Film Premieres Just In Time For 50th Anniversary Of Six Day War

Posted on June 4th, 2017

By Jerry Bowyer for Forbes

Today is a big day for Jerusalem. On the heels of his visit to Saudi Arabia, delivering perhaps the most honest and challenging speech an American president has ever given in the Middle East, President Trump goes to Jerusalem. And during the whole trip, his wife and daughter appear in public without headscarves. Rumors swirl about whether Trump will announce, or at least hint at US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And all of this happens as we approach the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem's 'Old City' district during the Six Day War.

And right on cue, CBN releases a fascinating new film, In Our Hands, which presents the re-taking of Jerusalem in a docudrama form. The film goes to great effort for the sake of authenticity and accuracy, with dialogue based on actual news reels, letters and diary entries. The film was also compared to Michael Oren's authoritative history of the war for the purposes of accuracy.

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Behind the scenes with the cast and crew of ‘Genius' about Albert Einstein

Posted on May 28th, 2017
by Gerri Miller for FromtheGrapevine

New National Geographic miniseries reveals the story of the man often called the world's first international celebrity.

Known worldwide for his theory of relativity and the equation E = mc2, Albert Einstein is arguably the most famous scientist in history – and with his wild halo of hair, the most recognizable. But beyond the brilliant mind and distinctive mane, most people don’t know that much about him. That’s about to change with the premiere of “Genius,” a 10-part series that chronicles his scientific accomplishments but also paints a very personal portrait of a passionate man.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and premiering April 25, “Genius” is National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series. It features A-list talent behind the scenes, with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as executive producers (Howard also directed the first episode) and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”) sharing the role with Johnny Flynn as the young Einstein.

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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Israeli Cinema?

Posted on May 21st, 2017
By Samantha Quint for The Forward

Arguably some of Israel’s greatest exports over the years have been outstanding films. Test your knowledge and discover new tidbits about Israeli cinema!

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The Secret Jewish History Of Procol Harum

Posted on May 14th, 2017
Seth Rogovoy for The Forward

Fifty years ago this spring, a then unknown British rock group called Procol Harum released its very first single, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” The distinctive recording went to No. 1 in the United Kingdom and hit the top 10 in the United States, casting the mold somewhat for “progressive rock” on its way to becoming one of the enduring classics of the 1960s and of the entire rock era — the most-played song ever in public in the U.K.; a staple of classic-rock radio, and one of only a few dozen singles to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. 

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Why This Writer Doesn’t Regret His Failed Hitler Sitcom

Posted on May 7th, 2017
By Thea Glassman for The Forward

What happens when you write a zany sitcom about Adolf Hitler, his wife and their Jewish next door neighbors? Well, not a whole lot.

“Heil Honey, I’m Home,” a British comedy show produced in 1990, only made it one episode in before it was promptly pulled off the air.

The show’s creator Geoff Atkinson spoke to Entertainment Weekly last week about his ill-fated sitcom, and explained that the aim was to “laugh at bullies.”

“It seems like the right thing to do; as we speak, somebody’s probably writing a Trump sitcom,” Atkinson said. “I would love to write a Trump sitcom.”
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