Arts and Culture

Gladys Bourdain, who helped launch her chef son’s celebrated career, dies at 85

(JTA) — Gladys Bourdain, who convinced an editor to publish the first article written by her chef son Anthony, has died.

Bourdain died in hospice on Friday in the Bronx, New York. She was 85.

She worked for nearly 25 years as a copy editor at the New York Times...
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Marc Maron hints at tragic Jewish family history in ‘Finding Your Roots’ preview clip

(JTA) — The next episode of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” delves into the family histories of three prominent Jews: actor Jeff Goldblum, NPR host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

In this clip from the episode debuting on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Maron reacts to learning about the...
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Oscars 2020 nominations: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media.

The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race and gender equality. Only one actor of color was...
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Buck Henry, screenwriter of ‘The Graduate’ and ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89

(JTA) — Buck Henry, the screenwriter and director who earned an Oscar-nomination for his script for the 1967 film “The Graduate,” has died at 89.

Henry, born Henry Zuckerman in 1930, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to reports. “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Mike Nichols, won...
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Golden Globes 2020: Quentin Tarantino’s Hebrew and other Jewish moments

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — As always, the Golden Globes was a coming together of some of Hollywood’s biggest Jewish talents.

There weren’t many Jewish award winners at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday night, but here are our favorite Jewish moments from one of the industry’s biggest nights of the...
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‘Prisoners of War,’ the Israeli show that became ‘Homeland,’ is the NY Times’ favorite international series of the decade

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli television series that was remade in the United States as “Homeland” took the No. 1 spot on The New York Times list of the 30 best international television shows of the decade.

“Prisoners of War,” or “Hatufim,” was described as “tense but in a quiet,...
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Chanukah photography exhibit offers a window into Hasidic Jewish life

By CURT SCHLEIER

When the Yiddish New York Festival kicked off on the first night of Chanukah, the coincidence of the weeklong celebration of Yiddish culture, food, music and dance with the Festival of Lights was unmissable.

Aside from the traditional Chanukah staples of latkes and jelly doughnuts that will...
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ renewed for 4th season

(JTA) — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Emmy Award-winning series about a 1950s protofeminist Jewish stand-up comic, will return for a fourth season, its creators said just after the third season started streaming on Amazon.

“We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to...
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Documentary chronicles rise in anti-Semitism

By ALAN SMASON

The personal fear and journey of a nascent documentary filmmaker from her ancestral home in Europe to the relative safety of the United States is revealed in “Never Again Is Now,” which went into wide release in late October.

Ever since she grew up as a child...
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Tony Shalhoub grew up in a Lebanese family in Wisconsin. He draws on that to play his Jewish ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ character.

By EMILY BURACK

NEW YORK (JTA) — On a recent snowy afternoon, Tony Shalhoub is drinking tea in a room at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. He’s in the midst of a long press day promoting season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and he just wants to get...
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