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Sunday, November 30, 2003
The reverend likes it .... duh
In shocking news today, Rev. Billy Graham endorsed Mel Gibson's Christ bipoic.
posted by Benyamin | 10:26 AM | Link | (3) comments |
Fashion statement
Our friends over at the Jewish Fashion Conspiracy are at it again. This time, they've created the perfect Chanukah gift: Saucy Chanukah panties complete with "A great miracle happened here" emblazoned across the back side. Forget the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. This is much more like it.
posted by Benyamin | 10:00 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, November 27, 2003
'Baad' girl
Affter being out for three weeks, Madonna's second (yes, second) Kabbalah kid's book will reach #1 on New York Times best-sellers list on Sunday. Once again, the Associated Press incorrectly reported that the book is based on a 300-year-old Ukrainian tale called "The Baad Shem Tov." First of all, it's the Baal Shem Tov. And secondly, he was a person, not a tale. Also this week comes word that Madonna's first Kabbalah kid's book, The English Roses, will be made in full-length animated movie with Madonna lending her voice talents to one of the characters. We can only assume it'll be better than Madonn'as last foray into filmmaking, Swept Away.
posted by Benyamin | 9:58 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
The mysterious case of the Queer ketubah
Tuesday night's episode of the popular makeover show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy featured a rather odd placement of a ketubah (marriage contract). While making over the home of New Jersey Jew Richard Miller the Queer folk took Miller's ketubah off of his bedroom wall and placed it on the wall of the master bathroom instead since it didn't match the decor of the new bedroom. While none of the Fab Five are Jewish and perhaps didn't realize what the document was, we can only assume that someone on the crew is Jewish and should've said something.
posted by Benyamin | 8:53 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Bar none
Actress Jennifer Westfeldt, who graced our cover in March 2002, is back in the limelight after receiving critical praise for her indie hit Kissing Jessica Stein. She's now on Broadway appearing in the 50th anniversary revival of Wonderful Town. And while she did sing some notes at synagogue in the film, she tells Entertainment Weekly that she's a bit nervous about singing on stage. "As an actor, you can make many valid choices, but as a singer, you hit the note or you don't -- and that's scary."
posted by Benyamin | 8:42 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Kallah maidel
Mazal Tov to, um, Jewish virgin Tori Spelling on her engagement to no-name actor Charlie Shanian. No word yet on whether the wedding will take place in the good ol' 90210.
posted by Benyamin | 6:43 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Giving thanks
Thanks to Mobius and Bradford R. Pilcher for helping with the yada blog redesign. It's almost complete. Also, you can now use the easier URL "www.theyadablog.com" to access our page.
posted by Benyamin | 10:49 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Jackie's joke
Borscht-belt comedian Jackie Mason, whose new Broadway show is closing next week after lackluster attendence, has always promoted himself as an equal opportunity offender. Well, it seems to have gotten him into some trouble now. "Polish people hate the Jews, they just don't remember why," Mason told a New York radio show host. That commented prompted a lashing by the Polish American Congress' Anti-Bigotry Committee (yes, it does exist). Mason's spokesperson didn't help much when he told the New York Daily News, "God bless American democracy when crackpot groups can be heard in the media." Oy.
posted by Benyamin | 9:26 AM | Link | (0) comments |
In Pam we trust
Don't worry: Blond bombshell Pamela Anderson is not attending classes at the Kabbalah Centre. At least not yet. However, she does have faith in God and, to that end, has started teaching at her son's Sunday School. "It's reading the Bible, getting out jelly beans and setting the kids a good example," Anderson says. "There have been bad times and good times and I have had religion to get me through. I think it's important as I've always believed in God." Um, we think so too. As far as we're concerned, Sunday school never looked so good.
posted by Benyamin | 9:14 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Attention mikvah attendants
A new FDA-approved birth control pill will give women just four periods per year.
posted by Benyamin | 9:03 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, November 24, 2003
Bad Santa
It's that time of year again. Time for silly Santa stories. This one comes from Amstermdam where a pair of Santa's helpers staged a failed heist in a local post office. Apparently, when they were chased away by postal patrons, the little guys escaped on a bicycle. Seriously.
posted by Benyamin | 4:31 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Life imitates art
Wayne Kramer knows from bad luck. He's experienced it all his life. "My family has a legacy of terrible luck," the Jewish screenwriter told the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. "It's like a black cloud hovers over us." More from that article: "He described how he survived the anti-Semitism at boot camp, only to be shipped off to Angola to shoot a training video. 'They didn't bother to give us malaria pills,' Kramer said. While on leave for the High Holidays two months later, he experienced severe chills and was rushed to the hospital. 'I was told that the strain I had would either kill me or that I'd completely recover, with no recurrences,' he said. Of course, he got it twice." Oh, and the life imitating art part? Kramer's new movie, Sundance favorite The Cooler starring William H. Macy, is about a guy so unlucky that a Vegas casino hires him to sit next to people so they'll lose.
posted by Benyamin | 12:50 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, November 21, 2003

