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Adam Levine Is People's Sexiest Man Alive

By Anne Cohen

Ladies, it’s time to dig up your old Maroon 5 albums.

Adam Levine — our Adam Levine — is officially People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. And apparently, he was as surprised as you by the news:

“As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table,” the singer told People. “I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren’t, so that’s cool.”

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Adam Levine Engaged To Victoria's Secret Model

By Anne Cohen

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Well ladies, if you had any dreams of bringing Adam Levine home for Shabbat dinner, you can cast them aside.

The Maroon 5 singer and “Voice” judge announced last night that he was engaged to Behati Prinsloo, his third Victoria’s Secret model girlfriend. The couple, who have been dating for a little over a year, broke up briefly this spring, but are now back together and more serious than ever — clearly a very well thought out proposal.

Levine’s publicist issued the following statement:

“Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married … The couple recently reunited and Adam proposed this weekend in Los Angeles.”

Mazel Tov!

[via The Cut]

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Adam Levine Caught on Mic Saying He Hates America

By Chavie Lieber

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Jewish rock star Adam Levine has gotten himself in quite the predicament after he was caught on mic last night during “The Voice,” saying that he “hates this country,” after two members of his team were voted off the show.

Angry fans quickly took to Twitter after his unpatriotic comment was heard on live television, some defending him, and others demanding he be fired from the show.

But rather than apologize to viewers of the “The Voice,” the 34-year-old singer took to Twitter to take the offensive, insisting it was a joke, and a misunderstanding in a series of tweets.

“joke- noun 1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or prankish act,” he tweeted.

Then he wrote, “hu·mor·less (hymr-ls) adj. 1. Lacking a sense of humor. 2. Said or done without humor”

“light·heart·ed Function: adjective 1 : free from care, anxiety, or seriousness : happy-go-lucky 2 : cheerfully optimistic,” he continued.

“mis·un·der·stand Pronunciation: (ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstand Date: 13th century 1 : to fail to understand 2 : to interpret incorrectly,” was his last tweet.

NBC has yet to respond for Levine’s comment.

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Barbara Walters Tells Off Donald Trump

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Barbara Walters looked straight into the camera while filming a recent episode of “The View” (that is, once she figured out which camera to look at) and plain out told her old friend Donald Trump that he is being “a fool.” If that wasn’t clear enough, she admonished the tycoon and reality TV star with, “Stop it! Get off it!” in regard to the birther conspiracy theory accusations Trump continues to level at President Obama.

Adam Sandler is apparently big in Romania. Well, at the very least his animated feature, “Hotel Transylvania” has been well received there. Sandler didn’t make it over to Transylvania for the film’s premiere there, but director Genndy Tartakovsky did. Next up for Sandler is a Western titled, “Ridiculous 6.”

Drew Barrymore and hubby Will Kopelman made their first public appearance since their baby daughter Olive was born at the LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci on Saturday. The couple was photographed showing off pics on an iPhone to friends Jennifer Aniston and her fiancé Justin Theroux. Judging from the adoring looks, we think it’s safe to bet they were the latest photos of little Olive.

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Jury's Out on Adam Levine's Mustache

By Blair Thornburgh

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Was he better clean shaven?

Move over, Freddy Mercury: there’s a new mustachioed frontman in town.

Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s bringer of Jagger-like moves and one of the musical masterminds judging “The Voice,” was spotted looking handsomely hirsute in New York this Sunday, where he was filming his first flick, “Can A Song Save Your Life?” Having sprouted a ’stache for his role in the drama, the tattooed TV star and tenor is now a verifiable triple threat: singer, reality show judge, and mustache-method actor. Though he was previously known to favor the two-day-scruff look popular with hipsters and hobos alike, this mustache marks the modern-day Renaissance man’s debut into the world of full-blown facial hair.

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Adam Lambert Tops ‘Sexiest Men in Pop’ List

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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When it comes to sex appeal, it looks like Jewish pop stars have it. How else can The Shmooze account for the fact that three out of the 10 men on Billboard’s “sexiest men in pop” list are members of the tribe?

Billboard polled 600,000 readers, who let it be known that the sexiest male musician out there is — get ready for it — Adam Lambert. The guy is on fire these days, what with being the sexiest singer du jour, plus having recently made it to the number one spot on the Billboard chart when his new album “Tresspassing” sold 77,000 copies in its first week (beating out Adele, no less).

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Adam Levine Talks Promiscuity

By Margaret Eby

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Strippers, supermodels, and lavish parties might not be the first thing you think of when you see Adam Levine, the falsetto-wielding front man of the pop band Maroon 5. But maybe they should be. His juicy profile in “Details,” which ran on the cover this month, reveals a side of Levine that’s far away from his scrubbed-but-tattooed television persona.

“Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of [women] is because I love them so much,” Levine mused to “Details” writer Craig Marks.

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Americans Save Israeli Soccer Team Beitar Jerusalem

By Nathan Burstein

One of Israel’s most storied — and racism-tarnished — sports teams has new owners, a pair of Americans who hope to change the atmosphere at games.

Dan Adler, a former Hollywood talent agent and vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering, purchased the team with fellow US investor Adam Levine. The duo are taking on a sports franchise that was once one of Israel’s wealthiest, but has suffered a series of financial and administrative problems in the last half-decade.

Adler’s purchase of the team drew extra attention in Israel because of his affiliation with dovish organizations that support a two-state solution — a position many Beitar supporters reject. Fans of the club have appalled many Israelis — but no doubt pleased others — with racist chants at games, including “Death to Arabs” and “Terrorist, Terrorist.” The team has never had an Arab player, and in 2009 a team captain apologized, due to fan anger, for suggesting that an Arab player might someday join the team.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Adler mostly avoided politics during an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot. But he told the paper, “I know Beitar has a certain reputation — or rather, that a portion of the fans has a certain reputation.”

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