Film & TV

This year’s Oscar foreign film race is full of movies on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Russia nominated a film about the Nazi death camp Sobibor as its entry for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

“Sobibor,” a multimillion-dollar production with state funding, centers on the 1943 escape by Jewish inmates from the camp under the leadership of Russian inmates. It was...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ wins big at 2018 Emmy Awards

Amazon Studio’s streaming  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a show set in 1950s New York with a great many Jewish characters, ran away with the comedy categories at Monday night’s 70th Annual Emmy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles.

The show, in its second season, won the Outstanding Comedy Series Award, the...
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Woody Allen’s wife Soon Yi Previn defends him against accusations of child sexual abuse

(JTA)– Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen, defended her husband of 25 years against charges that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was 7.

“What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn, 47, told New York magazine in an interview published in the Sept....
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‘The Cakemaker’ will be Israel’s entry into the foreign Oscar race

(JTA) — “The Cakemaker,” a successful indie film involving a gay and straight love triangle, will be Israel’s entry into the 2019 Academy Awards.

The film, written and directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, won six awards at Israel’s version of the Oscars, the Ophir Awards, on Thursday, including for best...
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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo froze probe into handling of Weinstein charges following campaign donation

(JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo froze an investigation into the prosecutor’s handling of sex crimes allegations against Harvey Weinstein days after receiving a $25,000 donation from the media mogul’s ex-lawyer.

Sludge and Capital and Main reported Wednesday about the closure of a probe by the state Attorney General’s Office into...
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Roseanne is dead in the spinoff of her eponymous television show

(JTA) — Roseanne Connor is dead in the spinoff of her eponymous television show, her former co-star said.

John Goodman, the television husband of star Roseanne Barr, confirmed in an interview with the London-based The Times that Roseanne will be killed off for the “Roseanne” revival spinoff “The Connors.”

Barr...
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Crossing Delancey,’ now 30 years old, was the ultimate Jewish rom-com

By STEPHEN SILVER 

Warning: There are spoilers about “Crossing Delancey” below. However, they aren’t very unexpected, and they don’t take away from the enjoyment of this delightful film.

(JTA) — The movies, at least in contemporary times, don’t have enough great stories of outwardly Jewish love. That’s one of the many...
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ recalls the possibilities, then and now, of a black-Jewish alliance

By MARK DOLLINGER

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — In a dramatic scene, word reaches local officials that the leader of a militant black organization coming to town is intent on stirring up trouble. An uncover operation ensues when an African-American attends the event, taking copious notes and reporting his findings back to...
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Gal Gadot nears deal to portray actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr

(JTA) — Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a limited series about Hedy Lamarr, the film actress who also was an inventor.

The Israeli star of the 2017 megahit “Wonder Woman” also will executive produce the limited series, reportedly for Showtime, with her husband and producing...
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Sacha Baron Cohen plays an Israeli caricature to dupe Zionist conservatives

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen is back, and he is taking aim at a strain of “pro-Israel” thought that has both delighted and unsettled many American Jews: the unconditional love engendered by the country among deeply conservative Americans.

In “Who is America?,” a show that made its debut Sunday...
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