The Shmooze

James Franco's Naughty Birthday Cake

By Anne Cohen

James Franco turned 35 on April 19, but the actor saved his birthday bash for a trip to Miami, where he received the HBO Latin America Ally Award for his “unwavering support for the LGBT community” at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Sitting poolside on Tuesday, the actor tweeted a picture of his S and M-themed birthday cake — complete with a strap-on, a ball gag, a leather whip, and more — a nod to his film “Interior. Leather Bar.” a re-imagining of the deleted footage from the 1980 gay-themed film “Cruising.”

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Holocaust Survivors: Beware Identity Theft

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Elderly Holocaust survivors, many of whom require financial assistance for daily living expenses, now have another worry to contend with: identity theft. It seems that a worker in charge of protecting survivors’ interests was willing to steal their personal information in order to make a quick buck.

Crystal Thorne, 23, a coordinator at the Jewish Community Services of South Florida office in North Miami, is in police custody after having been arrested on Saturday. She was to have made her first appearance Monday in Miami federal court on charges of having sold Holocaust survivors’ identity information for a total of $1,000. Thorne had access to the survivors’ records in the agency’s Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program.

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'King' LeBron James Consults Kabbalist

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Courtesy of TMZ

In the wake of his much-maligned primetime special announcing his move to the Miami Heat, is hoops superstar LeBron James desperate for some good advice?

That’s James’ ghostwriter Buzz Bissinger’s take on gossip blog TMZ’s scoop that the Heat’s new forward sought the advice of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the kabbalist guru we covered in June.

“Whoever this rabbi is or isn’t, he can’t possibly give worse advice than his handlers have given him,” said Bissinger, who co-authored a biography titled “Shooting Stars” with the player. “The Decision,” James’ hour-long announcement aired on ESPN on July 8 to near-unanimous derision.

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