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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

Jews in the News: Sarah Silverman, Sean Penn and Randy California

At the Movies: with Asides

 

Three Tampa theaters are presenting special screenings of “Driving Miss Daisy” this coming week and next. (See schedule below and check local theater listings. There is probably only one showing per day listed below).

 

NO, this isn’t a re-showing of the Oscar-winning 1989 film (based on ALFRED UHRY’s 1987 play). Rather, it is a film record of the play as it was presented on the Australian stage last year. Angela Lansbury, now 88, stars as Daisy Wertern, a proud Southern Jewish woman, with James Earl Jones, now 83, co-starring as Hoke, her compassionate chauffeur.

 


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Posted by: lonilinds (May 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Adam Sandler, Michael Douglas and Larry Kramer

 

At the Movies: Opening May 23

 

My opinion: ADAM SANDLER, now 47, made a couple of crude, but still really funny comedies at the start of his career, like “The Waterboy” (1998). He has also made a few dramas (like “Spanglish”) with very good directors that were intelligent films, but didn’t quite work. But, I agree with critics that just about all his comedies since 1998 have been crude, with few funny moments (even though many were box office smashes). The exceptions are the two charming films he made with Drew Barrymore—“The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” The pair has chemistry. So, here’s hoping that “Lended” doesn’t end this streak. Adam and Drew play single parents who go on a bad blind date, but by coincidence later end up sharing a suite at an African resort for a week.


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Posted by: lonilinds (May 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Art Sherman, Barbara Walters and Andi Dorfman

A Real Cinderella Story

 

California Chrome, the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby (held on May 3),  is a for-real Cinderella story, as are his owners and trainer.  The horse is owned and was bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, who live, respectively, in a small city in far Northern California and in a small Nevada town near Lake Tahoe. Neither earns much money as an engineer and press operator, respectively, but they took a chance and bred two horses, worth $10,500 together, and got a foal (California Chrome) that showed early promise.

 


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Posted by: lonilinds (May 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jason Isaacs

Neighbors, Opens May 9—Funny and Real Kosher

 

“Neighbors” comes to theaters with two things going for it. It has got great advance reviews from respected media outlets. Also, it is an incredibly “tribe heavy” Hollywood comedy. The plot: SETH ROGEN, 32, and Rose Byrne play a nice couple with a young baby who try to be friendly when a wild fraternity takes over a house next to their home. But the couple quickly loses their patience with the frat’s all-night “rages” and a war-of-sorts ensues. Zac Efron, who has a Jewish grandparent, plays the head of the frat.

 


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Posted by: lonilinds (May 05, 2014 at 10:30 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Elizabeth Banks, Jenji Kohan and Ginnifer Goodwin

Jews in the News

Posted by Nate Bloom

 

At the Movies

 

As  I noted last week, the second film starring ANDREW GARFIELD, 30, as Spider-Man (“The Amazing Spider-Man Part 2”) opens this Friday, May 2—and, again, look for Garfield to host Saturday Night Live on May 3.  Also opening on May 2 is “Walk of Shame”, a comedy starring ELIZABETH BANKS, 40, as a reporter who finds herself stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a car, phone, or money after a one night stand with a stranger (James Marsden)---and she’s got only 8 hours until the most important interview of her career. Appearing in a big supporting role is WILLIE GARSON, 50 (“Sex in the City”).

 


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Posted by: lonilinds (April 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink

Jews in the News: Andrew Garfield, Stan Lee, Seth Rogen

Posted by Nate Bloom

Kosher Spider
 
Normally, I cover movies the week they open—but I am making an exception for “Amazing Spider-Man Part 2”, which opens on Friday, May 2. Why?: Because the film’s star, ANDREW GARFIELD, gave a long quote to the Independent, a British paper, about Spider-Man being Jewish.  I figure you are likely to have read this quote somewhere in the last week and maybe you want a bit more background on Garfield and the film, now. Most of you probably know that Marvel “rebooted” the “Spider-Man” movie series back in 2012 by replacing Tobey Maguire in the title role with Garfield, now 30. The first Garfield/reboot flick re-told the story of how a teenage boy named Peter Parker became Spider-Man, a superhero.  The sequel finds Spider-Man fighting off a veritable hoard of super baddies.


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Posted by: LRobbins (April 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM) | Comments (0) | Permalink