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Nelson Mandela, icon of South African freedom, passed away today at the age of 95. People around the world signed on to Twitter to mourn collectively, and celebrities were no exception.
I hope the great work started by Nelson Mandela continues to spread across the world. He will be remembered as an icon for equality.ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mendela— one of the greatest people who ever lived. Rest In Peace.ampmdash; Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 5, 2013
Just heard the news about Nelson Mandela , so so sadampmdash; Rachel Stevens (@MsRachelStevens) December 5, 2013
Yesterday, the Internet was abuzz with the fact that Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot had been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman.”
But not all were enthusiastic. Apparently, fans are concerned that the former Miss Israel’s, ahem, assets aren’t up to scale.
Basically, her boobs aren’t big enough.
But why not cast Kat Dennings as Wonder Woman… 'cause, you know, boobs!ampmdash; Antonio Bifulco (@BifulcoArt) December 5, 2013
Even Superman had some thoughts on the matter:
What did I think about Gal Gadot being selected as Wonder Woman? pic.twitter.com/ZgeVVvPRV0ampmdash; Superman (@SupermanTweets) December 5, 2013
Who are you and what have you done with Saul?
“Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin stunned his fans this week when he showed up on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” without the beard that has almost become a character in its own right.
“How can I run my fingers through your facial hair?” cried Kelly (raise your hand if you also have this urge). To which Mandy responded: “You can pretend it’s there.”
Apparently, the actor just couldn’t wait to shave it off. RIP Saul’s beard. We’ll miss you.
Troubled former teenage star Amanda Bynes has left a California facility after court-ordered psychiatric treatment and is recovering at her parents’ home in Los Angeles, People magazine said on Thursday.
The 27-year-old actress was receiving psychiatric care at a Malibu facility after she was alleged to have started a small fire in the front of a home in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb, in July.
“Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she’s feeling better every day,” lawyer Tamar Arminak said in a statement released to the magazine.
“Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing,” he added.
Bynes gained early stardom at the age of 13 when she had her own comedy show on the Nickelodeon television network. She also had a major role in the movie “What a Girl Wants” but has not appeared in a film since 2010’s “Easy A.”
Most recently she has made headlines for her erratic behavior, odd posts on Twitter and her court appearances.
She pleaded not guilty and has a court date scheduled for Jan. 7 after she was charged in April 2012 with driving under the influence in West Hollywood. Police said she struck a patrol car and refused a sobriety test.
The actress, who is on probation in California for driving on a suspended license, also faces charges in New York for possessing marijuana and throwing a glass bong out of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.
In July her mother, Lynn Bynes, was granted control of her legal and financial affairs while she was having treatment. She will continue to control her daughter’s finances and well-being indefinitely, according to Arminak.
Gal Gadot will be the new Wonder Woman! I repeat: Gal Gadot will be the new Wonder Woman!
As our good Arty Semite friends just pointed out, the Israeli actress and model known for her role alongside Paul Walker (RIP) in “Fast and the Furious” series has just been cast as crime-fighting’s most badass lady in “Batman vs. Superman.”
Why is Gadot the perfect choice? The former Miss Universe contestant served in the Israeli army while working as a model.
Just had to join in on the excitement.
Another year, another “War on Christmas” debate.
This year’s complaints? The so-called liberal obsession with the word “holiday.” The National Republican Congressional Committee made the first move when they tweeted out their seasonal t-shirts boasting “‘Happy Holidays’ is for Liberals” with a (middle) finger-pointing “Merry Christmas” printed on the back.
But Fox News, the real barometer of white man persecution syndrome, has taken its outrage to a whole new level. As Jon Stewart puts it, the network’s “sense of persecution is always at its worst this time of year.”
“What is it like to live in that world of pure fear and despair?” he asked in response to clips of Fox News anchors voicing their concerns over the impending “post-American apocalypse” (Stewarts’ words) where people respect all kinds of diverse celebrations and traditions.
Maybe they’re on to something. After all, “how can I enjoy my Christmas when I know that somewhere a little Jewish boy isn’t being forced to sing ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’?”
The musical “Lies My Father Told Me,” The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene’s most ambitious production to date, boasts an energetic talented cast of seventeen and a set by John Dinning worthy of a Broadway production.
Based on the works of screenwriter/activist Ted Allen, it is set in 1920s Montreal’s Saint Urbain street. Originally written in English, it had been translated into Yiddish by Canadian Yiddish theater legend Dora Wasserman, mother of Folksbiene’s executive director Bryna Wasserman.