Damsel in distress: The New York Post's gossip pages report that our favorite Jewish Star Wars actress, the extremely pro-Israel Natalie Portman, is eyeing the coveted role of Lois Lane in an updated Superman remake. May the force be with her.
posted by Benyamin | 10:08 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Oy baby!: We couldn't think of a better name ourselves. Oy Baby, a new video for Jewish babies, offers "a captivating journey of familiar Hebrew songs for both babies and any nearby adults to enjoy," according to a press release. Accompanying the music are various Judaica, toys, and puppets. In between songs, your little bundle of joy learns Hebrew letters and the joy of tzedakah. Apparently the creators wanted something like this for their own kid, but couldn't find anything. We, however, are simply enamored with this line from the press release: "Mr. Rogers would kvell if he could see and hear OyBaby."
posted by Bradford | 11:01 PM | Link | (0) comments |

A-bombs and Tinsel: You have to say this for Jews, we don't have any issues when it comes to portraying our holidays. Christians sometimes do. "An Enola Gay Christmas," opening Off-Broadway on December 4 will feature "the mother of the pilot of the infamous bomber" that dropped the A-bomb on Japan -- trying to clear her name. Says the program: "What better way than a feel-good Christmas show broadcast from the downstairs of her suburban Miami, Florida home? The show features her singing a little, cooking a little, decorating a little and doing a little cocaine." Oh what holiday spirit. We can recommend a few Jewish lawyers to help Mrs. Gay with her case.
posted by Bradford | 10:55 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Jewish American Dreams: Viewers of the hit TV series, American Dreams, will notice a few more tribesmen this season. Co-creator, and Jewish to boot, Jonathan Prince spoke with The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles about the new characters. They include a half-Jewish college kid, a Jewish American G.I. in Vietnam, and an Orthodox med school student (what else) with a chain smoking habit. We're so proud.
posted by Bradford | 10:50 PM | Link | (0) comments |

