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Mila Kunis On Pregnancy, Midwives and Craving Pickles

By Anne Cohen

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After weeks of silence, Mila Kunis has finally confirmed that she’s expecting her first child with Ashton Kutcher, the Daily Mail reports.

The 30-year-old sat down with Ellen Degeneres in an episode timed for Mother’s Day. No details on whether the baby is a girl or a boy, or when the due date is, but the actress was more than happy to dish about her food cravings: ‘I’m very stereotypical. I eat sauerkraut all day long,” she said.

And before you ask, yes, Ashton has been more than accommodating:

He assumed that I was gonna have goofy cravings, so he stocked our secondary fridge with weird food,” Kunis added. “Just like pickles, and sauerkraut, or like anchovies, and ice creams…just in case at one point during this pregnancy I’d be like I really want something. And it happened last week, I was like oh my God, I need a pickle. Like it was just the weirdest thing. Like I needed this pickle and he was like hold on a second and disappeared in the backyard and came back with the most amazing dill pickle of all time.

The “That 70s Show” star also revealed that she wants a natural birth. “We watched a couple of documentaries and we looked into the like the you know midwife aspect of it and things and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I’m going to be labouring in does have a midwife, you know, Doula type of thing.”

Kunis, who is Jewish and originally from Ukraine, added that Kutcher was learning Russian so they could raise a bilingual child.

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Mila Kunis, Best (Pregnant) Villain

By Anne Cohen

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Mila Kunis puts the va-va-voom in villain. And now, everybody knows it.

The 30-year-old actress looked amazing as she accepted the golden popcorn for Best Villain in “Oz the Great and Powerful” during last night’s MTV Movie Awards.

“Listen, you guys, you just made my 12-year-old self dream come true,” she said. “This is by far the coolest award and I just realized I was the only woman nominated and I won!”

Kunis and fiance Ashton Kutcher, 36, are reportedly expecting their first child ). Though the couple has kept silent on the subject, multiple sources confirmed the news in late March.

The name game hasn’t started yet, but RadarOnline reported in December that the two planned on raising their prospective children in the Jewish tradition (Kunis is a Ukrainian Jew).

Pregnancy agrees with you, Mila. Keep rocking it.

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Are Expecting First Baby

By Anne Cohen

The Jewish celebrity baby news train keeps on rolling.

Newly engaged Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting, E!Online reported.

Kunis, now the face of Jim Beam bourbon, was apparently seen attending a pre-natal yoga class in Hollywood.

Rumors of a Kutcher, 36/Kunis, 30, engagement surfaced in February, when the “Ted” star was spotted shopping with a rather large rock on her finger. The pair had been dating for two years. Kutcher’s divorce with actress Demi Moore was finalized in November.

RadarOnline reported](http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/11/mila-kunis-wants-kids-with-ashton-kutcher/) in December that the two planned on raising their prospective children in the Jewish tradition (Kunis is a Ukrainian Jew).

Ashton and Mila feel like they won the baby lottery,” a friend told OK magazine.

“It was a total shock for both of them, but they feel up for the challenge,” the friend said. “It didn’t seem like it was possible for them to fall any deeper in love, but the prospect of raising an insta-family together has solidified their commitment to each other.”

The happy couple was caught on the kiss cam on Saturday at Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles.

Mazel tov!

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Are Engaged

By Anne Cohen

Mazel tov to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher!

Rumors of the couple’s engagement went haywire on Thursday night after Kunis was spotted with a rather large rock on her finger.

An unnamed source finally confirmed the news to Us Weekly. “She is crazy about him!” the source added.

The couple, who met on the set of “That 70s Show” in 1998 (Kutcher was Kunis’ first on-set kiss), have been dating since 2011, shortly after Kutcher, 36, split with actress Demi Moore. Kunis, 30, was the longtime girlfriend of Macauley Caulkin.

