Monthly Archives: April 2010

Friday Footwear

Director John Ford directing Victor McLaglen in The Informer, 1935. Ford had a hard time getting The Informer produced. The material was dark, and Ford’s vision uncompromising. It’s the grim tale of Gypo Nolan, a simple brute who informs on his best friend, a member of the Irish Republican Army, in order to collect a […]

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Travis Banton: A Costume Designer’s Perfect Revenge

Travis Banton with devoted client Carole Lombard, 1934. Travis Banton, (1894 – 1958) one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers, dressed, among others: Pola Negri, Evelyn Brent, Clara Bow, Florence Vidor, Bebe Daniels, Kay Francis, Lilyan Tashman, Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, Sylvia Sidney, Gail Patrick and Mae West. Carole Lombard was so devoted to his […]

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Hollywood: Then and Now

Then: In 1954 photographer Milton Greene did a photo session of Marilyn Monroe with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Said Marilyn: “My father is Abraham Lincoln. I mean, I think of Lincoln as my father. He was wise and kind and good. He is my ideal, Lincoln. I love him.” Now: Sean Penn has defended […]

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The Dhimmis of Hollywood

Dhimmitude: an attitude of concession, surrender and appeasement towards Islamic demands. South Park, equal opportunity satirists, have finally met their match. No, not the Islamist barbarians who have issued an indirect fatwa against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the unforgivable crime of satirizing the notion of Muhammed’s appearance. The veiled threat […]

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The Jewish Vote Does Not Exist, And What to do About it

Michael Fenenbock, formerly a Democrat political consultant and activist, writes knowledgably about the current “hammer the Jews” policy of the Obama administration. Jewish demographics dictate that there is no meaningful Jewish vote, thus Jews who oppose Obama’s hostile policies to Israel should align themselves with larger groups who have political clout. Obviously, this is the […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #264

Toronto Pearl’s mother cuts negative, but, no doubt, dreams of a Jewish blogosphere. Up and live from Atlanta—pronounced A-llanta by the natives—Georgia, Elisson presents Haveil Havalim#264.

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Friday Footwear

This season, one of the biggest trends in footwear is the bootie, a below-the-calf boot, a direct descendent of the common Victorian walking shoe. Contemporary designers have spun this classic design into new and novel directions using architectural platforms, nose-bleed heels, exotic materials, unusual fastenings and bold silhouettes. The best booties offer masculine heft tempered […]

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Everything I Know About Screenwriting

Movies are just like real life—except the boring parts are deleted. So too with dialogue. The best movie dialogue is spare, laced with subtext, and comes at an unusual angle that rolls over the audience like a smooth wave. Jean Harlow in Beast of the City, 1932. In Beast of the City, 1932, Jean Harlow […]

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Obama: Strike Against Iran off the Table

Israeli jets train over Nevada. Years ago, Seraphic Secret predicted that the Democrats would opt to allow the mullahs to cross the nuclear red line. Appeasement to evil is now embedded in the DNA of the Democrats, a party that emulates the toothless European Socialists. The Democrats will push the notion that a nuclear Iran […]

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Israel: The Hope

Ma’ayan Ariel looks out on Mo’din, the birthplace of the Macabbean rebellion. The modern state of Israel is, today, 62 years old. But Israel, the Jewish homeland, is over two-thousand years old. If G-d is the major character in the Torah, then the main supporting character is the holy land of Israel. From the moment […]

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Remembering 22,750

Prayer for those who have fallen in defense of the Jewish state. It is Yom Hazikaron in Israel, the solemn day when those who have fallen in defense of the Jewish State are remembered. Life comes to a halt for two minutes as a siren wails. Traffic halts. Heads are bowed. Tears are shed. We […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere: Yom HaShoah Edition

Surrender, 1927, Lea Lyon (Mary Philbin), the rabbi (Nigel de Brulier) and Constatin (Ivan Mosjoukine) in director Edward Sloman’s enormously successful silent film about a beautiful Jewish girl whose Russian village is invaded by Cossacks. She is given a choice by the Cossack chieftain of either sleeping with him or seeing her village destroyed in […]

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Friday Fashion

The Burberry Prorsum, Fall 2010, ready to wear line, should be labeled, Fashion Goes to War. The jackets, with gargantuan-collared shearling, and impeccably tailored military coats, seem designed for a post-modern lady warrior. The multiple leather straps and Mad Max buckles complete a look which recalls Clark Gable as the daring flier in Victor Fleming’s […]

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Krauthammer Rips Obama’s Fatuous Nuclear Summit

Charles Krauthammer unmasks Obama’s absurd nuclear summit, a kabuki theater of nothingness. The North Koreans and the Iranians must be laughing themselves silly. But in all fairness, Obama has managed to contain the horrifying Canadian nuclear threat. Meanwhile Barack Hussein Obama has announced a historic shift in America’s relationship with Israel. English translation: Obama is […]

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Seventh Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture

The Seventh Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Yahrtzeit Lecture will take place Sunday June 13, 2010, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by a brunch. Young Israel of Century City9317 West Pico BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90035 We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Dennis Prager, author, columnist and radio […]

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Obama Bows (Again), China Kicks Him in the Rear

Barack Hussein Obama bowing to Chinese leader Hu Jin Tao. There’s something profoundly wrong with Barack Hussein Obama. It’s not as if protocol demands that he bow down to foreign leaders. And it’s not as if all his bowing and scraping has gotten anything in return—except maybe contempt. For instance, Obama has repeatedly declared that […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Constance Bennett says, “Okay, little men, time for the Best of the Jewish Blogosphere. Up and live, Haveil Havalim, The Post Pesach Edition, edited by Frume Sarah.

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Friday Fotos

During Passover Karen and I took Ma’ayan Ariel for a stroll around our beautiful Los Angeles neighborhood, Pico Robertson. As Karen observed, “Unless you walk, you really don’t notice all the interesting stuff.” Hard to believe, but I didn’t feel compelled to step in, get a foot massage, And Feel Refresh. There are tons of […]

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Barack Hussein Obama’s Nuclear War Against Israel

Barack Hussein Obama’s war against Israel has just crossed the nuclear threshold. Ma’ariv, the Israeli newspaper, reports that employees of the Dimona nuclear facility are being denied visas to the United States where, for years, they have attended seminars in physics, chemistry and nuclear engineering. But of course, this Iranian jihadist agent, is welcomed with […]

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iPad vs. oPad

Apple’s iPad was released—as I’m sure you all know—last Saturday. Will it be a hit? I have no idea. Hope so, we own a lot of Apple stock. But the true game changer is coming from Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat Socialist Party of America. Heeeeer’es the oPad! H/T Bookworm Room.

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    NOTE: Click on video titles inside the thumbnail images, below, to open that video in YouTube

    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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