Amar’e Stoudemire may have spent a little too much time around Israeli kibbutzim.
The New York Post reports that the New York Knicks player has bought a 190-acre farm in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.
According the Post, Stoudemire talkes about his new farm on a new MSG show, “In the Kitchen With,” which launches on February 7.
No details yet on whether or not Stoudemire plans to build a house on the property. Maybe he just wants an organic farm to grow vegetables for his upcoming cookbook, “Cooking With Amar’e — 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen.” Co-written with personal chef Max Hardy, the book will be released in May. ‘
Let’s hope there’s a good recipe for brisket a la Amar’e.
How do you make Craigslist less creepy? Call in Alison Brie.
The Jewish “Community” and “Mad Men” actress was on Jimmy Kimmel, where the comedian had her read a series of “Missed Connections” entries out loud. They seemed almost romantic.
For those of you who have a life, Missed Connections, as described by Kimmel, are “messages from people who met or saw someone they were attracted to, but for whatever reason didn’t get their number.”
Cue mood music.
[h/t The Daily Dot]
Stop what your’re doing right now and start watching “Seinfeld” re-reruns.
The rumors are true — well sort of. Jerry Seinfeld has confirmed that the “secret project” he alluded to during a Reddit AMA earlier this month is in fact a reunion of your favorite show, Variety reports.
In an appearance on the “Boomer & Carton” radio show on WFAN Thursday morning, Seinfeld was bombarded with questions about his strange trip to Tom’s Restaurant — the inspiration for the show’s Monk’s diner — with Jason Alexander on January 13.
His answer was the stuff dreams are made of. The pair, who then joined by Larry David, were not in fact filming an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” or a Super Bowl commercial, but a vague ‘Seinfeld’ reunion.
No details yet, but Seinfeld did confirm that Alexander was playing his George Costanza character, that other “Seinfeld” characters were involved and that the project will be made available “very, very soon.”
Picture the Elaine dance. Now you know how we feel right now.
Move over ScarJo — the ‘Noah’ Super Bowl trailer has arrived.
So, take a break from controversy, sit back, relax and enjoy. Because, let’s face it: the only thing that could make us look away from Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream spot is Russell Crowe playing a biblical character in a Darren Aronofsky film.
Watching Carole King (introduced by Cyndi Lauper) perform “Beautiful” — her ode to self-worth, from her Grammy winning album “Tapestry”— along with “Sara Bareilles counterpointing with her own “Brave,” was a classy moment at the 2014 Grammy Awards which validates why, just the night before, King got the Musicare’s “Person-of-the-Year” Award in recognition of her musical genius.
Surprisingly, King has yet to see Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” that traces her creative journey.
Based on King’s personal coming-of-age saga with the requisite chuckles-eliciting Jewish mother injunctions [“Jewish girls don’t write songs — they teach!”] “Beautiful” is a standout; exciting, engaging and — though considered evocative for Baby Boomers —the immediacy of her lyrics and soul-pleasing music continue to resonate for the twenty-somethings.
Carole King and Nina Leon, 1987 // Credit: Karen Leon.
Jessie Mueller stars as a teenage composer/lyricist who marries her fellow Queens College alum and first husband Gerry Goffin (Jake Epstein). She is simply phenomenal. A master of many talents (Mueller/King writes the lyrics) she writes the music, she sings, she plays the piano and — oy! —does she suffer.
Around us, a multi-generational audience relishing a nostalgic look back at some of the best interpreters of King’s hits — The Shirelles, The Righteous Brothers, The Drifters — and a delightful Neil Sedaka impersonator singing his ode to “Carole.” The first time we saw “Beautiful,” Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater was in our row. At a follow-up revisit last Saturday, TV producer Simon Cowell was at the end of the aisle.
Those not too fond of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruno Mars may be excited to learn that a Jewish radio network will be hosting its own alternative halftime show — a “kosher” one.
The Nachum Segal Network has announced that it will be airing an alternative show featuring Jewish stars Lenny Solomon, Shlock Rock, Avromie Weisberger, Jonathan Rimberg, Ari Boianguiu and Ethan Bill. And like the official halftime show, the network says it might have a few surprises.
The 20-minute video, which will coincide with the Super Bowl’s official halftime show, will also be available on their website, Youtube channel and Facebook page after the show, JNS reported.
“The halftime show is a key component of the big game, and the NFL consistently brings the biggest names in contemporary music to play on the main stage. The only issue is that those acts often don’t appeal to the Jewish crowd,” radio host Nachum Segal was quoted saying in JNS. “We are proud to be providing a quality, kosher alternative that will entertain Jewish audiences and maintain a family-oriented vibe even during halftime.”
