Film & TV

‘Wonder Woman,’ big-name concerts upstage cultural boycott of Israel

By ADAM ABRAMS

(JNS.org) — As Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” film heads toward $400 million in earnings after debuting in early June, and numerous big-name musical acts line up to perform in Israel this summer, the influence of the BDS movement’s cultural boycott of the Jewish state appears...
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Wonder Woman ban spreads across Arab world

(TPS) — “Wonder Woman” may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but the movie has hit the rocks in much of the Arab world because of its Israeli star, Gal Gadot.

After being banned in Lebanon, “Wonder Woman” is now facing...
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Lebanon calls for ban of ‘Wonder Woman’ film because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli

JTA) — Lebanon’s Economy Ministry has filed a request to ban the upcoming film “Wonder Woman” because its star, Gal Gadot, is an actress and model from Israel.

A Lebanese security official told CBS News on Tuesday that the required committee of six Lebanese ministries has yet to take up...
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Filmmakers pull out of Tel Aviv LGBT film festival citing Israel boycott

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several filmmakers scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival have pulled out, citing pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The festival is scheduled to open Thursday and run through June 10.

Among those who have pulled out in support...
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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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