The Shmooze

Friday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Another day, another James Franco project… or two. We’re going to assume that the response to the first two songs released by Franco’s new band, Daddy, must have been positive, because now we hear there’s a full album http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/james-franco-daddy-is-planning-a-full-album.html) in the works. And for those of you who would rather look at than listen to him, Franco’s naked body will be covered in gold leaves by performance artist Marina Abramovic for the season premiere of “Iconoclasts” on the Sundance Channel.

While we ooh and ah over Anne Hathaway’s bridal gown and headpiece, and voyeuristically follow her and new husband Adam Shulman’s every post-wedding move in L.A., over at Tablet, Rachel Shukert posits that theirs and other celebrity intermarriages suggest that Jewishness has become aspirational.

Did you spot Mayim Bialik’s hand splint in the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” last night? The actress sure hopes not. You can read all about the elaborate choreography involved in keeping Bialik’s injured hand off–camera in her latest blog post for Kveller.

How do we know Jason Segel is serious about his relationship with Michelle Williams? Well, he bought matching T-shirts for himself and Williams from Voodoo Doughnut, the Portland, Oregon shop famous for its oddly flavored fried pastries.

Jon Stewart is hoping to fare better in his upcoming “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” debate against FOX’s Bill O’Reilly than did President Obama in his debate against Mitt Romney on Wednesday.

You know how Lena Dunham was asking for $1 million for her first book? Well, now the bidding is up to $3.6 million. How high will it go? Hopefully not higher than that unfortunate turquoise silk tunic she was wearing the other day.

There’s a whole lot of social networking going on. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook has reached the 1 billion user mark.

Actor/Director and former Tiger Beat heartthrob Robby Benson shares about his multiple heart surgeries and related depression in his new memoir, “I’m Not Dead…Yet!”

Have you gone too long without a dose of observational humor? Then try catching Jerry Seinfeld on his New York City mini-tour on Thursdays in October and November. The first show was last night at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater.

And speaking of Jewish funnymen, Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Bruno) is working on bringing us yet another comedy. This one will be based on the true story of Hong Kong billionaire who was ready to give $65 million to a man willing to marry his lesbian daughter.

This guy may not be a celebrity yet, but there’s a good chance he may one day be one. Ron Bronstein’s video of himself shuffling through his basic training in the Israel Air Force to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” has gone viral.


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