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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Super Seinfeld
Heebs Barry Levinson and Jerry Seinfeld have teamed up with Superman (yes, that one) and American Express to make mini-movies featuring Seinfeld and the Man of Steel hanging out on the streets of New York City. The hilarious shorts can be watched online at jerry.americanexpress.com. In other Seinfeld news, the comedian spilled the beans about a potential new show with NBC about family life. Seinfeld, who is turning 50 next mnth, has a wife and two kids. So, maybe this show will be about something.
posted by Benyamin | 11:39 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, March 29, 2004
The definition of chutzpah
Lea Fastow, the wife of accused former Enron head Andy Fastow, asked the judge in her tax fraud case to postpone her setencing -- because the date fell on Passover. The judge told her to suck it up.
posted by Benyamin | 11:11 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Sunday! Sunday?
The Pope believes that Sunday should be for God and not the gridiron. Every major sports league in the world had no comment.
posted by Benyamin | 10:47 AM | Link | (0) comments |
'Passion' inspires
A Norwegian neo-Nazi has confessed to two bombings a decade ago after a pang of repentance triggered by watching Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ. It was at least the second confession sparked by Gibson's film, which has been criticized for graphic violence. A Texan man admitted last week, after seeing the movie, to murdering a 19-year-old woman who was pregnant with his child. That's not all the movie is inspiring. The film has sparked anti-Semtic incidents around the globe including in France and Denver.
posted by Benyamin | 10:45 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Religious redux
Dogville director Lars von Trier talks about finding out that his dad was a Roman Catholic classical musician and Text goes herenot a Jewish communist academic in the new issue of Newsweek. "Can you imagine? That you are part of a plan that a bitch had -- to contrive your creation and then destroy your life? Who does that to a child?" he told the magazine. Um, somebody's got issues.
posted by Benyamin | 9:23 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Sunday, March 28, 2004
Survivor challenge
Ten years after Jerry Seinfeld got caught necking during Schindler’s List, reverence for the Holocaust still makes Larry David squirm. Read Stephen Vider's essay at Nextbook.org.
posted by Benyamin | 4:14 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, March 26, 2004
Novel idea
Entertainment Weekly reports that member of the tribe Ben Stiller is working on a dramatic screenplay based on the 1941 novel entitled What Makes Sammy Run? about the rise of a ruthless Jewish Hollywood mogul. It's sensitive topic has many studios scared to make the film, but word now comes that Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks are negotiating making the film. Stiller's dad Jerry (most famous for playing George Costanza's dad on Seinfeld) told the magazine that he worries that the film may cause anti-Semitism. "I worry about that, I do," he said. "How can you like that character? It could be very inflammatory at this time, when Jewish people seem to be on the firing line."
posted by Benyamin | 5:57 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Polley posits
Actress Sarah Polley on why her zombie flick, Dawn of the Dead, beat out Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ at the box office. "It makes sense that we beat 'em out," she says. "I mean, we've got more people rising from the dead. They've got one. We've got thousands."
posted by Benyamin | 9:26 AM | Link | (1) comments |
Cruise control
Tom Cruise has split with Penelope Cruz and his publicist says it has nothing to do with his religion.
posted by Benyamin | 9:05 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Courtney the Christ killer?
Embattled rocker Courtney Love is upset that she's being blamed for so many things these days. Her incredulous response? "Am I the one that killed Jesus too? I'm part Jewish."
posted by Benyamin | 10:19 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Jesus goes to the Borscht Belt
Jewish playwright Tony Kushner on Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrays Christ in Mel Gibson's film: "Mike Nichols pointed out to me that Caveziel sounds like a Yiddish word, stop Cavezieling!" Two words: Oy vey.
posted by Benyamin | 10:16 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Small miracles
A documentary filmmaker is soliciting people to be part of Changed Lives: Miracles of the Passion, a film which tells about the miracles that have happened for people who have seen The Passion of the Christ.
posted by Benyamin | 9:11 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Kerry's Kike Konnection
A little known Czech historian believes the presidential candidate John Kerry is a descendant of the famous Maharal of Prague, the 16th century Talmudic scholar, kabbalist, and philosopher. Does this mean Kerry's now lost the self-hating Jewish vote?
