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Mila Kunis, ScarJo Make FHM's 'Sexiest Women' List

By Anne Cohen

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FHM magazine has released its “Official 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2014” list and Jewish ladies have snagged 10 spots, including three in the Top 10.

Leading the contingent of Nice Jewish girls is Emily Ratajkowski (in fourth place), star of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” According to Haaretz, Ratajkowski is of Polish-Jewish descent on her mother’s side.

Mila Kunis is still going strong in sixth place, though down from her top spot as last year’s #1 — Jennifer Lawrence has that honor this time around.

Kunis, who is expecting her first child with Ashton Kutcher, was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States when she was 7-years-old.

Scarlett Johansson (don’t call her ScarJo) rounds off the top 10 in tenth place.

Other members of the tribe include Rachel Riley, of British TV show “Countdown,” (#17); chef Nigella Lawson (#24); “Mad Men“‘s Alison Brie (#39); British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (#61); “Glee“‘s Dianna Agron (#84) and Israeli actress Gal Gadot (#97).

If you can believe it, Bar Rafaeli is only #66.

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Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o To Star in "Jungle Book"

By Anne Cohen

Scarlett Johansson better brush up on her Disney trivia.

The actress and SodaStream spokeswoman has been tapped to star in the live action reboot of “The Jungle Book” alongside “Most Beautiful Person in the World,” Lupita Nyong’o, the New York Daily News reports.

Johansson, 29, is being considered for the role of Kaa the python, while Nyong’o, 31, is said to be in final talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli.

Mowgli has still not been cast but the movie is set for an Oct. 9, 2015 release and will be directed by fellow MOT (member-of-the-tribe) Jon Favreau.

Forget “Let it Go.” It’s going to be all about “Bare Necessities” come fall.

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Scarlett Johansson Really Hates Her Nickname

By Anne Cohen

Uh oh. Turns out we’ve all committed a major faux-pas when it comes to Scarlett Johansson. And no, it’s not questioning her political correctness over the SodaStream debacle.

In an interview for the April cover of Glamour, the 29-year-old actress complained that she really, really hates it when the media calls her ScarJo.

“I associate that name with, like, pop stars. ‘It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant … There’s something insulting about it,” she said.

Point taken.

So, on behalf of all media, I want to formally apologize to JLo, JLaw, KStew, the Biebz and anyone else we’ve bestowed a character-saving nickname upon — you know, the age of Twitter and all that.

It’s not the first time Johansson has come out against her moniker. In 2012, she told USA Today: “It’s a laziness … People can’t actually say the whole name? It’s just bizarre … so Cate Blanchett is not, like, ‘CaBla’? Why is that? Why do I have to get stuck with [ScarJo]?”

It’s because we love you. Promise.

Which Jewish celebrity names can we butcher next? I vote for NPort.

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AIPAC's Case of Scarlett Fever

By Ron Kampeas

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson, fresh out of her SodaStream battles, declined to attend this year’s annual American Israel Political Affairs Committee policy conference. She’s in Paris, picking up an honorary Celeste award and promoting her latest releases,.

She kept appearing at the conference though, after a fashion.

Johansson featured prominently in AIPAC’s showcase of Israel’s high-tech sector on Monday.

Her image — 10 times over — was flashed during a demonstration of the ElMindA, a hairnet-like device that scans a brain’s electronic activity. The company’s managing director, Ronen Gadot, tested the device on Winton Stewart, a linebacker at Alabama State University who is also AIPAC’s deputy director of campus outreach. (Football players are especially susceptible to concussions, which the device could help diagnose more accurately).

The idea was that the device, by tracking how one’s brain registers an image, could then track one when it appeared in quick succession among other images. It is a more accurate measure, Gadot contended, than subjective memories. In other words, while one may remember detecting Johansson’s face five or six times, the device would be able to more accurately register exactly how many times your brain made the right call.

Stewart said he remembered eight out of the 10 viewings, and Gadot said the device recorded that many.

At the conference closing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought Johansson up again, although perhaps in a weirder way. He applauded her role in the SodaStream matter, when she rejected calls for her to boycott the product.

