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  • Emmys 2018: The Jewish nominees, from ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to ‘Game of Thrones’

    (JTA) — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Sarah Silverman’s new late-night show earned Emmy nominations on Thursday. “Maisel,” Amazon Studios’ popular series set in a very Jewish 1950s New York neighborhood, was nominated for best comedy series. Rachel Brosnahan, its non-Jewish star, was nominated for best lead actress in a comedy series for her performance…

  • Sheldon Adelson sees casino opportunities in North Korea

    (JTA) — Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson hopes to “open up his business” in North Korea if President Donald Trump can end the longstanding military conflict between the rogue country and its southern neighbor. Adelson, the longtime Jewish and Republican megadonor, made the comment late last month at an event organized by Taglit-Birthright Israel in Jerusalem,…

  • Sacha Baron Cohen teases new show with video of Dick Cheney signing a ‘waterboard kit’

    (JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen is coming back to TV, and he’s teasing his new show in an intriguing way: by telling us all it involves an interview with Dick Cheney. That’s not the only eye-opening detail, however: In a video Cohen shared Sunday on Twitter, the former vice president happily signs what the comedian…

  • Salzburg has 388 memorial plaques for Nazi victims. This man is cleaning them all.

    (JTA) — Austrian retiree Gerhard Geier isn’t Jewish, and his family wasn’t affected by the Nazis, but he’s doing something special to honor the memory of hundreds of Holocaust victims. A video by BBC News explains that Geier has set out to clean and restore the 388 “stolpersteine,” or cobblestone memorials to victims of the…

  • Rock star Perry Farrell is obsessed with an Orthodox rabbi right now

    (JTA) — Most rock music lovers know Perry Farrell as the charismatic frontman of the band Jane’s Addiction. Others know him as the guy who started the popular Lollapalooza music festival. Hardcore fans might know that he was born Peretz Bernstein to a Jewish family, and that he has been one of the more prominent…

  • ‘Drunk History’ covers the tale of Nazi Adolf Eichmann with the help of Rachel Bloom and Weird Al Yankovic

    (JTA) — “Drunk History” is a popular Comedy Central show in which stories from history are narrated by comedians who are, as the title implies, under the influence. The latest episode, set to air Tuesday night, includes a telling of the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, the main architect of the Holocaust who escaped to Argentina…

  • ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 2: One of the most powerful scenes involves a rabbi

    Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched the fifth episode of the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” (JTA) — “The Handmaid’s Tale” is one of the bleakest shows on television. The second season, which has been underway on Hulu since last month, is arguably even more brutal than the first…

  • Gal Gadot is producing and possibly starring in a Fidel Castro movie

    (JTA) — Gal Gadot is set to produce and possibly star in a film about how an American journalist became one of Fidel Castro’s closest confidantes. Gadot’s husband, Yaron Versano, who is also Israeli, will co-produce the drama for Warner Bros., Deadline reported. The idea is based on a recent Politico article by Peter Kornbluh…

  • ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ renewed for third season before second season premieres

    (JTA) — The second season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will not air until later this year, but the show has already been given the green light for a third season. Variety reported that the show’s creator appealed to Amazon Studios executives on Saturday night while accepting a Peabody Award at the awards show in…

  • 5 Jewish facts about the new Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ movie

    (JTA) — “Star Wars” fans are eagerly awaiting the franchise’s latest film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” As its title suggests, the flick focuses on Han Solo, the legendary character made famous by Harrison Ford in the series’ first films from the late ’70s. The “Solo” movie, which hits theaters on May 25, is the…