posted by Benyamin | 12:39 PM | Link | (0) comments |
This is your brain on drugs
Prince Asiel Ben Israel, Whitney Houston's spiritual advisor, says that the pop singer’s drug problem is the result of living a high-pressure celebrity life. In related news, two plus two equals four.
posted by Benyamin | 9:50 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Microsoft's 613 mitzvot
Is this figure just a Biblical coincidence?
posted by Benyamin | 9:41 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Brian's resurrection
Attempting to jump on the Passion bandwagon, the producers of Monty Python's Life of Brian will be re-releasing the film in April in select cities. The 1979 film is a biblical satire is a controversial film about a Jewish guy from Nazareth who is worshiped as the Messiah and crucified by the Romans. What, no Holy Grail re-release?
posted by Benyamin | 9:20 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Rebel rabbi
Jewish motorcyle clubs are nothing new (Chai Riders, Star of Davidson, etc.), but a South Florida group is going one step further. The King David Bikers are seeking a motorcycle riding rabbi. "It would be great to start every ride with a little prayer, a blessing and some meaningful message," says the group's founder Jeff Mustard, who rides a 1600 cc Yamaha Road Star. "What could be better than combining things you love -- riding, a little religious message and something to eat?"
posted by Benyamin | 12:08 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Daily dose continues
Comedy Central has brains. They just signed Jon Stewart to host The Daily Show for another four years. "A lot of people like to get out when their show’s still going well," Stewart said. "This gives me the opportunity to beat this thing into the ground."
posted by Benyamin | 9:23 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Stop wine-ing
MSNBC offers up their list of the best Passover wines where, among other things, they debunk myths about kosher wine. "The idea that kosher wines have a particular 'kosher taste' is nonsense," says Anthony Dias Blue, wine and spirits editor at Bon Appetit. And, despite popular belief that to make a wine kosher all you have to do is "dump a cup of sugar into it," kosher wine need not be sweet. Could've fooled us.
posted by Benyamin | 9:17 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Write makes might
Literary wonder Joseph Skibell has received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Fiction 2003 from the Texas Institute of Letters for his Jewish angst novel The English Disease.
posted by Benyamin | 9:00 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, March 22, 2004
I'll be back ... in Israel
Continuing his "Just-because-my-dad-was-a-Nazi-doesn't-mean-I'm-anti-Semtic" campaign promise, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will travel to Israel in May to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's for Human Dignity - Tolerance Museum in Jerusalem. Man, is it re-election time already?
posted by Benyamin | 4:14 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Hanks' holiday
Tom Hanks needs to get himself a Hebrew calendar. He told a reporter that working on his new film with the Coen brothers was a breeze. "It's very calm and there's no panicking that goes on," Hanks says of the Jewish directors. "I must say sometimes the production office was so quiet when I came in, I wondered, 'Is there a Jewish holiday or something?'"
posted by Benyamin | 1:06 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Big shot
Time magazine profiles Rev. Rick Warren, America's most influential pastor. He's so big, he turned down Oprah.
posted by Benyamin | 12:18 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Cookies, anyone?
Apparently, the Girl Scouts are losing their religious cred, so some parents are opting to put their easily-influenced daughters into more Christian-based groups.
posted by Benyamin | 11:20 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Frum fashion
Joining the ranks of Jewcy and the Jewish Fashion Conspiracy comes two new trendsetters this week: ChosenCouture.com and Chai Maintenance.
posted by Benyamin | 11:15 AM | Link | (0) comments |
'Dead' beat up Jesus
Jesus is not the only dead guy making it big at the movies. After spending three weeks atop the box office list, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was finally unsetaed this week by ... the Dawn of the Dead, a campy remake of a 1979 horror classic. Who would've thought?
posted by Benyamin | 10:00 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Ashton gets heady
In Time Out New York magazine (Feb 10), actor Ashton Kutcher reveals his penchant for yarmulkes: "Most of the energy that we receive comes in through our head, much like the heat in our body comes out of our head. So the only way to achieve enlightenment is to restrict that. You wonder why Jewish people wear a yarmulke? That's why. I'm not even Jewish, but I'm telling you man, it's gotta be working in some way because there's no reason why I should be in the position I am now."
