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Spielberg, Wiesel Among Israel's Medal of Distinction Recipients

By Jspace Staff on 9/13/2013 at 2:24 PM

Categories: Israel, World

Spielberg, Wiesel Among Israel's Medal of Distinction Recipients

Steven Spielberg and Elie Wiesel will be among this year’s recipients of Israel’s prestigious Presidential Medal of Distinction awards. The honors will be presented by Israeli leader Shimon Peres, as part of a yearly commemoration recognizing individuals that have made an impact on Jewish life and culture. Spielberg is being honored “for his contribution to cinema over the past 50 years and specifically his unique contribution to the memory of the Holocaust, to the State of Israel, to the …More

Original Schindler's List on Sale on eBay with Starting Bid at $3M

By Jspace Staff on 7/19/2013 at 12:24 PM

Category: History

Original Schindler's List on Sale on eBay with Starting Bid at $3M

One of Jewish history’s most famous “lists” is on sale on eBay, with a starting bid of $3 million. One of the catalogues of names complied by gentile Oskar Schindler during the Holocaust has been made available for purchase by an individual who originally bought the papers from the family of Itzhak Stern, the Jewish accountant who assisted Schindler in typing the list of names. Schindler saved an estimated 1,200 Jews by creating these lists of workers, convincing Nazi forces that his factory …More

  • Schindler's list on eBay

Mel Brooks Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

By Jspace Staff on 6/11/2013 at 1:20 PM

Categories: Entertainment, Gossip

Mel Brooks Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Last week several stars were on hand to celebrate the career of legendary Jewish filmmaker Mel Brooks. The comedic moviemaker, whose long career has produced iconic movies like “Spaceballs” and “Blazing Saddles,” received the American Film Institute’s 41st annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre and had a very star-studded crowd. Martin Short was on hand to open the ceremony and performed a medley of songs from the moviemaker's films, …More

In Telling Story of Fledgling Israeli Air Force, Three Filmmakers Going Their Own Ways

From JTA on 4/5/2013 at 3:30 PM

Categories: Culture, United States, Israel

In Telling Story of Fledgling Israeli Air Force, Three Filmmakers Going Their Own Ways

Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers took to the skies to ensure Israel's birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away. Among the competing producers and their financial backers are such famous names as Spielberg and Lansky. And though their budgets fall well short of Hollywood blockbuster standards, their competitive spirits are just as intense. Nancy Spielberg, the youngest of Steven Spielberg's three sisters, is the …More

  • Boaz Dvir filmming
  • Nancy Spielberg and Peres

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Looks Back on Legendary Director Who ‘Knew He Looked Jewish’

From JNS.org on 3/20/2013 at 4:42 PM

Categories: History, Entertainment, Features

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Looks Back on Legendary Director Who ‘Knew He Looked Jewish’

Robert Gluck, JNS.org Judaism may not be the first thing that comes to mind when watching “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but Jan Harlan, the brother-in-law of its legendary director Stanley Kubrick, makes that connection. “In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Kubrick takes a big bow to the unknowable,” Harlan told JNS.org. “I told him this was a very Jewish film, and I explained why I thought so. Judaism is a breakthrough in thinking; it is like the discovery of the fact that the earth …More

  • Stanley Kubrick inside the space ship "Discovery" on the set of "2001: A Space Odyssey." Credit: War
  • The original publicity photograph taken of Stanley Kubrick during the filming of Barry Lyndon
  • Left to right, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Stanley Kubrick during a break on the set of Kubrick's

03/12/13 Round Up PM Edition (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 3/12/2013 at 6:15 PM

Categories: Art, Israel, Round Up

Ahead of Obama's visit to Israel, Palestinians lay out a series of demands. [Times of Israel] American Jews are backing the "Women of the Wall" movement. [Forward] The Tel Aviv marathon has been postponed due to extreme heat. [Haaretz] Steven Spielberg has plans to produce a film in India. [Salon] Egypt has halted a screening of a documentary on the history of Jews in Egypt. [NPR] A Jewish museum in Poland shows off a new synagogue roof. [ABC] Remember the lawyer who wanted to ban Jews from his jury? …More

03/05/13 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 3/5/2013 at 10:45 AM