But then he likened her to … a plantation owner? His second paragraph alludes, after all, to Scarlett O’Hara the Southern belle of “Gone with the Wind.”

Everyone should know what the letters B-D-S really stand for: bigotry, dishonesty and shame. And those who — those who oppose BDS, like Scarlett Johansson, they should be applauded.

Scarlett, I have one thing to say to you: Frankly, my dear, I DO give a damn. And I know all of you give a damn, as do decent people everywhere who reject hypocrisy and lies and cherish integrity and truth.

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Scarlett Johansson Pregnant With First Child

By Anne Cohen

Mazel tov, ScarJo!

Scarlett Johansson, the Jewish actress and SodaStream spokeswoman, is pregnant with her first child with fiancee Romain Dauriac, a source confirmed to E! News.

The pair were spotted at the 39th Cesar Film Awards 2014 in Paris on Friday (no baby bump yet!)

Johansson went public about her relationship with the French journalist in November 2012. The couple announced their engagement in September.

ScarJo was previously linked to actor Ryan Reynolds. The two divorced in 2011 after three years of marriage. In December, she spoke to the Daily Mail of her wish to start a family:

“I would like to have my own family, that would be nice,” she said. “They say it’s never the right time and I am sure that’s true, but I think you have to plan it like anything else.”

And now, the question on everyone’s mind: Will Dauriac follow the lead of fellow French-hubby Benjamin Millepied?

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When ScarJo Dated Your Boyfriend, Lena Dunham Edition

By Jana Banin

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff

(JTA) — Lena Dunham was trolling the Internet when she stumbled upon a shot of her boyfriend with his ex-girlfriend.

Relatable, right? Well, yeah, except for that her boyfriend, Jewish rock guitarist Jack Antonoff, used to date Scarlett Johansson.

It seems Dunham was perusing a little obsession of hers, a Tumblr blog called “Old Loves,” when she came across a photo of her beau (a Solomon Schechter alumnus) with the Sexiest Woman Alive and SodaStream spokesperson.

“The craziest thing that ever happen to me, was like, Old Loves is my passion, I check it, like, once a week. It’s how I kick back on a Friday night is to see what Old Loves has done,” “Girls” creator told Grantland Channel, according to The Daily Mail. “I saw my boyfriend and his girlfriend from high school. Scarlett Johansson.”

The two, it turns out, were together for a year when they were both 17 and attending the Professional Children’s School in New York City.

“She’s beautiful, he’s beautiful, but it was just so surreal to be looking through this blog that gives me so much pleasure and then there’s my boyfriend,” Dunham said. “And I was like, “My mind is going to explode.”

Good thing she’s not the jealous type, but even if she were, Dunham has nothing to worry about. Johansson is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac.

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The 'Noah' Super Bowl Trailer is Here

By Anne Cohen

Move over ScarJo — the ‘Noah’ Super Bowl trailer has arrived.

So, take a break from controversy, sit back, relax and enjoy. Because, let’s face it: the only thing that could make us look away from Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream spot is Russell Crowe playing a biblical character in a Darren Aronofsky film.

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6 Most Jewish Super Bowl Ads

By Anne Cohen

Everyone is talking about Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Super Bowl ad for SodaStream. FOX has already nixed the original version, though not because of any political concerns — apparently it’s a big no-no to make fun of Coke and Pepsi.

But what about the other Jews who have carved their spot in the Super Bowl ad Hall of Fame?

Get ready for a little trip down memory lane, paved with Ferris Bueller parodies, a Jerry Seinfeld/Jay Leno rivalry, and even an Elton John/Paula Abdul duet.

And really, after being bombarded with news of his misadventures, who doesn’t want to feign ignorance and ask: “What’s a Bieber?”

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Scarlett Johansson's (Uncensored) SodaStream Super Bowl Ad

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson’s decision to act as spokesperson for the Israeli firm SodaStream has been controversial from the get-go. Forget the debate over whether or not it’s okay to represent a company with a factory in the West Bank, or whether or not Oxfam should ditch her, though. That’s all just fluff. The real controversy, it turns out, stems from four words the Jewish actress utters in the home soda maker’s upcoming Super Bowl ad.

