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How Much Does Jon Stewart Earn? A Lot

By Anne Cohen

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TV Guide Magazine’s annual survey of star salaries is out and one thing is clear — Jon Stewart’s high ratings translate into dollars.

According to the survey, Stewart tops the late night bracket, earning between $25 and $30 million a year. In previous years, Jay Leno and David Letterman had monopoly over the honor — no more. Leno took a nearly $10 million pay cut last year, putting him down in the $20 million range. Letterman is also in the $20 million ballpark after the license fee paid by CBS to his production company, Worldwide Pants, was reduced.

Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy), is the highest paid television personality ever, earning a reported $47 million a year.

Jason Segel and Max Greenfield made the list in Comedy, with a cool $225,000 per episode for “How I Met Your Mother,” and $75,000 for “New Girl,” respectively. Ashton Kutcher (honorary Jew), is the highest paid actor in prime time with $750,000 an episode for “Two and a Half Men.”

Other members of the tribe included Andy Cohen ($2 million a year for “Watch What Happens Live”) and Howard Stern ($15 million a year for “America’s Got Talent”).

For the full list, pick up the August 22nd issue of TV Guide.

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Max Greenfield Does a Killer Vanilla Ice

By Anne Cohen

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Max Greenfield

If you’ve ever watched “New Girl,” the fact that Max Greenfield does a killer Vanilla Ice impression should come as no surprise. His lovable schlemiel character, Schmidt, would be proud.

For reasons unknown to humanity, Greenfield and Paul Scheer (“The League”) decided to reenact a classic Vanilla Ice and Arsenio Hall interview for the “ArScheerio Paul Show”, Scheer’s series re-imagining episodes of the “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

Needless to say, it’s worth watching, if only to stare at Greenfield’s American/British flag leather jacket and streaked hair.

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Who Are the Hottest Jewish Men in Hollywood?

By Anne Cohen

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Adam Brody

So many mensches, so little time.

To save you the trouble of thinking about it too hard, Buzzfeed has nicely put together “The Official Ranking Of The 51 Hottest Jewish Men In Hollywood”. Whether they’re Jewish in real life, or play a member of the tribe on TV, these men are all prime hubby material.

Included in the rundown are Adam Brody (#1, goes without saying), Liev Schrieber (#3), James Franco (#4), Jake Gyllenhaal (#5), Andrew Garfield (#8), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (#10), Gabriel Macht (#11 — you know him as Harvey Specter from “Suits”), Jason Schwartzmann (#13), Paul Rudd (#15) and Max Greenfield (#18).

For the full list of hebrew hunks, click here.

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Bar Refaeli's Pucker Power

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Who knew Bar Refaeli’s outré Super Bowl ad for Go Daddy would have such pucker power? HuffPo ran a piece on all the lucky guys the supermodel has smooched with, as well as another on nerdy Jesse Heiman who got to play tonsil hockey with her in the commercial. Hillel at Stanford University got in on the sexy action, too, by using an image from the televised spot to advertise its upcoming Birthright Israel trip.

Bar Refaeli’s ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio was seen last Friday goofing around in a Miami nightclub with buddies Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, and Mel Gibson (yes, Mel Gibson).

Also not on their best behavior over Super Bowl weekend were Drake and his friends, who were so rowdy that neighbors called the cops on them twice.

And in our last Super Bowl weekend-relate item, if Bar Refaeli’s Go Daddy ad wasn’t sexy enough for you, there’s this “2 Broke Girls” promo featuring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs pole dancing.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” co-stars Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis grace the cover of InStyle’s spring fashion issue. In an interview inside the magazine, Williams says she didn’t know who her now-boyfriend Jason Segel was before she started going out with him.

Watch Max Greenfield tell Anderson Cooper about how “Gangnam Style” is a huge hit with his 3-year-old daughter Lily and her friends.

We’ve all be reading a lot about Lena Dunham lately, but here’s a chance to get to know her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of the Grammy-nominated band called “fun.”

Here is a fun preview item for those of you who can’t wait to see “Admission,” the new romcom starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey. And here’s another.

In not-so-good news for Ricki Lake, her new talk show has been cancelled after just one season.

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Thursday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Mazel tov to Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., who welcomed a baby boy in Los Angeles last week. The couple also has a 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte Grace.

