Film & TV

New PBS special examines ‘Seeds of Conflict’ in the Middle East

By TOM TUGEND

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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Ron Moody, Jewish actor best known for playing Fagin, dies at 91

(JTA) — Ron Moody, a British Jewish actor best known for playing a character historically considered an anti-Semitic stereotype, has died at 91.

Moody, who played the Jewish criminal Fagin in the stage and film versions of “Oliver,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” died on Thursday.

His film...
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Jerusalem-based series ‘Dig’ cancelled after one season

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The American television drama series “Dig,” which was filmed in Jerusalem, reportedly has been cancelled after one season.

The USA Network decided to cancel the series after soft ratings, the Seriable website reported.

The network had planned to base each new season around a new mystery while...
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British filmmakers call on theater chain to cancel Israeli film festival

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A group of British filmmakers and actors called on a British movie theater chain to cancel an Israeli film festival.

The 39 members of the film industry, including British directors Aki Kaurismäki, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, made their call to the theaters to refuse to host...
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