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This 1915 KKK-Loving Film Built a Jewish Movie Empire

By On May 30, 2017

You might not think you’ve heard of the Russian-born Jewish motion picture magnate Louis B. Mayer, but if you’ve heard of MGM Studios you have. Mayer, the second ‘M’ in MGM, made… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Power Couple Behind Hollywood’s Iconic Films

By On May 3, 2017

It’s not often you get to see footage of the great Mel Brooks testifying that someone else “made him look like a great filmmaker.” Or countless producers, directors and film critics calling… Read More

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‘Die Hard’ is the Ultimate Hanukkah Movie

By On December 27, 2016

Think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well, Yippee CHAI Yay, Menorah-lovers! The 1988 Bruce Willis flick is actually perfect for Hanukkah! Here are 8 reasons why: 1) ’Tis the Season:  Die Hard takes place on Christmas… Read More

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Remembering the Foul-Mouthed Jewish Agent Who Made Hollywood History

By On October 15, 2015

  What do Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen have in common? They aren’t all Jewish, but their agent was. Sue Mengers, who died four years ago… Read More

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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

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The Jewish Mother of Modern Acting

By On May 16, 2014

Legendary actor and acting teacher Stella Adler was put onstage as soon as she could walk and never left. The newly released first biography of Adler (written by yours truly) explores how the daughter… Read More

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How the West Was Won (By Jews)

By On March 18, 2014

Typically, when we think of Jews in California, what comes to mind, for better or for worse, are the showbiz types. But a new film points our attention about 400 miles up the Pacific coast,… Read More

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From T.A. to L.A.

By On August 16, 2011

People talk about New York being the most Jewish city in America, but Los Angeles is a tough challenger. It has more kosher restaurants per (Jewish) capita than any city outside of Israel. And let’s not forget… Read More

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Philip Roth’s Dance Remix

By On September 16, 2010

When Hollywood makes a movie out of a book, it’s often remarkably different from the original. Ever wonder what authors think about this? James Marcus, a writer for the L.A. Times who… Read More