Film

Review: Meet the Spartans

By Gerald Aaron, March 20, 2008

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No joke is too crude, too lewd or too simple-minded in co-writer-directors Jason Friedberg’s and Aaron Seltzer’s anything-goes — and I do mean anything, good, bad and just plain silly — spoof of last year’s sword-and-sandals actioner 300. I admit, with considerable embarrassment, I laughed quite often. But then, how could anyone completely hate a movie in which a Simon Cowell lookalike is pitched into the Pit of Death?

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The Chassid who got too close to Natalie Portman

By Daniella Peled, March 19, 2008

Most aspiring actors would jump at the chance of starring as Natalie Portman’s husband in a Hollywood movie.

But one young amateur —a Chassidic kitchen-cabinet salesman from Brooklyn — has stepped down from just that role after an outraged response from his community.

Abe Karpen, 25, was to partner Israel-born Ms Portman in one of 12 five-minute romantic vignettes in New York, I Love You, currently shooting in the city.

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Shoah film not racist, says writer

By Michal Levertov, March 19, 2008

The man who inspired the Oscar-winning Austrian film The Counterfeiters has denied accusations from the Israeli media that the movie was “antisemitic”. The Counterfeiters, based on the autobiographical book of Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger, tells the story of Jews forced by the Nazis to forge British and American banknotes. However, some leading Israeli film critics have condemned the film as prejudiced.

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Review: The Orphanage

By Gerald Aaron, March 14, 2008

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