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St. Louis Jewish Light

Hailee Steinfelds young Avenger teams up with Jeremy Renner for Marvels Hawkeye series

Hailee Steinfeld’s young Avenger teams up with Jeremy Renner for Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ series

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT September 18, 2021

In case you have lived under a rock for the past decade, Marvel has taken over Hollywood, one successful and highly-watched movie and television show at a time. Whether it's "Avengers: Endgame" becoming the all-time No. 1 movie at the box office...

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Behind the scenes of that ‘Dave’ Bar Mitzvah episode

Lindsey Rabinowitz, HeyAlma.com August 13, 2021
The hora scene included a whole lot of hand sanitizer.
Marc Maron stars in the new Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. Courtesy: MGM

How Marc Maron became the entertainment industry’s (not-so) secret weapon

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT August 12, 2021

If Marc Maron is in the movie, the experience can't be all bad. But with this entertainer, pretty much anywhere he shows up, good times will follow. He's versatile like good pizza dough; no matter how you stretch it or bake it, the taste is there. That...

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in 1956.The playwrights parents bought a menorah for the film icon. (ullstein bild via Getty Images)

9 stunning Jewish facts about Marilyn Monroe

Arielle Kaplan, Kveller August 9, 2021

Men wanted to sleep with her and women wanted to be her, but all Marilyn Monroe desired was a sense of belonging. Distilled to the public as a “blonde bombshell,” Monroe’s legacy continues to be defined by the demons (childhood trauma, drug addiction)...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the forthcoming “New Warfare:  Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.”  In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

Movies themselves belie Hollywood’s race problem

By Marty Rochester March 9, 2016

Another Academy Awards season is over. I am always struck by how the film industry has no shame. Dozens of Oscar presenters or award winners predictably trot onto the stage to utter liberal pieties about inequality, Wall Street greed and other sins of...

‘The Newsroom’

No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

By Danielle Berrin, L.A. Jewish Journal July 18, 2012

Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism....

From left, Terry Meddows, Justin Ivan Brown, Julie Layton, Bobby Miller perform in the New jewish Theatre’s production of ‘Jacob and Jack.

Deft direction marks NJT’s season closer

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 9, 2012

The New Jewish Theatre closes out its 2011-2012 season with “Jacob and Jack,” acclaimed playwright James Sherman’s delightfully funny and nostalgic look at the decline of American Yiddish theater and the desperation of down-on-their luck actors....

Cast of the NJT production of ‘Jacob and Jack.’

Backstage farce up next at NJT

April 25, 2012

“Jacob and Jack,” the final production of the New Jewish Theatre’s 2011-2012 season, combines elements of contemporary and Yiddish theater in a classic marital farce complicated by dual role-playing. It will be presented from May 3-20 in the Wool...

Mel Gibson came out on top for most film industry Jews in his his recent conflict with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

After Mel Gibson-Joe Eszterhas spat, Hollywood Jews standing by Gibson on ‘Judah Maccabee’

By Dana Kennedy, JTA April 23, 2012

Jews run Hollywood, the old cliche goes. So an outsider might find it strange that one of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Warner Bros., agreed to make a movie about one of the Jewish world’s greatest heroes with a star known for going on anti-Semitic...

B’nai Amoona plans auction event

April 18, 2012

Congregation B’nai Amoona is rolling out the red carpet for “Super Auction Take-2” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The community is invited to attend this Hollywood-themed fundraiser, which includes two auctions, hearty appetizers, decadent desserts,...

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...

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