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  • Adam Lambert’s legal woes

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Pop singer Adam Lambert has been slapped with a lawsuit charging that he violated the rules of American Idol when he agreed to be on the 8th season of the reality show.

    A new lawsuit, from Colwel Platinum Entertainment, alleges that he had a music contract at the time he auditioned...

  • The Bachelor Pad Ends with Michael as Both a Mensch and a Schmuck

    By Ilana Angel

    September 13, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    I am sad to see this show end.  It is mindless fun that highlights everything that is wrong with reality television.  This is the best part of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise and I look forward to it coming back next summer.  That is the most pathetic thing I have ever said.  I...

  • Drugs aren’t the answer to Amy Winehouse’s death

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 24, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Well, not that drugs are ever the answer, but for the troubled singer Amy Winehouse, a toxicology report proved that illegal drugs were not the cause of her death.  While the absence of illicit substances may please her family, it raises more questions than it answers as to what...

  • 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...

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  • Circumcision—the Ed Hardy way [VIDEO]

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 18, 2008 | 3:54 am

    Adam Saaks doesn't consider himself particularly religious, except when it comes to custom "cuTour," his term for circumcising T-shirts. For Saaks, custom designing T-shirts by nipping and tucking the hems, cutting and lacing-up the sides, and netting and looping the front -- using...
  • The great T-shirt circumciser

    By Jay Firestone

    December 18, 2008 | 1:06 am

     

    Here’s a great video by my friend and colleague, Orit Arfa and filmed by the amazing JewishJournal.com web editor, Dennis Wilen…and of course, edited by your VideoJew extraordinaire.

    For Orit’s full story, click here.

  • Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel gets Israeli flair

    By Tom Tugend

    November 19, 2008 | 6:20 pm

    Like many good-looking newcomers to Los Angeles, Offer -- with two F's -- Nissenbaum has a burning ambition.

    It's not to become a marquee idol, but rather, at age 50, to play goalie for one of the city's amateur hockey teams.

    That is, if he can break loose from his day (and...

  • Streisand opens Obama fundraiser with Talmud lesson

    By The Web Guy

    September 17, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    When Barbra Streisand took to the stage to sing at a Sept. 16 fundraiser for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, she opened not with a song, not with a joke, but with . . .Talmud.

    According to an eyewitness report from an ardent Obama-ite, the star, who played a male yeshiva...

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor: Last of the Hungarian Mohicans

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I want a man with kindness and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?" -- Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Lately, I have been thinking about Zsa Zsa, and it makes me sad. A few years ago, she crashed her car on Sunset, and she has been wheelchair-bound since. She had been a...

  • Tommywood - Sayings of Chairman Levine

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When is a dirty bathroom a broken window?"

    This is the question that opens Michael Levine's recently published business tome, "Broken Windows, Broken Business" (Warner Business Books).

    Levine is a successful Hollywood publicist. I am indebted to him forever for one of my most...

  • Looking for a Shining Star

    By Tom Tugend

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As every political and charitable organization knows, there is nothing like access to Hollywood stars and influential players to collect crowds and hefty donations.

    So when American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) supporters arrive in Los Angeles Sunday for a...

  • Thy Name Is Too Wrong

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Love is a beautiful thing. That is, unless it happens to a couple of excessively famous people whose affair we can no longer stand.

    Even if they get married, a decent hyphenated name (as in Jackie Joyner-Kersee) will not do. That's where the "hyphe-mate" comes in, a shorthand way of...

  • TV Probes Kaballah

    By Tom Tugend

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Is the celebrity-studded Kabbalah Centre bringing the benefits of age-old Jewish mysticism and learning to the masses, or is it a multimillion-dollar family enterprise scamming the gullible?

    That basic question, raised with growing frequency and ever-larger headlines in recent years,...

  • Diva Sings Out About Her Tour, Fans

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In America, celebrity divas are instantly recognizable by their first names: Madonna. Britney.

    Israel has its own diva: Rita.

    Known only by her first name, Rita is as dramatic and flamboyant as a diva should be, but also soulful, with an intensity in her voice and performances...

  • Nevis’ Jewish Past a Tropical Treasure

    By Melanie Reffes

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Savvy travelers in need of a getaway come to the Caribbean island of Nevis to relax at restored sugar plantations, like the Montpelier Inn, or the opulent Four Seasons. Celebrity visitors have included Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana, who immediately fled to the...

  • Read All About It

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    At this moment, I have no idea if Jennifer Garner is having Ben Affleck's baby, who Hilary Swank is wearing to the Oscars or what brand of moisturizer Catherine Zeta Jones has shipped in from a nunnery in Peru.

    I am no longer binge reading. As of now, I'm out of touch with In...

  • Roasting Woody Allen—Gently

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One could call "Who Killed Woody Allen?" a "benign revenge comedy." Co-authors Tom Dunn, Dan Callahan and Brendan Connor wrote the whodunit after Allen allegedly withdrew the rights to his play, "Death," from their theater company in 2001. The playwrights say they had already rented...

  • 3 Minutes With Brad

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Brad Pitt may have sustained an injury during the filming of his new movie, "Troy," but I sustained an injury during the viewing of the film.

    With 15 minutes left of the special preview screening, I had to go to the bathroom. I had been able to hold on through at least three...

  • Dude, Where’s My Kabbalah?

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's official. The Kabbalah Centre has usurped the Church of Scientology's status as Hollywood's hottest creed of choice. These days, it seems like every celeb looking to add meaning to his or her glittering but empty life of fame and fortune is joining the red-string-wearing,...

  • The Match Game

    By Buzzy Gordon

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When B'nai B'rith International needs a headliner to attract people to a fundraising dinner, it knows where to turn.

    Los Angeles-based Celebrity Connection, founded 20 years ago by Barry Greenberg, is the exclusive coordinator for all of B'nai B'rith's fundraising dinners in the...

  • Am I Annoying?

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I knew better. I had about as much business being there as an elderly tourist has of being on Skid Row after midnight with a map in his hand and a blank cashier's check taped to his forehead. I was in grave danger of a psychological mugging, and I knew it.

    I kept telling myself to...

  • Actor Casts His LotWith Jewish Ideals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Malina arrived at his first Jewish Federation event, a 2001 pro-Israel rally, he received an unpleasant surprise. The boyish, 36-year-old actor -- expected to become a regular on NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" -- had a respectable career going. "But I was...

  • Sephardic ‘Luck’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Sheff was shocked to find himself something of a celebrity at a conference of North American Jewish film festival directors a couple years ago. Of the 75 festivals in the United States and Canada, his Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival is the only one dedicated to showcasing...

  • Chanukah Calendar

    By Rob Kutner

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
  • My Mental Celebrity Database

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sandra Bullock, get out of my head.

    Look, it's nothing personal. I'm sure you're a really nice person, and it's not like you're untalented. And despite the fact that I'm not particularly a fan of yours, I seem to know everything about you. The other day, your name came up by the...

  • Looking for the Genius in

    By Charles Marowitz

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the strangest anomalies in thetheater is that of the successful turkey -- plays that areessentially trivial, gauche and insubstantial, but still manage toachieve a certain kind of notoriety and even commercial success."Shear Madness," which has been playing for 15 years in...
  • From the Tube to the Big Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Veteran television writer/producer Saul Turteltaub had to wait 44 years for his first film credit, "For Roseanna," starring Mercedes Reuhl and Jean Reno.
    Saul Turteltaub, a name-brand television comedy writer and producer for 44 years, remembers submitting his first movie screenplay....

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