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March 19, 2012 2:57 pm

‘Moneyball’ Star Jonah Hill Honored at Israel Film Festival

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At the 26th annual Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles last weekend, Academy-Award nominee actor Jonah Hill was honored with the 2012 IFF Achievement in Film Award and “Homeland” (based on the Israeli series “Prisoners of War”) producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (along with Showtime President David Nevins) were feted with the 2012 IFF Achievement in Television Award.

Special guests at the festival’s red carpet gala event were Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat and IFF Honorary co-Chairman Arnon Milchan. Hill, nominated at this year’s Oscars for his role in “Moneyball,” is mostly known for his comedic roles in movies including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up.” Hill’s colleague and frequent co-star Seth Rogen was on hand to present him with the award, and the punchlines just kept on rolling.

“Wow. That was a lot of Jews,” Rogen said. “I’m here to give an award to Jonah Hill, who’s Jewish, I assume that’s why we’re here … Did they already give out the award for best circumcision? … We have an award to Jonah Hill and to a show about Islamic terrorists. You’re really bursting outside the Israeli box this year, shattering our stereotypes.”

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