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Here’s a list from Scandalist:
o Maggie Gyllenhaal
o Scarlett Johannson
o Kate Hudson
o Amanda Bynes
o Michelle Trachtenberg
o Natalie Portman
o Mila Kunis
o Sarah Silverman
o Winona Ryder
o Brooke Burke
o Selma Blair
o Emmanuelle Chriqui
Pretty good list, I think.
It’s just missing one name— JewishJournal.com contributor Orit Arfa.
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October 10, 2008 | 11:41 pm
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“A BBC film sheds startling new light on the underage sex case against the director,” writes David Gritten in the Telegraph:
In any list of globally famous public figures for whom it’s hard to summon sympathy, Roman Polanski would rank high. The brilliantly talented film director, who brought ‘Chinatown’, ‘The Pianist’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ to the big screen, is infamous for having had unlawful sex with an under-age girl in Los Angeles in the Seventies—then fleeing America to escape imprisonment and making a permanent home in France to avoid extradition.
All that is true. But a startling new documentary casts these events in a totally different light. ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’ probes the legal machinations behind the Polanski case 30 years ago and concludes that the publicity-seeking judge, Laurence Rittenband, was more determined to make an example of Polanski than to uphold the law. The film kicks off the new season of documentaries on BBC Four’s Storyville series next Monday.
Remarkably, the film’s director Marina Zenovich interviewed both Polanski’s lawyer Douglas Dalton and assistant district attorney Roger Gunson, who prosecuted the case - and both men agree that justice was undermined. On camera, Gunson describes the legal proceedings as “a sham”.
October 3, 2008 | 7:44 pm
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David Zucker is a rarity in Hollywood, a Jewish Republican, and he told The Journal all about it in 2006.
The comedy director, famed for box-office smashes like ‘Airplane’ and ‘Naked Gun’ is not all talk, though—his avowedly conservative ‘An American Carol’ opens today.
With an advertising campaign based on Karl Rove ‘culture war’ themes, the director has positioned his movie like a cinematic Sarah Palin—it’ll be good for whatever ails America, you betcha.
To me, the ad campaign seems hateful, divisive and ignorant, but what do I know? I am a Hollywood Jewish liberal with an Ivy education and obviously this film is not for me. I just can’t see how ads based on sneering stereotypes that exploit the fear of imagined media elites will make America a better place.
Who is it for? Michael Moore haters?
I dislike Moore for his boorishness, but I wonder at the singular bitterness and anger that seems to fuel Zucker’s bile towards the guy. What’s up with that?
Zucker likes our health care system? Zucker thinks GM is a good corporate citizen? Or the Bush Policy is a big success?
Is ‘An American Carol’ aimed at ‘middle America?’ If they can afford gas to get to the megaplex maybe they’ll like it.
Zucker didn’t screen it for critics, says the L.A. Times, because he thinks they’re biased. Yup. They don’t like crap. Excuuuuuuuuuuse me.
I haven’t seen it yet either. I’m saving my worthless Bush Dollars for Oliver Stone’s ‘W’ set to come out Oct 17. I hope it shows ‘maverick’ John McCain kissing Bush’s butt.
Here’s the ‘An American Carol’ trailer:
September 28, 2008 | 9:21 pm
Posted by Danielle Berrin
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot over the weekend, but no one knows whether it was a Jewish wedding…
Johansson is outspoken about her Judaism. She has been called “the kosher Danish” because of her father’s Scandinavian background, but according to Wikipedia, her mother Melanie Sloan, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx. When Johansson began working with Woody Allen, she felt an unusual bond with him—and attributed it to his being Jewish. He was the sweet, nerdy, powerful Jewish director and she was his young gorgeous muse. In 2007, she told USA Today, “I just adore Woody. We have a lot in common. We’re New Yorkers, Jewish. We have a very easygoing relationship.”
After Johansson starred with Natalie Portman in “The Other Boleyn Girl,” Portman coined the term “The Hot Knishes” for the Jewish tag team.
From The Times of London:
When Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek made a movie together, all the headlines blared “the Hot Tamales”. What should the media label a film starring two Jewish girls? Portman doesn’t miss a beat.
“The Hot Knishes,” she says, referring to the Jewish delicacy.
In this old YouTube gem, Johansson talks to the Israeli press about her Jewish background (she grew up with Shabbat and Hanukkah and Passover) and says she wishes she could speak Yiddish like her grandmother:
Details on the wedding from the Associated Press:
The couple married this weekend, according to publicist Meredith O’Sullivan. She did not provide details.
Us Weekly reported on its Web site Sunday that the small wedding took place at a resort outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests included Scarlett’s mother, Melanie Sloan, and her brother, Adrian Johansson, the magazine said.
The couple announced their engagement in May.
“We’re just enjoying our time,” the actress said last month. “We’re just recently — very recently — engaged. So, you know, we’re just taking it easy. And no big plan yet. But it’s a good time and we’re just ... enjoying our time to be young and engaged.