posted by Benyamin | 8:49 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Spielberg refuses blood money
Out promoting the 10th anniversary DVD release of Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg told Katie Couric on the Today show that he didn't take any of the profits from the film. "It is blood money. Let's call it what it is," he said. "I didn't take a single dollar from the profits I received from Schindler's List because I did consider it blood money. When I first decided to make Schindler's List I said, if this movie makes any profit, it can't go to me or my family, it has to go out into the world and that's what we try to do here at the Shoah Foundation. We try to teach the facts of the past to prevent another Holocaust in the future." And then he gave Couric a Hebrew lesson. "We have a thing, we say in Hebrew, tikkun olam which means, the world always needs fixing and we as Jews, we as all people, have a responsibility to help fix things when they're broken and I think Schindler's List and the Shoah Foundation does exactly that." Wonder is Mel Gibson will be taking the phenomenal profits of his Passion and doing the same thing.
posted by Benyamin | 9:44 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
The Passion of the Maccabees
In a radio interview with WABC's Sean Hannity, director Mel Gibson said he wants to make a movie about the story of Chanukah. The story that's always fired my imagination ... is the Book of Maccabees," Gibson said. "The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war, they stuck by their guns, and they came out winning. It's like a Western." When Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti Defamation League and a virulent opponent of Gisbon, heard the news, he quipped: "My answer would be 'Thanks but no thanks.’ The last thing we need in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western. In his hands we may wind up losing," he joked.
posted by Benyamin | 1:23 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Hitler's triumphant return
What do you think Hitler's response would be when he found out that his return to Germany would be in the form of a wax statue?
posted by Benyamin | 12:17 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Tool time
The Jewschool blog directs us to a story about a man who tried to commit suicide by nailing himself to a cross. Man, what are we going to write about once The Passion goes away?
posted by Benyamin | 10:04 AM | Link | (0) comments |
A hard pill to swallow
A Madison, Wisconsin pharmacist refused to fill a woman's birth control prescription because of his religious beliefs. Believe it or not, the law allows for such actions by pharmacists. But he got in trouble when he then refused to even transfer the prescription to a more liberal pharmacy.
posted by Benyamin | 9:54 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Fight for peace
Mike Tyson, he of ear-biting fame, says he wants to stage a "Peace in the Middle East" boxing bout at Tel Aviv's Ramat-Gan soccer stadium. The former heavyweight champ made the comments while performing 100 hours of community service arising from a disorderly conduct conviction.
posted by Benyamin | 9:49 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Jesus' European vacation
Jim Caviezel, who portrays Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's film, has been traversing around Europe promoting the movie. Two highlights this week: Caviezel, a devout Catholic actor, actually got to meet the Pope. And now the actor is telling London newspapers that he told J.Lo to keep her clothes on. While taping a sex scene during the filming of Angel Eyes, Caviezel told the diva to keep her bra and knickers on. Note to Janet Jackson: Stay away from Caviezel.
posted by Benyamin | 9:40 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Adam ... and Eve?
Reality television is getting some religion. NBC debuted its latest installment of Average Joe this week with the return of audience favorite Adam Mesh. The 28-year-old self-made millionaire is looking for love and his Jewish mother may be happy to hear that one of the girls that's courting him is Jennifer Lifshitz, the daughter of a Chicago rabbi. We're surprised JDate hasn't bought commercial time during the show.
posted by Benyamin | 3:15 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Playing Barbie with Jesus
Controversial fashion company Urban Outfitters are at it again. Earlier this year, the Philadelphia-based company discontinued a t-shirt with the text "Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl" surrounded by dollar signs. Now, they're making headlines again with their Dress-Up Jesus item featuring a magnetic Jesus in tighty-whities and interchangeable outfits -- including a hula skirt, a devil's costume, and a pink sports bra. Once again, we'd like to thank Mel Gibson for making Jesus popular.
