Film & TV

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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Woody Allen’s latest film doesn’t have a US release

(JTA) — Woody Allen’s latest film is set to open at a French film festival, but it currently does not have a U.S. release scheduled.

Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which features Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning, was first planned to be produced and released by Amazon Studios....
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Gal Gadot to play Jewish actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in Showtime series

(JTA) — It’s official: Gal Gadot will portray Jewish actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in a Showtime limited series.

The cable network made the announcement on Friday.

Gadot had been rumored as the leading candidate for the role for about a year.

The Israeli actress and her husband, Yaron Varsano,...
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‘Glee’ was actually pretty Jewish

By JULIA METRAUX 

As a former theater kid, “Glee” was my favorite show in my adolescent years and — admittedly — I still listen to its covers of classics and newer pop songs to this day. So as someone who now binge-watches Netflix to my heart’s content, I was very happy...
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