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Gett Nominated for the Golden Globes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

An Israeli film that scrutinizes Israel’s  divorce laws has been nominated for the Golden Globes as one of the Best Foreign Language Films.

The selection of “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”, by the brother and sister team of Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, was announced on Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The film, which stars Ronit Elkabetz in the title role, follows an Israeli woman in her five-year quest to obtain a Jewish legal divorce, or get, from her husband through the Israeli rabbinical court system. The husband’s persistent refusal leaves her stranded in legal limbo, since Jewish law dictates that he must consent to release her from the marriage.

The film is the third in a trilogy by the sibling writers and directors, following the 2004 film “To Take a Wife” and 2008’s “Shiva,” which focused on the same main characters.

According to Variety, the movie’s success has spurred a movement to change the divorce laws depicted in the movie, which can leave women at the mercy of uncooperative husbands. Variety reports that the administration of Israel’s rabbinical courts plan to screen the movie at the annual meeting of the country’s rabbinical judges in February.

“We wrote Vivian’s story based on the very simple fact that still today in Israel a woman must get her husband’s consent if she wants a divorce,” said Ronit Elkabetz in response to the nomination, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I am happy and proud that we have brought Vivian’s voice and struggle for freedom to the world. The film asks that women be allowed to live their lives with dignity and basic human rights.

Richard Gere to Star in Movie Filmed in Israel

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Actor Richard Gere reportedly is set to star in a new film by award-winning Israeli director Joseph Cedar, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie that will be filmed in both New York and Israel, according Yediot Acharonot.

Two of Cedar’s films, “Footnote” and “Beaufort,” were nominated for Academy Awards.

The movie is expected to be called “Oppenheimer” and also will star Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi. Gere will play the part of Norman Oppenheimer, a New York activist who starts a relationship with an Israeli politician.

The Golden Globe winning actor also is the star in “Time Out of Mind,” which is directed by Israeli-born Oren Moverman and is to be released soon.

Meanwhile, the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” is slated to come to Israel for the first time.

The musical, which has been running on Broadway for 18 years, will be performed in Israel in November, according to reports.

Gwyneth Paltrow ‘Quietly’ Converting to Judaism [video]

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Recently divorced actress Gwyneth Paltrow is moving on from Kabbalah studies to converting to Judaism, The New York Post reported.

She has two children from her marriage with British singer Chris Martin, from whom she divorced this year, and she said she wants to bring them up as Jews.

Her late father was Jewish, but her mother is a Christian, which determines the religion of the child, according to Jewish law.

She has been dabbling in Kabbalah, a favorite pastime among Hollywood stars who like to find instant spirituality, but Paltrow has something special going for her.

She discovered several years ago that she comes from a long line of prominent rabbis, as described in the video below from NBC”s “Who Do You Think You Are” program.

She was so thrilled to discover her lineage that she told an interviewer in 2006, “I really am a Jewish princess!”

So if she really wants to be a Jewish American Princess, she has to convert. The question is whether she will go for instant Judaism and go through a Reform conversion or if the knowledge of her lineage will persuade her to enter the tribe according to the same rules that her great-grandfather followed.

So far, her approach reflects the typical surface understanding of Hollywood stars. She has been quoted as saying that being raised by a Jewish father and Christian mother “was such a nice way to grow up.”

Paltrow is big on cooking, and she calls herself “the original Jewish mother: because she likes cooking for others. “ I am the original Jewish mother,” she told You magazine.

Gwyneth, sorry to bring the news, but there is bit more to Judaism to feeling Jewish and being a good cook, or even a good actress, and it certainly means more than studying Kabbalah, which for you and Madonna is like someone studying to be a doctor starting with medical school before learning Biology 101.

Stallone, Rogen Among Hollywood Elite to Slam Hamas

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen, signed a statement condemning Hamas as its conflict with Israel continues.

From actors to directors to studio heads signed the statement by members of the Creative Community for Peace and posted on its website Saturday. The signers also included Aaron Sorkin, Roseanne Barr, Sherry Lansing and Kathy Ireland.

“Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage,” the statement reads. “Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.”

The statement will appear as an ad in Hollywood publications including Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

The statement also said that the signatories “are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.”

Several Hollywood figures have offered statements on Twitter and Facebook in support of Gaza and the Palestinians.

Joan Rivers: If New Jersey Fired on NY, We Would Wipe Them Out

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Jewish entertainers Joan Rivers and Howard Stern have spoken out loud and clear for Israel in the war on terror, but most of  the largely liberal and left-wing Hollywood Jewish community suddenly has gone underground.

They no longer are able to defend Gaza  but don’t have the small courage to break their bleeding heart image and actually say that Israel is righter than right in the war against Hamas. Not a peep has been heard from Barbara Streisand, who sang for then-President Shimon Peres last year and sang “Aveinu Malkenu.”

Joan Rivers and Howard Stern are exceptions.

Stern’s comments, which already have been widely publicized, cannot be reprinted here because he used more four-letter words than can be written in one article.

Rivers was caught on film by TMZ, which asked her what she thought about the war and the “killing of civilians” in Gaza.

Rivers, never at a loss for words, retorted, “Let me just tell you if New Jersey was firing rockets into New York we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York we would get rid of Jersey.

“So I don’t want to hear anymore, oh, we’ll do a partial truce. You cannot throw rockets, and expect people not to defend themselves.

“Don’t put your goddamn things in private homes. I’m sorry, don’t you dare put weapons stashes in private homes.”

She added that Hamas started the war and for clinchers told the interviewer, “You’re all insane. They started it. What are you all saying. They started it.”

Stern went bananas when a caller on his SiriusXM radio show tried to defend Hamas. “If you’re anti-Israel, then you’re anti-America,” Stern shorted before calling Israel is “the only friend we have who’s willing to fight and stand up for what’s right.”

When the caller opined that “Zionists run Israel,” which is as obvious as saying that American run America, Stern spewed out almost every expletive every invented.

Film Producer Steve Tisch to Chair Film Festival in Israel

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Steve Tisch, one of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry, will chair the 16th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival at Tel Aviv University May 31-June 7, 2014.

Tisch is a partner at Escape Artists Productions and chairman of the New York Giants is the only person with both an Academy Award and a Super Bowl ring.

Tisch helped launch Tom Cruise’s career with the sleeper hit” Risky Business,” and his credits with Escape Artists include The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Seven Pounds, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs.

He has been involved with the Giants since his father, Preston Robert Tisch, purchased 50 percent of the franchise in 1991. Tisch helped win the successful bid to bring Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in February.

“Our students will have the privilege of learning from Mr. Tisch, a role model of accomplishment and an internationally recognized figure in the film industry,” said Prof. Joseph Klafter, president of Tel Aviv University.

The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival is the largest in the world and this year will begin as an annual instead of a bi-annual event.

Produced by more than 100 student volunteers, it showcases promising young directors from over 40 countries.

Golden Globes’ Jewish Winners (Video)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Among the crop of victors at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards were a noteworthy bunch of Jewish Hollywood types.

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture went to Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel) for “Her.”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie is Michael Douglas, who played Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.”

Possibly the most controversial of the bunch is Woody Allen, who would have taken home the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement if he had shown up. Diane Keaton accepted on his behalf, and Mia and Ronan Farrow dissed him on Twitter.

Andy Samberg scored twice, winning Best Actor in a TV series, Comedy for his role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was named Best TV Series, Comedy. If you missed his adorable acceptance speech, check it out here. It was one of the evening’s highlights.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/golden-globes-jewish-winners-video/2014/01/13/

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