posted by Benyamin | 2:32 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Mary Magdalene is expecting
The Passion of the Christ actress Monica Bellucci will soon have her own little baby. No word yet on who the father is.
posted by Benyamin | 9:06 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Paris invasion
It's not news that Paris Hilton has been sporting a red Kabbalah bracelet for the last several months, but she's now upped her Jewish mysticism quotient by seeking solace in the study of Kabbalah after the death of her grandmother last week. She's been seen going to Kabbalah classes on both coasts. As for the grandmother, the funeral mass was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
posted by Benyamin | 8:58 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Madonna's Passion
Is Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, planning to make a Kabbalah-themed movie? Apparently, he's already in Israel scouting out locations.
posted by Benyamin | 8:37 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, March 15, 2004
Welcome to the tribe
How did we miss this story? Apparently, Today Show host Katie Couric came out of the religious closet recently by announcing that she is Jewish. She said that even though she was raised an Episcopalian, her mother was Jewish. So, yes, the Jews do control the media.
posted by Benyamin | 5:11 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Cell block
Israel's Mossad may be the spy agency respected round the world, but it still can't find the guy who stole the boss' cell phone.
posted by Benyamin | 3:00 PM | Link | (0) comments |
The other white Jesus
Mexican movie audiences are finally getting a chance to see that movie about Jesus Christ. No, not that one. After being outlawed 16 years ago, Mexico is finally showing Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Paging Text goes hereAbe Foxman.
posted by Benyamin | 2:58 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Stop the porn ... until they get older
A porn director took a break from moviemaking to film a Public Service Announcement for a Church and urged parents to keep their porn out of the hands of their kids.
posted by Benyamin | 2:50 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Mazal Tov, Comedy Central
Comedy Central, that bastion of Jewish humor, is celebrating its 13th year on the air with a Bar Mitzvah bash. And the Jews control the media train keeps on moving.
posted by Benyamin | 10:18 AM | Link | (0) comments |
From 'Yentl' to 'Focker'
Barbra Streisand may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing she'll be to movie audiences this December is Rebbetzin Focker. She'll play Ben Stiller's mom alongside Dustin Hoffman in the upcoming sequel to Meet the Parents entitled Meet the Fockers.
posted by Benyamin | 9:45 AM | Link | (0) comments |
And the band played on
Jewish pop duo Evan and Jaron, who are releasing a new CD next month, will appear he Everly Brothers on this coming week's episode of American Dreams on NBC. They will be singing "Wake up little Susie".
posted by Benyamin | 9:30 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Costume ball
Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie attended a masked Purim ball at the L.A. Kabbalah Center. She dressed up as a French courtier and he was dressed as a Viking. Also in attendance were Demi Moore and Ahston Kutcher -- dressed in baby costumes and drinking out of a baby bottle. Somewhere, Queen Esther is rolling in her grave.
posted by Benyamin | 9:16 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Making radio waves
After moe than a year of planning, Chicago Jewish philanthropists Anita and Sheldon Drobny are launching Air America Radio, the liberal answer to the onsluaght of conservative talk radio. Jewish satirist Al Franken, who has always been at odds with conservative giant Bill O'Reilly, will lead off the programming with his aptly titled show "The O'Franken Factor".
posted by Benyamin | 4:24 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Jesus was a kike
The Jewschool blog is selling a new t-shirt sporting Jesus with a yarmulke. The caption? Jesus was a kike.
posted by Benyamin | 12:56 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Joining Jesus' bandwagon
In light of the phenomenal success of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, CBS announced that they will re-show a Jesus mini-series that originally aired on the network in 2000. And this time instead of airing all four hours, CBS has said that they will just air the second half of the film which deals with the crucifixion. Do you really think people will watch now that they already know the ending?
posted by Benyamin | 11:58 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Miss America Cites Queen Esther As Her Inspiration
As an African-American woman competing on the pageant circuit, 2004 Miss America Ericka Dunlap counted among her early inspirations Queen Esther -- the Jewish hero who saved her people from an oppressive tyrant by proclaiming her faith publicly.

"Queen Esther was one of the driving forces behind my success," said Dunlap. "Being connected to Queen Esther has always been a very special thing to me."
