Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |

Film & TV

Sampling the globe with the funnyman creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’


(JTA) — Next year in Jerusalem. At least that’s Phil Rosenthal’s plan.

Rosenthal is best known as the co-creator and behind-the-scenes genius of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” the successful sitcom starring (and based on the comedy of) Ray Romano. But now Rosenthal is in front of the camera and the star of a new show: “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.”

It’s a six-part, unscripted series on PBS that...

The Jewish writer and actor who is ‘the voice of black America’


(JTA)  — Danny Strong is probably most recognizable as being “that Jewish guy” on TV — he played eager adman wannabe Danny Siegel on “Mad Men” and the nerdy, perennial victim Jonathan Levinson on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.”

But, among those in the know, Strong may be best known as the “voice of black America,” as one showrunner sarcastically quipped. He’s the co-creator of the hip-hop-themed TV hit “Empire”...

Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: the Jews

NEW YORK (JTA) — Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.”

Google search results are the product of complicated algorithms that sometimes return unwanted or offensive results. Many consider the notion that the Jews run Hollywood to be offensive.

“This has been flagged to us, we are working to get it removed as quickly...

Actor Jason Segel opens up about childhood as Jewish outsider


(JTA) — Actor Jason Segel — best known as the star of  “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “How I Met Your Mother” — opened up on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast this week about growing up with one Jewish parent and as a complete outsider.

Segel sat down for the Monday podcast ahead of the release of his film “The End of the Tour,” in which he plays the tortured...

What makes a mensch? A ‘digital diva’ wants to know


(JTA) — “Our technology has exceeded our humanity,” Albert Einstein allegedly once lamented.

But filmmaker Tiffany Shlain — who utilizes an online, collaborative process and distribution method she dubs “cloud filmmaking” — says it’s possible that technology, used correctly, can enhance our humanity.

As a testament to Shlain’s methods, as well as her rise to becoming one of the most influential filmmakers in the American Jewish world,...

Talking racism and housing with the writer behind HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’


(JTA) — Good storytelling, like good comedy, often draws from real life. It also relies on timing — finding the precise moment when it won’t just entertain but resonate, provoke, perhaps even shift our national conversation.

“Show Me a Hero” — the six-part HBO miniseries created by journalist-turned-showrunner par excellence David Simon (“The Wire,” “Treme”) with William Zorzi (who worked with Simon at the Baltimore Sun and on “The Wire”) and Paul...

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 weekend. “There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together. I study Jewish texts weekly. That’s...

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, Enough is Enough,” in the wake of the July 23 shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of her film...

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 than any other actor, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to...

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 house features seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a massage room and a home theater. Outside...