While Kutcher himself isn’t Jewish (Kunis is a Ukrainian Jew), he is a known kaballah enthusiast. The couple recently attended the funeral of Rabbi Philip Berg, founder of the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Center, in Safed.

May their future be filled with dates as cute as the one Kunis described in a recent Cosmopolitan interview: ” We have a thing called white T-shirt night and it’s when you wear jeans and a white T-shirt and you go on a date. Nothing fancy, it’s just something that you love to do… whether that’s bowling or dinner or going to a cheese shop.”

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Mila and Ashton Want Jewish Kids

By Anne Cohen

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.”

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The Time Mila Kunis Spurned Russell Brand

By Anne Cohen

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Russell Brand may have many notches above his bedpost, but one name definitely doesn’t appear.

In an interview with The Sun, the actor and comedian recalled how he failed to seduce Mila Kunis while on the set of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in 2008. Kunis was dating former child-star Macaulay Culkin at the time.

“I was chatting her up, and got the conversation around to, ‘Have you got a boyfriend?’ and she went, ‘Yeah,’Brand told The Sun.

Little did he know that “Mac,” as she referred to him, was none other than the star of “Home Alone.”

“So you know that feeling of ‘How long do I have to maintain an interest in this conversation now?’ It’s 12 seconds. She’s talking about her boyfriend ‘Mac,’” Brand explained. “Eventually, she said ‘My boyfriend’s coming tomorrow.’ She was excited — and when he came it was not ‘Mac’, it was Macaulay Culkin!

Needless to say, Brand wasn’t too impressed.

“He’d got longer,” he added. “Like a veal calf, like he’d been grown in a crate. All pale and scared of himself, like a shaved horse. There was a horror about him! Macaulay Culkin! The little lad out of ‘Home Alone!’ She’s [bleeping] him!”

Kunis and Culkin dated from 2002 to 2011 (nine years — really?!). The widely proclaimed “Sexiest Woman Alive” is now romantically linked to first kiss and former “That 70s Show” co-star Ashton Kutcher.

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Mila and Ashton's Smooch-Filled Vacation

By Anne Cohen

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Ah, summer. Love, sun, royalty and the French Rivera. At least that’s how it is for some. For others, it’s more like frizz, sweat, and general unpleasantness.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher fall in the first category. Us Weekly snapped a picture of the couple sharing a little smooch by the beach in Saint Tropez on Saturday.

The couple were also spotted shmoozing with new BFFs Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark. Activities included sun-tanning, surfing, a trip to Le Palmiers beach club, and a relaxing afternoon on a yacht. Tres chic.

The two couples met while Kunis was in London filming “Jupiter Ascending” with Channing Tatum. “They all get along really well,” a source told Us Weekly. “Bea thinks Mila is awesome.”

Though British tabloids are already setting a date, Kunis has said she wants to wait a while before marrying and starting a family.”You have to choose,” she told James Franco who interviewed her for Playboy in February, “privacy or career.”

Mila, 29, and Ashton, 32, met on the set of “That 70s Show” in 1998. They’ve been dating since April 2012.

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Justin Bieber May Go To Space

By Anne Cohen

Justin Bieber’s about to fly high.

According to the New York Post, Richard Branson, billionaire head of Virgin, has announced that the tween heartthrob, and his agent, Scooter Braun, were ready to launch aboard the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, at $200,000 a ticket.

To which the Biebz replied:

Maybe he sounds better from 360,000 feet in the air.

Branson hopes the ship will launch from New Mexico around Christmas of this year, six passengers and two pilots at a time. According to the Post, the trip to and back from space lasts around two and a half hours.

Each passenger must undergo three days of space training, which hasn’t deterred 65,000 from putting their name down as candidates. Other celebrities reported to have purchased tickets include Stephen Hawking, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Ashton Kutcher.

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Ashton Kutcher Meets Mila Kunis's Mishpacha

By Chavie Lieber

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Ashton Kutcher met the parents.

Over the weekend, the Steve Jobs impersonator was spotted in London hanging out with the parents of his Jewish girlfriend, “Oz” star Mila Kunis.

