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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Loose ends
posted by Benyamin | 1:01 PM | Link | (1) comments |
Monday, January 30, 2006
Loose ends
  • Aaron Sorkin's high priced call girl tells all.
  • Rachel Weisz thanked the "tribe" upon receiving the award for best supporting actress at last night's SAG awards ... but she was referring to her fellow actors and not her fellow Jews. Although, come to think of it, they could be one and the same.
  • Aish jumps on the bandwagon with this three-minute video on the James Frey fallout.
posted by Benyamin | 10:57 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, January 27, 2006
Loose ends
  • For those of us who love Curb Your Enthusiasm (and, after all, who doesn't?), you'll be happy to hear the Jeff Garlin is shooting a pilot for TBS for his own meta show within a show (think Larry Sanders).
  • Congrats to scribe Aaron Sorkin for scoring Matthew Perry for his first post-Friends triumphant return to television.
  • Uber TV producer Aaron Spelling, famous for giving the world Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, now has his own sexual affairs to contend with.
posted by Benyamin | 10:34 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Loose ends
  • A new drinking game: Count the number of Jewish references in this Lazy Sunday knoock-off.
  • Now playing at Sundance: Michael Rapaport thinks he's special.
  • Does Jerry Bruckheimer have a tooth fetish?
  • Winona Ryder: Mourning or shamelessly promoting her new film.
posted by Benyamin | 3:01 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Loose ends: Sundance and Munich edition
  • Hands down, The Pity Card is the funniest Holocaust movie you'll ever see. Enjoy.
  • Shia LaBeouf is already garnering critical acclaim for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, a 1980s coming-of-age drama.
  • Munich scribe Tony Kushner was hoping his flick would induce matzo ball flinging.
  • And speaking of Munich, an Olympic orphan portrays his own father in the film. Cue the collective "Aw."
posted by Benyamin | 2:14 PM | Link | (1) comments |
Monday, January 23, 2006
Loose ends
  • Now playing at the Sundance Film Festival: The Tribe, a short film about the relationship between Jews and the Barbie Doll. You can watch the whole film here.
  • Hassidic men: We don't hate gay people.
  • It seems that Jack Abramoff's daughter is not a big fan of George Clooney.
  • Jewish comedian Howie Mandel doesn't have to look for work for a while.
  • More Stiller ... we just don't know what it's about.
posted by Benyamin | 12:51 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, January 20, 2006
Loose ends
  • What? Controversy surrounding a movie about Palestinian suicide bombers -- who would've thunk it?
  • It seems neither Salon or Slate can find comedy in the Muslim world ...
  • ... but if you're looking for a funny religious movie to see this weekend, the New York Times recommends the less-publicized Go for Zucker.
  • So the infamous Seinfeld Soup Nazi really is mean.
posted by Benyamin | 10:59 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, January 19, 2006
They said it
"We'd be shooting some intense confrontational scene where we were going crazy and screaming at each other, and then the moment Woody would yell, 'Cut,' he'd turn to me and ask, 'So how old were you when you lost your virginity?'" -- Scarlett Johansson on her Match Point director Woody Allen.
posted by Benyamin | 12:24 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Loose ends
  • William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for charity.
  • Britney Spears ditches Kabbalah as quickly as she ditches husbands.
  • Ok, so maybe Maroon 5's Adam Levine is not the luckiest man alive ... but maybe Gene Simmons is.
  • Movie critic David Edelstein doesn't like Albert Brooks' new Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, which means I'll probably love it. Because David Edelstein is a putz.
posted by Benyamin | 10:24 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Trailer park
  • Ted Levine (Monk) stars in this thriller with a fascinating -- and terrifying -- premise.
  • Director Jason Reitman's snarky Thank You For Smoking trailer reminds us a little of Wag the Dog. And we mean that as a compliment.
  • The documentary about American-born Israeli Ami Ankilewitz, called 39 Pounds of Love, is already on the short list for an Academy Award nomination.
  • Members of the tribe Debra Messing and Jon Favreau lend their voices to Open Season, a new computer animated flick from Columbia Pictures.
posted by Benyamin | 2:06 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Loose ends
  • Oprah's going to Auschwitz.
