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How to Give a Speech Like Mandy Patinkin

By Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — Mandy Patinkin has done Shakespeare and Showtime, Sondheim and “Oyfn Pripetchik,” but one thing he does not do is a dull after-dinner speech.

The legendary veteran of Broadway and screens large and small let it all hang out when he accepted the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award recently from the dovish Americans for Peace Now on whose board he serves.

Over the course of 25 minutes, the famously intense Patinkin:

  • Quoted Psalm 137 (“If I forget thee O Jerusalem”)

  • Paused mid-speech to sing, from start to finish, a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen.”

  • Told a story of attending a Soviet Jewry rally in 1982 with his baby son and getting “bad vibes” from a man who turned out to be Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Handed APN founder Mark Rosenblum blank white drawing tablets (representing “endless possibilities”) to hand to the governments of Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States, and to the writers’ room of “Homeland.”

  • Proposed that, if the peace process doesn’t advance, “Homeland” should do a season (or a spin-off) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Wrapped things up by leading the audience in a sing-along of the peace anthem “Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu.”

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A Newly Beardless Mandy Patinkin Sings Yiddish

By Masha Leon

An ebullient Mandy Patinkin cool in a black V-necked sweater, cargo pants and sneakers, now the beardless former acting CIA director Saul Berenson on Showtime’s hit series “Homeland,” bounded up the stage at the Center for Jewish History at the YIVO-Institute for Jewish Research December 8 tribute to Yiddish ethnomusicologist Chana (Eleanor) Mlotek who died at 91 last month.

“If you asked me to pick one blessing that means the most — other than my wife and children — I would choose Zalmen Mlotek and [his parents] Chana Mlotek and Yosl Mlotek teaching me my [articulation] lessons so we could make a CD called “Mamaloshn.”

Karen Leon

Crediting Oscar Hammerstein with the line from “Carousel” — “As long as there’s one person in life who remembers you — it isn’t over,” Patinkin said: “I will forever see Yosl and Chana Mlotek celebrating life and raining joy on all of us.”

Accompanied on the piano by Paul Ford, Patinkin sang a favorite of Chana Mlotek “Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern” (“Beneath your white stars”). Patinkin noted that: “Chana and Yosl will be with us forever…in every song they preserved, every life that they touched, and we are blessed to have them in our lives and it will never end.”

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Bid Adieu to Mandy Patinkin's Beard

By Anne Cohen

Who are you and what have you done with Saul?

“Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin stunned his fans this week when he showed up on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” without the beard that has almost become a character in its own right.

“How can I run my fingers through your facial hair?” cried Kelly (raise your hand if you also have this urge). To which Mandy responded: “You can pretend it’s there.”

Apparently, the actor just couldn’t wait to shave it off. RIP Saul’s beard. We’ll miss you.

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Mandy Patinkin On His Favorite 'Princess Bride' Quote

By Anne Cohen

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Before we fell in love with him (or at least, really respected the power of his beard) as Saul on “Homeland,” Mandy Patinkin was best remembered for saying 13 words: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”

Well guys, sorry to disappoint, but those aren’t Mandy’s favorite words from “The Princess Bride.”

In an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, the actor admitted that he recently rediscovered what he considered the best line in the movie: “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that’s it’s over, I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.”

50ish-year-old Mandy finally understands what 30ish-year-old Mandy meant. The purpose of revenge, in my personal opinion is completely worthless and pointless,” he said in the interview.

Wise words from a wise man.

Watch the clip below:

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'Homeland,' the Musical?

By Anne Cohen

As of today, it’s T-minus three days until we finally reunite with Mandy Patinkin’s beard — let’s face it, it’s almost its own character at this point — as “Homeland” premieres its third season on September 29.

Just to get you in the mood (as if you weren’t already), comedian Eliot Glazer has put together his version of the award-winning show. But with songs. Songs.

Try not hum along during the premiere Sunday night. We dare you.

h/t [Heeb]

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Mandy Patinkin, Lena Dunham Get Emmy Nods

By Anne Cohen

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Lena Dunham

The Emmy nominations are here! The tribe cleaned out this year with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Nathan Lane (“The Good Wife”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Mayim Bialik (“Big Bang Theory”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) — to name but a few — up for awards in various categories.

Check out the full list below/[via Vulture]

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

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One Direction's Harry Styles' Tattoo

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Harry Styles

Tattoo aficionados continue to be intrigued by One Direction’s Harry Styles’ tattoo of his sister Gemma’s name in Hebrew on his left bicep. Either he or the tattoo artist had to have known Hebrew well enough to know an accent mark was needed over the gimel to denote the “j” sound at the beginning of the name.

Esquire may have named Mila Kunis the Sexiest Woman Alive, but the New York Daily News thinks she’s the shlumpiest. The paper has pointed out that the actress has been seen out and about almost exclusively in sweats and other sorts of casual wear.

And speaking of fashion, Jerry Seinfeld, caught by a reporter at Stella McCartney’s pre-fall presentation, admitted that his wife Jessica has forbidden him from wearing his signature white Nike sneakers anymore.

