Jews Making News: Andrew Garfield’s Return to the Big Screen

Jews Making News: Andrew Garfield’s Return to the Big Screen

Garfield’s Return to the Big Screen

According to recent reports, Paramount Pictures is set to pick up distribution rights to Martin Scorsese’s latest film, Silence, based on the Shysaku Endo novel. Coming to theaters in November 2015, the film is set in the 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Andrew Garfield will play leading character, Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest (Adam Driver) amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church.

Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California. His paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who had moved to London from Eastern Europe. The family surname was originally “Garfinkel.” Garfield describes himself as Jewish.


KISS to Perform in Atlanta

Known for its members’ face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, KISS has become one of the iconic American rock bands. KISS, one of the world’s best selling-bands of all time, returns to Atlanta Friday, July 18 to perform at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Formed in 1970, the band has had several different members since its creation. Currently, the band is led by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer.

Paul Stanley, the only American-born Jewish member of KISS, was born Stanley Bert Eisen. Stanley was born in upper Manhattan to two Jewish parents. His mother came from a family that fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, and then to New York. His father’s parents were from Poland. Stanley was raised in the Jewish faith.

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