Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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For many, thinking about organized crime will conjure up images of Italian mobsters like Al Capone or the fictional Michael Corleone from the three "Godfather" movies. In actuality, many of the most notorious and ruthless gangsters were actually Jewish. One of the mob figures with a long tenure was Meyer Lansky, a Polish Jew who grew up on the mean...
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NBC's 'must-see' TV adds some local royalty to its lineup
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Hollywood, Calif. He has gone from being a prince of Overbrook Park to a "King" of network television. And when Seth Green takes his regular royal slot as one of NBC's "Four Kings," premiering Jan. 5, he will make yet another adjustment to that well-crafted crown of comedy he's been carefully wearing since 1987, when he starred as little Woody...
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"Munich" is far from a popcorn movie for Dr. Benjamin Berger, albeit one salted with the tears of memory. Indeed, the refrain, "It's just a movie," takes on a sad, dissatisfying, Tinseltown twist for this doctor from Shaker Heights, Ohio. For the elderly Berger, "Munich," after all, is not just a movie. It's family history. Berger's son, David, was the...
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Despite all the critical hoopla and applause, Eli Roth still can’t count on his actors to give him a hand. Most likely, they have none left. For Roth, whose macabre and mordant new movie is set for a “Hostel” takeover of screens Friday, Jan. 6, becoming a member of his acting company is tantamount to becoming a dismember. Blood, gore,...
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Is 'Munich' Fair Game? Or is Steven Spielberg smarter than his critics?
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An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth - follow that philosophy and before you know it, the whole world will be blind and toothless. Steven Spielberg's message from "Munich"? No, Tevye's from Anateveka. But what Spielberg has done with his new film - inspired by the events that followed the Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at...
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