I'm too sexy for this list: We're sorry to report that not one Jew made this year's list of People magazine's top ten sexiest men alive. They did, however, give special mention to half-Jew David Arquette for going from "dud to stud." Maybe we'd be better off trying out for season two of Average Joe.
posted by Benyamin | 5:57 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Radio waves: A controversial militant Islamic group is campaigning against radio talk show diva Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The irony? Schlessinger, a convert, denounced her Judaism earlier this summer.
posted by Benyamin | 5:42 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Honoring survivors, L.A. style: What do William Shatner, Edward Asner, Lainie Kazan, and K Street star Elliot Gould all have in common? They'll be present at the Southern California Jewish Center's second annual celebrity medal of honor awards gala next month honoring 30 terrorist survivors from Israel. Aw, isn't it great when we can get together for happy times?
posted by Benyamin | 2:45 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Lewinsky's love lost: Our favorite Jewish intern is in the news once again. In the December issue of GQ Magazine, Monica Lewinsky tells the men's magazine that her past dalliances with President Clinton has hurt her love life. "The one thing I don't do well with, with a guy, is ambivalence," the zaftig Yid says. "I want to shake them and say, 'C'mon, just like me! Do what I say!"' Um, we're racking our brains here and still can't figure out why nobody would want to date her. Has she tried JDate? Perhaps she should start her own reality show -- Who Wants to Marry Monica?. We'll help produce.
posted by Benyamin | 9:38 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Hoosiers for Hebrews: From a report this week by SI.com's Seth Davis comes this random observation: "There aren't too many experts in the field of Jewish major college basketball players, so my thanks once again goes to Philadelphia's Brian Schiff, who reports that Princeton has a whopping seven MOTs (Members of the Tribe) on its roster, while Ivy League rival Yale has four MOTs. Shifty is also high on Jeff Horowitz, a 6-foot-8 freshman at the College of Charleston. Shalom to that. "
posted by Benyamin | 9:30 AM | Link | (0) comments |

'Science' class: Kelly Preston, John Travolta's better half, is out promoting her new role in Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. On Thursday's episode of Live with Regis and Kelly (yes, we watch), Preston told the hosts about an elementary school that she started. She, however, neglected to mention that the school -- like her and Travolta -- are proponents of the oft-ridiculed cult-like religion known as Scientology. "There’s often an Scientology-related interest behind Kelly Preston's various causes," said a long-time observer of the church. "She is a very effective proselytizer." Hey, we'd do whatever she tells us.
posted by Benyamin | 8:44 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Reality TV bites: After the surprising success of reality TV, it doesn't come as much surprise that television crews followed around the participants in the ill-conceived Geneva Accord. Highlights from that film were shown this week on Israeli television, which gave a rare and intimate glance at Mideast diplomacy. For example, at one lull in the debate, lead Palestinian negotiator Yasser Abed Rabbo wryly observed, "I'm sure the majority on both sides condemn us as crazy.'' Could The Real World: Jenin be far behind?
posted by Benyamin | 10:54 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Paris invasion: It seems the latest celeb to, um, fall under the spell of the Kabbalah Centre is none other than sex tape victim Paris Hilton. Upon her return from a month-long vacation in Australia, she was seen entering the Hollywood branch of the mystic madhouse. Ok, it's official. The Kabbalah Centre has finally jumped the shark.
posted by Benyamin | 12:49 PM | Link | (0) comments |

It's the end of the world as we know it: Just when we thought NBC was wising up after canceling the ill-fated Coupling, our favorite network announced that they are developing a mini-series about a physicist and a nun racing to avert the apocalyptic final showdown between God and Satan as foretold in the Book of Revelations. The six-part drama will air after NBC's final Summer Olympics telecast in late August of 2004.
posted by Benyamin | 9:18 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Let's make a deal: A question we'd like answered: How many Metrodox make pacts like this one?
posted by Benyamin | 8:54 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Awarding his basic instinct: It was announced this week that actor Michael Douglas, the son of Jewy Kirk Douglas, will receive an honorary Golden Globe award in January for his work in the entertainment industry. Doesn't this seem a bit redundant? He's already married to Welsh babe Catherine Zeta-Jones -- how much luckier can one guy get?
posted by Benyamin | 8:38 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Producing a hit: Mel Brooks must be pretty happy these days. "The Producers", the Broadway adaptation of his 1968 movie of the same name, broke records this week by selling $3.6 million in tickets in 12 hours. The reason? Tony winning stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have returned to the Hitler farce for a limited four-month engagement starting December 30th.
posted by Benyamin | 8:32 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Madonna's political foray: We're not sure what to make of this, but our favorite Kabbalah-spouting celeb is getting involved in politics. According to published reports, Madonna held a fundraiser at her L.A. home on Sunday night for Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. Perhaps it's because Clark, whose last name used to be Kanne (pronounced KAY-nee), was born to a Jewish father.
posted by Benyamin | 8:22 AM | Link | (0) comments |

