Category: People

Federation Lifts Nancy Spielberg Above and Beyond

From the Atlanta Jewish Tomes [Nancy] Spielberg, 61, was in her 50s before she jumped into film production, and even then she opted for the documentary approach instead of Hollywood blockbusters. “Even though I scramble for money … it’s still easier sometimes than going the Hollywood route, where you can...

Actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz dies at age 51

From the Jerusalem Post Ronit Elkabetz one of the brightest stars in he Israeli film industry, died on April 19 of cancer at the age of 51. The public is invited to pay its respects on Wednesday at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will...

Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen are going to make art together—for America

From Tablet Magazine The cast has been announced for Woody Allen’s long-in-the-works six-episode television project for Amazon Studios (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle), and boy, does it have people you’d never expect to see in the same room together. Most notable is the...

9 Jewish Actresses Who Won Oscars

From Kveller Since the Academy Awards just announced the 2016 Oscar nominations today, and the actual ceremony is only about a month away on February 28, 2016, we started to think about all the great Jewish actresses who have won Oscars in the past. And since we pretty much like...

The Versatile Power of Sarah Silverman

From Tablet Magazine The ‘I Smile Back’ actress—at once the face of Jewish comedy who can also take on serious roles—has truly come into her own By Rachel Shukert I noticed an intriguing tweet the other day from comedian and unofficial Tablet poster girl Sarah Silverman. It read: “Spending much...

Sonoma film fest director cast in new role: leading JCC

From JWeekly: Eight years ago she got involved with the Sonoma County Jewish Community Center as a volunteer. Now she’s running the place. Ellen Blustein, 63, has become the agency’s executive director, the JCC announced in a news release in December. She has taken over for Beth Goodman, who retired...

Hollywood’s Last Survivors

From the Hollywood Reporter Seventy years ago, the Holocaust ended. Only 11 people who lived through it remain from the world of entertainment. Now, in gripping video testimonials, Oscar winners, actors, Dr. Ruth and even Judy Garland’s hairstylist tell their personal stories, filled with hope and horror, one last time...

That Time Princess Leia Married Paul Simon

From Jewniverse: Let’s do some math. “One and one-half wandering Jews / Free to wander wherever they choose” begins the title track of Paul Simon’s album Hearts and Bones. Simon himself makes up one Jew, so who’s the other half? None other than Carrie Fisher, aka Star Wars’ Princess Leia....