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

Posted on May 29th, 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 22nd, 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 15th, 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 8th, 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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DNA and Jess Robinson wow judges in BGT auditions

Posted on May 1st, 2017

While one Jewish act left the Britain’s Got Talent judges in stitches, another had them completely mystified.

Impressionist Jess Robinson and mind-reading duo DNA both flew through their auditions, broadcast on Saturday night, and are now hoping to secure a place in the live semi-finals of the popular ITV talent show.

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