The Pianist stinks. Again: A recent New York Times Magazine article remimnded us of a point we made last year. In an article about the dearth of Oscar-worthy films that come out in December, Verlyn Klinkenborg pointed out that, sometimes, movies that don't deserve awards receive many accolades simply because they were released later in the year. Case in point, as we've discussed on several occasions, is last year's wildly undeserving The Pianist.
posted by Benyamin | 7:39 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Sunday, November 16, 2003

I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And, doggone it, people like me: Jewish satirist Al Franken may be running for public office, according to a report in last week's issue of Newsweek. The former Saturday Night Live alum and best-selling author of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right may run for senator of his home state of Minnesota in 2008. A funny-man in government is nothing new for Minnesotans. Remember, they were the ones who elected Jesse "The Mind" Venutra as their governor.
posted by Benyamin | 11:47 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Mazal tov: Contrary to the recent findings of the National Jewish Population Survey, Jews are still marrying within the faith. And to that end we here at the Yada blog wish a hearty congratulations to former Saved by the Bell sweetheart Elizabeth Berkly (a yid from Detroit) who got married to Greg Lauren (Ralph's nephew). Jewish tradition says that when a couple gets married, their slates are wiped clean from any sins committed while they were single. Does that include Showgirls?
posted by Benyamin | 4:20 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Weighing in: In an interview with Jerusalem Post in which he says he wants to make a film in Israel, Oscar-winning Rocky director John Avildsen says he can't stand boxing. Yo, Adrienne, isn't that ironic?
posted by Benyamin | 3:57 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Not your Torah's Miriam: Let us just say, this is not the Miriam you learned of in Hebrew school. Absolutely no relation to Moses, the Miriam of British television's There's Something About Miriam is a transsexual. In other words, she has a penis. Too bad the six men who try to woo her don't know that, or rather didn't know that. The show has been yanked and the men are filing suit for being duped into cuddling and kissing the penile-enhanced pretty girl... uhm... guy... uhm... yeah.

As for the title, there's no Ben Stiller in sight, nor any Mary's. That's good for Ben Stiller and will likely keep the Christians (who might take offense to a Virgin Mary with a penis) at bay.
posted by Bradford | 1:27 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Wanted dead or alive: Reports surfaced on Thursday that a new law will allow Israeli widows to harvest the sperm of their dead husbands even if the men did not give their consent while alive. Um, just one question: Who's handling Israel's P.R.?
posted by Benyamin | 1:16 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Song of ass-ents: The song "Three Wooden Crosses," recorded by singer Randy Travis and produced by the Christian record label Word Records, was named "Song of the Year" at the 37th annual Country Music Awards last week in Nashville. Mel Gibson must be so proud.
posted by Benyamin | 12:54 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Cyber nut: Despite the fact that we are a Webzine and a big proponent of using the Net to disseminate information, we are incredibly troubled by the story of a Palestinian woman who used an Internet chat room and promises of sex to lure an Israeli teenager to his death. Well, we can all rest easy now. Temptress Amana Muna was sentenced to life in prison late last week for convincing the 16-year-old Israeli boy, who bragged to friends of his impending affair with an older woman. Man, and we thought lying about our looks in an AOL chat room was bad.
posted by Benyamin | 12:45 PM | Link | (0) comments |

I hate you: We assume the Beth Din of America, which helps divorced women receive gets (divorce papers), must be pretty thrilled with the new do-it-yourself divorce trend.
posted by Benyamin | 12:37 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Madonna, the sequel: It wouldn't be a week without a Madonna mention. And this week is no different. The pop icon-turned-mystic has released her second of five children's books this week. This one, entitled Mr. Peabody's Apples, is also taken from a Kabalistic lesson from Chassidic master the Baal Shem Tov (1698–1760) taught to Madonna by one of her rabbis. However, some news reports stated that the book was based on the 300-year-old myth of Baad Shem Tov, which led several religious experts to ask the inevitable question: "Could this be a typo? Or did the Baal Shem Tov have an evil twin?"
posted by Benyamin | 12:26 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

