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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
We'll just call him the Hebrew Hammer
Did you know that the villain in the Russell Crow's new Cinderella Man is a mean Jewish boxer? Twisted, man, twisted.

[Update] More on the Jewish boxer from Slate.
posted by Benyamin | 10:44 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Christians do it better
Another reason why church is more fun than synagogue.
posted by Benyamin | 9:46 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Praising Allah, not the punchline
Dave Chappelle's mental state has, to his utter dismay, been the talk of the town as of late. Rumors swirled as the new season of Comedy Central's top-rated Chappelle's Show was continually put on hiatus. Was Chappelle burnt out from all the pressure? What was he doing in South Africa?

Now comes word that the irreverent Chappelle, who has become a practicing Muslim, is having trouble coming to grips with his newfound faith and the racy issues he's used to covering in his show.

Our advice to Chappelle: Your religion doesn't have to be a burden to your comedy. Just look at your fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. He's big nose proud.
posted by Benyamin | 9:31 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, May 26, 2005
The hunky Hassid
Hoping to cash in on the "Let's add the word Hassidic and make us hip" craze (see Matisyahu), comes a new off-Broadway show: Blitzkrieg, The Hassidic Professional Wrestling Musical. "I was seduced by the show's deeper meaning," says Benoit Lafitte, the show's art director. "It's Orson Welles crossed with Charlie Chaplin."
posted by Benyamin | 10:02 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Sweet duet
Matisyahu, the self-proclaimed Hassidic reggae superstar, is teaming up with rockers P.O.D. for his sophomore album, due out this fall. In the same article, Matisyahu is asked if he's receiving any flack from his co-religionists in Brooklyn. "Not so much," he responded. "The message of the Lubavitch movement is to go out and take your talents and use music and radio and TV and try and make a good impact on the world, and not to retreat." Could the Lubavitch Martha Stewart be far behind?
posted by Benyamin | 1:25 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Bush's bracelet
Rumor has it that before her trip to the Holy Land Laura Bush's advance team bought those infamous red Kabbalah bracelets for good luck. Yes, we all know they worked wonders on Britney Spears' career.
posted by Benyamin | 1:08 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Hair supply
There was something in the news today about embattled music mogul and member of the tribe Phil Spector who's currently on trial for murder ... but all we can look at is that unbelievable hair.
posted by Benyamin | 9:48 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Average Jew Millionaire
So, nu, why can't you find a nice Jewish boy? Ah, the voice of your bubbe on your favorite blog. But your bubbe's wishes may finally be coming true. An Israeli reality show aptly titled A Nice Jewish Boy is searching the Diaspora for an attractive and "financially secure" man to spend the summer in Israel with 15 hot Israeli women. Huh, sounds a bit like a Birthright Israel trip to us.
posted by Benyamin | 9:32 AM | Link | (0) comments |
The Terminator vs. Judge Dredd
Caleeefornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks that his one-time action rival Sylvester Stallone once tried to paint him to the public as a Nazi sympathizer. Although, to be fair, Schwarzenegger does blames himself for the image bashing because he admits to starting the feud it when he made fun of Rocky in a 1988 Playboy magazine article. If everyone that ever made fun of Rocky was in for a toungue lashing by Stallone, then he'd be one busy person.
posted by Benyamin | 9:17 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, May 23, 2005
The other Ron
Ron Miller is a Jewish criminal defense attorney by day and a porn star by night. Man, he must be tired.
posted by Benyamin | 10:16 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Queer eye for the Arab guy
Two gay Israeli men have installed a huge double bed in a New York art gallery and are inviting Arab men to become their "lover" as part of an exhibition called "Sleeping with the Enemy." Seriously.
posted by Benyamin | 10:14 AM | Link | (0) comments |
The Britney Spears Kaballah Library...
... Could actually be a reality.
posted by Benyamin | 9:46 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, May 19, 2005
This old house
Have $295,000 lying around? You could be Seinfeld's new neighbor.
posted by Benyamin | 1:50 PM | Link | (0) comments |
They said it
Actor Rob Morrow in, of all places, O Magazine: "I had a pretty perfunctory Jewish upbringing and came to adulthood with a lot of questions about religion. A few years ago, Doug Rushkoff, author of Nothing Sacred, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about Judaism that made me understand so much about the faith. We've since become friends, and he recommended this book to me. It traces the way humans have created divine narratives and how the beliefs inspired by those narratives have enabled us to survive. The book takes a lot of the mystery away, but it also helped me put the idea of God into perspective and made me think about my daughter, specifically how I'm going to help this person along in life."
posted by Benyamin | 1:09 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Meat market