Categories: United States, Israel, Round Up

03/05/13 Round Up AM Edition

"Hava Nagila," a film review. [Heeb] Playboy's first Hebrew issue hits newsstands in Israel. [Forward] A Jewish center employee is charged with stealing artifacts. [7Online] Check out the kosher food trucks at AIPAC. [Tablet] Critics are calling new bus lines to bring Palestinians from the West Bank to their workplaces in Israel "segregation." [NBC] The UN cancels a planned marathon in Gaza, after Hamas bans female participation. [Times of Israel] "The Girl in the Red Coat," one of the haunting …More

Steven Spielberg Launches IWitness Video Challenge

By Jspace Staff on 2/27/2013 at 6:32 PM

Categories: Entertainment, History

Steven Spielberg Launches IWitness Video Challenge

A new contest sponsored by the Institute for Visual History and Education challenges middle and high school students to complete community service inspired by “Schindler’s List.” The IWitness Video Challenge, announced by institute founder Steven Spielberg today, hopes to inspire students across the US and Canada to make a difference in their communities and document their efforts in a four-minute video essay. Participants in the contest will be guided by testimonies available on IWitness, which …More

  • Spielberg launches challenge
  • IWitness Video Challenge

And the Oscar Goes To: Jewish Winners at the Academy Awards (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 2/25/2013 at 1:01 PM

Categories: Gossip, Entertainment

Daniel Day-Lewis won big at the Academy Awards last night, taking home his third Oscar for Best Actor. The Jewish actor is only the third man to make this ranking, adding his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln to accolades won for “There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot.” When asked what it felt like to be named Best Actor, Day-Lewis told The Daily Telegraph, "It's daft isn't it?" Though “Lincoln” was an early favorite for the Oscar race, the film’s other top …More

  • Argo wins Best Picture
  • Steven Spielberg at the Academy Awards
  • Argo wins Best Picture
  • Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway
  • Oscars 2013
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Argo wins Best Picture
  • Barbra Streisand sings at Oscars
  • Jewish winners at the Academy Awards
  • Anne Hathaway wins Best Supporting Actress
  • Paul Rudd is Jewish
  • Jewish winners at the Oscars
  • Oscars 2013
  • Winners of the Oscars

Steven Spielberg Sending 'Lincoln' DVDs to US Schools

By Jspace Staff on 2/13/2013 at 12:33 PM

Categories: Entertainment, Education, Gossip

Steven Spielberg Sending 'Lincoln' DVDs to US Schools

Steven Spielberg will send free copies of his historical drama "Lincoln" to schools across the US so students can learn about President Abraham Lincoln. DVDs will be distributed to every public and private middle and high school in the country as part of an educational outreach campaign called Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln, which urges youngsters to follow in the 16th president's example. A statement from Spielberg reads, "As more and more people began to see the film, we received letters from teachers asking if …More

Spielberg Urged to Correct Error in 'Lincoln'

By Jspace Staff on 2/11/2013 at 12:31 PM

Categories: Gossip, Politics, History

Spielberg Urged to Correct Error in 'Lincoln'

US Congressman Joe Courtney asked director Steven Spielberg to correct what he perceives to be an error about the state of Connecticut in his new film "Lincoln." The Democrat watched the Oscar-nominated biopic about President Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of the month and was shocked to see a scene in which two Connecticut representatives reject the 13th Amendment. Courtney has urged Spielberg to correct the mistake, insisting that records from the House of Representatives will show how all four of his …More

Harvey Weinstein Believes He's to Blame for Quentin Tarantino's Oscar Snub

By Jspace Staff on 1/30/2013 at 4:40 PM

Categories: Gossip, Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein Believes He's to Blame for Quentin Tarantino's Oscar Snub

Harvey Weinstein is convinced that he is to blame for Quentin Tarantino's Oscar snub as he initially refused to send DVD copies of "Django Unchained" to Academy Awards voters, preferring that they view the epic in a theater. The movie mogul, whose Weinstein Company is behind the acclaimed film, admits that he was devastated when Tarantino failed to score a Best Director nod when the Oscars nominations were announced this month. The film picked up four other nominations and has a shot in the Best Picture …More