Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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Is there a biblical back lot to Israel's burgeoning movie industry? That's the contention of sorts of the "Other Israel Film Festival" www.OtherIsrael.org , the third annual output of Israeli movies focusing on that nation's 20 percent population made up of Muslims, Christians, Bedouins and Druze. A movieland minority report? Yes, and people are coming into the tent -- 6,000...
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But can the government/corporations deal with their 'truths'?
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Hoaxes with the most-est? Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno know what it means to just say no; their drug of choice is playing plants: As the Yes Men -- iconoclastic irritants who stage false press conferences and media events, and attend conventions as ersatz executives -- they bring world attention to growing global capitalism through chaos and comedy. False profits?...
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In Hollywood, as author/First Person Festival star moves from 'Bible' to the big screen
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When walking in the shoes of the fisherman, how does A.J. Jacobs know they're the same size? And what does he do with the sand and stones in the sandals? The writer ponders the pebbles as possibilities, not problems: "Sometimes, it's good if you have the sand stay in there." He should know. He's wiping the floor with his Florsheims,...
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Come Thanksgiving, no one will beat Shayna Rose to the drumsticks. How could they? She's been twirling and handling them spectacularly already as Marina, the dreamboat/drummer/ heartbeat of "The Fresh Beat Band," the rockin' role she has on Nickelodeon's niche program for musical newbies. A series that attracts minions from the mini-crowd ... the "Band" plays to the preschool set;...
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Yisrael Campbell talks of cutting-edge movie, play -- and his Catholic background in Philly
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They say the man works for tips. Dunno. Seems "Circumcise Me" comic Yisrael Campbell has his future pretty much sewn up. The unorthodox Orthodox star of the documentary -- opening the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival on Saturday night, Oct. 24 -- and his off-Broadway play of the same name could have been as easily called "Yisrael Scissorhands." Three times? Really?...
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