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Joan Micklin Silver at the premiere of the film "A Private Matter"

Joan Micklin Silver, director of 'Hester Street', passes away at 85

Silver gained a respected reputation when Hester Street debut though she still faced sexist and antisemitic remarks from Hollywood executives.

Those we lost in 2020: Remembering the rabbis, pioneers and innovators

We will start with the many people — many of whose names will never make the news

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
28/12/2020

The story behind ‘Mank:' 'Citizen Kane's Jewish screenwriter

It’s likely that only the most zealous of film buffs are aware of the Jewish sides to Mankiewicz’s story. Here’s some of that history.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/12/2020

25 years after 'Casino': a primer on some of Hollywood's Jewish gangsters

The film's protagonist is based on Frank Rosenthal, a real Jewish gambling expert from Chicago who had ties to the Chicago Outfit and eventually headed to Vegas to run casinos for them.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
28/11/2020
Seth MacFarlane.

Seth MacFarlane adapting Herman Wouk WWII novels for miniseries

The author, an observant Jew, also wrote “This Is My God,” a book summarizing the tenets of Judaism intended for both Jews and non-Jews.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
13/08/2020
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a scene from the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing."

‘Dirty Dancing’ sequel starring Jennifer Grey announced

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news on Thursday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
08/08/2020
Ben Platt

Ben Platt shares how he came out as gay during Israel trip

As Platt explains, he realized he was gay when he was 12, but hadn’t felt it necessary to tell anyone.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
10/07/2020

Carl Reiner’s genius made him ‘a very familiar stranger’

On screen, Reiner was most notably a straight man, a supporting player, a maker of cameo appearances, a presence felt, noted, appreciated, but never overbearing.

By ROBERT LLOYD/LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS)
04/07/2020

Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Films and 'Lost Boys,' Dies at 80

Schumacher brought his fashion background to directing a run of stylish films throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

By REUTERS
23/06/2020
Gene Simmons of KISS

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons learns of his Holocaust survivor mother’s life

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons said his mother almost never spoke about her Holocaust ordeal, including time in Nazi camps.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/05/2020
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