Film & TV

‘Women’s Balcony’ to show on Monday night at JCC

“The Women’s Balcony,” an Israeli film that garnered great praise when it was first released in Israel in 2016 and in this country last year, is a comedy that will be the first film in the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series at the Uptown JCC. The...
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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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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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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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‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works, Warner Bros. announces

(JTA) — Warner Bros. has officially announced that it will produce a sequel to its wildly successful “Wonder Woman” film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced the follow-up, called “Wonder Woman II,” at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California, according to reports. The movie reportedly will be set...
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Quentin Tarantino gets engaged to Israeli singer Daniela Pick

(JTA) — Quentin Tarantino has become engaged to an Israeli singer, Daniela Pick.

The famed director and the 33-year-old musician and model, the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, were engaged Friday night in Los Angeles, Ynet News reported.

“It’s true, we’re very happy and very excited,” Pick...
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