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Barrymore raising daughter Jewish, the force is with Abrams and more

By Six Degrees (No Bacon) Staff

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Drew Barrymore stopped by to discuss marriage and motherhood with the women of “The View” on Friday. Barrymore, who married art dealer Will Kopelman (son of Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman) seven months ago in a traditional Jewish wedding, talked about being married to a “nice Jewish man” from a “nice Jewish family.” While saying she hasn’t converted “yet,” Barrymore did reveal that...

In 2 Oscar-nominated films, Israel takes a hit on occupation – and helps pay for it

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s hard to imagine two more divergent perspectives on Israeli-Palestinian relations: that of a Palestinian farmer whose village is resisting the encroachment of a nearby Jewish settlement and of the security service chiefs responsible for maintaining order in the Palestinian territories.

Surprisingly, however, these protagonists in two documentaries vying for an Academy Award in the best documentary feature category come to much the...

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

By LANCE J. SUSSMAN

(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 am grateful to Steven Spielberg for having supplied my family with countless hours of great entertainment. As someone descended, in part,...

Dunham doubles up at Globes, Sandler gets Razzies

By SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) STAFF

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 “Girls,” brought home two awards — for best actress as Hannah Horvath and for the HBO show itself, which won best...

‘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 show’s second season, as well as the first, were filmed in Israel.

The popular comedy series “Girls,” created by Lena...

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 the category when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar nominees on Thursday.

“Five Broken Cameras”...

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 in the first investigation lacked the required experience. The evidence presented in the second hearing was the same as in...

‘Hava Nagila’ film chronicles song’s journey from shtetl to cliche

By CHAVIE LIEBER

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 the dance floor for the rousing dance circle ritual.

Does “Hava Nagila” work this kind of magic because it was...

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’ society is made up of 60 newspaper critics from across the country.

Directed by Dror Moreh, “The Gatekeepers” also was...

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 and director Michael Kantor and will be rebroadcast this Saturday night, January 5, at 10 p.m. and also on January...