Arts and Culture

Mayim Bialik to write and direct her first feature film

(JTA) — Popular Jewish actress Mayim Bialik will write and direct a feature film based on her own experiences.

The comedy-drama titled “As Sick As They Made Us,” which will deal with mental illness, will be Bialik’s screenwriting and directing debut. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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Jonah Hill is engaged

(JTA) — Actor Jonah Hill is engaged to his girlfriend of one year, Gianna Santos.

The news was first reported last week by Page Six, a day after reports that Hill, 35, had purchased a 3,100-square-foot home in Santa Monica, California for $6.77 million.

Hill, who has twice been nominated...
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Scarlett Johansson on abuse allegations against Woody Allen: ‘I believe him’

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson threw her support behind Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse. “I love Woody,” the Jewish actress told the Hollywood Reporter in an article published Wednesday. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”

In 1992, Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow accused him...
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OP-ED: How Valerie Harper’s Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

(JTA) — Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical “Falsettos,” asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the religion-blind casting complain that non-Jewish actors can at best portray only a “secondary understanding” of Jewish mannerisms but have...
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Woody Allen’s latest film doesn’t have a US release

(JTA) — Woody Allen’s latest film is set to open at a French film festival, but it currently does not have a U.S. release scheduled.

Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which features Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning, was first planned to be produced and released by Amazon Studios....
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Gal Gadot to play Jewish actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in Showtime series

(JTA) — It’s official: Gal Gadot will portray Jewish actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in a Showtime limited series.

The cable network made the announcement on Friday.

Gadot had been rumored as the leading candidate for the role for about a year.

The Israeli actress and her husband, Yaron Varsano,...
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‘Glee’ was actually pretty Jewish

By JULIA METRAUX 

As a former theater kid, “Glee” was my favorite show in my adolescent years and — admittedly — I still listen to its covers of classics and newer pop songs to this day. So as someone who now binge-watches Netflix to my heart’s content, I was very happy...
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Why cold soups are really Jewish

By SUSAN BAROCAS

When my 7-year-old son and I traveled to Budapest in 2002, we arrived at my friend Katalin’s flat at 11 a.m. It was already over 90 degrees F. and there was no air conditioning. We could barely make it up the five flights after some 30 hours...
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Emmys 2019: All the Jewish nominees

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — It’s Emmy season again and Jews in the TV industry have plenty of reason to celebrate. Out of all the nominees announced Tuesday, here’s a roundup of the Jewish picks on the list. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.

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Pink defends her kids’ behavior at Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — Pink defended a photo she posted of her children running at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial. The Jewish pop singer, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, shared photos on Instagram Sunday from her trip to the German capital. One of the images in a post captured “Berlin, I love...
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