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Sacha Baron Cohen to helm ‘Chelm,’ an HBO cartoon about the shtetl of fools

Sacha Baron Cohen to helm ‘Chelm,’ an HBO cartoon about the shtetl of fools

Published May 18, 2022

(JTA) – Imagine a village full of Borats, and you’re close to realizing the absurdity of Chelm. The real-life Polish shtetl, a popular subject of Jewish folklore and Yiddish authors including Isaac Bachevis Singer, took on a mythic identity as a village...

Shira Haas, right, and Amit Rahav in “Unorthodox.”

Your complete Jewish guide to the 2021 Golden Globes

By Nate BloomPublished February 26, 2021

The Golden Globe awards, for excellence in TV and film, will be awarded on Sunday, Feb. 28 (airs at 7 p.m.).  Due to the pandemic, the Globes will be a virtual event. NORMAN LEAR, 98, the creator of many great TV shows, including “All in the Family,”...

Sacha Baron Cohen to star in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sequel?

Published January 22, 2014

Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to join Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland 2,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. If it all goes through, he’ll appear alongside Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who both starred in the first film as the Mad Hatter...

The Chasidic boy band The Shepsalach performing Rabbi, its cover of the Justin Bieber song Baby.

JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP: Rise of the Jewish Biebers

By JTA StaffPublished July 10, 2012

NEW YORK — This has been the week of the Jewish Justin Biebers. At first it was Edon Pinchot, the 14-year-old, yarmulke-wearing Chicagoan on "America's Got Talent" whose impressive vocal abilities earned him a spot in the reality show's semifinals (not...

Sascha Baron Cohen as Adm. Gen. Shabazz Aladeen in his most recent film, ‘The Dictator.’

‘Dictator’ scribes dish on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy

By Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish JournalPublished May 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES — David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, screenwriters of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, “The Dictator,” were bantering in the comic actor’s office as Alec Berg, their co-writer, joined in by speakerphone — he was home babysitting his...

Jason Segels desire to have Hillary Clinton co-star in his film was suppressed when Clinton sent him a letter respectfully declining his offer.

Hillary spurns Segel, Jack Black sings ‘Chad Gadya,’ Kazakhstan thanks Borat

By JTA StaffPublished May 1, 2012

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Jason Segel is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood with the success of "The Muppets" and "How I Met Your Mother" and his lead role in the movie "The Five Year Engagement.” But not everyone is jumping at the chance to work with...

Kazakh shooter Maria Dmitrenko had to listen to a spoof of the national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie Borat as she received a gold medal at the Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait, March 22, 2012.

Weinberg’s tikkun olam, Simmons rants, Madonna adds an Israel show

JTA REPORTPublished March 27, 2012

NEW YORK -- It’s been quite a week for KISS frontman Gene Simmons. On Tuesday, the band joined with members of Motley Crue for a news conference to promote their tour this summer. Simmons was asked about pop stars overshadowing rock stars and let loose...

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

JTAPublished 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

JTAPublished 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...

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

Controversy and the silver screen

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 15, 2011

It isn't just live performances such as "The Death of Klinghoffer" that can raise questions of propriety and appropriateness. The silver screen isn't immune to such debates.Of course, not every work that raises difficult issues is controversial. Films...

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