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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Woody Allen to play pimp who irks Chasidic neighbors

JTA March 8, 2012

NEW YORK -- Woody Allen will play a pimp who irks his Chasidic neighbors in a movie directed by John Turturro. Allen is set to co-star in the "Fading Gigolo" along with Turturro and Sharon Stone, Variety reported Tuesday. Turturro and Allen will play...

Schindler factory to be named Czech cultural heritage site

JTA March 5, 2012

PRAGUE -- The factory in which Oskar Schindler saved moer than 1,000 Jews from concentration camps will be declared a cultural heritage site even as it faces possible demolition. The eastern Bohemian factory in the town of Brnenec is set to be declared...

The Artist staring Jean Dujardin, left, as George Valentin and
Bérénice Bejo as Pepper Miller.

“The Artist” salvages Jewish pride at Oscars

JTA February 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Jewish pride had a place at the Academy Awards with the triumph of “The Artist,” a black-and-white homage to Hollywood’s silent film era. The film won five Oscars for best picture, director, actor, costume design and original musical...

A scene from the Israeli film Footnote, which aims to take
home the countrys first Academy Award for best foreign-language
film when the Oscars are given out on Feb. 26.

‘Footnote’ falls, continuing Israel’s Oscar drought

JTA February 26, 2012

"Footnote” failed to win Israel’s first Academy Award, coming up short in the best foreign-language film category. The film, directed and written by Joseph Cedar, was beaten out by the Iranian entry, "A Separation" by Asghar Farhadi, at the annual...

Sacha Baron Cohen’s  “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” depicts anti-Semitism in a satirical way.

Sacha Baron Cohen to attend Oscars after all

JTA February 26, 2012

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen received two tickets to the Academy Awards, despite threats that he would be banned if he comes dressed on the red carpet as the title character from his upcoming film. Baron Cohen announced Sunday that he would attend the awards...

Sacha Baron Cohen’s  “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” depicts anti-Semitism in a satirical way.

Academy Awards threatens to ban Sacha Baron Cohen

JTA February 23, 2012

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen will be banned from the Academy Awards if he arrives at the Red Carpet dressed as The Dictator, a character from his upcoming film. Paramount's awards staff said Baron Cohen would not receive his tickets to the Oscars unless he...

A scene from the Israeli film Footnote, which aims to take
home the countrys first Academy Award for best foreign-language
film when the Oscars are given out on Feb. 26.

With another film in Oscar contention, Israeli cinema shows it can compete

By Tom Tugend, JTA February 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- For Israelis, winning the country’s first Oscar would be akin to scoring the first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 games in Athens.“If ‘Footnote’ gets the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, the reaction would be tremendous,”...

A scene from the Israeli film Footnote, which aims to take
home the countrys first Academy Award for best foreign-language
film when the Oscars are given out on Feb. 26.

Jews at the Oscars, Shatner’s Priceline demise, Rogen and Miller’s tzedakah

By JTA Staff January 24, 2012

SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) | JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP NEW YORK (6nobacon.com)—The 2012 Academy Award nominations came out Tuesday and it seems like Billy Crystal will be hosting a big ol' Jewish party, providing traction to those who advance the canard...

Israeli Oscar entry ‘Footnote’ qualifies for shortlist

JTA January 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- “Footnote,” Israel’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, has qualified for the shortlist of nine semifinalists. The shortlist, which was culled from submissions by 63 countries, was revealed Wednesday by the Academy of Motion...

Joseph Cedar at the 2011 Cannes.

Israel again going to the Oscars gate with a Joseph Cedar entry

By Tom Tugend, JTA January 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Joseph Cedar is on a pretty good run: The Israeli director has made four movies in his 11-year career, and the first three have represented his country at the Academy Awards for best foreign-language film. One made the cut of five finalists,...

Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies

JTA REPORT March 23, 2011

Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, who maintained a support for Israel after converting to Judaism in the late 1950s, has died. Taylor, known for her violet eyes and her plethora of husbands, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at...

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