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The Biggest Noisemaker Of Them All

From the Borsch Belt to Broadway, Mel Brooks has spent a career spotting ‘the insane in the commonplace.’

Special To The Jewish Week

When writing about Mel Brooks the temptation is to try and be as funny, as just plain nuts as your subject. That’s a sucker play, so even thought it might look appealing, only a mug would try to compete with the subject of Robert Trachtenberg’s long overdue PBS documentary “Mel Brooks:

Mel Brooks: From Williamsburg to international fame.  Michael Grecco

The Unlikeliest Rescue Mission

‘50 Children’ documents the improbable Shoah story of Philadelphia’s Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus.

Staff Writer

Growing up in the 1960s in New York City and Connecticut, Liz Perle, who later worked in the publishing industry here, heard some vague stories about her grandparents’ exploits in Europe the year before World War II broke out.

Robert Braun, right, now 84, one of the children saved by the Krauses. Photo courtesy HBO

Ben Stiller To Star in HBO Series About Jewish Family


NEW YORK (JTA) -- Ben Stiller reportedly has signed on to direct, produce and star in an HBO original series about a Jewish family called “All Talk.”

The script is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer and the series, set in Washington, will co-star Alan Alda.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent.

Shooting is set to begin in the fall.

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