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  • Paula Abdul to have bat mitzvah at the Kotel

    October 28, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Better late than never, as they say! At 51 years young, former “American Idol” and “X Factor” judge Paula Abdul will celebrate her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall, The Times of Israel reports.

    Abdul, who was raised Jewish and has recently been linked to Chabad, is arriving in...

  • My beef with Ryan Seacrest

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 1, 2013 | 6:26 am

    Last year when the Bravo network debuted their new reality television program “Shahs of Sunset” which was depicted the lives of young Iranian Americans living in Los Angeles, I watched a few episodes of this show and was disgusted. I am not a fan of reality television in general...

  • Shahs of Sunset Whack Finale Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    February 11, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    We start the finale by wasting ten minutes on a season recap.  Really? We barely made it through the season the first time and they are making us watch the crap all over again.  We are back at Sammy’s house for the party from hell. Lily is still complaining, Asa is still bitching,...

  • A Double Dose of Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    January 29, 2013 | 8:03 pm

    I have been a little turned off by the Shahs this season.  They have allowed fame to go to their heads and their charm is gone.  I still watch because I am addicted, and while I’m not as invested as I was last season, I have this silly hope they are watching themselves and see what...

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  • Kardashian, Rimes, Cougar Wives & American Idol

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2013 | 11:18 am

    It has been an interesting week in the world of reality television.  I am constantly fascinated by the people who have found their 15 minutes of fame, and intrigued by those who have managed to create careers and fortunes without any sign of talent.  God Bless America.  Where else...

  • Fame is Ruining Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    January 14, 2013 | 5:56 pm

    I love this show and like a lot of the cast.  Last season it was frustrating there was only six episodes and I was excited for them to come back with a full second season.  I did not blog about the first two shows because of time restraints, then I was away on holiday for two...

  • Twitter Etiquette 101

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    I am not ashamed to say that I am addicted to Twitter.  I really love it and have met some wonderful people through this platform.  I have about 2300 followers and they entertain, support, teach, inspire, and scare me.  It is a lot of fun and I tweet everyday.   With over 14000...

  • Married to Jonas is Horrible & I’m Hooked

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    I’d love to tell you that I watched this show because it is my job, but the truth is I was curious.  My curiosity quickly turned to the type of fascination that one experiences when watching a train wreck.  You want to turn away, but you just can’t.  This might be the most...

  • Obama’s Jewish war

    By Rob Eshman

    July 11, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Two weeks ago, over breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a woman who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 told me she wouldn’t be doing so again.

    She was 40ish, successful — on her way to China for the Shanghai International Film Festival — and our paths crossed through a...

  • ‘The Dictator’: Top Jewish moments

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2012 | 8:18 am

    However the reviews may fall for “The Dictator,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s first scripted film, the comedy certainly offers some bits for The Tribe – – mostly skewing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sentiments—and with plenty of Hebrew and Yiddish words peppered into his...

  • ‘Dictator’ scribes dish on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 2, 2012 | 11:46 am

    David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, screenwriters of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, “The Dictator,” were bantering in the comic actor’s office as Alec Berg, their co-writer, joined in by speakerphone — he was home babysitting his young daughter. Baron Cohen, star of the...

  • Shahs of Sunset Finale Recap - Finally!

    By Ilana Angel

    May 1, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    I don’t know what is harder to believe, that the first season of Shahs of Sunset is over, or that someone at Bravo actually thought that 6 weeks of this show would be enough.  Really Bravo?  We are hooked, and now we are also pissed.  These people make for good television and 6...

  • Shahs Of Sunset – Poppa Can You Hear Me?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2012 | 9:27 am

    It’s a drag this season is only 6 shows because we are just starting to get into it and they will be gone.  It’s been interesting to meet these people and I hope when they return for season two, Ryan Seacrest lets go of the fake situations and just lets it flow.  These people are...

  • Shahs of Sunset: Colonic Anyone?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 4, 2012 | 8:57 am

    We start this week with Reza going over to GG’s for lunch. She is pretty and Reza is divine, but it felt a little too scripted to me.  I’m not sure if Bravo or Reza scripted it, but he got out of having to go the anniversary party of GG’s parents, and we were stuck watching an...

