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Jon Stewart intimates Trump is anti-Semitic

Mocking Americans who wonder how the reality TV star was elected president, former ‘Daily Show’ host asks, ‘Have you met us?’ By Times of Israel staff Jon Stewart on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Feb. 27, 2017. (Screenshot from YouTube) Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart blasted Donald Trump during an appearance in New […]

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Film Shows How ‘Curious George’ Creators Escaped Nazis

We all think we know Curious George, the rambunctious primate who’s been entertaining children since his first book was published in 1941. He’s been in television shows, blockbuster movies and video games, shaping the lives of countless children. But a new documentary, Monkey Business, tells the story of the iconic children’s character on film for […]

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Jerry Lewis — comedian, actor and director — dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced comedian who burst onto the post-World War II show-business scene with partner Dean Martin to form the hottest comedy team of their era before launching his own highly successful solo career a decade later, died Sunday. He was 91. Lewis died of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family […]

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Why French Muslim comedian Samia Orosemane says she’s like a UFO

It’s no small feat for a French Muslim woman from a disenfranchised suburb of Paris to make it on stage, let alone as a stand-up comedian. Enter Samia Orosemane. At the start of her Paris one-woman show “Femme de Couleurs” (“Woman of Colors”), the 37-year-old comedian of Tunisian descent walks on stage to a mashup […]

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Hamlet is a dram that we drink to the dregs

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Elsinore Castle, Denmark: A giant suit of armor fit for Goliath stands in silent sentry when a dashing Hamlet slips a note into the gauntlet like a prayer at the Western Wall. I’d seen Hamlet before, but Grantham Coleman’s portrayal is now my favorite. He charms with his […]

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These little lights of ours: Notes from the Unity Vigil

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Sunday night, the organizations Indivisible, Together We Will and the Interfaith Council organized a Unity Vigil in response to the White Supremacist rally in Charlotteville, Virginia. One woman, Hether Heyer was murdered and nineteen others were injured by a terrorist who rammed his car into a crowd of […]

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Bialik: Being a girl is more complicated now

Big Bang Theory star’s second book offers advice to teenage girls in need of guidance Mayim Bialik is one of the highest-paid actresses on television, but she is resolutely un-Hollywood. For the past seven years, she has played Amy Farrah Fowler, the socially awkward, cardigan-wearing neuroscientist in long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Yet she […]

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Anne Frank Center Responds To Jeffrey Lord’s Firing

“Good riddance!” That’s what the Anne Frank Center had to say about CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord being fired Thursday after he tweeted, “Sieg Heil,” a victory salute that used to be said at political rallies. “GOOD RIDDANCE, JEFFREY LORD. We commend @CNN for firing @POTUS defender Lord for using Nazi salute on Twitter,” the organization […]

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Conan O’Brien set to film special show in Israel

American comedian appears to confirm rumors of visit, tweeting he will come ‘to help’ Jared Kushner during upcoming trip By Times of Israel staff American talk show host Conan O’Brien (Screen capture: YouTube) American comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien will reportedly film a special for his “Conan Without Borders” series in Israel later […]

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‘Evita’ doesn’t tell the whole story

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Welcome to Argentina, 1952. Humble laborers meander into a Spanish colonial church representing the country in microcosm. Argentina is a developing nation of backbreaking labor and wealthy elites. When the news breaks that their beloved first lady, Eva Perón has succumbed to cancer, the people cry out for […]

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‘SNL’ star Rachel Dratch gets 20-year-old Chicago parking ticket

CHICAGO — Former “Saturday Night Live” star Rachel Dratch has lived in New York City for the better part of two decades. But like a relentless stalker in a horror movie, the city of Chicago tracked her down — and hit her with a $73 parking ticket from 20 years ago. “I did a double […]

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Film academy elects cinematographer John Bailey as its new president

LOS ANGELES—Cinematographer John Bailey, whose credits include such films as “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” and “Groundhog Day,” will be the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, charged with helping to lead the nearly 90-year-old institution through the next phase of its ongoing public transformation. In a meeting on Tuesday […]

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Interview: Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary of SNL talk new film, ‘Brigsby Bear’

There’s some debate between “Saturday Night Live’s” Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary about which “Saved by the Bell” character they loved most as kids. “Was Screech our Brigsby?” McCary asks. “Nah, man. A.C.,” Mooney laughs back. A “Brigsby,” in these terms, is a reference to their upcoming film “Brigsby Bear,” in which Mooney’s character James […]

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Israeli filmmakers to team teach at SDSU

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– Award-winning Israeli filmmakers Nir Bergman and David Ofek will serve as visiting lecturers at San Diego State University School this fall. Bergman and Ofek will be team-teaching at San Diego State from August 25 to December 18 through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, which is bringing 13 prominent Israeli artists […]

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