A number of celebs—including Liev Schreiber, Mandy Patinkin, Julianna Margulies and Paul Rudd— are participating in the “We Are Better Than This” videos for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The latest on Bethenny Frankel’s divorce is that she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, tearfully sharing that she feels like a failure because her marriage did not turn out like a fairytale.

Gerard Depardieu is not the only French actor wanting to leave France. Mathieu Kassovitz has said (again) that he has had it with the French film industry. He doesn’t really have a beef with French tax law; he just wants more freedom to be an artiste.

Adam Sandler must be pleased about winning the People’s Choice Award for favorite comedic actor. We wonder if he is as stoked about leading the Razzie nominations?

On the topic of awards, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is leading the BAFTA nominations, but the director himself was snubbed. And in other tough news for Spielberg, his “Robopocalyspe” sci-fi saga has been delayed indefinitely.

Screenwriter Mark Boal exhibited a sense of humor about the controversy surrounding “Zero Dark Thirty” as he accepted the best film award from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Poor Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to lament the public’s obsession with the lives of celebrities…like Evan Rachel Wood.

Remember that romantic Hawaiian get-away Lea Michele took with her beau Cory Monteith? Well, now we’ve learned that her parents Marc and Edith Sarfati were along for the holiday.

Do not count Howard Stern among the fans of “Girls.” The shock jock had absolutely nothing nice to say about the show, or about Lena Dunham, whom he called a “fat…camera hog” who looks a bit like Jonah Hill.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt fans will get a kick out of this video of the actor’s first interview, from back when he was 14 years-old and on “Third Rock From The Sun.”

In the latest celeb sightings we have: Jason Segel toting some “I Love NY” bags as he departed from JFK; Lea Michele in bright yellow at the Fox All-Star Party, and a mini hot pink number at the People’s Choice Awards (where she won for best comedic actress); Adam Levine appearing pleased to accept, on behalf of Maroon 5, the People’s Choice Award for best band; Rachel Weisz looking lovely in a floral print dress at a New York screening of her new film, “The Deep Blue Sea”; and a very put-together Anne Hathaway and hubby Adam Shulman at the National Board of Review Awards.

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Friday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

There’s lots to report for those who just can’t get enough news about Natalie Portman. Fans who take a keen interest in the actress’s choice of scripts learned that producer Tom Hanks is eyeing her for a starring role in his movie version of Erik Larson’s bestselling “In The Garden of the Beasts.” Those who appreciate Portman for the political stands she takes noticed that she was sporting a “Women’s Rights” hand stamp as she got off a flight on Wednesday at LAX. She was returning home from New York, where she attended a fundraising event for President Obama. Finally, mommy Natalie was spotted spending quality time yesterday with little Aleph.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience at the University of Colorado Law School that she predicted that gay marriage would come before the Supreme Court this term.

You may already know that Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly are getting ready to rumble, but did you know that Eliot Spitzer is planning to square off with Glenn Beck in a debate next month, as well?

American history buffs will be excited to know that Steven Spielberg has been invited to speak at Soldier’s National Cemetery as part of Dedication Day, an annual event honoring President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It is no mere coincidence that Spielberg’s appearance at Gettysburg on November 19 falls in the same week that his new film, “Lincoln” is to be released nationwide.

Readers of yesterday’s Shmooze Celebrity Roundup know of the trouble Amanda Bynes is in. She, however, maintains she’s “doing amazing.” She denies drinking and driving and says she’s had it with acting in LA and is heading to New York to start a fashion design career. In the meantime, Bynes was kicked out of an exercise class on Tuesday night for exhibiting bizarre behavior.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly recently held a secret meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. It is unclear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was aware of the meeting before it took place. And all this time we thought Emanuel was dealing with nothing but the recently ended teacher’s strike in his city…

It looks like Ralph Lauren is finally acknowledging that plus-size women also deserve to buy into his fashion fantasy world. Robyn Lawley announced on “Good Morning America” that she has been chosen as the first plus-size model for Lauren’s brand and will star in its new campaign. We should note, however, that the plus-size Lawley is all of a size 12.

Mandy Patinkin talks about his new and old television roles in a new profile in New York Magazine.

Andy Samberg’s new 6-part BBC comedy series, “CUCKOO,” premieres next week. You can watch a sneak peek here.

Hot on the heels of news that Tori Spelling was rushed to hospital for surgery for emergency post-cesarean section complications came word that she has sold her Malibu home for $2.3 million. She and her husband Dean McDermott have been living on the 1.73 acre property, which has a chicken coop, horse corral and organic garden and orchard, with their three children. It seems that with the arrival of their fourth in August, they need more room.

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Gilad Shalit Visits ‘Homeland’ Set

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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In what was a surrealistic scene, former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit, smiling and in dark shades, visited the set of “Homeland” in Israel. The Showtime series, about CIA agents working to prevent American Iraq War POWs suspected of being turned by Al-Qaeda from committing terrorism, is based on the Israeli TV show “Hatufim.” The show’s creators have said that Shalit’s saga had been an inspiration for their work in creating the series.

Shalit got to meet actors Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, who play Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson, respectively, as they were filming some scenes for the series’ second season on Yefet Street in Jaffa. Shalit, who was accompanied by family members and some reporters, also met Gidi Raff, the show’s co-creator and executive producer.

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