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  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

  • Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’ oozes into AFI Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Exploding heads, techno-genitals, mutant offspring, a humanoid fly. Such are some of the monstrous images in David Cronenberg’s early “body horror” films, a la “Videodrome,” “Scanners,” “The Brood” and, of course, 1986’s “The Fly, ” starring Jeff Goldblum. Now Cronenberg’s...

  • Gloria Allred: Happy, high-powered, alone

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 20, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Gloria Allred, arguably the most high-powered, high-profile female attorney in the country, famous for representing wronged (and sometimes wrongful) women, is the subject of an L.A. Magazine profile this month.

    Hers is a complex portrait. She built her legal career as an...

  • In Detroit-area activists’ newsletter, celebs send their Shabbat best

    November 10, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    Sending out a weekly e-mail newsletter to friends has become a passion for Lisa Mark Lis.

    Lis, a suburban Detroit-based community activist and philanthropist, in her Friday morning e-mail posts to friends and family not only wishes her readers a “Shabbat Shalom,” but she often...

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  • Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

    By Julia Bendis

    January 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I really don’t understand what’s all the bruhaha all about!  Why is everyone so upset with Ricky Gervais, and his performance at the Golden Globes?  Last time I checked, Ricky Gervais was a Comedian, and the Golden Globes committee hired him to host the show knowing that he is a...

  • Krav Maga in LA

    By Melanie Reynard

    May 5, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    “When someone grabs your neck,” Lisa, a mom with a Barbie-like face who looks down at me as she grunts out push-ups, “What are you going to do?  You’re going to put your hands up.”

    Lisa tells me she was drawn to take the Krav maga class here at Focus Self Defense in Culver...

  • Britney, Ivanka, Naomi—News Shticker hot celebrity edition

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2008 | 4:59 pm

    Big news from JTA’s The News Shticker:

    * Not only is Ivanka Trump back with her Jewish boyfriend, Jared Kushner, but now there’s talk that she’s planning to convert to Judaism.
    * Britney Spears has become romantically involved with her Israeli bodyguard.
    * Naomi Campbell compared Kabbalah to Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Pithy snipes are flooding forward, but I’ll pass. More news tidbits, though not involving the world of entertainment, here.

  • ‘Mazel Tov’: Lifecycles of the rich and famous

    By Jay Firestone

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whether it's a powerfully uplifting ceremony, a wicked disco-themed party or a bagels-and-lox Sunday brunch, the b'nai mitzvah experience is a multifaceted event that has the potential to greatly affect a person's life.

    For one weekend, an acne-plagued kid is transformed into an...

  • Top celebrity stories on JewishJournal.com

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 22, 2007 | 6:58 pm


    These five celebrity stories are the most popular on JewishJournal.com this week:


    *Jami Gertz 

    *Judd Apatow 

    *Larry Miller 

    *Michael Richards 

    *Matisyahu 

    These are in no particular order and I only used living celebs; dead people aren’t much fun.

    —Dennis Wilen

  • Uri Geller bends self into Israel ‘reality TV’ stardom

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is no stranger to reality TV. Knockoffs -- or shall we say adaptations -- of popular American TV talent shows, like "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," have become hits. But recently, Israel has developed its own inimitable, highly successful talent contest in which Uri...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • Agoura Gal Meets Oscar Glitz

    By Adam Wills

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Somewhere between a young Joan Rivers and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria, you'll find Adrianna Costa.

    On March 5, the Agoura-raised entertainment correspondent will be covering the Academy Awards live for the first time. However, she won't be in a gown hobnobbing with...

  • Celebs Stick to Their Tzedakah Box Job

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Frankie Muniz, star of the TV show, "Malcolm in the Middle," had little idea what he was making as he glued colored cotton balls and beads onto a metallic container with a slot on top.

    Muniz, who isn't Jewish, knew it had something to do with "Living Generously," the theme of a...

  • The Circuit

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Dual Appointments

    It was a busy few days for attorney Andrew Friedman. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him fire commissioner and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors nominated Friedman to serve as commissioner of the L.A. County Judicial Procedures Commission.

    In...

  • Stan’s Donuts Mixes Flavor and Fame

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    O.J. Simpson dropped in all the time. Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft were regulars, as were Robert Blake and Jayne Mansfield. Steve McQueen pedaled up on his bicycle.

    Now the star clientele at Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe in Westwood tends to be more on the intellectual side. UCLA...

  • ‘Lucky’ Friends

    By Julie G Fax

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since they met at a mommy and me 13 years ago, Adam Schlesinger and Sean Abramson have been coming up with innovative schemes together, such as the time they sold novelty items like Whoopie Cushions and electrified hand buzzers. (They pulled in $100.)

    But now the two recent graduates...

  • One Voice Gets Alexander’s Vote

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For Jason Alexander, best known as Jerry Seinfeld's hapless sidekick, George Costanza, a grass-roots peace initiative to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace is more than just "yadda yadda yadda."

    Alexander visited Israel this week to help launch One Voice, a project that hopes to...

  • Star of the Canyon

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.

    Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.

    Shamsa,...

  • Chanukah-Style Reality TV

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were beginning to feel that too much time had passed since you last saw dancing bearded rabbis on television, then fear not, because West Coast Chabad, the organization that sponsors the "L'Chaim" telethon, is broadcasting a special Chanukah party on KCAL-TV Channel 9 each...

  • Making Show Business Our Business

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It has almost risen to the level of obsession, this concern about Hollywood Jews and Israel. Why aren't they speaking out on Israel's behalf? Why aren't they flying to Israel to show their support? Why aren't they sending gobs of money to help out?

    In Los Angeles, the questions...

  • Cannes Not Anti-Semitic, After All

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After the hullabaloo over ads urging celebrities to reconsider attending the Cannes Film Festival in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks in France, the fest's top prize went to a celebrated French-born Jewish director -- and to a film that deals more than a bit with anti-Semitism.

    Roman...

  • Chabad’s ‘Cowboy’

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who's ever watched the annual Chabad Telethon, to be aired live this Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight on UPN Channel 13, knows that it's the single most graphic demonstration of this Chassidic group's ability to rope in big-name Hollywood celebrities.

    The show was first...

  • Chabad 1999: Here, There and Everywhere

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Backstage at Chabad Telethon '99, Jon Voight was like the Beatles song -- "Here, There and Everywhere." One moment, the erstwhile "Midnight Cowboy" was huddling in a corner with a telethon point person, putting last-minute touches on a speech. Moments later, he was hovering around...
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