Believe it or not, the Nachum Segal Network’s show won’t be the first kosher halftime alternative.
Yashiva University has produced videos for the past two years featuring professors from the educational institution speaking about the spiritual side of sports.
Last year’s event was advertised with: “Forget the commercials - Are you ready for some — Torah?!”
French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, husband of Jewish actress Natalie Portman, told an Israeli newspaper that he is converting to Judaism.
Millepied told the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot in an article published on Wednesday that he is “in the middle of the conversion process.” He added that he hopes that the conversion process will “come to an end soon and I will become a Jew.”
Becoming Jewish is “very important for me,” Millepied told the newspaper.
The couple is currently in Israel through March, as Portman casts the movie that she is directing based on “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” a book by Israeli author Amos Oz.
The couple will relocate to Paris, where Millepied will work as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet Portman said in September in an interview with the French magazine Madame Figaro that she is interested in becoming a French citizen.
“I don’t have the French nationality, but I would be love to get it. But I don’t know if it’s possible because I already have an American and an Israeli passport,” she said.
Portman and Millepied, who have a son named Aleph, were married in a Jewish wedding ceremony last year.
Everyone is talking about Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Super Bowl ad for SodaStream. FOX has already nixed the original version, though not because of any political concerns — apparently it’s a big no-no to make fun of Coke and Pepsi.
But what about the other Jews who have carved their spot in the Super Bowl ad Hall of Fame?
Get ready for a little trip down memory lane, paved with Ferris Bueller parodies, a Jerry Seinfeld/Jay Leno rivalry, and even an Elton John/Paula Abdul duet.
And really, after being bombarded with news of his misadventures, who doesn’t want to feign ignorance and ask: “What’s a Bieber?”
Elizabeth Banks will be making her directorial debut with “Pitch Perfect 2.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress who co-starred in and produced the original 2012 hit, will reprise her role as commentator Gail.
“Elizabeth originated the idea for Pitch Perfect and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success,” Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley told the Hollywood Reporter. “She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.”
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are also “likely to return.” That’s great and all, but we’re whispering special prayers to the movie gods that the Maccabeats make a cameo (and apparently, we’re not the only ones).
Larry David is a heinous human being. That’s why we love him.
But while his grumpy rants almost (almost) seem rational when put into some sort of context on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” watching them one after the other, devoid of any background story, is a whole other story — and a better one at that.
So brace yourselves, forget that growing to-do list, the fact that you couldn’t make yourself get to the gym this morning and that barista at Starbucks who got your order wrong (again). There is no better cure for the Tuesday blues than a 3-minute video of Larry David insulting everyone in existence.
(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson’s decision to act as spokesperson for the Israeli firm SodaStream has been controversial from the get-go. Forget the debate over whether or not it’s okay to represent a company with a factory in the West Bank, or whether or not Oxfam should ditch her, though. That’s all just fluff. The real controversy, it turns out, stems from four words the Jewish actress utters in the home soda maker’s upcoming Super Bowl ad.
“Sorry, Coke and Pepsi,” Johansson says at the end of the spot.
Fox, the network airing the big game on Feb. 2, was apparently worried this wouldn’t sit well with Big Soda and asked SodaStream to drop the line. The company grudgingly cooperated, but the uncensored version lives, of course, on YouTube.
More dramatic than the soda slam, in our opinion, is the line Johansson delivers prior to shedding her lab coat, revealing a sexy dress. ”If only I could make this message go viral,” she says suggestively. That one will air on game day.
Steven Spielberg called on the world to act on the lessons of the Holocaust during a keynote address to a special UN General Assembly marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Mass graves don’t have to open up before we act,” he said. “It is a great accomplishment of our species that the testimonies [of survivors] can be heard in the high chambers of society.”
“Genocide is an evil. But, the greatest evil is when people who have been spared the horrors commit themselves to despair,” Spielberg continued. “We know despair and remembering are a choice. But we need to confront and act on what we learned.”
Outside it felt like the Arctic tundra, but on January 23, inside Tribeca’s Capitale, it was hot, hot, hot and festive as some 700 young 20’-30’ish Jewish philanthropists sipped Generositinis — the evening’s signature drink.
They mobbed the sushi bar, and made repeat trips to the decadent “I’ll –start-my- diet-tomorrow”candy table groaning under the weight of mounds of Kit-Kats, Snickers and other cavity-causing goodies.
