Israeli screenwriter makes list of finalists
The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles has named Israeli screenwriter Ehud Lavski as a finalist for one of its 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
Seven individual writers and three writing teams are finalists for the fellowships.
Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five $30,000 fellowships.
The fellowships will be presented in early November in Los Angeles. “It’s a great honor,” said Lavski, whose script is called Parasite. -Hannah Brown Lotto to list nominees for Sapir Prize
On November 1, Israel’s state lottery will issue the list of 12 authors
nominated for the Sapir Prize for Literature for 2011. At the next
stage, the judges will issue a short list of five authors, from whom the
winner will be chosen. A prize will also be given for a debut book.
Each shortlisted writer as well as the winner of the prize for the first
book will receive NIS 25,000. The Sapir Prize winner for 2011 will
receive NIS 150,000.
For the first time, the winning book will be translated into Arabic, as
well as the customary translation into a foreign language of the
author's choice. -Jerusalem Post Staff
Theater great Miriam Zohar turns 80
On Friday Bet Lessin (BL) is throwing an 80th birthday bash at Tel
Aviv's ZOA House for actress and Israel Prize (1987) laureate Miriam
Zohar, currently center stage in BL’s Her Last Day. Among those paying
tribute are playwright Hillel Mittelpunkt, long time colleague Leah
Kenig, actors Lior Ashkenazi, Eli Gorenstein, Yona Elian and many more.
The MC is Natan Datner.
Zohar was born in Romania and arrived here via the Cyprus interment camp
when she was 15. There she was bitten hard by the theater bug, and when
she finally got to Israel, Zohar was accepted by Habimah where she
worked until 1995. Since then she’s been at BL.
Her most famous roles include Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
(twice), Ethel in On Golden Pond, Arkadina in The Seagull, and the title
role in Medea. Her other prizes include Actress of the year in 1995.
-Helen Kaye Jobs biography tops E-book charts
The Steve Jobs biography has debuted at the top of the charts, and you can expect it to stay there for a long time.
Though official book sales figures from Nielsen will not be released for
more than a week, Steve Jobs is already No. 1 on the Kindle bestseller
list, the Nook bestseller list and the Apple iBookstore chart.
The authorized biography, written by Walter Isaacson, appeared in book
stores yesterday, and the print and versions is already No. 1 on
Industry analysts expect it to stay there for some time, and Amazon
spokesperson Brittany Turner already told Reuters it could be the
top-selling book of the year. -ReutersCasino returns Nazi-looted painting
A German casino has returned a Nazi-looted painting to the heirs of a German-Jewish art gallery owner.
The return of “The Masters of the Goldsmith Guild in Amsterdam in 1701”
by Dutch portrait painter Juriaen Pool II (1665-1745), took place
Tuesday at the Amsterdam Museum.
The beneficiaries of the estate of Max Stern, who ran a gallery in
Germany before he was forced by the Nazis to liquidate his works, are
Concordia, McGill and Hebrew universities.
The Pool painting, which depicts some of Amsterdam’s most important
citizens, is the ninth Nazi-looted piece of artwork to be returned to
the university heirs.
Stern liquidated his gallery’s works of more than 400 pieces after Jews
were banned from selling art. In 1943, after recovering a fraction of
the works, Stern moved to Canada and purchased the Dominion Gallery of
The artist Pool lived in the 17th century building that houses the Dutch museum, which once was an orphanage. -JTA Portman takes new baby to shul
Israeli-born American actress Natalie Portman, 30, took her four-month
old son, Aleph, to the Ohr HaTorah Temple in Culver City, California on
She was accompanied by her fiance, Benjamin Millepied. Portman gave the
public a first look at her son last week while leaving a friend’s home
in Los Angeles, and while shopping at Farmers’ Market with Millepied.
A spokesperson for the star of Black Swan confirmed a report in
Entertainment Weekly that she had turned down a role in indie flick
Adaline, a part that was offered to Katherine Heigl, after becoming a
mother for the first time. -Jerusalem Post staff