This is a movie about Jesus: And you guys were worried about The Passion. Take a look at the book, soon to be a motion picture, Cloning Christ. This little ditty tells the story of a devoutly Christian geneticist Max who finds the true cross of Christ, which has apparently been preserved in some Jerusalem cave. Hence it's chock full of Jesus DNA, but the find sets of a firestorm of conspiracy and tragedy, sending Max into the arms of (get this) two Jews. And what do these Jews do? "Max puts his trust in Sara, a Mossad agent who is the niece of Max's trusted friend, Rabbi Morty Kohn, who helps him to slowly restore his faith," -- in Jesus of Nazareth. (pauses for response) Yeah, that's what we said.

The book was apparently written as a modern-day Christian adaptation of the Job story, and it's been picked up by the Orion Entertainment Group. Add it to the list of Christian flicks that Jews may or may not like. At least we'll have stuff to write about.
posted by Bradford | 5:15 PM | Link | (0) comments |

The case of the fasting false call: Talk about a screw-up. We Jews do fast a good bit, but we don't do it for a month at a time. But imagine if we did, and imagine the kvetching if somebody screwed up and made us fast for an extra day! That's exactly what happened in Turkey, when an imam called for the fast to end five minutes too early. His mistake means those affected will have to fast for an added day. Five minutes equals one day in such matters, but either way -- people are pissed. Wouldn't you be?
posted by Bradford | 4:54 PM | Link | (0) comments |

The Sad, Sad Hitler: Who knew, and in all places as Germany, but it turns out Hitler's sad. Well to be more precise, a life-like statue of him is sad and on display at the "Haus der Kunst" gallery in Munich. We have no idea why he's so sad. The artist didn't bother to tell, but he's kneeling in a sort of repentant pose. Maybe he feels bad about what he did. Or maybe it's just sub-par art. Either way, there's a certain irony. The real-life Hitler ordered the gallery built, and it was designed by his favorite architect.
posted by Bradford | 4:46 PM | Link | (2) comments |

More porn at Jewish schools: It turns out another Jewish school is having a little problem with porn, but at least this time it wasn't students making their own. Apparently some porn was found on the computers at Prague's only Jewish school, and controversy has quite predictably ensued. One teacher was fired, though the teacher apparently didn't have anything to do with it. That prompted a teacher walk-out and demands for the principal's head. Maybe if we just get rid of the whole tznius thing, we could teach porn in class and save Jewish schools the headache. Anyone want to contact the Reconstructionist movement and ask?
posted by Bradford | 4:32 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Tukhes Touché: A Brazillian opera singer responded to antisemitic slurs shouted by audience members at a recent performance by dropping his knickers and mooning the crowd. The singer may now face indecent exposure charges.
posted by Mobius1ski | 11:59 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, November 11, 2003

The McYada Blog: I guess McDonald's didn't read our recent cover story on "The Mainstreaming of McMysticism". The fast-food chain is taking issue with the new edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary which contains the word "McJob". It's defintion? "A low paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement." Ouch. In a statement to the press, McDonald's chairman and chief executive Jim Cantalupo said, it's a "slap in the face to the 12 million men and women who work hard every day in America's 900,000 restaurants."
posted by Benyamin | 5:15 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, November 07, 2003