Because the musical’s characters are but a decade-and-a-half removed from the Yiddish-speaking immigrants I encountered when I came to Montreal as a child in 1941, I can still recall that much of the time they spoke in Yiddish which is why — in my head — I heard some of the dialogue — and the songs in particular — in mame loshn.
“Lies’” narrator David (Joe Paparella) ruefully recalls his childhood self as portrayed by amazing ten-year-old Alex Dreier who can sing, dance and acts up a storm with moments of heartbreak that will leave you farklempt.
Little David felt he was forever being lied to—by his parents in particular—sought comfort with his grandfather Zaida deliciously portrayed by Chuck Karel. With Tevye-ish charm, Zaida — whom David accompanied as he trolled Montreal’s back alleys buying and selling rags and discards — offers his grandson mini lessons in how to maneuver his parents’ emotional mine field.
A Talmud-quoting rationalist, Zaida comforts David between the flare-ups of his ambitious want-to-get-rich quick callous father (Jonathan Raviv) and his loving but ineffectual mother Annie (Russell Arden Koplin). David’s other refuge from reality is Ferdl, the off-stage nag who pulls his grandfather’s wagon and to whom he is devoted.
The neighborhood’s post immigrant cosmos includes — among others — a local prostitute Edna (Leisa Mather), Mrs. Tanner (Renee Bang Allen) a nasty busybody and a Marxist tailor (Gordon Stanley).
Adapted and sensitively directed by Bryna Wasserman, with musical direction by Michael Larsen, music, lyrics and orchestrations by Elan Kunin and choreography by Merete Muenter with music supervision by Folksbiene Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek.
Don’t miss. “Lies” will resonate long after you leave the theater.
“Lies” will be playing through December 15 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street. (646) 312-5073. nationalyiddishtheatre.org
What’s the only thing that Israel and Iran can agree on?
Israeli singer Liel Kolet has teamed up with exiled Iranian singer Ebrahim Hamedi, 64, better known as Ebi, to release a holiday single called “I Can Hear Christmas,” Ynet reported.
Originally written by Yoav Ginai and Tomer Addadi for Israeli singer Boaz Sharabi, the song was released as “Chag Sameach Ahavat Chayai” (happy holiday, love of my life) about three years ago. Kolet got the idea of re-recording by Tomer Addadi, to be featured on her upcoming album.
What ensued is perhaps the most absurd Christmas video ever to hit the Internet, from the early shots of a yarmulke-clad boy bowing to a little girl in a hijab (and then them holding hands in front of the Christmas tree) to the black and white montage of the singers dramatically embracing world peace.
(JTA) — Pop superstar Lady Gaga has plans to perform in the Holy Land in the summer of 2014, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
The show, which will be Gaga’s second in Israel, will likely take place in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, and will likely not feature a kosher meat dress, although that would be pretty great.
In other American music news, Beyonce, who was set to play Israel in the spring, may not make it due to what Haaretz calls a “snag” with an Israeli concert production company. But it’s not all bad on the concert front — Israeli Beliebers will be pleased to learn that Justin Bieber’s previously announced show has an official date: May 14.
Hollywood’s sexiest Jewish woman (really, Buzzfeed made it official) and the golden boy of Kabbalah have spoken: they want Jewish kids.
According to RadarOnline, Mila Kunis “definitely wants children with Ashton [Kutcher] and wants to raise them in her Jewish religion.”
Kanye West is in hot water with Abe Foxman.
The Anti-Defamation League’s national director issued a statement today denouncing the rapper’s comment over the weekend that : “Black People don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”
“If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism,” said Foxman. “There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”
(JTA) Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, who has been featured in some the “Fast and the Furious” flicks, went online Sunday to share her grief over the tragic car accident that took the life of franchise star Paul Walker.
Walker, 40, was in the passenger seat of a two-seater Porsche Carerra GT Saturday when the driver lost control and slammed into a post or a tree. The car burst into flames; the driver was killed as well. At time of his death, Walker had reportedly just left a charity event to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyam for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
“Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic,” Gadot said on Twitter, alongside a photo of herself with Walker.
Close to 800,000 followers clicked the like button on her Facebook post, where she expressed herself herself in English and Hebrew.
“I’m so sad he’s no longer with us. Can’t believe I’m actually writing this.. I’m sending my condolences to his family and his precious daughter Meadow. Rest in peace brother. We will miss you here,” she wrote.
