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10 things to remember about Jewish filmmaker, Ivan Reitman

10 things to remember about Jewish filmmaker, Ivan Reitman

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished February 14, 2022

Jewish director Ivan Reitman's early life could have been a movie. He died this past weekend at the age of 75, but he leaves behind several indelible movies and stories. Here are 10 things to know about his career and life as the world celebrates his...

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It’s been a good week for Andy Cohen!

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 8, 2022

St. Louis native Andy Cohen had what many of us would describe as a good week. To lead off, the Clayton High School grad, celebrated his son Ben's 3rd birthday, while receiving a special honor himself. Cohen, the host of "Watch What Happens Live,"...

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures course corrects on Jewish founders

Sharon Rosen Leib, The ForwardPublished January 30, 2022

This story was originally published on January 28 by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ recent decision to create a permanent exhibition...

Jewish movie mogul promising more Spidey

Jewish movie mogul promising more “Spidey”

By Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 30, 2021

Less than three weeks before "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is released in theaters, Sony chairperson Amy Pascal is already promising Marvel Cinematic Universe fans more "Spidey" adventures--with Tom Holland in the lead role. The Jewish film producer told...

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 LIGHTPublished 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.comPublished 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 LIGHTPublished 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, KvellerPublished 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 RochesterPublished 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...

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

By Danielle Berrin, L.A. Jewish JournalPublished 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 EmeritusPublished 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

Published 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...

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