The Shmooze

Mila Kunis On JDate?

By Margaret Eby

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Buck up, all you JDate and OKCupid browsers: Actress Mila Kunis, star of the Seth MacFarlane movie “Ted” and all-around bombshell, tells Glamour that she would be right there with you if she weren’t quite so well known.

“I would go Internet dating instead of going out to bars,” Kunis told Glamour. “In two seconds I would. It makes so much more sense.” The 28-year-old beauty apparently has had a hand in helping her friends find potential suitors on OKCupid, where one even met her fiancée.

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Meet the ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door’

By Michael Kaminer

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“Chiseled gladiator.” “Gay warrior.” “Killer bod.”

Yes, it sounds like The New York Times has a crush on 29-year-old Zachary Koval, who was just selected as one of the Sexiest Vegetarians Next Door by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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ScarJo Could Get $66,000 From Hacker

By Samantha Malone

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Operation Hackerazzi is a go. Scarlett Johansson could get more than $66,000 from Christopher Chaney, the creep who leaked nude photos of her last year. Chaney pleaded guilty in March to 9 counts, including identity theft, wiretapping, and unauthorized access and damage to a protected computer. U.S. attorneys requested the five-figure restitution for Johansson in a 19-page filing in federal court this week.

Mila Kunis, the other Shmooze favorite who was hacked last year, isn’t entitled to any money, the feds say, because there was “no evidence that nude photos of Mila Kunis were stolen or posted by defendant,” the New York Daily News reported. Chaney victims Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead, on the other hand, could get as much as $7,500 and $76,767 respectively.

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Anti-Semitic ‘Elmo’ Ran Cambodian Porn Site

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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It turns out that the anti-Semitic “Elmo” from recent news might also be called the pornographic Elmo.

Anti-Semitic Elmo is back in business in Central Park following the release of a viral video of him spewing anti-Jewish vitriol and his subsequent psychiatric evaluation at Metropolitan Hospital Center. But Michael Wilson of The New York Times has done some digging and discovered some even more disturbing information on the man behind the big, red, furry mask.

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Praying Against Rabbi Funding Changes

By Nathan Jeffay

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It’s interesting seeing the spiritual guidance of Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi regarding how and when we should make emergency requests from God. According to Shlomo Amar, Israelis should be praying that a state decision to fund some Reform and Conservative rabbis isn’t implemented in the same way that they pray when “rockets are fired at Israel.” In short, this state-salaried national religious leader is saying that people should be relating to this political funding decision with the same seriousness as when potentially lethal terrorist rockets are raining down close to Jewish homes.

He made the remark at an “emergency gathering” attended by 100 rabbis to protest the state’s decision, which was an out-of-court settlement following a long running legal challenge by non-Orthodox rabbis. His comments, reported here include an assertion that Reform and Conservative rabbis are “battling all that is holy.” He said: They are trying to the uproot the foundation of Judaism,” adding that funding them “is an attempt to tear the Jewish people into two nations. It’s a danger without a remedy.”

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Andrew Garfield Speaks Out Against Bullying

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” movie is not yet out in theaters, but its star, Andrew Garfield, was out doing some amazing work with New York kids on Tuesday. Garfield, along with other members of the film’s cast, participated in “Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer” events, sponsored by Columbia Pictures and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” throughout the Big Apple.

On a visit to the Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts in Long Island City in Queens, Garfield, 28, told kids during a discussion about bullying that he had been teased when he was a school boy in England. The actor admitted that, at the time, he should have spoken up about it to a trusted adult, according to a report in The New York Daily News.

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Bar Refaeli As Cinderella?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Is there anything Bar Refaeli can’t do? She models, she designs underwear, she coaches model wannabes on TV, she acts in films…and now she might also star in a musical.

Abbanibi reports that the ubiquitous supermodel is rumored to be considering the title role in a musical version of “Cinderella” to be performed in Israel this coming Hanukkah. It is traditional for Israeli production companies to put on large-scale musical plays and extravaganzas for children during the weeklong winter holiday. Big name media personalities often vie for the opportunity to perform, and to land big contracts for the work. According to the Algemeiner, the granddaddy of these productions is Festigal, begun in 1981, which brings in tens of million of shekels in revenue per season.

