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Ricky Gervais jokes about Jews at the Emmys

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2010
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British comedian Ricky Gervais takes a swipe at Mel Gibson as he presents an award at the 2010 Emmy awards.

The 1960s-set advertising drama Mad Men, created by Jewish writer Matthew Weiner, was the big winner of the night, taking the prizes for best drama and best drama series writing.

Watch a Yiddish parody of Mad Men here

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Interview: Justin Bartha

By Stephen Applebaum, July 22, 2010

Justin Bartha may not be a household name, but the 31-year-old outshone J-Lo and Ben Affleck in Gigli, played the missing groom in 2009's surprise comedy hit The Hangover, and provided Nicolas Cage with a wise-cracking sidekick in the family-oriented National Treasure adventures National Treasure. If you still cannot put a face to the name, then his latest film (not to mention its poster), The Rebound, should change that.

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The Social Network: Sorkin's Facebook film

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010
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The first look at the upcoming film about Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, starring Jesse Eisenberg. Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, the film has been directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, the brains behind TV series the West Wing.

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Inside Israel's Oscar film factory

June 3, 2010

There is no doubt that Israeli film now commands a significant international presence. However, what is less well known is that so many award-winning Israeli directors, writers and producers are graduates of Tel Aviv University's (TAU) Film and Television School.

Situated in a non-descript grey building on the Ramat Aviv campus, where cats lurk in its basement corridors and studios are piled with what on first glance appears to be junk, it is described by its academics and former students as "special".

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Ajami: Israel's Oscar nominee

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2010
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The Israeli film Ajami has been nominated for Best Foreign Lanugae Film, the third consecutive year an Israeli film has been nominated. The film was recently screened in London as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Last year, Israeli animated film Waltz With Bashir was hotly tipped to win the prize but was beaten by Japanese film Departures.

The film, which is co-directed by Palestinian Scandar Copti and Israeli Yaron Shani follows the lives of young people, Jewish and Arab, growing up in Jaffa.

The Academy Awards ceremony is set for March 7.

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Oscar nominations for Ajami, Reitman and Coens

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2010

Joel and Ethan Coen have received two Academy Award nominations for their Jewish black comedy A Serious Man.

The brothers are nominated for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay for the film which follows the tribulations of a Jewish university professor in Minneapolis in the late 1960s.

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