“Sorry, Coke and Pepsi,” Johansson says at the end of the spot.

Fox, the network airing the big game on Feb. 2, was apparently worried this wouldn’t sit well with Big Soda and asked SodaStream to drop the line. The company grudgingly cooperated, but the uncensored version lives, of course, on YouTube.

More dramatic than the soda slam, in our opinion, is the line Johansson delivers prior to shedding her lab coat, revealing a sexy dress. ”If only I could make this message go viral,” she says suggestively. That one will air on game day.

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Scarlett Johansson to Star in SodaStream Superbowl Ad

By Jana Banin

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(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson, faceless in the movie “Her,” has just landed a gig as the face of an Israeli company. According to The New York Times, the Jewish actress has been chosen as SodaStream’s “Global Spokesperson” and will star in its upcoming Super Bowl ad.

In the commercial, airing during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox on Feb. 2, Johansson will show us how the home soda maker works. The point is to ”demonstrate how easy it is, how sexy it is, to make your own soda,” said Daniel Birnbaum, chief executive at SodaStream International.

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Scarlett Johansson is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive — Again

By Reuters

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Scartlett Johansson

Jewish American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men’s lifestyle magazine said on Monday.

“The Avengers” star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors.

Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film “Ghost World,” stars in three films this fall. In “Don Jon” she plays the girlfriend of a pornography addict and in the sci-fi thriller “Under the Skin” she is a seductive extraterrestrial. She voices a man’s computer companion in “Her.”

“You know, I gotta hustle,” Johansson told the magazine of her busy work schedule. “I’m a 28-year-old woman in the movie business, right? Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop.”

Johansson said last month she was engaged to marry French journalist Romain Dauriac. Her previous marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds ended in 2011 after three years.

Last year’s sexiest woman, according to Esquire, was American actress Mila Kunis. Barbadian pop singer Rihanna, British actress Kate Beckinsale and South African actress Charlize Theron have all been given the “sexiest” distinction by the magazine.

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Scarlett Johansson's Average SAT Score

By Anne Cohen

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This just in: Contrary to all appearances, Scarlett Johansson is not perfect.

In an interview with Darren Aronofsky, the “Don Jon” actress revealed her SAT score — and it was just average.

“I think the way it worked when I took them was that they were out of 1,600, so maybe you’d get a 1,240 if you were a smarty-pants,” Johansson said. “I got a 1,080, which was pretty low. But that was probably because I didn’t answer half of the math questions.”

According to the Huffington Post, the 29-year-old would have taken her test around 2002, when the average score was 1020 (so, just above average).

Something to think about next time you’re hate-watching one of her movies.

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Tribe At The Tonys

By Anne Cohen

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Tony Kushner and Lena Dunham

Stars arrived in style to New York’s Radio City Musical Hall on Sunday night for the 67th annual Tony Awards.

The evening, recognizing achievements in Broadway theater, brought together the best of the city’s stage society with writers, composers, and even a Hollywood celebrity or two (or three, or four). Though acclaimed musical “Kinky Boots” won big, picking up six awards, including “Best Musical,” there was more going on fashion-wise than just footwear.

From Debra Messing to Scarlett Johansson, and even an appearance by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there was plenty of glam to go around. Who was your pick for best dressed?

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Is Scarlett Johansson the New Hillary Clinton?

By Chavie Lieber

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Scarlet Johansson might channel a young Hillary Clinton, pants suits and all.

The Jewish actress has been listed as one of the potential stars to play the former US Secretary of State in a new biopic about Clinton’s life according to the Independent.

The film, titled “Rodham,” is due out in 2016 just ahead of the presidential election, and ScarJo is apparently facing competition against other actresses like Reese Witherspoonm Amanda Seyfried and Jessica Chastain.

“They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position,” the film’s director, James Ponstoldt said, adding that he was looking for an actress who can embody Clinton’s intelligence and drive.

The film will be about Clinton’s days in Yale Law School during the 1970’s, and will also include some scandalous recounts of her blossoming relationship with Bill Clinton, who was an Assistant Law Professor at the University of Arkansas, according to a copy of the screenplay the Daily Beast found a few weeks ago.