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Avigdor Lieberman Heckled in Bedouin Town

By Nathan Jeffay

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Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman has such a way with words. Israel’s ultra-controversial Foreign Minister went to visit el-Zarnouk today, a Bedouin town in Southern Israel, to emphasize the fact, much to residents’ anger, that the government considers illegally built. His subtext was to point to the fact that unauthorized structures in the village are still standing even though, to his disappointment, the state yesterday began evacuating Jewish settler homes that are illegally built on Palestinian land.

As Lieberman spoke to reporters, an Arab lawmaker, Taleb el-Sana, came to heckle him. “You have no business to be here,” el-Sana said. “You are persona non grata in the Bedouin communities. You act like the mafia.”

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Photo: Bethenny Frankel On 'Saved by the Bell' Set

By Eileen Reynolds

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Bethenny Frankel (second from left)!

How’s this for a blast from the past?

“Real Housewife,” talk show host and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel just posted on Facebook a photo of herself with the cast of “Saved By The Bell.” No, she never appeared on the show (if she had, the Shmooze would be hunting for that episode right now), but instead worked behind the scenes as a production assistant in one of her first Los Angeles jobs.

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Drake and Chris Brown To Box For Cash?

By Margaret Eby

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Drake (left) and Chris Brown

The fallout from the club feud between Drake and Chris Brown continues to spread. A fourth victim of the melee stepped forward to blame Drake for getting violent, and the SoHo club where the fight went down is suing New York City for damages after city officials shut down the club.

But every celebrity battle has a silver lining — the potential to make money off lon-running hatred, and not just in court. According to the New York Daily News, Damon Feldman, a boxing promoter that Philadelphia Magazine crowned “King of the D-list” is trying to entice Drake and Chris Brown to duke it out in the boxing ring.

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Michael Bloomberg Loves 'Girls'

By Hannah Rubin

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Acclaimed author Martin Amis’s move to Brooklyn isn’t the only thing that the bookish borough has to brag about, and Mayor Bloomberg is the first to say so.

The Gracie Mansion mayor recently professed his love for Greenpoint’s latest sensation: “Girls”: a New York based HBO comedy about a gang (or, well, gaggle) of 20-something girls trying to make it in the New York City arts world.

According to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, “Girls” fever has swept city hall. “We’re obsessed,” he said. “It’s the big water-cooler topic of conversation.”

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Canadian McDonald’s Founder Honored

By Michael Kaminer

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The Dalai Lama. Nelson Mandela. Celine Dion. George Cohon?

He may not have their starpower, but the Jewish founder of McDonald’s Canada now shares an honorary key to the city of Toronto with a lengthy list of luminaries.

At a City Hall ceremony yesterday, a beaming Mayor Rob Ford presented the 75-year-old Cohon — “a tireless philanthropist and volunteer since he immigrated to Toronto from Chicago in 1967”, according to the Toronto Star — with the oversized key in an engraved case.

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Does ‘Bunheads’ Have a Diversity Problem, Too?

By Samantha Malone

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Amy Sherman-Palladino

With “Girls” creator Lena Dunham the center of a critical controversy about a perceived lack of diversity on television, Amy Sherman-Palladino has been fielding similar accusations about her new show, “Bunheads.” Shonda Rhimes, the head writer and executive producer of “Greys Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” expressed her disappointment in the new ABC Family show by tweeting “Hey @abcbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?”

Sherman-Palladino is the same woman that brought us the fast-talking mother-daughter pair Lorelai and Rori in “Gilmore Girls.” Back in 2005, she chatted with the New York Times about how she, a Jewish woman from Los Angeles, came to write a series all about Connecticut WASPs. In an interview with the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, she went so far as to joke: “By year seven, everyone on the show will be Jewish…Believe me, it’s going to be the Chabad telethon.”

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Female IDF Soldiers Face Training Cuts

By Nathan Jeffay

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Israel’s newest lawmaker has come up with his maiden idea to improve Israel: give women a knock back.

Akram Hasoon was sworn in last month after veteran politician Gideon Ezra died. He represents Kadima, as did Ezra, a party that was until recently led by a keen advocate of progress for women, Tzipi Livni.

