Arts and Culture

‘Blazing Saddles’ still stands as one of the great comedies — and the Mel Brooks film teaches lessons, too

By MARC BRODSKY

(JTA) — Confined by the coronavirus plague over the Passover holiday, what better way to satisfy your hankering for freedom than seeing folks frolicking in the wide-open spaces of the Old West?

While you’re reveling in the great outdoors, you’ll also be laughing uproariously. And surprisingly learning...
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The best Jewish movies and TV shows to stream in quarantine

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Perhaps more than ever, people are looking to streaming film and TV platforms as an escape. Live television is dominated by depressing COVID-19 news. There are no sports to watch. Late-night hosts broadcast from their homes.

So it’s not surprising that Netflix usage is surging.

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Adam Sandler pays tribute to doctors and nurses in brand-new ‘Quarantine Song’

(JTA) — Forget about “The Chanukah Song.” Actor Adam Sandler’s latest earworm is a tribute to doctors and nurses and an exhortation for people to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Sandler debuted “Quarantine Song” from his home during a guest appearance Thursday on “The Tonight Show...
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Larry David says Bernie Sanders, his distant cousin and lookalike, should end his presidential campaign

(JTA) — Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president and throw his support behind Joe Biden.

“I feel he should drop out,”...
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Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ songwriter, dies from coronavirus at 52

(JTA) — Adam Schlesinger, known as one of the lead songwriters of the pop rock band Fountains of Wayne and the musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday morning at 52 from coronavirus complications, Variety reported.

Schlesinger, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, had been in an unnamed hospital...
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Inaugural N.O. Book Festival canceled for 2020

Citing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, organizers of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University canceled their inaugural event for 2020 scheduled to take place March 19-21 on the Uptown Tulane campus. Festival organizers, including co-chairs Walter Issacson and former New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, have indicated...
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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison

(NEW YORK) – Disgraced and fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was given a 23-year sentence  following his conviction last month of committing a sexual act in the first degree and third-degree rape.

Supreme Court Judge James Burke made the sentence for both acts consecutive rather than concurrent in his decision....
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Louis Moreau Society to present ‘8 Songs for a Mad King’ Monday night

The Louis Moreau Society, a group that annually presents new performers and new classical music, holds the first of its concert offerings tomorrow night,  March 9, 2020, when they present “Eight Songs for a Mad King” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at 730 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, 725...
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Publisher axes Woody Allen memoir

(JTA) — Hachette Book Group announced it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir after its employees staged a walkout in protest of the company’s deal with the acclaimed filmmaker.

Hachette announced the decision to cancel the publication of “Apropos of Nothing” on Friday. The book had been scheduled for release...
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James Lipton, longtime host of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ dies at 93

(JTA) — James Lipton, who hosted the “Inside the Actors Studio” on the Bravo channel for 23 seasons, has died. He was 93.

Lipton interviewed about 275 actors, writers and directors. In the first season alone his guests included Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper and...
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