Arts and Culture

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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Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, in a 2-minute trailer for a movie about her Marvel Universe character.

The trailer for the new “Black Widow” film dropped on Monday, and introduces fans to Natasha Romanoff’s sister Yelena as well as characters Alexei/...
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‘Game of Thrones’ star cancels Belgium appearance over parade with Jewish caricatures

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Carice van Houten, a Dutch actress known for her role in the hit series “Game of Thrones,” canceled a television appearance in Belgium over the use of caricatures of Jews at a parade there.

Van Houten, who portrayed Melisandre in the series, and her associate, Halina Reijn,...
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Tiffany Haddish sings ‘Hava Nagila’ on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

(JTA) — In case you missed it: Black and Jewish comedian Tiffany Haddish is having a bat mitzvah ceremony soon. She has released a Netflix stand-up special inspired by the occasion as well.

So, naturally, on a special Sunday night edition of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” Haddish broke into...
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Are the Jewish mobsters referenced in ‘The Irishman’ real?

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s latest organized crime epic, became streamable on Netflix this week. (Editor’s note: Some minor spoilers ahead.)

Even if the significant digital de-aging of the actors involved is a bit distracting, the film’s good reviews hold up thanks in large part to...
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Seth Rogen to be honored for promoting Jewish identity and Yiddish

(JTA) — Seth Rogen, who is studying Yiddish for a role, will be honored by a group devoted to promoting that language.

The Workmen’s Circle, a group whose mission is to strengthen Jewish identity based on social justice and Yiddish language, will honor Rogen, 37, in a ceremony Monday in...
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Quentin Tarantino and Israeli wife Daniella Pick are expecting a girl

(JTA) — Director Quentin Tarantino and his Israeli wife, the model and singer Daniella Pick, are expecting a girl.

The celebrity couple announced the pregnancy in August. It will be the first child for both. Earlier this month, they rented a home in an affluent neighborhood in the northern part...
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Kanye West created an opera based on a Babylonian king who enslaved Jews

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Love him or hate him, rapper Kanye West has done nothing if not evolve over the course of his career. He has cycled through mainstream hip-hop, auto-tuned singing, soulful sampling, epic egotistical commentary and — as he would happily tell you — much more.

At...
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Netflix to add clarification to documentary that angered Poland

(JTA) — Netflix said that it will add a clarification on some maps shown in its new documentary about the Nazi concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk following complaints.

The correction announcement Thursday came days after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a letter to Netflix’s chief executive saying the maps...
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