The former Miss Israel began working with Walker when she broke into the “Fast & Furious” franchise in its fourth installment. The seventh film is currently in the works.
A radiant, Hillary Clinton in a midnight blue silk gown, bounded up the stage at the Waldorf-Astoria’s Starlight Roof to present the World Jewish Congress’ Theodor Herzl Award to Marion and Elie Wiesel at the Congress’ November 19 Award Dinner.
“When I was First Lady, Elie spoke at the White House as part of a lecture series leading up to the New Year 2000 — the eve of the Millennium… He reflected on a century marred by wars, strife and division. Despite the horrific unspeakable suffering he endured and witnessed, he remained optimistic. Indifference, he told us that night… is more dangerous than anger and hatred… They both played pivotal role in bringing the Shoah to public consciousness.”
Plain old Hanukkah has been somewhat overshadowed this year by the monster that is Thanksgivukkah — for those of you living under a rock, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hannukah fall on the same day.
But amid the tsunami of cranberry-infused sufganiyot and Manischewitz-brined turkey recipes, the hybrid holiday has inspired some pretty great holiday videos.
From dreidel competitions to anti-holiday rants (with the obligatory Maccabeats shout-out thrown in for good measure), here are eight videos to share with friends and family after lighting the menorah.
Two kitchen assistants who used to work for British Jewish celebrity chef Nigella Lawson have alleged that she was a regular user of cocaine and other drugs, according to reports of a court hearing published by several national British media on Tuesday.
The two women are being prosecuted for fraud and the allegation against Lawson forms part of their defence. The media reports said the allegation had been described in court by a prosecution lawyer as untrue and “totally scurrilous”.
Contacted by Reuters, Lawson’s publicist Mark Hutchinson said: “As proceedings are live we can’t comment at the moment.” Under British law, it is legally risky to comment publicly about what is said during criminal court proceedings.
Recipient of the Spirit of the Jan Karski Award at the November 18 David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies 10th Anniversary Dinner was survivor, philanthropist, Sigmund Rolat.
In his acceptance speech Rolat — who unveiled a monument dedicated to Czestochowa’s 40,000 Jewish citizens who perished in Treblinka, restored the city’s philharmonic–naming it after Bronislaw Huberman (founder of what became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and brought Joshua Bell (with Huberman’s violin) to perform there, and has been the driving force behind the about-to-open Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw — dubbed Karski as “One of the major figures of World War II.”
In 1942 Karski, a member of the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa) was ordered to go to the West and report on — among other issues — the plight of Polish Jewry under the Nazis. He met with a Zionist leader and a Bundist and was then smuggled into the Warsaw ghetto by Leon Feiner, a lawyer and Bundist activist, to be an eyewitness to the Jews’ doomed fate.
(JTA) Olivia Wise, the Jewish teenager from Toronto whose cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” became a viral hit, died of brain cancer on Monday, CNN reports. She was 16.
Wise made the moving recording in September after learning her condition was untreatable. She was wheelchair-bound, unable to stand or walk, but her spirit was evident nonetheless.
Some jokes just never get old.
Take the famous routine by the Jewish comedian Lenny Bruce (1925 – 1966), for example, in which he explains the differences between Jewish and Goyish:
“Eddie Cantor is Goyish… Ray Charles is very Jewish… The Army is Goyish, the Navy is Goyish, the Marine corps is Goyish. The Air Force is Jewish.”
The half-century old satire has since been copied and reinterpreted countless times. Just in time for Hanukkah dinner recitals, Oakland-based comedian Josh Healey’s latest skit “Jewish vs. Goyish! (the remix)” is now available on YouTube, produced by Dan Wolf for 3200Stories, the digital outlet of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
“Following every rule in the Old Testament is Goyish. Loving thy neighbor is Goyish. Getting thy neighbor a good deal at the car dealership is Jewish.”
What else is Jewish? Find out:
So, if you’re not already aware, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West released a music video last week for the rapper’s song, “Bound 2,” which showed them engaging in some steamy business on a motorcycle.
It looked like this:
It’s almost latke time! You weren’t the only one making a trial run this weekend. Emmy Rossum got excited and posted the following video to Instagram with the caption “HANNUKAH CAME EARLY. #gf #potato #latkes.”
Catch Emmy in season 3 of “Shameless,” which premieres on January 12 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.
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