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Film & TV

’70s sitcom king Norman Lear on making TV that breaks ground


CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — Norman Lear describes a lot of encounters in life as the “foolishness of the human condition” — and he’s examined that foolishness for nine decades and counting on television and off.

Real life — even the pain and sadness — has the foolish baked right in, according to Lear.

“There is humor everywhere,” he said. “Standing with a group of people watching...

Ex-porn star Jenna Jameson to have reality show about her conversion to Judaism

(JTA) — Former porn star Jenna Jameson will be the subject of a reality show documenting her conversion to Judaism and her upcoming marriage in Israel.

Jameson’s Israeli fiance, diamond merchant Lior Bitton, told Israel’s Walla news that the show is in its early production stages, the Times of Israel reported Tuesday. It is unclear where the show will air.

Jameson, 41, retired from pornography in 2008 after winning over...

Larry David is spot-on as Bernie Sanders on ‘SNL’


(JTA) — “What’s the deal with emails, anyway?”

Sounds like a line on a “Seinfeld” episode (or Modern Seinfeld, anyway). But last night we heard it on the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of the first Democratic debate. The speaker was Bernie Sanders’ doppelganger, “Seinfeld” creator Larry David.

David is a Jewish curmudgeon who also plays a Jewish curmudgeon on his HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” So when...

Jamie Zimmerman, medical doctor and ABC reporter, drowns in Hawaii

(JTA) — Jamie Zimmerman, a medical doctor and reporter for ABC News, drowned while on vacation in Hawaii.

Zimmerman died Monday after losing her footing and being swept out to sea while trying to cross the Lumahai River on the island of Kauai. She was 31.

Zimmerman’s mother confirmed her death in a post on her Facebook page.

“In her short 31 years Jamie traveled the globe representing America as...

Leon Frankel, U.S. aviator who fought for nascent state of Israel, dies

(JTA) – Leon Frankel, an American aviator whose exploits fighting for the nascent state of Israel were featured in a documentary, has died.

Frankel died Oct. 7 in his native Minnesota. He was 92.

His exploits were spotlighted in the 2014 film “Above and Beyond,” which describes the beginnings of the Israel Air Force.

Frankel was trained as a torpedo bomber pilot during World War II and in February 1945...

4th Seinfeld performance added for Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fourth performance was added in Israel for comedian Jerry Seinfeld after three others sold out.

It is the first time that Seinfeld will perform his stand-up routine in Israel.

Seinfeld will present two shows on Dec. 19 and two on Dec. 20 in Tel Aviv. Tickets range from $65 to more than $230.

The comedian, who starred in the eponymous hit TV show in the 1990s,...

Hillary Clinton talks to Lena Dunham about feminism, college years


(JTA) — In the wake of the never-ending email scandal and Bernie Sanders’ rise in the polls, Hillary Clinton is feeling some serious heat in the 2016 presidential race.

In an attempt to connect with younger voters, the Democratic front-runner agreed to be interviewed by Lena Dunham, the Jewish creator of HBO’s hit show “Girls.”

The full interview will be available on Tuesday to subscribers of Dunham’s...

Farsi-language film ‘Baba Joon’ to be Israel’s Oscar entry

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Baba Joon,” a Farsi-language movie made by an Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors, will be Israel’s entry in this year’s Academy Awards.

The film will be entered in the best foreign language film category after winning best picture at Monday’s Ophir Awards, Israel’s version of the Oscars. It also won in four other categories: art direction, music, costume design and casting.

“Baba Joon,” the...

Mayim Bialik visited her father’s grave before Emmys

(JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik visited the grave of her father before the Emmy Awards ceremony.

Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” told People in an article published on the magazine’s website Sunday that she would visit the grave of her father, Barry, who died in April, because it is traditional to visit the graves of loved ones on the Sunday between...

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...