Film & TV

Oscars 2020 nominations: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed


(JTA) — The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media.

The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race and gender equality. Only one actor of color was...
Continue Reading ⇒

Buck Henry, screenwriter of ‘The Graduate’ and ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89

(JTA) — Buck Henry, the screenwriter and director who earned an Oscar-nomination for his script for the 1967 film “The Graduate,” has died at 89.

Henry, born Henry Zuckerman in 1930, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to reports. “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Mike Nichols, won...
Continue Reading ⇒

Golden Globes 2020: Quentin Tarantino’s Hebrew and other Jewish moments


(JTA) — As always, the Golden Globes was a coming together of some of Hollywood’s biggest Jewish talents.

There weren’t many Jewish award winners at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday night, but here are our favorite Jewish moments from one of the industry’s biggest nights of the...
Continue Reading ⇒

‘Prisoners of War,’ the Israeli show that became ‘Homeland,’ is the NY Times’ favorite international series of the decade

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli television series that was remade in the United States as “Homeland” took the No. 1 spot on The New York Times list of the 30 best international television shows of the decade.

“Prisoners of War,” or “Hatufim,” was described as “tense but in a quiet,...
Continue Reading ⇒

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ renewed for 4th season

(JTA) — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Emmy Award-winning series about a 1950s protofeminist Jewish stand-up comic, will return for a fourth season, its creators said just after the third season started streaming on Amazon.

“We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to...
Continue Reading ⇒

Documentary chronicles rise in anti-Semitism


The personal fear and journey of a nascent documentary filmmaker from her ancestral home in Europe to the relative safety of the United States is revealed in “Never Again Is Now,” which went into wide release in late October.

Ever since she grew up as a child...
Continue Reading ⇒

Tony Shalhoub grew up in a Lebanese family in Wisconsin. He draws on that to play his Jewish ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ character.


NEW YORK (JTA) — On a recent snowy afternoon, Tony Shalhoub is drinking tea in a room at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. He’s in the midst of a long press day promoting season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and he just wants to get...
Continue Reading ⇒

Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, in a 2-minute trailer for a movie about her Marvel Universe character.

The trailer for the new “Black Widow” film dropped on Monday, and introduces fans to Natasha Romanoff’s sister Yelena as well as characters Alexei/...
Continue Reading ⇒

‘Game of Thrones’ star cancels Belgium appearance over parade with Jewish caricatures

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Carice van Houten, a Dutch actress known for her role in the hit series “Game of Thrones,” canceled a television appearance in Belgium over the use of caricatures of Jews at a parade there.

Van Houten, who portrayed Melisandre in the series, and her associate, Halina Reijn,...
Continue Reading ⇒

Tiffany Haddish sings ‘Hava Nagila’ on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

(JTA) — In case you missed it: Black and Jewish comedian Tiffany Haddish is having a bat mitzvah ceremony soon. She has released a Netflix stand-up special inspired by the occasion as well.

So, naturally, on a special Sunday night edition of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” Haddish broke into...
Continue Reading ⇒