Film & TV

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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Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen are starring in Mayim Bialik’s first film

(JTA) — Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen are starring in a film to be written and directed by Mayim Bialik.

Actors Olivia Thirlby and Simon Helberg, who appeared in the television series “The Big Bang Theory” together with Bialik, are also set to star in the comedy-drama titled “As Sick...
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You can buy Marilyn Monroe’s menorah for $150,000

(JTA) — For $150,000, you can light a literal candle in the wind — or eight — on a menorah owned by Marilyn Monroe.

The bombshell film icon’s menorah will go up for auction by Kestenbaum & Co. on Nov. 7 in New York with a guide price of $100,000...
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Robert Evans, storied producer of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Chinatown,’ dies at 89

(JTA) — Robert Evans, the Hollywood producer behind a string of classic films who fell prey to — and then recovered from — a cocaine addiction, has died at 89.

Evans, born Robert Shapera in Manhattan in 1930, was a women’s pants salesman when he was discovered at the Beverly...
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Gal Gadot to star in film about Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star as Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, in a film produced by the actress and her husband.

Gadot and her husband Yaron Varsano have formed the production company Pilot Wave. Gadot will star as Sendler...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ star recalls Holocaust survivor grandmother at Emmys

(JTA) — Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” recalled her Holocaust survivor grandmother’s courage in defying the Nazis at the Emmy Awards.

Borstein, who won the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Midge Maisel’s manager Susie Myerson, dedicated her award on Sunday night to her grandmother and...
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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.

The...
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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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