Apparently, the Glatt kosher Prime Grill restaurant in Manhattan is becoming the power lunch locale for those in the know. I took a date there once. The bill was more than $100, I got dumped, and -- unless I was in the bathroom at the time -- I had no power whatsoever.
posted by Benyamin | 11:14 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Biblical drama
ABC is reportedly spending $20 million on made-for-TV remake of The Ten Commandments. Scottish actor Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) will fill Moses' sandals and Oscar-nominated Omar Sharif will play his father-in-law Yitro. In a bid for network synergy, ABC is considering having one of the Desperate Housewives play Moses' significant other.
posted by Benyamin | 10:03 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
The odd couple
How the hell did curmudgeonly old Jewish comedian David Brenner land this chick?
posted by Benyamin | 2:13 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Portman's sabra boy toy
Natalie Portman is dating Israeli actor Liron Levo. C'mon people, has she jumped the shark yet?
posted by Benyamin | 2:08 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Madge's media frenzy
The New York Daily News reports on Madonna's upcoming Kabbalah-themed media blitz. Somewhere, we assume, the Zohar is rolling over in his mystic grave.
posted by Benyamin | 2:05 PM | Link | (0) comments |
FOX gets 'Arrested'
All hail Tobias Funke. It's official: The FOX network grew a conscience and has finally decided to re-up the critically-acclaimed but ratings-afflicted comedy.
posted by Benyamin | 1:55 PM | Link | (0) comments |
You're fired!
Somebody got fired because they couldn't get their boss, the wife of Israeli Foreign Minister, an audience with the Kabbalah-crazed Madonna. Geez, talk about a diva.
posted by Benyamin | 1:48 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Heil spam
Check your inbox. That piece of Spam may actually be neo-Nazi propaganda.
posted by Benyamin | 1:46 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Chicken soup for Stewart's soul
Once again, congrats to Jon Stewart and the gang over at The Daily Show for winning yet another prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in journalism. Upon accepting his award, Stewart commented on the luncheon's food. The chicken with the noodles, he said, "shows a distinct liberal bias. I hope that next year the group will consider veal medallions and succotash, which I feel are more reflective of the traditional values of our country."
posted by Benyamin | 1:42 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, May 16, 2005
Meet the new Natalie Portman
The bald and the beautiful.
posted by Benyamin | 9:34 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Still standing
The Weinstein brothers are alive and kicking. Well, they're alive.
posted by Benyamin | 9:31 AM | Link | (0) comments |
The Gold Standard
Congrats to Zach Braff wannabe Elon Gold who's sitcom (in which he costars with Pamela Anderson in a bookshop setting) looks like it'll be picked up for another season. Official word for that, and of Arrested Development's fate, will be announced on Thursday.
posted by Benyamin | 9:25 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, May 13, 2005
Mo muse
Despite their similar Jewish heritage, actress Scarlett Johansson says she's not Woody Allen's muse. Of course she's not. She's way too old.
posted by Benyamin | 1:34 PM | Link | (0) comments |
The priest and the pop star
A judge sentenced Ho Kwon, a California Presbyterian minister to prison Thursday for trying to extort millions of dollars from Celine Dion's husband. Man, what seminary did he go to?
posted by Benyamin | 1:06 PM | Link | (0) comments |
'N(lip)-synch
Due to a recent throat operation, Justin Timberlake may lip synch when he performs at an upcoming bar mitzvah. Wait a second. Why is the fact he's lip synching the news peg? Isn't it more noteworthy that he's performing at a 13 year Jewish kid's birthday party?
posted by Benyamin | 1:06 PM | Link | (0) comments |
New Jew drinking game
Down a shot everytime you see a kippah in the trailer for the new comedy, Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
posted by Benyamin | 11:00 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Torah toon?
Kudos to anyone who can explain the obscure dreidel reference in this disturbing flash animation featuring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
posted by Benyamin | 11:08 AM | Link | (0) comments |
One hot yid
Ben Stiller was called "the best looking Jew in Showbiz". Is Armageddon near? Oh ... wait ... it was just a joke.
posted by Benyamin | 11:03 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Play right
If you're anywhere near Los Angeles, plan to stop by the 2nd Stage Theatre to see a performance of "The Book of Liz", a hilarious and irreverent look at the wacky world of the Amish written by the comedic sibling team of David and Amy Sedaris. The story revolves around the fictional town of Clusterhaven, a religious community that survives solely on special cheese balls made with a secret ingredient which only Sister Elizabeth Donderstock can provide. Sounds intriguing ... at least more than "Modern Orthodox".
posted by Benyamin | 10:05 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Double identity
Portman vs. Portman.
posted by Benyamin | 10:04 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Good to see Israelis getting bigger roles...
...oh wait, make that Israeli characters portrayed by as-Gentile-as-you-get American actresses.

