Friday, November 21, 2014 Heshvan 28, 5775
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In carving out an acclaimed career, James Woods has never given a wooden performance. Lively, livid, alive - his characters create a cascade of verbal hurricanes, with the star gleaning huzzahs for his efforts. How ironic, then, that Woods' most physical and perceptive performance is one in which only his eyes speak powerfully, poignantly for him. And in that performance...
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As rain teemed down on the roof of Gratz College, those seated in its large auditorium intermittently laughed, murmured and even wiped back tears in response to Marc Levin's acclaimed documentary "Protocols of Zion." More than 600 people watched on Jan. 29 as the film tackled issues of hate and anti-Semitism in post-Sept. 11 America. "We're here to discuss a...
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Switching Lainies. On the road to riches, actress/singer is ethnically enhanced
Greek Orthodox? Greek unorthodox - or that's what one would have assumed on learning of the casting of a major Jewish actress as a Greek matriarch in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." But then, one would have underestimated the undeniable appeal and talent of Lainie Kazan, who made the big fat 2002 Greek role her own. And she did it...
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A Jewish Apprentice? Not yet, but Soviet émigré Alla Wartenberg came close - and closes in on her own title as mogul
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"Tee Ouvolena!" The Sputnik simulcast of "You're fired!"? If Donald Trump never actually uttered the Russian equivalent of his rejection mantra, Soviet Jewish émigré Alla Wartenberg still got the message. She made the business world's equivalent of the Final Four of basketball, jumping through hoops, but was still voted off the island - Manhattan, in this case - in the...
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So, you wanna be a producer? Maybe it helps to have a great director. Susan Stroman had a hit with the flopsweat of her "Producers" on Broadway in 2001; five years later, the director/choreographer - who made body "Contact" with the Tony Award in 2000 - is now watching as her Broadway Bialystock and Bloom bounce off the big screen...
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