Arts and Culture

Israeli director Guy Nattiv picks up live action short film Oscar

With a shout out to his fellow Israelis, filmmaker and director Guy Nattiv accepted the Academy Award on Sunday night for his short film “Skin.” “Oh my God, I moved here five years ago from Israel,” Nattiv said as he accepted the award. He then spoke in Hebrew “Laila tov (“Good night”),...
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Jussie Smollett arrested, charged with falsely reporting hate crime

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett was charged with a felony for making a false police report in which the “Empire” actor said he was the victim of a hate attack last month in Chicago.

Smollett, who is black, Jewish and gay, was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct, which carries a...
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A Jewish guide to the 2019 Oscars

(JTA) — The Oscars are a mess. Hollywood’s biggest night still does not have a host, after Kevin Hart withdrew over past homophobic tweets. That seemed to have reminded celebrities who were potentially interested in the gig that it’s one of the toughest in showbiz (some want to believe Whoopi Goldberg...
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CNN and NBC agree to air ad for Oscar-nominated documentary about NY Nazi rally

(JTA) — CNN and MSNBC have each agreed to broadcast an ad that Fox News rejected for a documentary about a Nazi rally held in New York in 1939.

The filmmakers of “A Night at the Garden,” which has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of documentary short,...
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Jeff Tweedy on his Jewish conversion, the next Wilco album and why he loves his synagogue


(JTA) — Since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, there have been quite a few rock stars with Jewish heritage. To name a few: Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Gene Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Geddy Lee and — depending on the decade — Bob Dylan.

But how many have...
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Julian Edelman shaves beard during taping of ‘The Ellen Show’

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman arrived on set to tape a segment of “The Ellen Show” sporting his big, bushy beard and left mostly clean-shaven. Ellen Degeneres, you see, made him an offer he could not refuse.

She said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys...
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Billy Crystal plays a rabbi for the first time in this indie drama


(JTA) — On the surface, “Untogether” is a drama about a pair of young women struggling to come into their own as adults in contemporary Los Angeles. While that setup may sound mind-numbingly familiar to fans of American indie film, “Untogether” — which debuts Friday in theaters...
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Woody Allen sues Amazon for nixing $68 million movie deal, claims it’s because of abuse allegations

(JTA) — Woody Allen is suing Amazon for killing a $68 million movie deal, claiming it was based on what he called “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.”

The media company backed out of the four-movie deal and refused to release the Jewish Oscar-winning director’s film “A Rainy Day in New...
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Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

Smollet, who is black, gay and Jewish, took the stage Saturday night at the Troubadour in West...
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How ‘Broad City’ redefined American Jewish identity

By ELANA SPEVACK Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have got a lot of something.

No, not weed. OK, yes weed, but also something else: chutzpah. 

The two Jewesses are closing out their iconic Comedy Central sitcom “Broad City” with its fifth season premiering later this month. The show has undoubtedly made...
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