Jews in the News

Jews in the News: Stephen Schwartz, Idina Menzel and Beanie Feldstein

Wicked, Funny Girl, An Ex Becomes a Mensch

The PBS special “Wicked in Concert” premieres on Sunday, August 29 at 9PM. There are encore showings the same evening at 11PM and at 1 AM, the following day. Of course, the title refers to the mega-hit musical that opened on Broadway in 2003. I…

Jews in the News: Sue Bird, Nicole Ross and Sofia Kenin

A Much More Complete List of Diaspora Jews at the Tokyo Olympics—and About the Guys Who Found Them—the Jewish Sports Review Editors. More Medal Winners, Too!

Every two years, since 2002, I have poured over rosters of Olympics-bound teams (other than Israel) to find the Jewish athletes. …

Jews in the News: Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haart and Sacha Baron Cohen

Films, Documentaries, Reality Series, A “Kosher” Lawsuit, Nostalgia and More

“Black Widow” opened in theaters on July 9th and starts streaming on Disney Premiere + on the same day. It’s turned into a box office blockbuster.  It’s another tale about Natasha Romanoff/ AKA the Bla…

Jews in the News: Lisa Kudrow, Jackie Collins and David Frankel

Two New Films; A Documentary, and the Frankels

The animated film “The Boss Baby: Family Business” opens on July 2.  The first “Boss Baby” film (2017) got good reviews and made mucho gelt. It was followed by a Netflix series in 2018.  The premise is, frankly, bizarre (one of the tw…

Jews in the News: Maya Rudolph, Iliza Schlesinger, and Jesse Andrews

Sea Monster Teens; A Dating Comedy; and a Frightening Pregnancy

“Luca”, a Disney/Pixar animated fantasy comedy film, was released for streaming on Disney+ on June 18. The film is set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950s.  Luca Paguro, the star character, is a 13-year-old sea monster cur…