  • A Conversation with MJ of Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    April 1, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    I have interviewed a lot of reality personalities.  Some have been around for a long time, and some are new to the spotlight.  I have liked most and loved a couple, but never have I spoken with one who truly changed me.  Not in star struck way, but in an authentic and heartfelt way. ...

  • Shahs of Sunset:  Who Does That?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 25, 2012 | 10:41 pm

    We start off with the final moments of the Vegas trip for Reza’s birthday. Everyone is packed and ready to go except for MJ, who has not even started to pack.  You have to love MJ.  I have not figured her out yet but we know she is a sloppy drunk and seems to have absolutely no...

  • A Conversation with Sammy Younai of Shahs of Sunset

    By Ilana Angel

    March 25, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    I had the opportunity to talk with Sammy this week and I must tell you that I was really surprised by him.  I‘m not sure what it was exactly that I was expecting, but it was not what I got.  Shahs of Sunset has only been on for a couple of weeks and so it’s hard to say how he...

  • Shahs of Sunset – Why So Much Hate?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 19, 2012 | 12:33 am

    I am not ashamed to tell you that I like this show.  It would be a lie, but I am not ashamed.  Truth is, I love it.  This is a fun, entertaining, mindless and fun romp into lives of a group of friends that happen to Persian.  Their religions vary, but that does not matter because...

  • The real shame in ‘The Shahs of Sunset’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 12, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    I made it 31 minutes into the over-hyped “Shahs of Sunset” before switching it off, less out of offense than of boredom.

    The new reality show from Ryan Seacrest productions is a stunningly unoriginal look at L.A.’s Iranian-American community, but because it is the first such...

  • Shahs of Sunset - Hello? We’re Persian!

    By Ilana Angel

    March 12, 2012 | 2:54 am

    The wait is over.  Shahs of Sunset has been in the works for a long time and it finally premiered.  There has been a lot of talk about this group, and most of it not good.  They have been labeled bad for Persians, bad for Jews, and bad for America.  At the end of the day they are a...

  • Shahs of Sunset—the Love & Hate Begins

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Next week will mark the debut of Ryan Seacrest’s newest reality show, “Shahs of Sunset”.  I am a lover of reality television and I am excited about this one.  I live in LA, have some Persian friends, and this will be a fun romp. They seem cool, with just the right amount of...

  • 2012 Oscars: Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    February 28, 2012 | 11:34 am

    See what happens when Ryan Seacrest interviews the actor as “The Dictator”—and gets “ashes” spilled on him on live TV!

  • Survivor is Back and There Might be Pot!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    The best thing about Big Brother ending is it means Survivor is starting.  I love this show and for the past few years I look forward to it with hope they will shake it up and give us something new and fresh.  I loved Russell and having him back was enough to keep me interested, but...

  • Vietnamese Beauties, the Perfect Mani Pedi & Bionic Hearing

    By Ilana Angel

    August 3, 2011 | 10:14 pm

    I love getting a Mani Pedi. It is an easy way to pamper yourself, can be done inexpensively, and nice hands are feet are important.  More men should actually make it a part of their regular schedules because it’s gross when a man’s hands are feet are gnarly.  God Bless Ryan...

  • Ryan Seacrest & Andy Cohen Go Persian with “Shahs of Sunset”

    By Ilana Angel

    July 21, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Just when you think Ryan Seacrest cannot possibly get another job, he’s gone and taken on another one.  Seacrest is teaming up with reality television genius Andy Cohen, from Bravo, to bring us “Shahs of Sunset”. They are saying it is modeled after “Keeping up with the...

  • The Next American-Israeli Idol

    By Orit Arfa

    April 27, 2009 | 8:16 pm

    Last week a handful of yordim (Israelis who “descended” to America) were given the rare opportunity to make aliyah; that is, to rise back up to Israel—and to stardom. Kochav Nolad (“A Star is Born”), Israel’s “American Idol” knock-off, came to Hollywood, literally, to...