Arts and Culture

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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Dansker lecture to focus on Lerner and Loewe

Noted musicolgist and lecturer George Dansker will be presenting his annual lecture on Jewish composers next Friday evening, January 25, at Touro Synaogogue and this year it’s on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the composer-lyricist team responsible for Broadway box office winners “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot.”

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Sammy Davis Jr. documentary to bow tonight at JCC

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” a major film documentary that examines the performer’s vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America will be shown tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St....
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Golden Globes 2019: All the Jewish moments

(JTA) — From Michael Douglas’ Yiddish exclamation to more success for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to Regina King’s Hebrew-letter tattoo, the 2019 Golden Globes had its fair share of Jewish moments.

Rachel Brosnahan is not Jewish, but she does a convincing job playing a very Jewish woman in “Mrs. Maisel.”...
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gets Jewish converts totally wrong


Since it came into our lives last year, I’ve had mixed feelings about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Its jokes sometimes feel like the kind of things we say among other fellow Jews, but not to the rest of the world. The show does have a comforting familiarity that makes...
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Comedian Bob Einstein of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ dies at 76

(JTA) — Comedian Bob Einstein, who often performed as the satirical daredevil character Super Dave Osbourne and played Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” died Wednesday after a bout with cancer. He was 76.

Einstein was the older brother of the comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks. Their...
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Carol Channing, the original star of ‘Hello Dolly!,’ dies at 97

(JTA) — Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in “Hello Dolly!” on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father and identified as “part Jewish.” At 16,...
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Amos Oz, a ‘saintly intellectual’ who turned Israel’s national reality into art


(JTA) — Amos Oz would often speak in the kind of tossed-off epigrams that come only with a lot of practice. But just when you wanted to smack him for his breezy erudition, he would redeem himself with a flash of spot-on — and hilarious — self-awareness.

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