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Monday's Shmooze Celebrity Roundup

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Claire Danes, who won an Emmy last night for her portrayal of CIA agent Carrie Mathison on “Homeland,” wows in a Tel Aviv fashion spread in the New York Times’ fashion magazine. In Israel to shoot scenes for the show, she posed in designs by Vanessa Bruno, Emporio Armani, Comme des Garçons, Louis Vuitton and others on location in Jaffa and the oldest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv.

Speaking of the Emmys, Mayim Bialik may have been freaking out before the ceremony, but she sure looked great in her flowing red gown that matched her long flowing coiffure. It’s too bad she didn’t win for best supporting actress in a comedy series, but at least she got a nice profile in the New York Times last week.

And speaking of photo shoots, here ) is a smoking hot one of Rashida Jones in Flaunt Magazine.

Vanessa Redgrave, who denounced “Zionist hoodlums” in her 1977 Oscar speech, will play a Holocaust survivor in the off-Broadway production of “The Revisionist,” a new play by “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg.

People Magazine’s fashion editors named Gwyneth Paltrow the world’s best dressed woman for 2012.

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Natalie and ScarJo Hit the Convention

By Simi Lampert

Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson will be speaking tomorrow at the Democratic National Convention, according to news reports. Portman, a longtime supporter of President Barack Obama, is an unsurprising pick. But the choice of fellow actress Johansson, whose support has been far less public, is a pleasant surprise.

More pleasant, we predict, than Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National Convention. We can be fairly certain that no one will allow any extra chairs onstage this Thursday, when the ladies are expected to speak.

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Bar Refaeli Tops Maxim's Hot 100 List

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Men say they appreciate the inner beauty of a woman, but it’s the outer kind that carries the day on Maxim’s new list of the world’s 100 hottest women. It is also evident that for this Maxim’s audience, beauty goes hand in hand with youth. Some of these women are awfully young, but thankfully there’s no jailbait on the list.

For some oglers — we mean, readers — it may be difficult to spot the Jewesses among all the pouting lips, super-deep cleavages and come-hither looks. Not so for the Shmooze. We’ve identified more than a handful of Jewish women who made the cut. The hottest among them is Bar Refaeli, who comes in at the very top spot on the list. In fact, that must be the reason she appears close to naked in the Maxim photo shoot — when you’re that hot, you might just feel the need to shed your clothes.

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On Walk of Fame, ScarJo Thanks Jewish Mom

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Jewish mothers — the butt of so many jokes — don’t always get the respect they deserve. For that reason, the Shmooze commends Scarlett Johansson for specifically thanking her own Jewish mother as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.

Posing in front of her star in a black and white silk print dress, red pumps and an upswept hairdo, ScarJo said it was her mom, Melanie Sloan, whom she had to thank for her success. No stereotypical pushy Jewish mothers came to mind as the actress, 27, explained how her mother has supported her throughout her life and career.

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Scarlett Johansson Dishes on Photo Scandal

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Actress Scarlett Johansson says she felt “absolutely violated” by the hacking of her personal email account and the publishing of nude photos she had taken of herself last year.

Speaking out for the first time about the incident, Johansson, 27, recently told Stylist magazine, “It was really terrible; I felt absolutely violated. I wasn’t really aware of how vulnerable all of us are, but I think everybody is just discovering that now, especially with the recent phone-hacking scandals.” The actress was referring to the ongoing and escalating tabloid news phone-hacking scandal in Britain.

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Scarlett Johansson Hosts Obama’s ‘Runway To Win’

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Big names from the world of fashion gathered Tuesday evening at the Theory clothing store in the West Village to support President Obama’s re-election bid. The Fashion Week fundraiser, dubbed “Runway To Win,” was hosted by actress Scarlett Johansson and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Wintour, according to newly released campaign financial information, is one of the President’s top fundraisers and has donated $500,000 toward his re-election.

More than two dozen designers and celebrities who created special campaign-related apparel and accessories joined the two hostesses. Among them were Beyonce, Tory Burch, Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy), Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Narcisco Rodriguez, Russell Simmons, Thakoon Panichgul, Vera Wang, Jason Wu, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

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