Ivanka Trump and her “chic family apartment” are on the cover of the October issue of Elle Décor. The cover story features picture-perfect rooms designed by Kelly Behun. Trump, 30, lives in the Park Avenue apartment with her husband Jared Kushner and their baby daughter Arabella Rose.

Daniel Radcliffe was partying hard with members of the Dublin Minors celebrating their win of the All-Ireland Championship in Gaelic football. And all this time we though Quidditch was his game.

The Coen brothers are reportedly bringing Fargo to the small screen. Really? You betcha.

She’s a professor, a writer and also a former Secretary of State. But who knew that Madeleine Albright was also a drummer? In case you missed it, Madame Secretary was on stage jamming during the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and Gala Concert at the Kennedy Center.

A former consultant to Roseanne Bar’s failed Green Party nomination campaign has accused the comedienne of failing to pay her for work done earlier this year.

Gwyneth Paltrow, looking lovely in dressed-down chic, lent her support to a Stand Up To Cancer event at the Savoy hotel in London on Monday. Earlier this month the actress, who lost her father Bruce Paltrow to cancer, took part in a telethon for the same organization in Los Angeles.

Entertainment Weekly has some wild and wacky photos of Max Greenfield’s “New Girl” character Schmidt posing as a Jewish assassin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Samuel L. Jackson, among other characters. The pictures all have something to do with Schmidt’s trying to “rebrand” himself in the series’ season two premiere airing this week.

Lady Gaga has a friend and defender in Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Countering Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro’s slut-shaming of the singer for smoking a joint on stage, the New York City mayoral candidate complimented her for being a “social justice activist and a real leader for marriage equality in this country.”

Actor-writer-producer-director Bob Balaban, who has a new children’s book coming out, talks New York with New York magazine. His all time favorite New Yorker? The late Nora Ephron.

The second video from James Franco’s new band, Daddy, is now available. It’s a duet sung by Franco and Motown legend Smokey Robinson

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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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My Favorite Schmidt Episode of New Girl

By Kristi Goldade

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Max Greenfield — who plays Schmidt, the “tightly wound” but fun loving roommate on Fox’s television show, New Girl — has had quite the summer.

First he got nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. Then Gwyneth Paltrow said he was “the kind of guy you lusted after at your cousin’s Bar Mitzvah.” She invited him to document his red carpet walk for her website, GOOP.

Amid his hard-earned excitement, Greenfield found time to discuss his favorite episode of last season with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

He choose the episode “Control,” which featured Schmidt at his neurotic fussiest. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) brought home a china hutch from the street. Schmidt, in a moment Greenfield called his “favorite of the season,” destroyed the hutch. This led Jess to drag him to the beach for relaxation, where he does a 180, abandoning prototypical control for patchouli and bongo drums. All ends well when the roommates convince him to return to his sweet, metrosexual self.

And this is where the Shmooze begs to differ.

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Video: Spinning Class With Max Greenfield

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt on “The New Girl,” has shown that you can turn some kibitzing into some tzedakah.

A few weeks ago Vulture made up a mock cover for a workout video that it imagined Greenfield’s “lovably preening” Schmidt character might have made. It was all just a joke, but Greenfield kind of liked it and rose to the challenge of actually making a Schmidt exercise video. Greenfield released it on YouTube and it went viral. Imagine Greenfield’s surprise when he found out that people weren’t just getting a kick out of it; they were actually paying attention to his spinning technique.

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Max Greenfield Relives 'SNL'-Themed Bar Mitzvah

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Max Greenfield’s bar mitzvah was clearly a major milestone — as The Shmooze hopes it would be for any young Jewish man. The 31-year-old “New Girl” actor has been telling just about anyone who will listen to him about his “Saturday Night Live”-themed coming-of-age celebration.

On Wednesday night, Greenfield referenced his bar mitzvah again during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (video below). It was downright adorable as he relived memories of being a 13-year-old on his big night in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

When Kimmel asked what year the “SNL” bar mitzvah took place, Greenfield answered by recounting which comedians were in the cast at the time. “It was toward the end of Dennis Miller’s run, Dana Carvey was cut, but it was big on Farley and Sandler, and Spade,” he, gesturing a lot with his hands (bar mitzvah aside, there’s no doubt the guy’s Jewish).

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