I dunno. Forgive me for being cynical, but somehow I find this all very hard to believe. Suuuure Queen Esther's your hero and suuure you're not just saying that because you're addressing a Jewish audience.

Then again, she's not running for President, so, well...I guess anything's possible.
posted by Mobius1ski | 4:21 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Comic genius
Harvey Pekar, the Jewish cult comic book hero and inspiration for the acclaimed film American Splendor, has agreed to write three graphic novels for Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, Inc. Nebby Jews everywhere just had an orgasm.
posted by Benyamin | 2:54 PM | Link | (0) comments |
The eyes have it
Historical inaccuracies aside, it seems Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has many more errors in it. According to MovieMistkaes.com, there are plenty of glaring errors -- including this one: While Mary is holding Jesus after he dies, you can see him blink a few times. Maybe that was just the prelude to the resurrection.
posted by Benyamin | 2:49 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, March 08, 2004
It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's JTA?
More than six years after it was first reported by the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California and later by many other publications including a recent syndicated column by Victor Wishna, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency finally gets around to writing a story about the Jewish Hero Corps. I guess they're just being extra careful after their recent messup of hiring a messianic Jew to write an article about The Passion of the Christ.
posted by Benyamin | 10:25 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Fiddler or freak show?
Olek Mincer, a 46-year-old Jewish Polish actor, is happy he chose to star as part of the angry mob that kills Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. "I gave up the role of a Russian boy, Fiedka, in an Italian version of 'Fiddler on the Roof’ to play the Jew Nicodemus in Mel Gibson’s version of the Gospels," he said.
posted by Benyamin | 10:11 PM | Link | (1) comments |
I'm not fat
You no longer need to turn on Nick at Nite to watch Facts of Life star Mindy Cohn (aka Natalie, the fat one). She now co-stars as a Maggie the Cook in the new WB sitcom The Help with fellow Heeb Tori Spelling. The show, which airs on Friday nights after services, is about a rich family and their hired help.
posted by Benyamin | 10:04 PM | Link | (0) comments |
The Nation and the New York Times
It appears the Nation of Islam's next target may be none other than the Jewish publisher of The New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The paper's response? "Death threats? Get in line."
posted by Benyamin | 9:41 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Gang banger
Jamie-Lynn DiScala (formerly Siegler), who plays mob boss Tony Soprano's daughter, said it took a brave man to make her marry out of her faith. "I dated one celebrity during the third season and he didn't treat me very well," Jamie-Lynn tells FHM. "Tony Sirico [a mob guy on the Sopranos] knew who I was dating and he honestly wanted to find this guy and kill him." Siegler, who married her manager A.J. Discala last year, is currently promoting her new made-for-TV film Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.
posted by Benyamin | 9:29 PM | Link | (1) comments |
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Phone home
Steven Spielberg, who will be releasing Schindler's List on DVD next week, says he has yet to see the controversial Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. But when he does, he plans on calling Gibson directly. "When I do see the film, the first person who will hear from me will be Mel Gibson and no one else," says Spielberg.
posted by Benyamin | 9:51 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Baptism by auto
From Salon.com: "A Connecticut woman, perhaps attempting to baptize herself, drove her car into the water at a local park. When officers reached her she told them she wanted to reenact a scene from the movie "The Passion of the Christ," which she had seen recently."
posted by Benyamin | 9:20 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Publishing bonanza
Due to the success of cultural phenomenons The Da Vinci Code and The Passion of the Christ, it seems Christian-themed books are just jumping off shelves. Somewhere, in a corner office in Artscroll, someone is figuring out a way to take advantage of the trend.
posted by Benyamin | 9:19 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Passion already on DVD
A Pennsylvania man was stopped for a traffic violation and when the cops searched his car they found ... drumroll please ... found more than 1,500 bootleg compact discs, DVDs and videocassettes, including a couple dozen copies of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. How ironic for someone to break the law with a film that promotes the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ.
posted by Benyamin | 9:12 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Princess not a pauper
Jewish geeks unite! Thanks to the guys over at the Jewschool blog for bringing this act of charity to our attention. Jedi princess and pro-Israel activist Natalie Portman helped raise $100,000 for Israel's OneFamily charity at a recent London fundraiser.
