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Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Trailer park
  • The first full length trailer for next summer's religious epic The Da Vinci Code is now online.
  • Emmy Rossum strays from her dainty Phantom of the Opera role and goes totally ballistic in the new trailer for Poseidon.
  • A new (and much better) trailer is now online for V for Vendetta starring Natalie Portman.
  • This may not be The Passion of the Christ, but Mel Gibson's latest (subtitled and something to do with ancient Mayan culture) looks just as weird.
  • From the people that brought you the Scary Movie franchise comes Date Movie, directed by Aaron Seltzer.
  • Adam Sandler plays a dad in Click, an inventive comedy about a universal remote that works on everything.
posted by Benyamin | 10:21 AM | Link | (1) comments |
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Loose ends
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G) has signed on to star in Tina Fey's Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill, a film about a "Hasidic Jew who forms a band with a veteran hard rocker in a story said to be based on true events." (c/o Nextbook)
  • Mel Brooks gets mad at movie critic. Let's just hope he doesn't read our review.
  • Forget Gisele. Leonard DiCaprio is now dating a hot Israeli model.
  • Who knew? Steven Spielberg apparently has a 9/11 obsession.
  • We guess there won't be much coffee talk going on anytime soon. Mike Myers (who based his Linda Richman character on his stereotypical Jewish mother-in-law) is splitting with his wife Robin of 12 years.
posted by Benyamin | 10:08 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, December 23, 2005
Munich: The reviews are in
posted by Benyamin | 9:59 AM | Link | (0) comments |
News we didn't really need to know
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon weighs a whopping 312 pounds.
posted by Benyamin | 9:50 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Loose ends
posted by Benyamin | 10:55 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, December 19, 2005
They said it
"New York City officials said Tuesday that they had identified two new cases in which infants were infected with herpes during a circumcision ritual in which the practitioner, or mohel, sucks the blood from the circumcision to clean the wound. Added the officials, 'Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to barf forever.'" -- Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live
posted by Benyamin | 4:17 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Loose ends
  • McDonald's muckraker Morgan Spurlock (yes, he's Jewish) will be taking on the right wing's disavowal of things scientific by making a documentary based on the book The Republican War on Science.
  • Jeff Zucker has been promoted ... again.
  • Autograph seeking little girls prefer Jerry Seinfeld over Bruce Springsteen.
  • Stop the presses: Woody Allen loves London.
  • Bob Dylan: The Musical.
posted by Benyamin | 1:22 PM | Link | (4) comments |
Friday, December 16, 2005
They said it
"Kabbalah is an English form of publicity invented by Madonna." -- Tina Fey at the N.Y. Women in Film awards banquet.
posted by Benyamin | 9:43 AM | Link | (1) comments |
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Loose ends
  • Two new books about the Munich massacre are riding the coattails of Steven Spielberg's movie and will be released on Tuesday.
  • Bob Dylan has inked a deal to host his own weekly radio show on the XM satellite radio network.
  • Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz finally has something to be excited about. His show may be picked up by Showtime. Start praying, people.
  • Riding the wave of her new-found celebrity, Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari has dumped her manager in favor of Madonna's manager.
  • Steve Guttenberg's rich and he doesn't care if you know it.
posted by Benyamin | 1:42 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Don't censor Borat

Here's the latest scoop in the Borat/Kazakhstan debacle: Reporters Without Borders, an international media watchdog group, has called the decision by the Kazakhstani government to block comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from using the ".kz" domain suffix as censorship. In a statement released Wednesday, the Paris-based organization expressed concern about "the politicization of the administration of domain names."
posted by Benyamin | 12:18 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
They said it
"If there had been no Monica Lewinsky, there would have been no Sen. [Hillary] Clinton. She had to run as a victim because she was seen as so controlling" -- Maureen Dowd on The View.
posted by Benyamin | 10:18 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tonight on the boob tube
Producer/Writer/Director David Steinberg's new show on TV Land called, quite appropriately, Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg, where he interviews a comedian for an hour. Next week's episode features a rare chat with Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David. Set your Tivos, now.
posted by Benyamin | 10:12 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Global domination

