Arts and Culture

Gal Gadot posts thank you’s as filming of next ‘Wonder Woman’ wraps up

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot thanked the crew and cast of her latest film as shooting on “Wonder-Woman 1984” wrapped up.

“We did it. Again!! And as much as the first time shooting Wonder Woman was amazing, this time was even more unique and special.. We shot in 4...
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Musician, singer Gary Negbaur performs through Jan. 1

Musician, singer and composer Gary Negbaur, who hails from New York, but has found affinity with New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz and blues, returns to New Orleans over the course of the next week with a series of solo gigs.

The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue,  is the setting...
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Felicity Jones on playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was the ‘Notorious RBG’

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — The young attorney seems unsure of herself. As a law professor, she is unaccustomed to appearing in court, so she hesitates at first, unable to begin her summation. But once she gets going, there is no stopping her.

It is the climactic scene of “On...
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Alice Walker endorses anti-Semitic tract in a New York Times feature

By SAM SOKOL

(JTA) — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker has come under intense criticism after endorsing a book by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke.

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review, Walker — who is best known for her book “The Color Purple,” detailing the hardships of African-American...
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Academy Awards turns its back on latest Israeli film

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA)– Israel’s more than half-century courtship to win an Oscar for best foreign-language film has been akin to the tale of an attractive young woman, often chosen as a bridesmaid, but never as a bride.

Since submitting its first entry – and winning its first...
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Actress Yael Stone accuses Geoffrey Rush of inappropriate sexual behavior

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Australian Jewish actress Yael Stone, a star of the Netflix prison show “Orange is the New Black,” has accused actor Geoffrey Rush of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Stone made the accusations in an interview with the Australian national broadcaster, as well as in an interview with...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ debuts on Amazon to glowing reviews

By LIOR ZALTZMAN

(JTA) — The second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a show about a young Jewish housewife turned aspiring comedian that won eight Emmy Awards in the fall, premiered Wednesday on Amazon Prime.

Early reviews, which point to how the show continues to explore sexism and female empowerment, have been pretty marvelous, too.

Rachel...
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Steven Spielberg warns: Genocide as possible today as it was during Holocaust

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List,” has a warning: The possibility of hate leading to genocide is as possible today as it was during the Holocaust.

Spielberg in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt specifically identified the mass shooting at the Tree of...
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William Shatner didn’t include a Chanukah song on his new Christmas album

(JTA) — William Shatner recently released a star-studded holiday album titled “Shatner Claus,” on which he croons classic Christmas tunes as “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night.”

But there are no Chanukah songs on it, and the Jewish icon is having regrets about that.

“I was going to do ‘Dreidel,...
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Quentin Tarantino and Israeli singer Daniela Pick marry under a chuppah

(JTA) — Director Quentin Tarantino married Israeli singer Daniela Pick under a chuppah in their Beverly Hills, California, home.

The couple had a nearly decade-long transatlantic relationship that began when Tarantino was visiting Israel to promote his movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Two decades separate the couple: Tarantino is 55 and Pick...
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