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Adam Sandler's Cheetah Scare

By Anne Cohen

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Adam Sandler

Apparently, teenage girls aren’t the only ones to go wild at the sight of a celebrity.

In an interview with David Letterman, actor Adam Sandler revealed that he was recently attacked by a cheetah while on safari in South Africa.

“This is a true story,” he recalled. “I went there, and they let me in with a cheetah…and said I could feed the cheetah water with my hands. So I did it, and it went a little bit wrong.”

The 46-year-old then showed a video where you can see the cheetah slowly circling what appears to be his next meal (Sandler), crouching down by water. The animal pounces onto the actor’s back, but is quickly pulled off by a nearby handler.

Sandler barely had time to react. “When he jumped on me, all I was going to do was let him eat me,” he joked.

Watch the “Grown Ups” star tell the story in full below:

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Who Are The Most Trusted Jews In America?

By Anne Cohen

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Steven Spielberg

Recently, Reader’s Digest collaborated with The Wagner Group and polled over 1,000 Americans on 200 public figures to comile the “100 Most Trusted People in America” list.

High on the list was Steven Spielberg (No.6), along with Nobel Prize winner Robert J. Lefkowitz (No.11) and economist Lloyd Shapley (No.15).

Other notable Jews mentioned were Noam Chomsky (No.20), Madeleine Albright (No. 23), Judith Sheindlin — a.k.a. “Judge Judy — (No.28), Ruth Bader Ginsberg (No.36), Rabbi Arthur Schnier (No.48), Elena Kagan (No.62), Adam Sandler (No.64) and Ben Stiller (No.77).

According to the Reader’s Digest, trust is “earned with a person’s integrity and character, exceptional talent and drive, internal moral compass, message, honesty, and leadership.”

On an unrelated note, Michelle Obama beat out her husband, coming in 19th to his 65.

Who would you have picked? Click here for the full list.

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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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Shaq and Salma Hit the JCC

By Simi Lampert

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Shaquille O’Neal

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal paid a visit to the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead, Mass. on Monday.

The 7-foot-1 superstar was in town shooting promotional scenes for his upcoming Adam Sandler film, Grown Ups 2.

The sports giant visited with the center’s basketball commissioner, posed for a few pics, and turned a humble basketball into a collector’s item with a swipe of his Sharpie’d signature.

Shaq wasn’t the only star to grace the JCC with his presence, either. His more attractive (though comparatively diminutive) co-star Salma Hayek was reportedly around the center Friday night. That was just a few days after a nearby pitstop with Sandler for some fro-yo and fan photos.

Shaq, Salma, and Sandler will appear on the big screen in 2013.

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Bibi On Rye?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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What’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doing in a trailer for Adam Sandler’s new movie? And what is he doing in between some slices of rye bread?

These are the lingering questions one has after watching a Funny of Die advertising spot cut by Andy Samberg, who also stars in “That’s My Boy.” The film is about a young teenage boy named Donny (Sandler) who fathers and raises his son Todd (Samberg) until Todd is 18. The immature, deadbeat dad later shows up on the eve of the successful son’s wedding, and all hell breaks loose.

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Top Jews on Forbes Celeb 100 List

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Steven Spielberg is the top Jew on Forbes’s list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities. The director/writer/producer/studio owner came in at number 10 on the list of 100. Ahead of him were Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Tom Cruise. But coming in behind Spielberg were another 90 celebs, among them a fair number of other Jews.

Among them is former Beatle Paul McCartney (who was reported to be converting to Judaism, so he’s kosher enough for the purposes of our Jewish tally) in the 21st spot. Radio shock jock Howard Stern was ranked at number 30, with film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer coming in at 39th. Further down the list are MOT funnymen Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ben Stiller. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel pull up the rear in 86th place and 97th place, respectively.

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Oscar Night Highlights

By Eileen Reynolds

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Oscar night has come and gone, and now the real fun begins. With the glitzy spectacle fresh in our minds, this is the time to dissect, analyze, and discuss. Best and worst dressed? Start with our red-carpet photo slideshow. Which victories were well deserved? Who should’ve won but went home empty handed? Check out our list of historic wins to see how this year’s nominees measure up against the greatest Oscar winners of all time.

Best speech? Worst joke? Sweetest red-carpet couple? Read on to see how this year’s crop of Jewish nominees, presenters and guests — from Steven Spielberg to Natalie Portman to Sacha Baron Cohen — fared at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

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Barrymore Enlists Sandler as Conversion Coach

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Sandler and Barrymore at the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2005

Is it any surprise that, after going out on fifty first dates with Adam Sandler and also falling for him as a wedding singer, Drew Barrymore would say that she is close to her co-star? Of course, not. However, it’s one thing to look to a co-star for friendship and acting advice — or even romantic companionship — and entirely another to seek his services as a religious conversion coach.

But that is exactly what Barrymore is doing, according to In Touch weekly. The gossip magazine reports that Sandler, of “Hanukkah Song” fame, is guiding Barrymore, 36, in her conversion to Judaism as she prepares for her upcoming marriage to her Jewish fiancé, Will Kopelman, a 34-year-old art consultant. Let’s just hope that Sandler knows more about Judaism than how to rhyme yarmulke with Hanukkah and menorah with Dinah Shore-ah.

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Spielberg Censored in Lebanon

By Nathan Burstein

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It’s not quite worthy of a Sherlock Holmes story, but the mystery continues: Who censored Steven Spielberg’s name at a movie theater in Lebanon?

In a piece picked up by The Washington Post, the country’s Blog Baladi reported yesterday that the director’s name had been covered up on a poster for his next movie, the kid-friendly “Adventures of Tintin.”

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The Official Toothpaste of Jewish Comedians?

By Nathan Burstein

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Just look at those pearly whites!

A pair of Jewish comedians are going the extra smile for the father of a friend.

Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler are both endorsing Supersmile, a tooth-whitening product invented by dentist Irwin Smigel, whose website proclaims him “the father of aesthetic dentistry.” The pair provided testimonials in keeping with their comic styles, with Sandler claiming his teeth “were starting to look like cheese doodles” before he began using the product, and Silverman declaring, “Holy crap, my teeth are definitely whiter!”

The well-connected Dr. Smigel has an impressive roster of famous endorsers: others include Jimmy Fallon, Ivana Trump and Kelly Ripa.

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Adam Sandler Finally Recieves Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Katherine Clarke

Well it’s about time. Movie-star Adam Sandler was awarded the 2,431st star on the Hollywood walk of fame yesterday. Actors Henry Winkler and Kevin James roasted the funnyman, who was accompanied by his wife Jackie, and daughters Sadie and Sunny.

Sandler is best known for films such as “Happy Gilmore,” “Big Daddy” and “Mr. Deeds.” The actor, comedian and producer, who was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, thanked his family for giving him the support he needed to succeed.

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