The Shmooze

Lena Dunham on Sandy

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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As we know, lots of Jewish celebrities live in New York. So like all the other Big Apple residents, they were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo of her young daughter Arabella looking out the window at the storm. Some fans speculated whether Andy Cohen, cozy in pajamas and alone in the studio, was tipsy while taping “Watch What Happens: Live.” Others, far away from the East Coast, tweeted their love, prayers and support (“Miss you like a monster, NYC, you plucky girl,” wrote Lena Dunham). And in the weirdest Sandy-related item, Iranian media put Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum in the middle of all the action by publishing a photo of a scene from the 2004 disaster flick, “The Day After Tomorrow,” to illustrate a story on Sandy.

Gwyneth Paltrow was far away from the storm, but she made waves nonetheless. In Madrid, Spain to promote Hugo Boss’s new fragrance Boss Nuit Pour Femme, she was dressed to impress in two stunning short frocks — one in bright orange, and the other fashioned from black leather.

Speaking of beautiful women, Halle Berry spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her many transformations in her new film, “Cloud Atlas.” One of the characters she plays in a Jewish-German woman in 1936 named Jocasta Ayrs.

Jennifer Hudson performed a tribute to Clive Davis at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation fall gala. In honor of Davis, who was given the Spirit of Hope Award, Hudson sang a medley of songs by the late Whitney Houston, who was Davis’ protégée.

View a slideshow of photos from designer Donna Karan’s book, “Stephan Weiss: Connecting the Dots,” which celebrates the life of her late husband, a sculptor and painter.

Adam Levine has bought a new home with the coveted 90210 zip code. The Beverly Hills property, dating to 1940, has 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms and was listed for $4.83 million.

The estate of William Faulkner is suing Sony Picture Classics, the distributor of Woody Allen’s 2011 “Midnight in Paris.” At issue is a line recited by Owen Wilson’s character in the film that is a slight misquote from Faulkner’s “Requiem for a Nun.”

Steven Spielberg recounted to AP how it took a really long time for him to put together his film about Abraham Lincoln. How long? It took a lot longer than it took the president “to win the Civil War, abolish slavery and put the country on the course to recovery.”

Eran Riklis has a UK distribution deal for his film, “Zaytoun,” starring Stephen Dorff. The movie, about an unlikely alliance between a Palestinian refugee boy and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982, is the first film to take advantage of the newly ratified U.K.-Israel film Coproduction Treaty.

Fox has bought an animated pilot from Jake Kasdan and his partner Lew Morton. Kasdan will be the producer for “Wentworth Hall,” about a bunch of college misfits.

Director Stanley Kubrick will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 7. At the celebration of his life and work, he will be feted by friends and colleagues including Ryan O’Neal, Matthew Modine, and Paul Mazursky.

Marissa Jaret Winokur, who played Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” on Broadway, wowed on the red carpet for the “Wreck-It-Ralph” premiere on Monday. The actress showed up with her 4-year-old son Zev showing off her slim figure, having lost a lot of weight this year.

Schmidt, Max Greenfield’s “New Girl” character, is in for some domination by his sexually adventurous new boss played by Carla Gugino. Greenfield was bound to have had fun shooting these promo photos.


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