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  • Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

    “Wish I Was Here,” Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night. Fans eagerly awaiting the “Garden State” follow up—especially the 46,520 who helped pay for it to be made—will be glad to know it was warmly received. The screening ended with a standing ovation, certain critics had nice things to say,…

  • Watch: Drake’s ‘SNL’ bar mitzvah

    Drake invaded “Saturday Night Live” this week, serving as host and musical guest. Here’s what we learned: The guy can act, and watching him get bar mitzvahed never gets old. The rapper formerly known as Aubrey Graham didn’t waste any time tapping into the comedic potential of his interesting background. Taking the stage for his…

  • Hank Azaria’s debuts new Web series, ‘Fatherhood’

    Hank Azaria was mystified as to why anyone would want to become a dad. So mystified he decided to grill his celebrity friends on camera and turn his quest for knowledge into a documentary. But a funny thing happened once the whole thing got started: Katie, the Jewish actor’s longtime girlfriend, learned she was pregnant….

  • Palestinian film ‘Omar’ nominated for Oscar

    The Palestinian film ‘Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category. It’s the second nomination for Abu-Assad, whose “Paradise Now” was up for the prize in 2005. It’s also the second time a Palestinian film has been nominated, according to Haaretz. “Omar,” shot in…

  • Neil Young and Justin Timberlake to play Israel

    While Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters’ efforts to stop artists from performing in Israel have been getting lots of attention lately, the list of upcoming, big-name concerts scheduled there continues to grow. Neil Young and Justin Timberlake are the latest additions, joining Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and (fingers crossed) the Rolling Stones. First up is Timberlake,…

  • Pamela Anderson honeymoons in Israel

    Forget Hawaii! Newly remarried couple Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon took an El Al flight straight to Israel after exchanging vows on Sunday. According to The Times of Israel, the former “Baywatch” star and her film producer hubby (of Paris Hilton sex tape fame) are staying in a suite at the King David Hotel in…

  • John Zorn to premiere part three of his Masada project

    Composer John Zorn will debut “John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah” in concert this spring, the New York Times reports. While the pieces that make up the klezmer-inspired project were composed in 2009, this will be the first time any of them will be performed in public. Fans of his work, which ranges from…

  • Deal Roundup: What’s in store for Samberg, Douglas and Stiller

    “Ant-Man” is shaping up to be quite the Jewish superhero flick. According to Variety, Michael Douglas will star as Hank Pym, joining already-committed Paul Rudd. At first everyone thought Rudd was playing Pym, but instead he’s really playing Scott Lang, a reformed thief. The confusion stems from the fact both Pym and Lang have been alter-egos of…

  • Watch: Shaquille O’Neal speaks Hebrew

    So a rabbi and a former NBA star walk into a trade show… Seriously though, Michigan rabbi (and JTA contributor) Jason Miller, actually did run into Shaquille O’Neal at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last Tuesday. Inspired by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons‘ “Shabbat Shalom” closer at the end of an interview given…

  • Golden Globes’ Jewish winners

    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…