Mazal tov to the following members of the tribe for garnering Golden Globes nods this morning: Woody Allen (Matchpoint) and Steven Spielberg (Munich) will duke it out for best director; In the half-Jewish category, congrats to Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, and Scarlett Johansson for being nominated in various actress categories; As for real full-blooded Jewish women, we tip our hats to Rachel Weisz for her nomination; And, finally, Zach Braff and Larry David will battle it out for biggest Jew on television.
posted by Benyamin | 10:09 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Loose ends
  • A Daily Show with Jon Stewart staffer commits suicide. News at 11. Well, not really.
  • Can't get enough Sarah Silverman? offers an audio download from the comedian on the newly-released The Aristocrats soundtrack. And, if you still need more Sarah, there's some video interviews here.
  • Site of the week:
  • Rumors continue to persist that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is partly to blame for the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey breakup.
  • Apparently Hollywood hotshot Harvey Weinstein is considering getting into the amusement park business. Can you imagine Gangs of New York: The Ride?
posted by Benyamin | 9:45 AM | Link | (1) comments |
Monday, December 12, 2005
Deal roundup
  • In his continuous effort to shed his Ross Geller image, actor David Schwimmer will make his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
  • Scarlett Johansson will star in the independent film Napoleon and Betsy. And, in case you're wondering, this is not the sequel to Napoleon Dynamite.
  • And in other Johansson news, the actress is also in negotiations to star as a magician's assistant in The Prestige to be directed by Christopher Nolan.
  • Director Rob Cohen (XXX) has optioned the book Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film to be turned into a movie.
  • What out, Kabbalah Centre. NBC has given a script commitment for a drama about cult deprogrammer tentatively titled The Bogeyman.
posted by Benyamin | 8:53 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, December 09, 2005
Loose ends
  • Legendary director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride) has announced that he will run against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming gubenatorial election in California. What about Gary Coleman?
  • Hoping perhaps to get more notoriety and join the ever growing trend of Hollywood breakups, C-list celebs Nicole Richie and fiancee DJ AM (aka Adam Goldstein) have called it quits.
  • Despite the recent attacks there, brilliant mogul Donald Trump is considering building a hotel in the Israeli town of Netanya.
  • What do you think is the most popular new NBC download on iTunes? Comedian Robert Smigel's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
  • Bat mitzvah mogul David Brooks, who is also under investigation from the SEC, is not reportedly not paying some of the people who helped with the celeb-filled party for his daughter.
posted by Benyamin | 11:02 AM | Link | (0) comments |
They said it
"I don't care how pretty she is, but she has to have fat ankles. Fat ankles will at least cut the population chasing her in half. I'm sorry, but I want her to have fat ankles." Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in Playboy about his two-year-old daughter.
posted by Benyamin | 11:00 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Loose ends
  • Jon Stewart, the athlete? Who knew?
  • Mel Brooks' long road to bringing a movie based on a play about a movie about a play to the big screen.
  • Mercedes attempts to distance itself from Hitler ... by possibly buying evidence of how much the Fuhrer loved his ride.
  • Latest addition to the Jewish fashion conspiracy: Shtetlwear. (Not to be confused, obviously, with the real Jewish Fashion Conspiracy.
  • Stork report: Adam Sandler and his wife are expecting their first child and Rachel Weisz and fiancee director Darren Aronofsky are three months along with their first child.
posted by Benyamin | 10:10 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Deal roundup
  • Stop. The. Presses. Mel Gibson is developing a Holocaust mini-series for TV. This coming from a guy whose father denies the Holocaust. Oh God, save us. (This is all assuming, of course, that Gibson isn't too busy replacing Schwarzenegger for governor.)
  • Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) has joined the cast of Jon Avent's 88 Minutes, which stars Al Pacino as a psychiatrist who learns he has only 88 minutes to live.
  • Harvey Fierstein is going from playing Fiddler on Broadway to playing a blue-collar heavy-set mom (think Roseanne) in a new sitcom for Fox.
  • The Christian-produced One Night With the King, a feature film about Queen Esther that we first mentioned more than a year ago and was scheduled to have been released Purim 2005, is now expected to hit select theaters in a few months on Purim 2006.