The evening’s lure was the Instagram. Signs throughout the cavernous space proclaimed: “Capture your generosity!” Any guest who included @ujafeny and #Generosity/2014 on their Instagram photo, had a chance to see him/herself on a big screen and have the photo printed as a keepsake. To augment the party mood, UJA-Federation supplied sunglasses and other fun props.
Defining the evening as “magical,” Generosity Leadership Board vice chair Jackie Brogadir described the evening as “a great first encounter for many to meet UJA/Federation.” Generosity Leadership Board chair Lee Brodsky, added, “It’s so important to relate to the generation [we’re] trying to target… and UJA does a great job in being relevant.” He explained “events like this are a great entry point to the community. Event chair Benjamin Okin concurred: “Nights like this show what one person can accomplish.”
The Text-to-Pledge — the evening’s dramatic raison d’etre — enabled attendees to text message their gifts and broadcast the results in real time on multiple screens within Capitale’s echoing setting.
It was inspiring to be in the midst of a chatting and texting, sipping and texting, noshing and texting group of future philanthropists involved in helping to create meaningful and lasting changes in the lives of those most in need.
Unless you lost power during the recent snowstorm, there was no escaping the recent story of Justin Bieber’s arrest, which flooded the airwaves with a barrage of breaking updates and speculation about the troubled (and possible retired) pop star. An MSNBC anchor even preempted an interview with a California congresswoman about NSA domestic spying to deliver important breaking news about the drag race, the possible alcohol use, and other minutia surrounding Bieber’s arrest.
(JTA) — The Israeli media is abuzz over the revelation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 23-year-old son, Yair, is dating a non-Jewish Norwegian woman. The pair met while they were both studying at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Pamela Anderson came back from her honeymoon Israel with some serious business on her mind.
If passed, the bill would make Israel the first country in the world to impose a national fur clothing ban. More than 40 members of the Knesset have endorsed the legislation so far.
“The Jewish Cardinal” (“Le Metis de Dieu”), the 2012 French film shown at the New York Film Festival, is a fascinating puzzler.
“To become a Christian I did not reject my Judaism” is the mantra of Jewish-born Aaron Lustiger — intelligently portrayed by Laurent Lucas — who converted at 14, and as Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, almost ascended to the Papacy. The film, by director Ilan Duran Cohen, is a post mortem for a son of an Orthodox father, a survivor of Auschwitz, who never came to terms with his son’s Catholic conversion.
Befriended by Polish-born Pope John Paul II, their ecclesiastical exchanges include a surrealistic vignette when the Pope invites him to open-air swim-a-deux in his private Vatican swimming pool as their aides look on. Nicknamed “the Bulldozer,” Lustiger —moving up in rank and position — challenges sclerotic Vatican obstinacy, seeks outreach and is constantly defending his religious duality, which rankles both the church and the Jewish community. His visit to Auschwitz — where his mother was murdered —coincides with the Carmelite Nuns’ Auschwitz Convent controversy — and galvanizes him to defend the world’s Jewish communities’ outrage.
Rabbi Yossi Eilfort recently threw his first punch to the face — and knocked out his opponent.
The 22-year-old California based rabbi was competing in an amateur Mixed Martial Arts bout and won with a TKO in the second round, according to The Algemeiner.
Eilfort started training just six months ago under former UFC fighter Thierry Sokoudjou, with the goal of promoting self-defense and fitness in the Orthodox Jewish community.
(JTA) — This week saw the premiere of cable network REELZ’s new reality show, “Hollywood Hillbillies.” Not included in the episode — but available thanks to the generosity of the folks at TMZ — is this clip in which Mema, transplanted to LaLa Land (LA) from small-town Georgia, shares her feelings about Jews.
“I love Jews. I’ve never seen one that couldn’t get some s*** done,” Mema said after spending the day with her Rolls Royce-driving Jewish manager David Weintraub. “You never see a Jew doing manual labor. They’re all smart.”
More shocking than this admission is the fact that, after the success of “Honey Boo Boo” and “Duck Dynasty,” this show took so long to happen. A reality reboot of the classic “The Beverly Hillbillies” = genius.
(JTA) — On his first trip to Israel this week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hit all the expected stops for visiting dignitaries. He went to Yad Vashem and the Western Wall, picked up an honorary degree from Tel Aviv University, and laid the cornerstone for a bird sanctuary that will soon bear his name.
But he also took a moment to do something that is apparently his trademark: performing a rocking rendition of “Hey Jude” as a beaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, look on. When he announced his intention to visit Israel at a JNF fundraiser in Toronto in December, he performed for a full 35 minutes.
His audience in Israel wasn’t nearly so, um, lucky.