Back on Broadway: Ending weeks of speculation, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane will reprise their roles in Mel Brooks' The Producers on Broadway. It's definetly springtime for Hitler now.
posted by Benyamin | 9:30 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Money quote: Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said of Mel Gibson on Thursday, "I think he's infected -- seriously infected -- with some very, very serious anti-Semitic views."
posted by Benyamin | 9:27 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Bath time: Our friends over at Nextbook.org tells us about a photo exhibit dedicated to the underground world of Mikvahs. The aptly-titled Mikvah Project, which is traveling the country, features an interview with a Russian immigrant who "found an old man with a secret mikvah he'd dug under his kitchen floor" after the Soviets closed Leningrad's ritual bath.
posted by Benyamin | 9:23 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Jewish 2.0: Looking to learn more about your heritage? Or perhaps you have a Christian friend or who is thinking about converting to our faith? Then the "How to Become Jewish Plug 'N' Pray Kit" is for you.

Thanks to Jewschool and Marc C. for bringing this to our attention.
posted by Benyamin | 9:13 AM | Link | (0) comments |

The good husband?: Yasser Arafat's wife Suha is living the good life in a Paris hotel. Unable to withstand the unsanitary condictions in Gaza, the PLO's first lady is living on a $100,000 a month allowance from her hubby. Aw, he's such a loving husband. That warms our hearts ... Either that or Yasser is just really really whipped.
posted by Benyamin | 8:55 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Career in trouble alert: We wonder who's giving advice to Jewish actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler. After starring as Tony Soprano's sexually-active daughter, she married her non-Jewish manager, and now comes word that the actress will play Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss in a made-for-TV movie. We're not happy with that career choice, but we'll watch it.
posted by Benyamin | 8:50 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, November 06, 2003

The snarkiest T-shirts in the land: Funnyman Steven Bender has made himself a private little enterprise out of making T-shirts funny again. There's been a light industry in Jewish chic T-shirts, from Jew.Lo to Jewcy to Jewschool and beyond, but Bender's thrown his cotton blend into the marketplace. What began as a joke one New Years is now a website where you can, for $24 a pop, pick up some clever one liners to wear on your sleeve -- literally.

One shirt features, "Hebrew School Dropout," while another offers, "Let's Play Jewish Geography." We're fond of "Are you coming over for sex on Sunday night," which goes quite well with "Sunday Was Made for Bagels and Lox."
posted by Bradford | 4:30 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Conservative Leader Condemns Driving on Shabbos "The head of Conservative Judaism's flagship institution is arguing that the movement made a 'mistake' when it issued a landmark ruling a half-century ago permitting Jews to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath.

"Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, made his declaration last week in Dallas during a speech at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. By sanctioning travel on the Sabbath, he said, the Conservative movement 'gave up on the desirability of living close to the synagogue and creating a Shabbos community.'"
posted by Mobius1ski | 4:00 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Sex in the City: Our Jewish Heritage "We New Yorkers think we're hot stuff. We've done everything and seen everything. As Jewish New Yorkers, we're even hotter than hot. We have Gus' Pickles and Mayors Beame, Koch and Bloomberg. We are right up there, in-your-face Jews. We have contributed to almost every single industry. Yup, we're the trendsetters, all right.

And now there's a Museum of Sex. Woo woo. And there are hot Jews there, too."
posted by Mobius1ski | 3:59 PM | Link | (0) comments |

They said it: Actor Paul Bettany (Master and Commander, A Beautiful Mind, on his new baby with wife Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly: "I'm only 2 1/2 months into the whole dad thing. The truth of the matter is, it makes you absolutely imbecilic because you celebrate when they pooh. He poohed in the limo and I was like, 'He poohed. My son, he poohs. Mazel tov!' "
posted by Benyamin | 8:16 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Gibson from anti-semitism to family life: You can't fault Gibson for his next project. Perhaps the controversy about possible anti-Semitism in his film The Passion has made him look to more benign projects. Maybe he's trying to rehabilitate his image, but whatever it is Gibson is doing a family sitcom. No kidding. Gibson has signed with ABC to produce a pilot for an as-of-yet unnamed show about a blue-collar single dad raising five boys. We don't know if that's funny or headache inducing, but it probably won't be anti-Semitic.