The Hollywood power couple have been dating for about a year now, and this was Kutcher’s first time meeting the Kunis family, the Daily Mail reports.

Kunis’s parents, Mark and Elvira, were visiting their daughter in London, where she lives while filming her new movie, “Jupiter Ascending.” Things with the parents must have gone well because paparazzi snapped photos of Kutcher and Kunis happily holding hands as they went for a stroll around Hampstead on Sunday, with Kunis’s parents following closely behind.

This is somewhat of a big step for Kutcher and Kunis — only two months ago, Kutcher told Elle that he is extremely private about his relationship with Kunis and will do all that he can to keep it that way. Yet weeks later, he’s strolling around town, getting cozy with the family.

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Head To Israel

By Anne Cohen

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will be jetting off to the Holy Land next week, the Times Of Israel reported.

This isn’t Kutcher’s first trip. The “Two And A Half Men” star’s most recent Israel sighting was with ex-wife and fellow Kabbalah enthusiast Demi Moore in 2010.

This time however, Kutcher will be promoting high tech initiatives rather than tying a red string around his girlfriend’s wrist. According to Haaretz, Rabbi Eyal Reiss, leader of a Kabbalah center in Safed (headquarters of Jewish mysticism) said he was unaware of the couple’s upcoming visit.

Apparently, Mila isn’t a big fan.

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher to Shack Up?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

On Valentine’s Day, love was in the air, and Mila Kunis and her main man Ashton Kutcher are here, there and everywhere. The couple was spotted at a Lakers game, and Kunis was all giggly and blushing about Kutcher during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s show. But the most interesting tidbit is that the two are reportedly moving in together.

Ouch! And double ouch! Rumor has it that Drew Barrymore is undergoing painful laser surgery to remove her six tattoos as part of her moving closer to converting to Judaism (she’s apparently afraid she won’t be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery if she stays inked). Has she never seen “Tattoo Jew” or heard that “tattoo” only sounds like “taboo”?

Check out Lena Dunham — and her tongue — on the cover of Rolling Stone.

William Shatner has called J.J. Abrams a certain un-kosher animal for hogging two sci-fi franchises: Star Trek and Star Wars.

We’re going to be seeing a lot — perhaps, too much — of Shia LaBoeuf. The trailer highlighting his role in Robert Redford’s new film, “The Company You Keep,” is out. Also, it’s been announced that Magnolia Pictures will be distributing “Nymphomaniac,” in which the actor performs actual sex acts.

Troubled Amanda Bynes’ bizarre behavior continues and intensifies.

Mom-to-be Evan Rachel Wood is furious at paparazzi for staking out her obstetric appointment and trying to get a shot of a sonogram photograph of her unborn child.

James Franco has not bothered to respond to a defamation suit brought against him my an NYU professor whom the actor called a “bad teacher.” As we know from the gazillion projects Franco is juggling, he has better (or at least other) things to do.

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli looked beautiful in blue at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy.

We recently mentioned that Gwyneth Paltrow said some nice things about BFF Beyonce in a Vogue interview. Well, now the singer has returned the favor by praising Paltrow while chatting with E!.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Emmy Rossum, like that she once had a huge crush on Macaulay Culkin.

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Tuesday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Sunday’s Emmys were a font of Shmooze celebrity news. First off, Mayim Bialik made Jewish moms and dads everywhere kvell at the awards ceremony on Sunday night when she gave a shout out during a red carpet interview to popular parenting blog, Kveller.com.

Did you notice that “Two Broke Girls” star Kat Dennings was slouching all evening at the Emmys? Apparently, it was to ensure that her ample bosom did not pop out of her über-low-cut stunning scarlet strapless gown. “No matter what I do they’re there, so…‬,” the actress joshed. Denning’s date, boyfriend Nick Zano’s main assignment was to prevent a wardrobe malfunction. “He has been alerted to the possibility of emergency and he’s always primed and ready,” she said.

