Film & TV

Homeland Security working with Jewish communities following bomb threats

(JTA) — The Department of Homeland Security said in the wake of bomb threats to dozens of JCCs that it was “working closely with Jewish communities to advise and support on protective measures they can put in place to help keep people in their community safe.”

Secretary John Kelly in...
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Oscars 2017: 7 unexpected Jewish facts

(JTA) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was happy to forget 2016, when it was widely eviscerated for nominating only white artists in the major award categories for the second straight year.

But things were different at this year’s Academy Awards, which aired Sunday night, as they...
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An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways.

“Girls” debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena...
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‘La La Land’ composer, Jewish actors take prizes at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Although many of the Jewish Golden Globes nominees went home empty handed, a few actors and filmmakers with Jewish ancestry — and one young director who might be classified as an “honorary” Jew — made it to the winner’s podium.

Justin Hurwitz’s musical gifts contributed immeasurably...
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Chicago filmmaker, activist David Steiner dies in Uganda bus crash

(JTA) — David Steiner, a documentary filmmaker from Chicago who was studying to be a rabbi, was killed in a bus crash in rural Uganda.

Steiner, 51, the creator of the award-winning documentary “Saving Barbara Sizemore,” about efforts to save a charter school in Chicago, was the only fatality in Monday’s...
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Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia of ‘Star Wars’ fame, dies at 60

(JTA) — Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, died days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. She was 60.

Fisher’s family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed to multiple publications that she passed away Tuesday morning.

Fisher had been in...
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Josh Radnor, beyond ‘How I Met Your Mother’

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — Josh Radnor is starring these days in Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play “The Babylon Line.” For the 42-year-old actor, it is the latest in a long and impressive list of credits.

However, the odds are that no matter what else he accomplishes in life, for most...
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Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hollywood socialite who was married 9 times, dies at 99

(JTA) — Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, a Hollywood socialite who had nine marriages, has died at the age of 99.

Gabor, whose given name was Sari and who was known for calling everybody “dah-link” in her Hungarian-accented English, died on Sunday, less than two months shy of her...
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No Oscar for Israeli award-winning entry

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s hopes for an Oscar as best foreign language film were dashed when “Sand Storm” failed to make the cut as the entries from 85 countries were narrowed to nine semifinalists.

Noticeably, however, three of the nine movies on the shortlist, which was determined Thursday evening,...
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Kirk Douglas, on his 100th birthday, looks back — and ahead

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a special treat in store for the centenarian.

Douglas has been under strict medical orders to abstain from alcohol, but his cardiologist,...
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