Arts and Culture

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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CNN fires commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who called for a ‘free Palestine from the river to the sea’

(JTA) — CNN has fired Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator and professor at Temple University, after he used a phrase associated with Palestinian extremists – “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” – during a speech at the United Nations.

A CNN representative told Mediaite on Thursday that Hill...
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Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Alaska in ‘Northern Exposure’ reboot

(JTA) — Neurotic Jewish physician Dr. Joel Fleischman will return to Cicely, Alaska in a revival of the television series “Northern Exposure.”

Actor Rob Morrow will return as his Jewish doctor character, Variety reported. According to the report, Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Cicely for the funeral of an old...
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OP-ED: Stan Lee gave comic books permission to be more Jewish

By ARIE KAPLAN

(JTA) — When Stan Lee died on Nov. 12 at 95, he left behind a vast legacy. Between 1961 and 1969, his greatest sustained burst of creative activity, he co-created a vast array of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible...
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Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee dies at 95

(JTA) — Stan Lee, who as one of the masterminds behind Marvel Comics created such mega-popular comic book franchises as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was 95.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the son of a...
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