Gideon Raff, the original creator of the Israeli series “Hatufim,” on which Showtime’s “Homeland” is based, was on hand to receive the Emmy for the best writing in a drama series. He accepted it along with Alex Ganza and Howard Gordon, the American show’s executive producers.

In her acceptance speech for the award for outstanding actress in a drama series, Claire Danes showed off her guttural pronunciation skills as she acknowledged her co-star Mandy Patinkin. “Challah!” she exclaimed after mentioning Patinkin’s name. Was this some inside joke? Or maybe a reference to the round variety of the traditional Jewish bread we eat on the High Holidays? Speculation abounded on Twitter.

In other news, the Jewish Council for Education and Research’s “Let My People Vote” video ad starring the Sarah Silverman has quickly topped the political charts.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s PDA fest continued this past weekend. The pair were spotted canoodling in various spots around the Big Apple.

Israel is expecting visits from Chuck Norris, who accepted an invitation from Likud MK Danny Danon, as well as from RedFoo (the guy with the big hair and oversized glasses) of the recently broken-up LMFAO.

Full frontal? No prob. Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt on “New Girl,” says he’s ready and willing to portray Christian Grey in the upcoming film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

In sad news, it was announced that Bonnie Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Gen Xers, in particular, will recall that Franklin, 68, played mom to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips’ teenage characters on the “One Day At A Time” sitcom from 1975 to 1984.

Finally, as the Day of Atonement descends upon us, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres are making a conciliatory gesture…at least for Kol Nidrei. The two will pray together on Erev Yom Kippur at a Jerusalem synagogue close to the President’s official residence.

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Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman

Pixie-coiffed Anne Hathaway accompanied her fiancé Adam Shulman to Rosh Hashanah services on Monday. The paparazzi documented a lot of PDA on the couple’s way to IKAR at the Westside JCC in Los Angeles.

Hathaway and Shulman weren’t the only ones doing some New Year’s smooching. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were spotted locking lips in New York’s Central Park, also on Monday.

Another celeb couple caught by the paparazzi used the moment to do some guerilla marketing for charities close to their hearts. Upon leaving a restaurant at which they had lunched, Andrew Garfield and his girlfriend Emma Stone held up signs with a message drawing attention to organizations they feel deserve more attention than they do.

Amanda Bynes is out of jail on her own recognizance for her April DUI arrest, but she is in a lot of trouble for a number of serious driving offences. A judge, who denied a DA’s request that a $50,000 bail be imposed on Bynes, has warned her there will be severe consequences if she breaks the law again. The actress’s parents have moved from Texas to Southern California to keep an eye on her.

“Glee” star Lea Michele is the new face of French cosmetic company L’Oreal.

When Sarah Silverman wants to get rid of her gum while walking the red carpet, she just takes it out of her mouth and hands it to the nearest guy. On Tuesday night at the “Condé Nast Travelers” “Visionaries” awards, that just happened to be Adrian Grenier—who tactfully put it in his suit pocket.

“The Big Bang” cast graces the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. But where’s Mayim Bialik?!

On Sunday, Ryan Braun drew a standing ovation as he hit his 200th career home run, but the Mets still lost 3-0 to the Brewers.

According to Forbes’ newly released annual list of the 400 wealthiest individuals in the U.S., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is $3 billion richer now than he was just half a year ago.

There’s a new young Jewish would-be singing star to cheer for. Thirteen-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar of Westchester, N.Y. wowed the judges at her The X-Factor audition with her rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” and advanced to the next round.

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Date Night: Kunis and Kutcher at the Ballpark

By Eileen Reynolds

Here’s more evidence to fuel speculations that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are a couple (if there is indeed anything left to speculate about): The two were spotted together at Wednesday’s L.A. Dodgers game.

