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30 years ago, Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon starred in 'School Ties' - one of Hollywood's few movies about antisemitism at school

(JTA) - After a long career pause brought on by an assault-induced depression and injuries, actor Brendan Fraser is back in headlines, earning early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming...


To save Jews and keep the Nazis away, these doctors invented a fake infectious disease

(JTA) - How the subject of his new documentary, "Syndrome K," has largely escaped public attention is a mystery to filmmaker Stephen Edwards. "It's the greatest elevator pitch in Hollywood," he said....


'Jackass: Forever' star Rachel Wolfson on being the first Jew and woman on the stunt comedy team

(JTA) - Most film debuts don't include licking a taser while dressed as a mime, or having a scorpion crawl on one's face. But when it comes to the "Jackass" TV and movie franchise, that's par for the...


'Licorice Pizza' sees Jewish women as beautiful

(JTA) - This year, everyone seemed to have an opinion about how the entertainment industry views Jewish women. The comedian Sarah Silverman and others openly inveighed against what she deemed...


As Jon Stewart returns to TV, here's a look back at his most Jewish moments

(JTA) - After a hiatus of more than six years that followed his departure from "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart returned to regular series TV on Thursday night with "The Problem with Jon Stewart." Debuti...


Isaac Asimov's epic 'Foundation' series is now a TV show

(JTA) - This Friday, following a pandemic delay, Apple TV+ will debut "Foundation," the first-ever screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov's bestselling, award-winning science-fiction book series. First...


In 'Lansky,' Harvey Keitel puts the legendary gangster's Jewishness front and center

(JTA) - Perhaps no American Jewish actor has been so closely associated with crime films as Harvey Keitel. During a career now in its sixth decade, the 82-year-old Keitel has appeared in "Mean...

 By Stephen Silver    News    April 9, 2021

PBS postpones debut of 'Til Kingdom Come' documentary on evangelicals and Israel for 'editorial review'

(JTA) — PBS has decided to postpone airing the documentary “Til Kingdom Come,” which examines the close relationship between American evangelicals and Israel, in the light of accusations that the film misleadingly spliced together two separate...


'Donny's Bar Mitzvah' wants to be the raunchiest Jewish movie ever

(JTA) - There's never been a great, definitive American movie about a bar mitzvah. And after "Donny's Bar Mitzvah," a new movie that arrived this week on Amazon Prime and iTunes, there still hasn't...


Prince and the Jews: The late rock star's best Jewish friend tells all in new memoir

(JTA) - In the late 1960s, when Neal Karlen was not even 10 years old, he would spend time at the home of his grandparents, one of the few Jewish families that remained on the north side of Minneapoli...


Major League Baseball's official historian on Jews in baseball and making sense of the weirdest season of all time

(JTA) - From Hank Greenberg to Sandy Koufax to Alex Bregman, Jews and baseball go way back, to the 19th century. It's not just players and fans - the participation even extends to the role of official...


ChaiFlicks, the 'Jewish Netflix,' is here

(JTA) - It was only a matter of time: A Jewish Netflix has arrived. That moniker is probably the best description of ChaiFlicks, a film and TV streaming platform focused on Jewish-themed movies that...


'Defiance' is the best heroic Jews vs. Nazis inspiration that Netflix has to offer

By Stephen Silver (JTA) — The mid-to-late aughts saw a run of films that featured Jewish characters, for lack of a better description, kicking ass. In 2005, there was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” about the Israeli government’s plot to get...


In Cuba, Jewish foods - from kosher meat to bagels with holes - are hard to come by

HAVANA (JTA) - The remaining Jewish community in Cuba has much to contend with - a lack of resources and rabbis, a population that's both aging and dwindling, and ongoing uncertainty about how much ai...


He met Bob Dylan at camp, they stayed friends for 50 years

(JTA)-Jewish summer camp is such a crucial part of the American Jewish experience that many Jewish adults, even in their older age, likely remember the names of many of the kids in their cabins from... Full story


James Caan's latest character: A Jew who moves to Israel to become a pig farmer

(JTA)-"Raising pigs in Israel? Couldn't you play golf like everyone else?" That's a quote that doubles well as the concept behind the movie "Holy Lands," which stars Hollywood veteran James Caan as a... Full story


As 'Broad City' bids farewell, is an era of peak Jewish TV ending?

(JTA)-Yas, queen-it's all coming to an end. "Broad City," the hit Comedy Central series created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, aired its series finale on March 28 after five seasons.... Full story


Welcome to Wawa-and Shabbat Shalom!

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-There's something uniquely American about an event that combines secular ritual with actual religion. In six states and the District of Columbia, but especially in Pennsylvania,... Full story


One of the most powerful moments in 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

(JTA)-"If Beale Street Could Talk," the new film from "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, is at heart a film about African-American love during a time of rampant racism. It's an adaption of James Bald... Full story


Israel 'almost touched' peace: A director's take on the making of HBO's 'The Oslo Diaries'

(JTA)-On Sept. 13, 1993, exactly 25 years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat were captured shaking hands in a historic ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by... Full story


'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' was Adam Sandler's liberal Zionist manifesto

By Stephen Silver NEW YORK (JTA)-Whatever else you can say about the somewhat mixed legacy of his work, you certainly can't question Adam Sandler's credentials as an avatar of Jewish cultural pride.... Full story


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