But Hasoon’s big new idea is to undo women’s hard won advancement in the Israeli military by ending physical training for all women, except got those in combat positions. Currently, all soldiers go through physical training, an important part of integration in to the army. Halting physical training for non-combatant men would be unthinkable. But Hasoon thinks it is a great way to save the equivalent of $50 million a year.

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Oracle CEO Buys Hawaiian Island

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has never been one to shy away from making big purchases. He already owns several opulent homes, a super-size yacht, a tennis tournament, and a fighter jet. He also bankrolls an America’s Cup-winning sailing team.

But an island in Hawaii? That kind of seems like a major purchase even for a guy worth an estimated $30 billion (he is the third wealthiest individual in the United States, according to Forbes).

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Snooki Confuses ‘Kosher’ With ‘Organic’

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Someone needs to give Snooki (aka Nicole Polizzi) a short lesson on the difference between kosher and organic food.

The diminutive reality television star’s culinary confusion came to light in a clip from her new “Jersey Shore” spin-off “Snooki & JWoww,” in which she stars with her BFF Jenni “JWoww” Farley.

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Video: Lena Dunham on ‘Tiny, Neurotic Jews’

By Eileen Reynolds

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Shoshanna might be a new kind of Jewish American Princess, but in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham revealed that she originally conceived of Marnie (played by Allison Williams) as another sort of Jewish stereotype: “A neurotic, stressed-out, like, tiny, high-achieving Jew.” Judd Apatow, she said, coached her toward creating a rounder, more “fleshed-out” Marnie, and also suggested that Shoshanna, who might have been “an in-out character who appeared every four episodes” play a bigger role on the show. So…thanks, Judd?

Feinberg, who chats with Dunham about Camp Ramah at the beginning of the interview, seems fairly smitten. “She is startlingly brilliant — in equal measures smart and funny — and eagerly self-deprecating,” he writes about Dunham, going on to describe her as a “female Woody Allen or Larry David.”

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Tzipi Livni Takes Off-Road Jeep Challenge

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Tzipi Livni figures that if she can’t be queen of the Knesset, then maybe she can be queen of the desert. In a bold and rather unexpected move, the former Kadima leader and member of Knesset has joined the Desert Queens off-road competition for Israeli women.

According to a report in The Times of Israel, Desert Queens is a women-only adventure competition, whereby 40 Israeli women challenge themselves by driving through exotic locations by jeep. Livni landed recently in India to practice her off-road driving for this year’s competition.

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Yes, Bar Refaeli Read '50 Shades of Grey'

By Eileen Reynolds

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Swimsuit model and “Maxim” hottie Bar Refaeli, like everyone from the Orthodox to Bethenny Frankel, has devoured — and enjoyed — “50 Shades of Grey.” When Kim Kardashian posted a photo of the title book in E.J. James’s trilogy on Twitter, Refaeli fired back her approval: “I’m already in the second one. I think that answers it.”

The trouble with taking a peek at Refaeli’s Twitter feed (even if one is merely soliciting book recommendations) is that once you start reading, it’s tough to look away. (A little like watching a train wreck, the Shmooze admits.) Some other recent @BarRefaeli gems: a self-portrait with elephant; a Father’s Day greeting (she’s apparently touring Africa with dear old dad, hence the pachyderm), and an unfortunate remark about homosexuality in sports.

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Anastasia Michaeli Falls for Prank Call

By Renee Ghert-Zand

By now word has spread that Yisrael Beiteinu MK Anastasia Michaeli has insulted is the gay community. As the Shmooze reported last week, Michaeli — who was already notorious for throwing water on an Arab MK — was recorded saying that homosexuality results from childhood abuse, and that gays “are miserable” and “in the end they commit suicide when they are 40.”

Michaeli publicly apologized…sort of: “I’m sorry if anyone was hurt. I respect the wishes of every person to live their own way, but a person’s everyday reality sometimes includes coping with difficult adversities, which is sometimes expressed, extremely, by suicide,” she said.

One entertainer thought she should apologize some more, and figured that getting her to do so would present a fun opportunity. Actor and impersonator Yossi Vider (he bills himself as “entertainer and ‘standup-ist’” on his Facebook page) decided to play a trick on Michaeli by impersonating President Shimon Peres on a phone call to her. The ostensible reason for the call was to express his (Peres’s) displeasure with the MK’s anti-gay remarks, and to ask her to apologize for them.

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