The Shmooze

Wednesday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Can’t get enough of that “New Girl” quirkiness? Well, check out “The Jew Girl” on the Funny of Die website. The video’s co-writer, Jenn Schatz, nails her performance as “Bess,” a Jewish parody of Zooey Deschanel’s offbeat character, Jess.

And while we’re on the topic of “New Girl,” Max Greenfield shared with David Letterman his lifelong difficulties with birds. He said he can handle New York pigeons, but ostriches are another story entirely.

Mila Kunis may be Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive, but that doesn’t mean she’s not just like the rest of us. Paparazzi caught her wearing sweats while making a coffee run in Manhattan with beau Ashton Kutcher.

Speaking of Mila Kunis and the honor bestowed upon her by Esquire… The actress used the opportunity to speak out for President Obama and against Republicans. In an interview with the magazine, she blasted the GOP for its “attacks on women” and its use of religion in politics.

More details about David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s recent wedding have emerged. The bride wore bright yellow and there were celebrities aplenty.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly has written a children’s book. The picture book is titled “Mousetronaut” and was inspired by some mice that Kelly had taken with him up into space in the space shuttle.

David Siegel, one of the largest resort developers in the world and the subject of the recent documentary film “The Queen of Versailles,” sent an email to all his employees insinuating that their jobs would be in serious jeopardy should President Obama be re-elected.

Harvey Weinstein is teaming up with famous Irish dancer Michael Flatley in launching the World Dance Awards. Weinstein hopes the award ceremony, honoring the world’s best dancers, will become a television staple like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys, and the like.

The stream of commentary on Lena Dunham’s $3.7 million book deal with Random House has not abated.

The indefatigable James Franco has added to his packed schedule a gig teaching a film production course at USC this coming spring.

J.J. Abrams will be executive producing a new project. It will be a half-hour comedy series for FOX based on blogger-turned-author Kelly Williams Brown’s soon-to-be published book titled, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps.”

Samantha Geimer, the former minor with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex, is writing a memoir. Geimer, now 47, was 13 years old at the time the crime was committed. Polanski fled from the U.S. to Europe following his conviction.

The winner of a roach-eating contest died shortly after ingesting a whole lot of insects and worms. Ben Siegel, owner of Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where the contest took place, felt really bad about what had happened. “He looked like he just wanted to show off and was very nice,” Siegel said of Edward Archbold, the man who died.

The retro-style trailer for Bret Easton Ellis’ new thriller film “The Canyons” is out, and Lindsay Lohan and porn star (or should we say “adult actor?”) James Deen are in it.


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