In this case, Gillian Anderson (of X-Files fame) will be portraying an Israeli doctor -- and maybe spy -- in The Last King of Scotland, a film based on the novel of the same name and centering on Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

Natalie Portman unavailable? No Mili Avital? Schmucks.
posted by Bradford | 9:48 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Treasure chest
An existential question: Which is bigger -- Tori Spelling's breasts or her five carat diamond earrings? The answer, quite unbelievably, can be found here.
posted by Benyamin | 12:48 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Dead ringer
Anne Rice, whose bestselling vampire novels have compelled both Text goes hereTom Cruise and Brad Pitt to play the undead, will be trying to resurrect another dead man in her upcoming novel. Due out in November, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Text goes herewill tell the story of Jesus' early years in his own words. If, as expected, the book breaks sales records, Rice has already begun working on a sequel: Christ the Lord: Revenge for the Passion.
posted by Benyamin | 12:33 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Goat jeez
Whew. Satan had nothing to do with a bunch of severed goat heads at a Vancouver school. C'mon people, move on. There's nothing to see here.
posted by Benyamin | 12:28 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Insert esoteric French reference here
Hoping to revive what little career he has left, French actor Gerard Depardieu is making a visit to Israel. The Israeli press office was overheard asking, "So was he the drunk Musketeer?"
posted by Benyamin | 12:22 PM | Link | (0) comments |
And God made Adam ... funnier
Apparently, member of the tribe Adam Sandler would win in a comedy smackdown between him and Will Ferrell.
posted by Benyamin | 12:11 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, May 09, 2005
Stamping out Jewish heroes
Apparently, the venerable U.S. Postal Service doesn't know much about Jewish culture choosing to honor Jewish "icons" physicist Richard Feynman and lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg instead of obvious choices like Albert Einstein, the Marx Brothers, Sandy Koufax, or even Alan Greenspan. Although if we were making decisions at the Post Office (which may not be such a bad thing) we may have chosen some Hebrew dignitatries who, for what it's worth, are more up our alley: Jon Stewart, Nikki Schieler, or A.J. Jacobs.
posted by Benyamin | 11:16 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Honor guard
In what portends to be a summer avalanche of Spielbergian honors, the uber Jewish director has just started the proverbial end-of-the-world fireball blazing.
posted by Benyamin | 11:09 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, May 06, 2005
We we
The film that got Natalie Portman Text goes herein trouble for filming a love scene at the Western Wall will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France. And people say the French are anti-Semetic.
posted by Benyamin | 11:04 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Berkley bound
From Saved by the Bell to Showgirls to Hurlyburly. That sounds about right.
posted by Benyamin | 9:50 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Low note
Apparently, some Israeli songs are just not what they seem.
posted by Benyamin | 9:26 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Jewboy screening
Thanks to Daily Jews for alerting us to the Cannes Film Festival selection Jewboy. Hey, doesn't Kinky Friedman own the copyright to that phrase?
posted by Benyamin | 2:23 PM | Link | (0) comments |
If you're still eating matzah...
... then you'll enjoy these belated Passover cartoons:

- JibJab's matzah rap.

- An Israeli seder animation.

