• Ben Feldman hams up the Jew factor on ‘Mad Men’

    As AMC’s acclaimed “Mad Men” enters its sixth season, the actor who plays Jewish copywriter Michael Ginsberg says he’s not trying to play on Jewish stereotypes but to convey the challenges of being an outsider. Chavie Lieber reports for JTA. More ▸

  • Disney is already planning a second “Oz” film

    The film hasn’t even been in theaters for 24 hours, and Disney has already confirmed “Oz the great and Powerful” will have a sequel. Despite the film’s somewhat negative reviews, screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been tapped to write the sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the original film’s cast, which include James Franco and Mila Kunis, seem… More ▸

  • The Dude turns 15

    To a certain subclass of young American males, today is an anniversary on par with 4/20, 15 years since the debut of the cult classic that gave us such gloriously quotable lines as, “Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you’re goddamn right I’m living in the past!” It’s tempting to… More ▸

  • Israeli films fall short again at Oscars

    Two Israeli documentaries in contention for the Oscar for best documentary failed to bring Israel its first coveted golden statue. More ▸

  • In 2 Oscar-nominated documentaries, Israel takes a hit on occupation — and helps pay for it

    Two films financed by the Israeli government and now vying for the Academy Award for best documentary feature take sharp aim at Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territories. More ▸

  • Adam Lambert: ‘Les Mis’ actors are pretending to be singers’

    The new musical film “Les Misérables,” which just ended a relatively successful first weekend in the box office ($28 million). The film, which is based on Victor Hugo’s famous book and has already been adapted to a popular musical, received generally good reviews from critics, but one very vocal negative review from Adam Lambert. Lambert, a musician, musical… More ▸

  • Juicing Hava Nagila

    The perils of weekend reading. In Saturday’s  New York Times print edition (dated Oct. 30 on line), I read the obituary of Snapple founder Arnold Greenberg and discover he once considered naming a flavor "Guava Nagila." (There’s also this disconcerting sentence: "By the 1960s, with the East Village becoming decreasingly Jewish and increasingly hippie, Mr…. More ▸

  • James Franco sued by professor who gave him a D, goes on anti-grade rant

    This could be the most bizarre story of the day. Actor James Franco attended a class at NYU titled “Directing the Actor.” Well, not exactly attended, since Franco missed 12 out of the 14 classes, since he was too busy cutting his own arm during the filming of the film “127 hours.” The professor, Jose… More ▸