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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Timothée Chalamet set to play anti-Semite Roald Dahls most famous character

Timothée Chalamet set to play anti-Semite Roald Dahl’s most famous character

EMILY BURACK May 25, 2021

This story originally appeared on HeyAlma.com Three things: Roald Dahl, creator of Willy Wonka, was an antisemite (see: “The Witches”). Timothée Chalamet, actor, is Jewish. And Timothée is set to play a young Willy Wonka in a new musical...

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 03: Tiffany Haddish attends Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah at SLS Hotel on December 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

Brian Epstein biopic, Tiffany Haddish’s new series and more

NATE BLOOM, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2021

Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, just won his (second) best actor Oscar for “The Father.” Next January, he is scheduled to start filming “One Life,” a bio-pic about Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015), a British banker who arranged the rescue of 669 Czech...

The Color of Money

Looking back at the Jewish Oscar sweep of 1986, and predicting Sunday’s big winners

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 23, 2021

The year 1986 was not only a very good year at the movies, it also was a very good year for Jewish talent in the movies. Both the Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Jewish people on that fateful Oscar night. Paul Newman took home the coveted...

Ezra Furman has released five well-received solo albums. (Robin Little/Redferns via Getty)

Jewish rocker Ezra Furman announces she’s a woman — and a mom

Lisa Keys, Kveller April 22, 2021

This article first appeared on Kveller. Jewish indie rocker Ezra Furman is a trans woman — and has been a mom for years — she revealed on Wednesday. In a moving Instagram post, the 34-year-old musician briefly explains her journey, her experience...

Alfred Molina arrives for the 75th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. (Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Alfred Molina’s amazing “Fiddler” clip goes viral again. Here’s why.

Alec Baris, Digital Content Manager April 21, 2021

It’s official: Alfred Molina has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Otto Octavius, or “Doc Oc” in the upcoming third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man films, according to Variety. Molina’s role as the villainous...

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‘Funny Girl’ and Barbra Streisand’s insatiable Jewish hunger

Gabrielle Hoyt April 20, 2021

(Originally published by Alma) When Barbra-Streisand-as-Fanny-Brice enters the scene of her deflowerment in Funny Girl, she can’t keep her clothes on. Compelled by the throbbing power of vermillion walls, plush curtains, suggestive female statues,...

Jack Black

Jewish actor Jack Black is trending and for all the right reasons

Jordan Palmer, Director of Digital Communications April 20, 2021

Jack Black has always been that one actor you hoped was Jewish, wished he was Jewish, and then when you learned that he really was, you couldn't believe he was Jewish. This week, the 51-year-old actor and musician began trending on Twitter, and we...

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Happy Birthday, James Franco! Here are five movies to watch to celebrate

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2021

From his early roots in the cult TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” James Franco had the making of a star. Not only is he a deft actor, but he also has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and two masters of fine art degrees, from Columbia University and...

Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss attend The 2019 Met Gala in New York City, May 6, 2019. (Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic via Getty Images)

Karlie Kloss’ baby’s name was leaked — by Josh Kushner’s former Israeli yeshiva

Shira Hanau April 19, 2021

(JTA) — It’s common practice in Jewish circles to wait until eight days after a baby boy is born before publicly sharing the baby’s name at the time of circumcision. Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss, the brother and sister-in-law of Jared Kushner...

Richard Dreyfus as Bernie Madoff. Photo: ABC Network

Why Richard Dreyfus was the perfect actor to play Bernie Madoff

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 16, 2021

In case you were living under a rock this week, legendary Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff died in jail. Sentenced to 150 years in 2009, he served a little over twelve in prison before dying of natural causes. Madoff pleaded guilty after being arrested...

Director Taika Waititi hands Natalie Portman the Thor hammer, as the current Thor star Chris Hemsworth looks on at the San Diego Comic-Con International festival, July 20, 2019. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

New Natalie Portman film announced

April 16, 2021

Natalie Portman continues to be busy this year. HBO has announced the 39-year-old Israeli-born actress will star in an upcoming film, The Days of Abandonment. Portman will star a woman who must put her life back together after her husband suddenly ends...

Judy Blume. Photo: Twitter

Jewish celebrities: William Shatner at 90, Judy Blume on film, WeWork documentary and more

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light March 24, 2021

On March 22, WILLIAM SHATNER turned 90. But his star still burns bright, and his trek goes on. His latest film, “Senior Moment,” opens in theaters and on-demand on Mar. 26. Shatner stars as Victor, a retired NASA test pilot whose license gets taken...

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