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25 Years of Loving ‘The Nanny’

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00am
By Elyssa Goodman for Tablet Magazine 


Fran Drescher’s legendary character has been leaving high-heel marks on our hearts since 1993


On the evening of Nov. 3, 1993, Fran Fine traveled over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffields’ door. And by now, 25 years later, you know all too well what happened next. She was there, of course, to sell makeup but the father saw more: that she had style, she had flair, she was there; and that’s how she became the nanny.

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Fill Up My Cup... Mazel Tov!: Bar Mitzvahs on Television

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00am
From the Blog Pataphysical Science


During a recent Shabbat dinner conversation with my friend Emily (@Stagemaven on Twitter), the topic of the best bar mitzvah episodes of television shows came up. She mentioned that someone should write a blog post about that and I kept it in the back of my mind. But then I heard about the January 18 episode of Saturday Night Live in which Drake's monologue had him talking about his bar mitzvah (he's Jewish!). And then I watched the February 11 episode of New Girl, in which Schmidt tries to pick up a Hebrew school teacher at a bar mitzvah, and the February 27 episode of The Crazy Ones about the ad agency having to throw a bar mitzvah for a client's son. So these all seemed like signs that I should go ahead and write that blog post. Thanks for the idea, Emily.

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7 extraordinary Israeli-designed music videos

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00am
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


From Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to Coldplay and U2 and more, many of the world’s top musicians turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects and design.


Over the past several years, Israeli directors, producers and animation artists have taken part in the making of some of the most talked-about music videos in history.


From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s iconic “Apes**t” video at the Louvre, to Coldplay’s Grammy-nominated video for “Up&Up,” many of the music industry’s top performers turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects, animation and visual design.


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The Call of the (Ladino) Brunette

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
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Sefaradi Sounds 


Noam Vazana’s Moroccan-born grandmother used to sing to her in Ladino. Listen as Vazana (aka Nani, the nickname her grandmother lovingly gave her) performs a whispering and velvety version of the Ladino classic, Morenica (“The call of the brunette”).

 

Vazana has plans to record the world’s first Ladino pop album under Vazana’s stage name, Nani — her grandmother’s nickname for her.


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Story of the Song | Women Wage Peace

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
From Yael Deckelbaum.com


The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.

The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.

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The Secret Jewish History Of ‘A Star Is Born’

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
By Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
 


Like the cicadas that spend most of their lives underground, emerging only every 13 or 17 years (and how they decide is for you to know and me to find out), the movie musical “A Star Is Born” gets remade every few decades or so. The latest incarnation, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is scheduled to open on October 5, having premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and at festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian in September.


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Linda Richman Is Verklempt

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Rokhl Kafrissen for Tablet Magazine 


How Yiddish entered American pop culture, and how American pop culture penetrated the Yiddish vernacular


“On this show we talk about coffee, New York, daughters, dogs, you know, no big whoop, it’s just coffee talk.” If you were alive and owned a TV in the early 1990s you probably have some recollection of Linda Richman, the iconic Mike Myers Saturday Night Live character. She was a New York Jewess with an exquisite collection of “low back chain shift” vowels and an immovable pouf of black curls.

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Meet David Fantle, Interviewer To The Golden Age Stars

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
PJ Grisar for The Forward


40 years ago David Fantle and his writing partner, Tom Johnson, saved up enough money from their summer jobs to fly to Los Angeles for interviews with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. They were 18-years-old Minnesotans with no credentials other than chutzpah and a love for Golden Age cinema. They had never done anything like it before and all it took was a snail mail request for sit downs with the two titans of cinematic dance.

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