- The already heavily blogged Seda Club courtesy of Shabot 6000.
posted by Benyamin | 2:10 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Hillary-haters and anti-disengagement gay Republicans?
The meta tags have since been changed, but not before Salon.com got the scoop on the cookie cutter quality of reclusive Republican slime-meister Arthur Finkelstein's latest attempt to derail Hillary Clinton's political aspirations, namely how they mirror a pre-existing Christian Zionist group against Sharon's disengagement plan.

To break it down:
- Arthur Finkelstein is the ultra-private and incredibly well-funded (and also gay married) Republican operative behind some of the slimiest political attacks in recent memory.

- Just after getting married to his longtime partner, he announced his personal campaign to stop Hillary Clinton's 2006 Senate re-election bid (and by extension her 2008 presidential hopes).

- He recently launched StopHerNow.com, the web face of his attempt to raise $10 million to, umm... stop her now.

- Eagle-eyed visitors noticed the meta tags for StopHerNow.com seemed odd: "Stop Her Now is a collaboration of over 7,600 independent Baptist churches in America, who are against the deportation of Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza and Northern Samaria." Say what?

- A quick search via Google revealed Yedidim of Israel, a site which looks remarkably similar to StopHerNow.com and includes the same meta tags.

StopHerNow.com has changed their meta tags, as far as I could see, but it does raise questions. Finkelstein has long-standing ties to right-wing Israeli causes, so this is not surprising in and of itself, but it seems quite lazy.

[IN ADDITION:] The animosity between Finkelstein and the Clintons extends to a rather disappointing episode where former President Bill Clinton called Finkelstein "sad" and "self-loathing" for essentially being a gay supporter of equal benefits and also being a dirty tricks Republican operative. Not that I don't see the irony and potential hypocrisy, but I don't know how I feel about Clinton playing the gay card (Finkelstein was outed by a magazine in Boston) and calling a Jew self-loathing for his politics. Read more here and here.
posted by Bradford | 11:11 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Jewish fantasia
Bloggers whose universe revolves around Jewish celebrities had an orgasm this morning upon hearing news that Bob and Harvey Weinstein (both Jews, both formally of Miramax) are in negotiations with both Zach Braff and Amanda Peet (both Jewish)to star in the upcoming comedy Fast Track about the guilt of dealing with in-laws. The film will be directed by Jesse Peretz and executive produced by Jewish billionaire Mark Cuban. Ok, we'll clean up now.
posted by Benyamin | 3:12 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Comedy? Jewish? German?
Who knew Jewish comedy was alive and kicking in Germany? OK, so perhaps not alive and kicking, but apparently being revived thanks to Dani Levy's "Alles auf Zucker" (Go For Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy).

The low budget indie flick made killer profits at the German box office and now it's short listed for their equivalent of the Oscars.

"There's a need to get over the guilt and shame that has kept Jewish life and Jewish people stuck in the 1940s in Germany today," said Levy, 47, a Swiss-born Jew. His mother fled Berlin and the Holocaust in 1939.

We agree, but even if we didn't, at least the boy's making bank.
posted by Bradford | 1:24 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Finger lickin' good
Huh?
posted by Benyamin | 9:47 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, May 02, 2005
Move over Kushner, you're not the only scandal in town
By now, many of us have read about the turmoils and tribulations of Jack Abramoff the D.C. lobbyist and (ex) friend of embattled Tom DeLay. With each passing news cycle, comes fresh and startling information about the sordid business dealings of this Orthodox Jew. Newsweek recently reported that Abramoff, unethically siphend monies he had received from various Native American groups and, instead of directing the funds to Washington power brokers, Abramaoff donated the cash to an Israeli West Bank town to help arm Jewish settlers against Palestinians. As well, Newsweek reports, Abramoff directed more funds to the "Kollel Ohel Tiferet" in the Israeli outpost of Beitar Illit. As if that wasn't damning enough, yesterday the New York Times Magazine spent six whole pages profiling Abramoff and going into much more detail about his shady financial issues. Some highlights include: helping get Ralph Reed in trouble and starting and closing the Eshkol Academy, a Jewish day school in the outskirts of Baltimore, without paying many of the teachers. A class action lawsuit is now pending from those rabbis and teachers against Abramoff. With all the trouble he's in, that may be the least of his concerns.
posted by Benyamin | 12:23 PM | Link | (0) comments |
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