...
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Artists pull out of Berlin music festival over Israeli Embassy funding

(JTA) — Several artists pulled out of a popular Berlin music festival because the Israeli Embassy in Germany provided a financial contribution.

The three-day Berlin Pop-Kultur festival, which runs through Friday, accepted 500 euros, or nearly $600, from the Israeli diplomatic mission.

Israeli artists are among the 70 acts scheduled...
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Jay-Z defends lyric called anti-Semitic: ‘Context is everything’

(JTA) — Jay-Z defended his decision to include a lyric in a song on his latest album that has been called anti-Semitic, saying he exaggerated images of black people in the same song.

The rapper was discussing his song “The Story of O.J,” which appears on his “4:44” album, during...
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Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ tops ‘Spider-Man’ as biggest non-sequel superhero movie

(JTA) — “Wonder Woman,” starring the Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has become the biggest non-sequel superhero movie ever, beating out the 2002 version of “Spider-Man.”

The movie earned $404.1 million in the United States as of Monday, and has passed $800 worldwide, with the film set to open in Japan...
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