Arts and Culture

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ and the Jews: an untold story


(Jewish Ideas Daily) – I loved “Lincoln” as much as anyone and, as an American historian, took a special pleasure in it. Among many other things, I thought the depiction of Thaddeus Stevens was terrific. As the father of fivechildren, all of whom grew up in the post-“E.T.” era, I...
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Dunham doubles up at Globes, Sandler gets Razzies


NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off the Hollywood awards season on Sunday, and it was in television that the Jewish people stood tall — notably Lena Dunham, the new queen and unchallenged ruler of television comedy.

Dunham, the creator of...
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‘Homeland’ scores big at Golden Globes Awards show

(JTA) — “Homeland,” a television drama based on an Israeli program, won for best drama at the Golden Globes Awards. The Showtime program, based on “Hatufim,” or “Prisoners of War,” also received awards for best actor, Damian Lewis, and best actress, Claire Danes, at Sunday’s awards ceremony.

Parts of the...
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Two Israeli films nominated for best documentary Oscar

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Two Israeli films are among the five nominated for best documentary for the Academy Awards.”Five Broken Cameras,” directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, and “The Gatekeepers,” directed by Dror Moreh, were among the films chosen from 15 finalists of the 126 films that entered in...
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Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, inquest confirms

(JTA) — Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse died of consuming too much alcohol, a second inquest into her death confirmed. Results of the second inquest provided Tuesday by the coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, matched those of the original in October 2011.

The second inquest was required because the deputy coroner...
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‘Hava Nagila’ film chronicles song’s journey from shtetl to cliche


NEW YORK (JTA) — You’re at a wedding or bar mitzvah, mingling at the bar or catching up with a distant relative, when you hear it — the opening notes of a familiar tune that as if by some invisible force carries you and other guests to...
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Israeli documentary ‘Gatekeepers’ wins U.S. film prize

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli documentary “The Gatekeepers” was named the best nonfiction film of 2012 by the National Society of Film Critics in the United States. The film, which features interviews with six former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, received the award on Saturday.

The film critics’...
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PBS special on Broadway’s Jewish ‘Legacy’ continues on WYES

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Reviewer, WYES-TV’s “Steppin’ Out”

The history of the Broadway musical and the influence of Jews in its development is examined extensively in a PBS “Great Performances” special that bowed New Year’s Day on WYES-TV. “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” is a 90-minute documentary by award-winning producer...
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Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill....
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Honey Boo Boo backs Israel, Lena Dunham book leak, modern day Seinfeld


NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Are Israel’s recent publicity problems finally over? Or did they just get worse? In the wake of the vote granting the Palestinians upgraded status at the United Nations, and just days after “Sesame Street” actress Sonia Manzano called Israelis “bullies,” Honey Boo Boo...
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