Film & TV

‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble


BERLIN (JTA) — Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor hadn’t...
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At Sundance, ‘The Settlers’ trains lens on movement’s extremist fringe


PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – What is a settler?

That’s the question that opens the new documentary film “The Settlers,” which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival here.

Written and directed by Shimon Dotan, the film offers an answer almost immediately: a religious fundamentalist driven...
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Why Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home


(Jewniverse via JTA) — Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday (on Dec. 12, 2015) has brought on a flurry of centennial celebrations, books, exhibits and Sultan of Swoon-inspired concerts. Jack Daniel’s even issued a Sinatra Century blend and Uber offered a fleet of vintage cars so people in New...
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Al Jazeera America to stop broadcasting by end of April

NEW YORK (JTA) — Al Jazeera America, the New York offshoot of the Qatar-based Arabic TV news channel, will shut down by the end of April.

The demise of the channel, which was sued last year by former employees accusing it of anti-Semitism and sexism, was announced at a staff...
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Golden Globes 2016: ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star claim trophies

(JTA) — The Hungarian Holocaust movie “Son of Saul” and the star of the Jewy show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rachel Bloom, won Golden Globe Awards.

“Son of Saul” won for best foreign film and Bloom was named best actress in a television series, musical or comedy when the awards were handed...
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Lena Dunham show ‘Girls’ to end after 6th season

(JTA) — Lena Dunham’s successful HBO series “Girls” will end after its sixth season.

On Wednesday, HBO confirmed the rumor first reported on Entertainment Weekly.

The upcoming fifth season will premiere Feb. 21. The show has been renewed for a sixth season, but its premiere date — likely to fall...
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BBC releases documentary on Jerry Lewis’ secret Holocaust film

(JTA) — The BBC has released a short documentary about an unreleased Holocaust film by Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis.

Lewis wrote and directed “The Day the Clown Cried” at the height of his Hollywood career in 1971. The BBC documentary released Tuesday includes behind-the-scenes footage of production, stills from the...
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Sean Penn, in Tel Aviv, praises Israeli aid group working in Haiti

(JTA) — Academy Award winner and activist Sean Penn, in Israel for the first time, credited the Israeli international relief organization IsraAID for the success of his humanitarian efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Penn was the keynote speaker Monday at an IsraAID conference in Tel Aviv.

“The indirect impact of IsraAID...
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Jennifer Lawrence’s image erased from ‘Hunger Games’ posters in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak

(JTA) — Posters promoting the final “Hunger Games” movie in Jerusalem and the coastal Israeli city of Bnei Brak have scrubbed star Jennifer Lawrence from the main image.

The posters for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” in these cities contain only the fiery crow from the original advertisement and exclude...
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Actress Zooey Deschanel converts to Judaism

(JTA) — Actress Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism.

Deschanel, the daughter of a Quaker and Roman Catholic, converted shortly before marrying producer Jacob Pechenik, Us Weekly reported Monday. The article did not say what denomination of rabbi supervised her conversion.

The two married in June, a month before the...
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