Arts and Culture

Gal Gadot speaks Hebrew while hosting ‘SNL’

(JTA) — Gal Gadot, making her debut as host of “Saturday Night Live,” spoke Hebrew, kissed cast member Kate McKinnon and portrayed a Bosnian woman going on a blind date with O.J. Simpson.

Gadot opened with a monologue in which she switched to Hebrew to address her friends and family...
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein fired following sexual harassment claims

(JTA) — Harvey Weinstein was fired from the movie production firm he started following sexual harassment allegations by several women, including actress Ashley Judd.

The Weinstein Company’s directors announced the dismissal Sunday, citing “new information about misconduct” by Weinstein, who co-founded the firm in 2005.

The board said in a...
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of ‘Seinfeld’ fame, reveals she has cancer

(JTA) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an American television actress who gained fame on the hit series “Seinfeld,” was diagnosed as suffering from breast cancer.

Louis-Dreyfus, whose paternal grandfather was Jewish, broke the news Thursday on Twitter.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” wrote Louis-Dreyfus, who portrayed...
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Artists pull out of Berlin music festival over Israeli Embassy funding

(JTA) — Several artists pulled out of a popular Berlin music festival because the Israeli Embassy in Germany provided a financial contribution.

The three-day Berlin Pop-Kultur festival, which runs through Friday, accepted 500 euros, or nearly $600, from the Israeli diplomatic mission.

Israeli artists are among the 70 acts scheduled...
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Jay-Z defends lyric called anti-Semitic: ‘Context is everything’

(JTA) — Jay-Z defended his decision to include a lyric in a song on his latest album that has been called anti-Semitic, saying he exaggerated images of black people in the same song.

The rapper was discussing his song “The Story of O.J,” which appears on his “4:44” album, during...
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Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman’ tops ‘Spider-Man’ as biggest non-sequel superhero movie

(JTA) — “Wonder Woman,” starring the Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has become the biggest non-sequel superhero movie ever, beating out the 2002 version of “Spider-Man.”

The movie earned $404.1 million in the United States as of Monday, and has passed $800 worldwide, with the film set to open in Japan...
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Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during concert encore

(JTA) — Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden.

Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night. At least one tweet bore the hashtag...
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Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12.

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Tchaikovsky’s Jewish problem

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder — a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some of the world’s greatest composers to the stage — faced a moral question.

Does towering...
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‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works, Warner Bros. announces

(JTA) — Warner Bros. has officially announced that it will produce a sequel to its wildly successful “Wonder Woman” film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced the follow-up, called “Wonder Woman II,” at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California, according to reports. The movie reportedly will be set...
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