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Film & TV

Jared Leto has a thick Israeli accent in first teaser for TV series on WeWork founder Adam Neumann

By CALEB GUETES-REED

(JTA) – Fans (and critics) of Jared Leto’s Italian accent in “House of Gucci” have new material to work with in his portrayal of Adam Neumann, the Israeli founder of WeWork, in the soon-to-be-released Apple TV+ series “WeCrashed.” 

An official teaser video released on Wednesday shows a first glimpse into Leto’s interpretation of the native Hebrew speaker, as well as Neumann’s missteps in trying to guide the...

Golden Globes 2022: Andrew Garfield, and Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story,’ win big

By SHIRA HANAU and GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Golden Globes fans may have noticed something different this year: The annual entertainment awards were not announced on TV, and not for COVID-19 reasons.

NBC dropped the broadcast over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s diversity problem — none of the 87 members of the Globes’ awards body are Black. (The one celebrity to release a video referencing involvement in the awards this...

Bob Saget, comedian and actor who played Danny Tanner on ‘Full House,’ dies at 65

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Bob Saget, the comedian and actor famous for playing a wholesome sitcom father figure but who never lost his flair for raunchy comedy, has died at 65.

Saget died shortly after performing in Orlando, where he had delivered a show with his trademark mashup of dark humor and dad jokes that he first developed while misbehaving in Hebrew school.

Saget was found dead in his...

Peter Bogdanovich, acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker and son of an Austrian Jew, dies at 82

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) — Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated movie director and actor whose films, ego and off-camera exploits encapsulated the personality-driven excesses of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking, has died at 82. His death was announced Jan. 6 and first reported by Variety.

Bogdanovich’s mother, Herma Bogdanovich, was an Austrian Jew. His father, Borislav Bogdanovich, was an Orthodox Christian painter from the former Yugoslavia who, according to the family lore, gave...

Emma Watson draws controversy over solidarity with ‘Free Palestine’ movement on social media

– On the same weekend that Harry Potter, the series that made her famous, celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Instagram account belonging to Emma Watson released a post in support of a “Free Palestine.”

Watson, aka Hermoine Grainger, to millions of fans around the world included a collage of photos, including images of Palestinian flags, with the words “Solidarity is a verb.” Whether Watson herself wrote the post, however,...

Jeff Garlin will not return to ‘The Goldbergs’ after allegations of misconduct

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Jeff Garlin will not return to the ABC comedy “The Goldbergs” after an investigation into his alleged misconduct on the show’s set.

The news was reported by Deadline, which cited sources on set who said the decision was a mutual one by Garlin and the producers of the show.

Garlin plays the father on the show, which centers on a Jewish family living in a...

Steven Spielberg, Tracee Ellis Ross among Jewish Golden Globes nominees for 2022

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — The Golden Globes won’t be televised, but there will be Jewish honorees — among them two directors at different stages of their directing careers.

After numerous controversies have rattled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — from a “culture of corruption” to not a single Black member — NBC decided it will not be airing the annual film and television awards show this year, and its...

‘Jeopardy!’ devotes entire category to Yiddish theater

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — In recent years, Yiddish theater has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence, with Yiddish-language performances wowing audiences in New York, online and, last month, Stockholm.

But perhaps its biggest audience yet came on Thursday night, when “Jeopardy!” devoted an entire category to it. The iconic quiz show is seen by an estimated 8.7 million people every night, making it the most-watched syndicated show on the air.

This...

Jews were the creative forces behind ‘West Side Story’ decades ago and today. Should they be?

By JORDYN HAIME

(JTA) — In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical: a contemporary retelling of “Romeo and Juliet,” set among warring gangs of Jews and Catholics on New York City’s Lower East Side. 

It would be called “East Side Story,” and it would take place at the turn of the 20th century during the...

Cartman converts to Judaism on ‘South Park,’ after decades of tormenting Jews

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) — One of television’s most notorious cartoon antisemites is now an Orthodox rabbi.

Eric Cartman, the egomaniacal, hate speech-spouting grade schooler on Comedy Central’s long-running adult animated series “South Park,” has had a change of heart in a new hour-long special of the show, which is set 40 years in the future.

In “South Park: Post COVID,” which debuted on Thanksgiving on the Paramount Plus streaming...