Arts and Culture

Amy Schumer delivers her ‘royal baby’

(JTA) — Amy Schumer delivered what she called “our royal baby” hours before the birth of the new prince in Britain.

Schumer, 37, is married to chef Chris Fischer. Schumer posted a photo on Instagram of Fischer kissing his actress-comedian wife, who is holding their newborn son.

The couple was married...
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11 Jewish facts about ‘The Addams Family’ movies

By ARIELLE KAPLAN

(Kveller) — They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and … Jewish?

Well, not quite. But between Morticia Addams’ Yiddish pet name for her husband, Gomez, and to the very Jewish writer (Paul Rudnick) behind the movies’ scripts, it’s safe to say that the Addams family is, at least,...
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‘Empire’ cast members call for Jussie Smollett to return for next season

(JTA) — The top cast members of “Empire” sent a letter to Fox Entertainment and Disney executives calling for Jussie Smollett to be brought back for the show’s next season, not that his legal problems are behind him.

Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the show’s...
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Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh is nominated for an Emmy

(JTA) — Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for best culinary host for her show “Girl Meets Farm.”

In an Instagram post, Yeh wrote that she is “completely verklempt” to be nominated.

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Neshama Carlebach is figuring out how ‘to both love and not love’ her father

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Neshama Carlebach says she is figuring out how “to both love and not love” her father.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a spiritual leader and musician whose soulful melodies penetrated the hearts of people across the religious spectrum, is the man who made her into who...
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Oscar winning composer, conductor André Previn dies at 89

André Previn, the jazz and classical artist and conductor and award-winning film composer, died at his home in Manhattan on Thursday, February 28. He was 89.

Previn, whose Jewish parents fled the Nazis from his birthplace of Berlin, first lived in Paris for a year in 1938 before emigrating to...
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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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