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Jews in the News: Debra Messing, Adam Goldberg and Gwyneth Paltrow

At the Movies:


“This is Where I Leave You” is based on a 2009 novel of the same name by JONATHAN TROPPER, 44, a Modern Orthodox Jew. The plot: the four combative siblings of the Altman family reunite at their childhood home after their father dies, for a week of sitting shiva (the siblings are played by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and COREY STOLL, 38). Jane Fonda plays their Jewish mother. Directed by SHAWN LEVY, 46; with screenplay by Tropper.  The good news: a major Hollywood movie centering on sitting shiva! The bad news: advance reviews are mostly “so/so”. (Opens Sept. 19 in several theaters in or around Tampa).


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Posted by: lonilinds (September 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Zoe Levin, Joc Pederson and William Shatner

New TV Shows: Jewish Stars


Two broadcast TV shows premiering next week have Jewish stars. Here’s the official description of “The Mysteries of Laura”: “Debra Messing stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her ‘Columbo’ day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband - also a cop - who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she'd be the first to admit she has her "hot mess" moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a ‘working mom’ today. Somehow she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner.” MESSING, 46, had a huge hit as the co-star of “Will and Grace,” but is coming off the cancellation of the musical series, “Smash,” which faded in the ratings after a big start. “Mysteries” has a “sneak preview on NBC on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10PM. The pilot episode will be replayed at the show’s regular day and time: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.


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Posted by: lonilinds (September 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas and Sarah Silverman

At the Movies, On TV


“The Last of Robin Hood” opens in very limited release during late August and early September.  Early reviews indicate it is just charming enough to make a mental note, now, to rent it when it hits “rentable media”.  The film tells the story of the swashbuckling actor’s affair, in the last year of his life, with aspiring actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning). Kevin Kline, who is now 67, is aptly cast as Flynn, who died in 1959, age 50, of a heart attack. By 1959, Flynn was, as one commentator said, “a parody of himself with heavy alcohol use leaving him prematurely aged.” Flynn thought Aadland to be 18 when he met her, but quickly learned that she was about 16. The affair was encouraged by Aadland’s mother (Susan Sarandon) who thought it would aid Beverly’s career. Director STANLEY KUBRICK (Max Casella) appears as a character in one scene. “Last” was co-written and co-directed by RICHARD GLANTZER, 50. By the way, the story that Flynn was a fascist and secret Nazi spy has been completely debunked.


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Posted by: lonilinds (September 02, 2014 at 10:20 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Lauren Bacall, Mayim Bialik and DeAndre Yedlin

On Lauren Bacall


Let me say at the top that BACALL was talented, smart and beautiful. Also, when most American Jewish film fans found out, sometime in the ‘50s, that this “A” list actress was Jewish—there was a little psychic “kvell” boost in the Jewish community. But let’s not make her more of a Jewish pioneer than she was.  Her style and look was, perhaps, a bit more ‘urbane’ than most of her contemporary female film stars—but they provided no clue that she was Jewish and most Americans didn’t know she was Jewish. Also, while she met, by her own account, a touch of anti-Semitism at the start of her career---it was usually bigoted remarks made by people who didn’t know she was Jewish.  Let’s talk turkey: in Hollywood, Jewish actresses rarely had/have a problem with being Jewish. They had/have a problem if they “looked Jewish” and are thus viewed as less marketable—Bacall didn’t have this problem. She also had the career backing of Humphrey Bogart’s many powerful film industry friends (mostly non-Jewish).


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Posted by: lonilinds (August 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: R.L Stine, Daniel Radcliffe and William Shatner

At the Movies


“The Giver” is a “dystopian” action-adventure film based on a multi-award winning, young adult novel of the same name. In the future, mankind has apparently solved all its problems—but one young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), discovers that this harmony comes at a terrible price. Playing Jonas’ friend and love interest, Fiona, is ODEYA RUSH, 17, who was born in Haifa. Her first name means “Thanks to God” in Hebrew.  She moved to America when she was nine (her father took a job with an American security company). “The Giver” has a great supporting cast, including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, and Alexander Skarsgård.(Opens wide on Friday, Aug. 15)


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Posted by: lonilinds (August 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Patricia Arquette, Lois Clarke Garner and Ralph Lauren

At the Movies


Virtually every critic is describing “Boyhood” as a great film and an amazing accomplishment. It was filmed over 12 years (2001-2013) with the same cast. The central character is Mason, Jr., played by Ellar Coltrane, who is six years old when the film begins. Largely through his eyes, we watch him grow-up, literally, until he is 18 and a high school graduate. In other words, Coltrane, the star of the film, was really six years old when filming began and now really is 19. (Opens August 1 in most cities)


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Posted by: lonilinds (July 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Paul Reiser, Jason Segel & Michael Douglas

New on the Tube


“Married” began on the FX channel on July 17. New episodes air Thursdays at 10PM.  Nat Faxon and Judy Greer co-star as a married couple who try to remember what brought them together as they find themselves overwhelmed with things like child care and bills. Comedian BRETT GELMAN, 37, co-stars as A.J., a newly-divorced guy who is one of the couple’s best friends. Another best friend, Jess, is played by comedian JENNIFER SLATE, 32.  Jess is an ex-“party girl” whose much older husband (PAUL “Mad About You” REISER, 57) tries to keep up with her.


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Posted by: lonilinds (July 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Ben Savage, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Newberger

New TV Shows



BEN SAVAGE, 33, co-stars in “Girl Meets World” (“GMW”) which started on the Disney Channel on Friday, June 27, at 9:45 PM. Savage co-starred as Cory Matthews on the ABC series “Boy Meets World” (“BMW”) from 1993-2000. It followed Cory from elementary school through college. During the last season of “BMW”, Cory married his long-time girlfriend, Topanga, who was played by Danielle Fishel, now 33.


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Posted by: lonilinds (July 01, 2014 at 10:46 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Woody Allen, Eric Dane and Jody Shapiro

Jersey Boys


The film version of the big stage hit musical, “Jersey Boys,” about the lives and careers of the members of the famous 1960s pop/rock singing group, “The Four Seasons,” opens on Friday, June 20.  I hope that Clint Eastwood, 84, confounds pundits who claim he was an odd and probably-not-right choice to direct this film.

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Posted by: lonilinds (June 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Idina Menzel, Ansel Elgort and Art Sherman

Tony Time


The Tony awards, for excellence in the Broadway theater, will be broadcast, live, by CBS on Sunday, June 8, at 8PM EDT. Hugh Jackman hosts. Here are the Jewish nominees in the “marquee” categories: Lead actress, musical: IDINA MENZEL, 42, “If/Then”; Featured actor, play: STEPHEN FRY, 56, “Twelfth Night”; Featured actress, play: MARE WINNINGHAM, 55, “Casa Valentina” and SOPHIE OKENEDO, 46, “A Raisin in the Sun”; Featured actor, musical: DANNY BURSTEIN, 49, “Cabaret” and JAROD SPECTOR, 34, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”.


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Posted by: lonilinds (June 02, 2014 at 9:43 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink