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'The Giver' Trailer Is Here

By Anne Cohen

In the age of “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” dystopian frenzy, expectations are at an all-time high for the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

Unlike Katniss Everdeen’s gritty District 12, Lowry’s best-selling novel takes place in a warped future where all the unpleasant aspects of life have been erased. No war, no pain. And no feelings.

As Meryl Streep —  throwing some major shade in the newly released trailer — says: “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”

Starring alongside Meryl (aren’t we all?) are newcomer Brenton Thwaites as the main character, Jonas, Jeff Bridges (who also produced), Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift (what?) and Israeli actress Odeya Rush.

Watch the trailer here:

Photo credit: Meryl Streep in “The Giver”// Youtube

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Have you Jew-Googled Today?

By Devra Ferst

Who’s Jewish? According to Google (and Gawker ) nearly everyone in Hollywood, from Meryl Streep to Morgan Freeman, and even Mel Gibson. Well, sort of.

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A post late Tuesday on media news and gossip Web site Gawker revealed that the top search suggestions on Google for various celebrity names (when preceded by the word is) include the word Jewish. For example, if you type the words “Is David Beckham” into the search bar, a drop-down menu will appear with several options, the first of which is “Is David Beckham Jewish.”

It’s the top ranked search for Robin Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Affleck and Bill Gates.

And it’s not just celebs. Type in “Is Al Gore” and you will get suggestions including “an idiot, Jewish, a hypocrite.” (Yes, in that order!)

Go ahead. Try it with your favorite celebrities. Let us know what you find. (You know you want to.)

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