posted by Benyamin | 10:06 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Toon time
A Polish Catholic studio plans a 45-minute animated film version based on the poetry of Pope John Paul II. So this is what the definition of esoteric looks like.
posted by Benyamin | 9:38 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Madonna making pilgrimage to Israel
Kabbalah devotee Madonna is set to perform at Israel’s historical King Solomon's Mine this summer as part of a world tour. News reports say that she has also scheduled a special concert in the archaeological remains of Timna National Park, north of Eilat, in the Red Sea Desert. As well, we can assume she'll stop by the Western Wall for the typical celeb photo-op and will certainly make her way to Tzfat, the kabbalah capital of the world.
posted by Benyamin | 9:27 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
'Daily' dose
Who said Jews don't control the news?
posted by Benyamin | 10:12 AM | Link | (0) comments |
I want my Arab TV
An Arab television channel said it was temporarily pulling the plug on its Arabic version of the hit reality show Big Brother after charges of indecency. In the Arab version of the hit (?) show, separate living and sleeping quarters for male and female participants have been introduced, as well as a prayer room. Protestors were complaining the show was un-Islamic. Mel Gibson's rep could not be reached for comment. Oh wait ... that's a different story.
posted by Benyamin | 10:01 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Queer makeover
NBC announced that it has signed television personality and Jewish fashion maven Isaac Mizrahi to an overall development deal. Gay Jews everywhere are celebrating.
posted by Benyamin | 9:53 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Sein of the times
The cast of Seinfeld has finally settled their dispute over potential earnings from the planned release of the sitcom on DVD. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by Benyamin | 9:41 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Gibson's celebrity cheerleaders
It seems that despite the better efforts of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the Hollywood community is standing behind Mel Gibson. MSNBC.com reports on several celebs who are lending moral support to the Passion director including Lara Flynn Boyle, Sandra Bullock, Donald Trump, Angie Harmon, Paul Sorvino, Hillary Swank, Chad Lowe, and Jewish Hollywood legends producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Kirk Douglas. Jon Voight, it seems, was one of the few celebs who si speaking out against the film. "I'm not happy with it," he said. "I have been to Israel and am very supportive of Jewish concerns. I have seen the movie and I don’t think it was fair." When asked if he thought the film was anti-Semitic, Voight replied, "I think I just answered that question."
posted by Benyamin | 9:32 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, March 01, 2004
The anti-Passion
Hoping to capitalize on the public's fascination for all things Jesus, the ABC network will be airing a made-for-television film called Judas about Jesus' disciple-turned-betrayer. The show, which will air on Monday, March 8, has yet to have the profound benefit of an ADL screening.
posted by Benyamin | 1:24 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Locusts coming. Seal your windows.
As Passover draws near, the liklihood of a locust attack ala the ten plagues is picking up steam. Seriously. In a warning issued by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, they claim a locust outbreak is "in progress on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia where swarms are forming."
posted by Benyamin | 12:59 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Church music
In the Scientology is stranger than Judaism department, a new CD is being released this week based on a much maligned off-Broadway staging of "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant". The Church of Scientology was not too happy with the spoof, in which little kids portray famous scientologists like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
posted by Benyamin | 12:48 PM | Link | (0) comments |
French toast
Amid fears that it would cause more anti-Semitism, The Passion of the Christ may not make it to France. "There's enough anti-Semitic stuff circulating here already without us throwing oil on the fire," said one industry insider. Nice meatphor, you Nazi lovin' bastard.

UPDATE: French-based Quinta Communications has picked up the film and will be distrubuting it there.
posted by Benyamin | 12:32 PM | Link | (0) comments |
O father, where art thou?
The Showtime Network has greenlit a made-for-cable-tv movie about the sex scandals in the Catholic Church. The movie, entitled Our Fathers, will be based on a book about the church scandal written by Newsweek's David France. Man, it seems you can't look anywhere these days without seeing some Christian movie.
posted by Benyamin | 10:58 AM | Link | (0) comments |
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