Film & TV

Mayim Bialik: Being religious isn’t trendy in Hollywood

(JTA) — People of faith working in Hollywood are often out of step with the entertainment industry, American actress Mayim Bialik said. “I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” Bialik, 39, told Fox411 in an interview broadcast over the...
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After ‘Trainwreck’ shootings, Amy and Charles Schumer join for gun control

(JTA) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York joined with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a campaign for gun control.

At a news conference at the senator’s office in Manhattan on Monday, Amy Schumer said she agreed to his request for the campaign, dubbed “Schumer and Schumer,...
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Theodore Bikel, Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ dies at 91


(JTA) — Theodore Bikel, an actor and folk singer who was recognized in 1997 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, has died at 91.

Bikel, who won fame playing Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” doing more performances of the role...
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Spielberg sells Malibu property for $26 million

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg sold his housing compound in Malibu, bordering the Pacific Ocean, for $26 million.

The Los Angeles Times over the weekend headlined the sale by the creator of “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List” as “Spielberg’s latest blockbuster.”

The compound’s two-story main...
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New film, ‘Rosenwald,’ tells story of Jewish philanthropist who transformed black lives


PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald.

But it wasn’t until this...
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Oh Hell Yeah: An interview with ‘Sharknado’ writer Thunder Levin


(JTA) — Will lightning strike thrice?

Who better to ask than Thunder? That would be Thunder Levin, the writer of the campy, over-the-top “Sharknado” movies — the latest of which, “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!,” premieres on July 22.

For those unfamiliar with the “Sharknado”oeuvre, the films...
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Amy Winehouse, through the lens (and the bottom of a bottle)


(JTA) — To anyone who has read a rock-and-roll biography or caught an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” it is a sadly familiar tale: An artist achieves great success only to self destruct.

There’s something called the “27...
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Helen Mirren honored for educating about Nazi-looted art

(JTA) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art.

On Friday, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s...
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Michael Douglas salutes son, famous dad in accepting Genesis Prize for Jewish commitment

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Actor Michael Douglas credited his son and celebrity father for helping him reconnect to Judaism as he accepted the Genesis Prize, “the Jewish Nobel,” in Jerusalem.

Douglas, an Academy Award winner, accepted the $1 million award on Thursday night for his commitment to Jewish values and the...
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New PBS special examines ‘Seeds of Conflict’ in the Middle East


LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East now appears a permanent condition, but it didn’t have to be that way, according to a one-hour PBS special premiering on June 30.

“1913: The Seeds of Conflict” traces the relationship between the two...
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