Film & TV

These comedians want to bring Yiddish humor to TV

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — It’s safe to say that Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman are some of the funniest Yiddish speakers around. Their Yiddish-English web series, “YidLife Crisis,” is a modern-day, Montreal-based “Seinfeld” that would make any Jewish mother kvell (“It’s in Yiddish!”) and kvetch (“The sex, drugs and...
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What if the Nazis won? This is what American pop music would sound like

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Let’s imagine, for a moment, that the Nazis won World War II and occupied the United States. If that had happened, what would postwar American pop music have sounded like? Would music have even been created in the forms we know today?

Those...
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9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

By LINDA BUCHWALD

(JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.

The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery...
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Scarlett Johansson slams Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Actress Scarlett Johansson, who has called the administration of President Donald Trump “scary,” accused his oldest daughter, Ivanka, of acting in a “cowardly” manner.

In a public interview Thursday at the Women in the World Summit in New York, Johansson, who is Jewish, discussed Ivanka Trump’s...
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Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

NEW YORK (JTA) — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on...
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Amanda Peet, when asked about eating Easter bunnies: ‘Guys, I’m Jewish’

(JTA) — ABC’s “Good Morning America” talk show isn’t always this awkward.

Actress Amanda Peet and actor Hank Azaria were guests on the show Wednesday and talked about their new IFC show “Brockmire,” which centers on a baseball announcer.

But before talking about the series, both were asked about how...
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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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