The Shmooze

Bette is Back on Broadway

By Renee Ghert-Zand

  • Print
  • Share Share
Getty Images
Bette Midler

Bette Midler will be back on Broadway after a 30-year hiatus. She will star in a one-woman show based on the life of the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.

Skinny girl mogul Bethenny Frankel is seeking child support, primary physical custody of her 2-year-old daughter, and a whole lot more in her divorce from Jason Hoppy.

Looks like we’re going to be seeing more of Jerry Seinfeld and his comedian friends driving in cars and drinking coffee, since his web series has been renewed by Sony’s Crackle for an additional 24 episodes.

Maude Apatow, teenage daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, does some spot-on impressions of the Kardashians in some footage from “This Is 40” that ended up on the cutting room floor.

It appears that the Hebrew Hammer sequel is actually going to happen. Adam Goldberg is already giving interviews about his reprising the eponymous role.

In yet another weird move on James Franco’s part, he showed up online recently in a bizarre video in which he dresses like Justin Bieber and lip-synchs to the singer’s “Girlfriend.”

And speaking of James Franco, Adam Ant has said that he doesn’t think the actor is quite up to playing him in a new biopic about the singer’s punk era days. But has Ant seen this 2011 photo of Franco impersonating him?

Wondering who that pretty brunette was with Justin Bartha on the beach over New Year’s? She’s his girlfriend, trainer Lia Smith.

It seems that Rachel Weisz may have spilled the beans about who plays the evil witch in the upcoming “Oz, The Great and Powerful,” movie.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was seen having a ball with his dad at a Lakers game, is in final negotiations to star in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a new film based on a series of 1990’s noir comic books.

Howie Mandell tweeted his Jewish humor take on the controversy over Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of American slavery in “Django Unchained.”

Lena Dunham, who unapologetically eats cake for breakfast and dinner, saved one of the band Fun.’s songs from oblivion by including it on the new “Girls” soundtrack album. (Fun.’s Jack Antonoff is her boyfriend.)

Dean McDermott gifted his wife Tori Spelling with a dazzling push present (for the birth of their fourth child last August). It’s a huge 1920’s Chinese jade and gold ring.

Steven Spielberg says he reads all his movies’ reviews. He just doesn’t send thank-you notes to the critics. “I don’t communicate — because they have their job and I have my job, and there doesn’t need to be any answering them,” he said.

The paparazzi are always photographing Sarah Jessica Parker walking her kids to school, but a shot of the actress and her twin daughters wearing matching leather jacket outfits has caught the eye of all the fashion bloggers.

Gorgeous Bar Refaeli was never an ugly duckling. It’s clear from an old family photo of her and two of her brothers the supermodel posted on Twitter that she was born a swan.

Permalink | | Share | Email | Print

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Find us on Facebook!
  • Are Michelangelo's paintings anti-Semitic? Meet the Jews of the Sistine Chapel:
  • What does the Israel-Hamas war look like through Haredi eyes?
  • Was Israel really shocked to find there are networks of tunnels under Gaza?
  • “Going to Berlin, I had a sense of something waiting there for me. I was searching for something and felt I could unlock it by walking the streets where my grandfather walked and where my father grew up.”
  • How can 3 contradictory theories of Yiddish co-exist? Share this with Yiddish lovers!
  • "We must answer truthfully: Has a drop of all this bloodshed really helped bring us to a better place?”
  • "There are two roads. We have repeatedly taken the one more traveled, and that has made all the difference." Dahlia Scheindlin looks at the roots of Israel's conflict with Gaza.
  • Shalom, Cooperstown! Cooperstown Jewish mayor Jeff Katz and Jeff Idelson, director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, work together to oversee induction weekend.
  • A boost for morale, if not morals.
  • Mixed marriages in Israel are tough in times of peace. So, how do you maintain a family bubble in the midst of war?
  • Despite the escalating violence in Israel, more and more Jews are leaving their homes in Alaska to make aliyah:
  • The Workmen's Circle is hosting New York’s first Jewish street fair on Sunday. Bring on the nouveau deli!
  • Novelist Sayed Kashua finds it hard to write about the heartbreak of Gaza from the plush confines of Debra Winger's Manhattan pad. Tough to argue with that, whichever side of the conflict you are on.
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.