Film & TV

Gal Gadot to star in Netflix’s biggest film yet

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star in the biggest feature film ever made by Netflix. “Red Notice,” also starring Ryan Reynolds and Duane Johnson, will have a production budget of about $130 million.

The action thriller, set for release in late 2020, is centered around the pursuit of the...
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Actor John Cusack tweets and then apologizes for anti-Semitic image

(JTA) — Actor John Cusack tweeted an anti-Semitic image and slur, then apologized for what he called a “careless mistweet.”

The image shows a hand in a sleeve bearing a Star of David crushing a group of people struggling beneath it. It includes the quote “To learn who rules over...
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DC suburb cancels screening of anti-Israel film

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Washington, D.C., suburb has canceled for now the screening of an anti-Israel film narrated by Roger Waters as part of a free documentary series.

Thursday’s proposed screening of ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’ in the Takoma Park Community Center in Maryland as part of the...
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Bar Rafaeli owes Israel $2.25 million in back taxes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court ordered supermodel Bar Refaeli to pay about $2.25 million in back taxes.

The verdict in the Central District Court in Lod was handed down last month but the full ruling was published on Sunday, the Kan national broadcaster reported. Refaeli also was ordered to pay...
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Amy Schumer delivers her ‘royal baby’

(JTA) — Amy Schumer delivered what she called “our royal baby” hours before the birth of the new prince in Britain.

Schumer, 37, is married to chef Chris Fischer. Schumer posted a photo on Instagram of Fischer kissing his actress-comedian wife, who is holding their newborn son.

The couple was married...
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11 Jewish facts about ‘The Addams Family’ movies

By ARIELLE KAPLAN

(Kveller) — They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and … Jewish?

Well, not quite. But between Morticia Addams’ Yiddish pet name for her husband, Gomez, and to the very Jewish writer (Paul Rudnick) behind the movies’ scripts, it’s safe to say that the Addams family is, at least,...
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‘Empire’ cast members call for Jussie Smollett to return for next season

(JTA) — The top cast members of “Empire” sent a letter to Fox Entertainment and Disney executives calling for Jussie Smollett to be brought back for the show’s next season, not that his legal problems are behind him.

Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the show’s...
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Israeli director Guy Nattiv picks up live action short film Oscar

With a shout out to his fellow Israelis, filmmaker and director Guy Nattiv accepted the Academy Award on Sunday night for his short film “Skin.” “Oh my God, I moved here five years ago from Israel,” Nattiv said as he accepted the award. He then spoke in Hebrew “Laila tov (“Good night”),...
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Jussie Smollett arrested, charged with falsely reporting hate crime

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett was charged with a felony for making a false police report in which the “Empire” actor said he was the victim of a hate attack last month in Chicago.

Smollett, who is black, Jewish and gay, was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct, which carries a...
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A Jewish guide to the 2019 Oscars

(JTA) — The Oscars are a mess. Hollywood’s biggest night still does not have a host, after Kevin Hart withdrew over past homophobic tweets. That seemed to have reminded celebrities who were potentially interested in the gig that it’s one of the toughest in showbiz (some want to believe Whoopi Goldberg...
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