I admit it: I was a bit weary when I first found out about Mary Poppins Returns, the Mary Poppins sequel that's coming out later this year. My videotape (remember those?!) of the 1964 original…movie was one of my most precious possessions as a child. More than anything, I loved the movie's infectious soundtrack. Glynis Johns' performance of "Sister Suffragette" was perhaps my first indoctrination into feminism. I also had a terrible crush on Dick Van Dyke's character, Bert, whose terrible accent I was luckily too young to discern. I… >> Read More
Are you still upset over the closing of Toys "R" Us? Well, dry your tears, big ears: New York's most iconic toy store is making a comeback.
FAO Schwarz — with its famous enormous piano — is…returning to NYC. The new store is being developed by ThreeSixty Group, a company that designs and sells toys, which bought the FAO brand from Toys "R" Us in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7-rz9nIn4 This time around, FAO Schwarz plans to inject theatrics into its brick-and-mortar store. Customers can expect to see demonstrators, magicians, and human toy soldiers, according… >> Read More
Operation Finale — the story of the capture of notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann by Israeli intelligence agents — premieres on August 29. The film focuses on the team of Mossad agents that traveled…to Argentina to capture Eichmann, and bring him to Israel to stand trial for the crimes he committed against the Jewish people. As you might expect, the film is dominated by male characters. Still, there's one woman on the team, played by actress Mélanie Laurent, a French Jewish woman IRL. In Operation Finale, Laurent plays… >> Read More
Breaking news on this Tuesday afternoon: Natalie Portman, arguably one of the most famous Jewish actresses today, is set to play America's most famous advice columnists. And yes, those columnists…were Jewish. The columnists who Portman will be portraying were identical twin sisters Esther and Pauline Friedman. The Friedman sisters are known more commonly by their advice column names: Ann Landers (Esther) and Dear Abby (Pauline). As The Hollywood Reporter reported, "The sisters had a bitter professional rivalry but led personal lives that were equal parts… >> Read More
The new documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, premiered in May to rave reviews. The film traced her status as a Jewish feminist icon, and gave viewers a rare glimpse into her life — her…marriage, her workout, and more. And if you missed it in theaters, have no fear: The film is coming to TV. CNN will air RBG on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3rd), as well as on the evening that Rosh Hashanah begins, on Sunday, Sept. 9th. (What a way to celebrate the New Year!) The movie has already… >> Read More