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Out and About: Israeli Winners at Sundance; Ian McEwan Defends Jerusalem Prize Acceptance

  • Two Israeli films, “Restoration” by Yossi Madmony and “Zero Motivation” by Talya Lavie, picked up prizes at Sundance.

  • The Egyptian Museum was hit by looters, but it could have been worse.

  • Israeli filmmakers have received death threats over their film on the Gaza war.

  • Ian McEwan has defended his decision to accept the Jerusalem Prize, telling his critics, “I’m for finding out for myself, and for dialogue, engagement, and looking of ways in which literature, especially fiction, with its impulse to enter other minds, can reach across political divides.”

  • Violinist and Auschwitz Survivor Henry Meyer is the subject of a new play in Cincinnati.

  • Barbra Streisand is set to play Seth Rogen’s mother in a “My Mother’s Curse.”

  • Macy Gray has decided to perform in Israel after all.

  • And watch Jesse Eisenberg meet Mark Zuckerberg on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live:

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