Actually, “spotted” makes the whole thing sound more mysterious than it was: The pair made it into the game’s television broadcast, the relevant 23-second clip of which has been making the rounds on gossip sites this morning. In it, Kunis and Kutcher can be spotted chowing down on concession-stand pretzels and hotdogs. (The Shmooze will kindly assume those are kosher all-beef franks.)

Word has it that Kunis’s parents were also in attendance. Anyone looking for scandal won’t find it here: A ballgame with your folks is pretty much as wholesome as dating gets.

The video, for those who must see to believe:

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Popchips: Racist, But Kosher?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Kutcher as ‘Darl,’ with Poo-poo.

Popchips execs didn’t have cultural sensitivity in mind when they had Ashton Kutcher (with brown-face make-up and a sing-song Indian accent) comically portray a Bollywood producer named Raj in the company’s latest advertising video. The commercial has been yanked and Popchips has apologized to the Indian-American community for its $1.5 million misstep.

The offending Popchips ad banks on the newly single Ashton Kutcher’s buzzed-about status in pop culture, placing him in a mock “World Wide Lovers Dating Service” viral video. If things don’t work out with Mila Kunis (that is, if there really is anything to work out), Kutcher will have to jump back into the dating scene sooner or later, right?

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More on Kunis and Kutcher: The First Kiss

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Poor Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. The gossip media just won’t give the rumor that they are more than just good friends a rest. People just want to know what’s up with Kunis, who not long ago complained of having no dates, and Kutcher, who recently split from his wife Demi Moore, spending so much quality time together.

And speaking of people, the magazine with that name has suggested that it may not just be chance that has brought the two actors together now. Someone at People went digging through the publication’s archives and found an item from 2001 in which Kunis divulged that her on-screen kiss with Kutcher in an episode of “That 70s Show” in 1998 was actually her first kiss ever. Kunis was 15 at the time and very nervous. “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute, it’s the Calvin Klein model!’” Kunis said in the 2001 interview. “Then I was like, ‘I have to kiss him?’ I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him.”

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Kunis and Kutcher: Could It Be?

By Michael Kaminer

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Have you been starved for news about Jewish starlet Mila Kunis since her hammy evil-ballerina turn in 2010’s Black Swan?

People.com has come to the rescue with a report today that the Ukraine-born Kunis “enjoyed some serious alone time together” last week with Ashton Kutcher, the dashing “Two and a Half Men” star and former Mr. Demi Moore.

We know — you want details. People is happy to oblige. “The longtime friends and ‘That ’70s Show’ costars went on a three-day getaway to the coastal town of Carpinteria, Calif., just south of Santa Barbara. While away, Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, dined on sushi, shopped for fruit and flowers and spent plenty of time in private,” People alleges.

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Hollywood Hunks Get Ripped With Krav Maga

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Details has only just now caught on to the popularity of Krav Maga, the famed Israeli approach to self-defense training. The magazine seems to have noticed a critical mass of male celebrities using the program to get in touch for their roles on screen — and in life. “Made in Israel. Imported by Hollywood’s A-List. Coming soon to a health club near you,” shouts its article’s subtitle.

Among the Hollywood hunks mentioned in Details’ Krav Maga story are Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Mayer. British actor Jason Statham reportedly also used the technique to train for his role as “an ass-kicking man of mystery” in his new movie, “Safe.”

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Yom Kippur Solidarity for Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

By Nathan Burstein

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The couple that prays together stays together — right?

That’s what celebrity Kremlinologists have been trying to figure since Friday, when reportedly feuding Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher attended services together at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles. People Magazine reports that the pair sat on opposite sides of the aisle during the service — as is Kabbalah Centre custom — before exiting the sanctuary with their arms around each other’s waists.

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Ashton Kutcher Schools Natalie Portman on Judaism

By Katherine Clarke

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Who knew he was so dedicated?

Ashton Kutcher reads the Torah every Saturday. That’s what Natalie Portman said of her co-star in the upcoming romantic comedy “No Strings Attached” during a recent interview.

Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, noted that Kutcher taught her more about Judaism that anyone else in her life.

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