‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s’ Lainie Kazan Is The World’s Most Famous Jewish ‘Greek’ Mama

From Forward: We have already established that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is the story of basically every Jewish family everywhere. But did you know that the movie’s heart and soul is actually Jewish? Lainie Kazan brings a familiar nudgey, yet loving, maternal character to life in Maria Portokalos that can only be played by … Read more

Daniel Radcliffe to star in movie adaptation of Israeli cult classic

From YNetNews Harry Potter star to act in adaptation of the book ‘Back from Tuichi’, a real-life survival tale by Israeli author Yossi Ghinsberg. Jewish-British movie star Daniel Radcliffe continues to prove that there is life after Harry Potter. Since he hung up his oval glasses, Radcliffe has performed in numerous low-budget, independent productions. While … Read more

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

From Jewniverse A new film, Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, is underway about a community, much of which has migrated to the Kechene neighborhood of Addis Ababa. Made by Russian-born Israeli musician and ethnomusicologist Irene Orleansky, the film promises to be a fascinating look at the history, contemporary struggles, and culture (especially musical) of a … Read more

8 Jewish Movies Premiering at Sundance

From Forward: There’s a lot of amazing Jewish movies coming out of Sundance Festival this year. The popular film festival is in its 28th year, and is starting on Thursday, January 21st, in Park City, Utah. From documentaries about Jewish settlers to full feature dramas from the heart of New Zealand, here are eight great … Read more

Baba Joon, Israel’s First Persian-Language Oscar Entry

From Jewniverse: As director Yuval Delshad says in his director’s statement, “The immigrant generation holds on to the familiar with all of their might…The younger generation, however, seeks out a new path.” Delshad is definitely clearing a new path for his Iranian-Israeli heritage. Baba Joon, the first Israeli film in Farsi, has already won Best … Read more

New Documentary ‘Alyad’ Depicts Jewish Life in the Soviet Union

From Tablet Magazine Nika Vashakidze’s film about refuseniks offers a new perspective on the complexity of Jewish life in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘Alyad’ premieres in New York on Wednesday. By Hannah Vaitsblit …The title of the film is a tribute to the phenomenon of young Soviet Jews congregating alyad, or … Read more

Barbie Origins Movie in the Works With Reese Witherspoon

From Variety: Reese Witherspoon is developing, and potentially starring in, a movie about the origins of the Barbie doll. Witherspoon will produce with partner Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner. The duo is teaming with Bold Films, which will finance. The two companies optioned the movie rights to Robin Gerber’s 2010 book “Barbie and … Read more