    *members of the tribe are listed in bold
posted by Benyamin | 9:33 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Video cameras: How Spileberg would solve the Mideast conflict

Time Magazine devotes this week's cover story to Steven Spielmberg and his new "masterpiece" of a film about the 1972 murder of Israeli Olympiads and the subsequent retaliation by the Israeli government. Besides saying Munich may not be such a commercially viable film, Spielberg lets us in on his next project to begin in February. "What I'm doing is buying 250 video cameras and players and dividing them up, giving 125 of them to Palestinian children, 125 to Israeli kids, so they can make movies about their own lives -- not dramas, just little documentaries about who they are and what they believe in, who their parents are, where they go to school, what they had to eat, what movies they watch, what CDs they listen to -- and then exchange the videos. That's the kind of thing that can be effective, I think, in simply making people understand that there aren't that many differences that divide Israelis from Palestinians -- not as human beings, anyway."
posted by Benyamin | 9:59 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, December 05, 2005
Loose ends
  • The recently divorced Tori Spelling is ... drumroll please ... pregnant with her new boytoy Canadian actor Dean McDermott.
  • Who knew? Billy Joel is a friggin genius.
  • Israeli author wins German literature prize for Holocaust stories.
  • Meet Larry David's TV dad.
  • Howard Stern, free at last.
posted by Benyamin | 3:33 PM | Link | (0) comments |
They said it

"People tell me that I am so feminine, that everything about me is so feminine and I always think, 'No, not really.' I look at myself in the mirror and I think there's something rather boyish about my face. I think it's very sexy and it makes people question their sexuality." -- Scarlett Johansson.
posted by Benyamin | 1:52 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, December 02, 2005
Party hearty

Oops. David H. Brooks, the guy who spent $10 million bringing Aerosmith and 50 Cent to his daughter's bat mitzvah, is now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Go figure. (And, if you're still fascinated with the whole rockers at the bat mitzvah thing, feel free to view this Kodak Easy Share Gallery. Man, the girls were never this hot at the bat mitzvahs we attended back in the 80s.)
posted by Benyamin | 10:27 AM | Link | (2) comments |
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I want my Jewish VH1

Taking a page from Comedy Central, VH1 is airing a special devoted to all things Jewish. VH1 All Access: So Jewtastic, premiering on December 19, will have Jackie Mason giving Yiddish lessons, discuss why it's hip to be Jewish, explore (belatedly we might add) Madonna's fascination with Kabbalah, and (since this is, after all, a music network) will remix Jewish and hip hop music. While the topics seem staid, the kitsch factor alone is worth Tivoing it.
posted by Benyamin | 1:39 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Mum's the word on 'Munich'

Spielberg would like his upcoming film Munich, about the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, speak for itself. He's doing very little publicity for the film, which is, ironically, already gaining Oscar buzz. "He didn't want to talk to anybody until people had a chance to see the film," spokesman Marvin Levy said. "He said, 'Let me make the movie, and then we'll show the movie, and everyone can make up their own minds."
posted by Benyamin | 9:42 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Loose ends
  • Uber producer Aaron Spelling, 82, is suing his nurse for defamation because she claim he sexually harassed her. It sounds like a storyline in one of his shows.
  • It's not just Jews that Michael Jackson has a problem with. Apparently, he's an equal opportunity offender.
  • Hollywood producer Joel Silver (The Matrix - nuff said) is now claiming he invented Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Woody Allen is going deaf.
  • Britney Spears has gone from seeking spirituality through Kabbalah to seeking advice from a psychic.
posted by Benyamin | 9:29 AM | Link | (0) comments |
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