When my friend invited me to see Natalie Portman's newest film, Vox Lux, I obviously said yes. Natalie Portman playing a pop star past her prime? In which she gives "a riveting performance of…fiercely mannered bravado?" All that plus Jude Law? Yes, please! I barely Googled anything about it; I don't like reading film reviews before seeing the movie myself. But I did watch the trailer. It seemed like a really interesting portrait of a pop star who had been affected by tragedy. Mostly, what I knew about… >> Read More
The Hallmark Channel, famous for its Christmas movies, is finally adding some (holiday) diversity to its mix: Hallmark is now in the business of making Hanukkah movies!
Forbes reported that the…channel "has two movies with Hanukkah themes under development that it plans to air next year." One of the films, tentatively titled Holiday Date, will have "Hanukkah elements." (That makes us think it'll probably just be a Christmas movie with one or two Jewish people, maybe a menorah thrown in there, a la the "Happy… >> Read More
Brace yourselves, our favorite Jewish (sex) doctor is in.
After teasing an upcoming announcement that had us at the edges of our seats, the spunky Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 90, finally revealed that a…documentary about her life will air on Hulu in 2019. On Thursday, the renowned German-born sex doctor shared her big news in an adorable video on Twitter. The documentary will come to the streaming service, and "you're all going to watch it," Westheimer asserts. And if you can't wait for Hulu to release Ask Dr.… >> Read More
If you were Queen of the internet for a day, what would be your first decree? While you brainstorm your answer, I'll tell you what our favorite Israeli actress would do.
At the London premiere of…Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet on Sunday, Gal Gadot, one of the animated film's stars, answered that very pressing question. "I would shut [the internet] down," she told ODE Entertainment, laughing. "Like, we all need a break." (Shabbat, anyone?) The Jewish actress voices the character Shank, who is sort of like the mentor to protagonist Vanellope… >> Read More
We have certainly come a long way when it comes to accurate portrayals of Jews and Jewish themes in movies and TV. But for some reason, one thing that’s seriously lacking — yes, still, in 2018…— is the amount of films that exist about Hanukkah. Despite growing up in a relatively observant home, I pretty much spent the December breaks of my youth watching Christmas movies like Santa Clause and Home Alone because the Jewish holiday movies were so scarce — A Rugrats Chanukah and Eight Crazy Nights get old really quickly, let me… >> Read More