Alas, what will we write about then?
posted by Bradford | 4:10 PM | Link | (0) comments |

The Anamoly that is a Jewish Bullfighter from Brooklyn: "One does not simply declare oneself a world-class matador, of course. So once he had set his quest, Sidney entered the bullfighting equivalent of baseball's minor leagues. He learned the craft in the flimsy rings of small Mexican villages, finding ways to feed himself and arrange primitive transportation to the next small village.

"Being a Jew from Brooklyn earned him a little attention and a lot of skepticism. Still, as he gradually proved he was both serious and talented, he earned enough respect to perform at Chapultepec, the top ring in Mexico, and from there move to Spain, bullfighting capital of the world." (c/o Protocols)
posted by Mobius1ski | 4:00 PM | Link | (0) comments |

The Oy Vey O.C.: Poor Josh Schwartz. The 27-year-old creator of the hit FOX series "The O.C." has insomnia. To be more specific, he has trouble sleeping on the nights his show airs. It seems he's waiting to hear the ratings info on how his public like his show, a trashy non-soap about Newport Beach rich folk. Oh to have problems.

As it turns out, however, the hot show with the teen segment isn't all white-bread WASPiness. It features an intermarried family with a "liberal Jewish pro-bono lawyer" dad and Seth, the son who "makes reference to studying the Talmud and to his Jewfro." Creator Schwartz even promises a season finale that talks about "Chrismakah." What a nice Jewish boy Schwartz is, adding to the Jewish pop culture chic (we say with sarcasm).
posted by Bradford | 3:51 PM | Link | (0) comments |

Sexy in trouble

Tsk, tsk to the Jews -- underage Jews anyways. A breaking headline courtesy of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency informs us, "A Tel Aviv fashion outlet was burned down after it encouraged teenaged girls to strip in a publicity stunt." The old adage of two wrongs not making a right comes to mind, but it nevertheless is hard to find sympathy for the fashion outlet.

Of course it's even harder to whip up some sympathy for three Jewish teenagers formerly of Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. The girl and two boys were expelled from the private Jewish school after they made an explicit sex tape that was circulated around school. One kid told his parents, and the parents told the school, and it was all downhill from there.

I know Jews are more apt to have sex than gentiles, and I know ours is the liberal religion on sexuality relative to Christianity (with its puritanical bent) or Islam (with its burka), but we're not that liberal... are we?
posted by Bradford | 12:27 PM | Link | (0) comments |

The stork report: Will and Grace star Debra Messing is expecting a baby. The baby, due next summer, is the first for the Jewish actress and her husband, screenwriter Daniel Zelman. No word yet if Caren will be the godmother.
posted by Benyamin | 9:26 AM | Link | (0) comments |

Jon the Jew: It seems Entertainment Weekly is taking cues from our Sizzlin' 60 list. First, they put Alicia Silverstone on their cover. Now this week they profile the well-deserved Jon Stewart for their cover package. The article's best line comes from, not surprisingly, Stewart himself: "You know, my years in j-school ... that's journalism school. I wasn't sure if anybody would think that was Jew school."
posted by Benyamin | 8:04 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Missy Fit: Maybe Missy Elliot should read last week's Jewsweek cover story which describes just how much Madonna is mad about mysticism. According to reports, while filming a GAP ad together, Madonna tried to convince the hip hop artist to take up Kabbalah and ditch her Baptist roots. Madonna really is the queen of cross-marketing. Her second children's Kabbalah book will be released next week.
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Pitt purchases Pearl: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are on a pro-Jewish binge. Last week we reported on their upcoming peace-keeping trip to Israel. Now comes word that the dynamic Hollywood duo has purchased the film rights to the story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan last year for being Jewish. The film rights, purchased for a reported "high six figures", is based on the book by Pearl's widow, Mariane.
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