Arts and Culture

Gal Gadot to star in film about Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star as Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, in a film produced by the actress and her husband.

Gadot and her husband Yaron Varsano have formed the production company Pilot Wave. Gadot will star as Sendler...
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Jodi Kantor on what’s changed since her Weinstein story unleashed a wave of #MeToo

By EMILY BURACK

NEW YORK (JTA) — When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017, it started a #MeToo revolution: Women began sharing personal experiences of the sexual harassment and abuse they had faced.

Even though the activist Tarana...
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Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there.

Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip.

In Israel, Lovato made three posts earlier this week on...
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Molly Yeh’s Apple Cider Brisket: A treat for brunch, too

By MOLLY YEH

This slow-cooked brisket is featured on season 4 of Molly Yeh’s Food Network show “Girl Meets Farm,” which captures her life on a sugar beet farm. Flavored with apple cider and maple syrup, it embraces Rosh Hashanah food traditions and, best of all, can be enjoyed at...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ star recalls Holocaust survivor grandmother at Emmys

(JTA) — Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” recalled her Holocaust survivor grandmother’s courage in defying the Nazis at the Emmy Awards.

Borstein, who won the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Midge Maisel’s manager Susie Myerson, dedicated her award on Sunday night to her grandmother and...
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Mayim Bialik to write and direct her first feature film

(JTA) — Popular Jewish actress Mayim Bialik will write and direct a feature film based on her own experiences.

The comedy-drama titled “As Sick As They Made Us,” which will deal with mental illness, will be Bialik’s screenwriting and directing debut. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

The...
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Jonah Hill is engaged

(JTA) — Actor Jonah Hill is engaged to his girlfriend of one year, Gianna Santos.

The news was first reported last week by Page Six, a day after reports that Hill, 35, had purchased a 3,100-square-foot home in Santa Monica, California for $6.77 million.

Hill, who has twice been nominated...
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Scarlett Johansson on abuse allegations against Woody Allen: ‘I believe him’

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson threw her support behind Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse. “I love Woody,” the Jewish actress told the Hollywood Reporter in an article published Wednesday. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”

In 1992, Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow accused him...
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OP-ED: How Valerie Harper’s Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

(JTA) — Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical “Falsettos,” asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the religion-blind casting complain that non-Jewish actors can at best portray only a “secondary understanding” of Jewish mannerisms but have...
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Woody Allen’s latest film doesn’t have a US release

(JTA) — Woody Allen’s latest film is set to open at a French film festival, but it currently does not have a U.S. release scheduled.

Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which features Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning, was first planned to be produced and released by Amazon Studios....
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