“I mean, I’m 23. There’s no reason to rush into it. Everything feels very natural and relaxed.”
Johansson most recently starred in the Woody Allen film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Reynolds starred on the TV show “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” and the romantic comedy “Definitely, Maybe.”
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September 28, 2008 | 3:54 pm
Posted by Tom TugendPaul Newman, superstar, director, race car driver, liberal activist, philanthropist and Hollywood's most famous half-Jew, died Friday at 83.
Goldie Hawn, half-JewishAmong Newman's other most memorable films were "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Verdict," "The Sting" and "Absence of Malice."
Paul Newman, half-Jewish, too
Put them together, what a fine-looking Jew
September 26, 2008 | 4:50 am
Posted by Danielle Berrin
It’s safe to say that something unprecedented and never before attempted in the history of Judaism took place at “Heeb Storytelling” on Sept. 23: During her 7-minute Jewish stand-up routine, writer Emma Forrest performed a burlesque strip-tease to Craig Taubman’s L’cha Dodi. There she was—on stage in a knit wrap dress, telling a story about self-loathing and her Jewish looks, when in a burst of bravery she lifted the dress over her head and kick-lined around the stage clad in a red-fringe two-piece. It was like Ziegfeld’s Follies transplanted to M Bar in Hollywood—set to the music of Friday Night Live.
“Shed your leaves in winter,” she said. “And you come to bud in spring.”
Forrest wasn’t the only entertainer that evening, just the scene-stealer. The warm British accent, the hot little number and a coterie of fans that included actresses Natalie Portman and Kate Beckinsale as well as her latest flame, Irish-actor Colin Farrell, sporting a Star-of-David dangling from his neck. He looked pleased with her rapturous performance.
Call it racy or raunchy, but this is the kind of Jewish-is-cool Heeb Magazine, the evening’s sponsor, is all about. As publisher Josh Neuman said in his introduction, “The magazine pushes the notion of what constitutes a Jewish story.” The irreverent, tongue-in-cheek quarterly, more than being artsy or literary, promotes a social element that reframes the way in which young Jews can gather together as a community.
“Heeb Storytelling reinforces the central drama of the magazine—it provides a context to explore the wide spectrum of modern Jewishness and a place for those who may not have found a home in institutional Jewish life,” Neuman said.
About once a month, Heeb hosts storytelling events in cities across the country (including New York, L.A., Miami) attracting a diversity of Jews (and non-Jews) to a non-religious, cultural forum. They congregate at hip venues, with ample food and alcohol, a countercultural vibe and serve to stoke excitement for an upcoming issue. They give Heeb the opportunity to showcase the talent pool featured in their ‘zine.
At the Los Angeles event, a sold-out crowd squeezed into red-velvet booths for the 3-hour show featuring a varied line-up: Adam Busch on religious fundamentalism; Liz Feldman on (not) relating to her Grandmother; Nikki Glaser on (not) being Jewish; Naomi Harris on photographing “swingers” and (not) making her parents proud; Dave Nadelberg on anti-Semitism at a Vegas diner; Alessandra Rizzotti on auditioning to be a female Moses; and lastly, L.A. Times columnist Joel Stein, on trying to persuade his (marginally) racist Grandmother to vote for Obama.
If there was a common theme woven through the colorful storytelling of eight edgy young people—it wasn’t Judaism.
Desperate for material, Glaser, who said organizers assumed she was Jewish by name, turned to her Jewish roommate for advice and exclaimed, “I don’t know anything about Judaism!” To which her friend replied, “Neither do Jews.”
While Heeb’s secularist, cultural attitude towards Judaism has ample room for overbearing Grandmothers, the self-hating Jew shield and shallow Jewish pride, it doesn’t much comment on the shared values implicit in such a community.
Instead, it offers a different vision: Forrest, who could have danced to any old song, was inspired by the experience of returning to temple for the first time since she was 10. And it was singing a Hebrew prayer that moved her to dance.
September 25, 2008 | 3:13 pm
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Once again, Sarah Silverman steps up to the Hollywood Jew home plate and knocks one out of the park. Go L.A. !
In this video for The Great Schlep, the effort to get young Jews to visit retired relatives in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama, Sarah uses bad language to promote smart ideas.
It’s infuriating, funny, wise and insightful, and just as good as you’d hope.
Rough language warning.
Hollywood Jew hat-tip to Brad A. Greenberg who beat me to this choice video morsel.
September 22, 2008 | 3:22 am
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Hollywood Jew Don Rickles scored an Emmy tonight for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program” for the documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.”
Was it a rabbi that gave him his start?
Asked when he first realized that he was funny, Rickles replied without a beat, “When the rabbi hit me,” quickly adding, “No, I don’t know when I was funny. Maybe it was at synagogues and affairs and so forth, and I was always a wise-cracker when I was very young.”