Film & TV

Adam Sandler pays tribute to doctors and nurses in brand-new ‘Quarantine Song’

(JTA) — Forget about “The Chanukah Song.” Actor Adam Sandler’s latest earworm is a tribute to doctors and nurses and an exhortation for people to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Sandler debuted “Quarantine Song” from his home during a guest appearance Thursday on “The Tonight Show...
Continue Reading ⇒

Larry David says Bernie Sanders, his distant cousin and lookalike, should end his presidential campaign

(JTA) — Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president and throw his support behind Joe Biden.

“I feel he should drop out,”...
Continue Reading ⇒

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison

(NEW YORK) – Disgraced and fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was given a 23-year sentence  following his conviction last month of committing a sexual act in the first degree and third-degree rape.

Supreme Court Judge James Burke made the sentence for both acts consecutive rather than concurrent in his decision....
Continue Reading ⇒

James Lipton, longtime host of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ dies at 93

(JTA) — James Lipton, who hosted the “Inside the Actors Studio” on the Bravo channel for 23 seasons, has died. He was 93.

Lipton interviewed about 275 actors, writers and directors. In the first season alone his guests included Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper and...
Continue Reading ⇒

These 7 Jewish actresses shaped Hollywood as we know it

By HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK

Both on screen and behind the scenes, Jewish directors, producers and writers are credited with developing the Hollywood system as we know it today. These seven pioneering Jewish actresses defied expectations of their gender and many survived religious persecution, fleeing Europe during World War II. Their films...
Continue Reading ⇒

Murder or mitzvah? Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ grapples with the morality of Jews killing Nazis.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — “This is not murder, this is mitzvah.”

That’s a quote from Meyer Offerman, a wealthy Holocaust survivor with a thick Yiddish accent played by Al Pacino, in the first episode of Amazon Studios’ “Hunters,” a hyped new show about a diverse band of...
Continue Reading ⇒

Quentin Tarantino and Israeli wife Daniella Pick welcome baby boy in Tel Aviv

(JTA) — Director Quentin Tarantino and his Israeli wife, the model and singer Daniella Pick, welcomed a baby boy at a hospital in Tel Aviv.

The baby, the couple’s first, was born on Saturday afternoon and will be an Israeli citizen. No name has yet been announced, though reports say...
Continue Reading ⇒

Safdie brothers are making a new comedy pilot. Twitter is very excited.

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Fresh off their critically acclaimed film “Uncut Gems,” Jewish brothers Benny and Josh Safdie are making a comedy pilot with the Jewish comedian Nathan Fielder. (Fielder is best known for “Nathan for You,” a Comedy Central show.)

The Showtime series, called “The Curse,” will star...
Continue Reading ⇒

Taika Waititi’s big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit Awards.

But this year’s Oscars...
Continue Reading ⇒

This Jewish data whiz predicts the Oscar winners with math

Spoiler alert! See Ben Zauzmer’s Oscar predictions at the bottom of this article. (JTA) — In 2012, the first year that Ben Zauzmer made Oscar predictions based on mathematical modeling, he received an email from a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that chooses...
Continue Reading ⇒