  • Let's give a big warm welcome to Apple 2.0.
  • Just when you think Vincent Gallo couldn't be more vile...
posted by Benyamin | 2:03 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Friday, January 13, 2006
Loose ends
  • KISS frontman Gene Simmons is getting his own reality show. Finally.
  • Stars are just like us: Natalie Portman shoots pool.
  • Stars are just like the rest of us part deux: Jerry Seinfeld takes his kids to get haircuts.
  • In his continuing bid to move away from the big screen (earlier this week we told you about two sitcoms he was working on), Steven Spielberg will help produce a 12-hour miniseries for the Sci Fi Channel about people who speak with dead loved ones.
  • Man, Adam Levine is one lucky dude. The lead singer of Maroon 5 -- who has previously been linked to Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and even Jessica Simpson -- is rumored to now be dating Kristen Dunst. What a rough life.
posted by Benyamin | 9:59 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Loose ends
  • ThinkFilm has picked up distribution rights to When Do We Eat?, a comedy about a family Passover seder where the father unwittingly gets high, and will distribute it this April nationwide.
  • Great. Madonna wants to be reincarnated ... and we have Kabbalah to thank for it.
  • It's about friggin' time. Seth Green is officially ubiquitous.
  • Hat tip to Jewlicious for alerting us to Christopher Guest's new Purim related work.
  • Hey Spielberg, can you say oops?
posted by Benyamin | 9:08 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Loose ends
  • Despite the fact that the quirky actor has yet to sign on to the project, ABC is going all Malcovichian on us with their just announced sitcom I Want to Rob Jeff Goldblum.
  • A cool, but certainly not the first, profile of thw Jewish guy behind Craigslist.
  • Scarlett Johansson doesn't believe in monogamy. There is a God.
  • For those of you wondering what Michael Eisner is going to do with all his newfound time now that he no longer runs Disney, the former media tycoon is going to host his own talk show.
  • In what has to be a blatant PR ploy, Spielberg has announced that he wants Olympic organizers in Beijing to honor the fallen Israeli soldiers from Munich.
posted by Benyamin | 8:57 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Naked terror
From the terrorists-need-strippers-too department courtsey of the New York Post:
Mousa Kraish, who plays a murderous terrorist in Steven Spielberg's "Munich," discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [was seen] with eight strippers over a "team lap dance" at the new topless joint Headquarters on West 38th Street.
posted by Benyamin | 8:53 AM | Link | (0) comments |
They said it
"I've read the Playboy interview for years, and I never realized that the interviewee got to sleep with that month's Playmate. ... It's great." -- Air America talk show host Al Franken in an interview he did with Playboy magazine.
posted by Benyamin | 8:48 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
They said it
"There is a mitigating factor in [Jack] Abramoff's defense. He considers himself a practicing Orthodox Jew. So his five year campaign of systematically buying off and corrupting our govenment -- only 24/6." -- Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
posted by Benyamin | 9:11 AM | Link | (0) comments |
The joy of sects
This is a real description from press notes of a new series on A&E called God or Girl:
They have girlfriends. They party. They're regular guys... But just beneath the surface, they are in turmoil. God or the Girl captures the tension, terror, and triumph as they make the choice that will impact the rest of their lives -- whether or not to enroll in the seminary. Should they pursue happiness as family men or seek spiritual fulfillment in the priesthood? Their friends do not understand them. Their girlfriends cannot comprehend why they would choose the priesthood -- and a lifetime of celibacy. Can these young men resist temptation? Will they commit to their chosen path? What are they willing to sacrifice to become "Men of God?" In this five-part series, we will join four young men on a journey to answer the questions that will define their lives.
posted by Benyamin | 9:08 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, January 09, 2006
Loose ends
  • So, apparently, Jack Abramoff and Monica Lewinsky both went to the same high school. Interesting.
  • Just what we need: Tori Spelling is going to have her own Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • So it seems you can find comedy in a Muslim world.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has hired a ghostbuster ... from the Kabbalah Centre.
  • Forget films. Steven Spielberg has two sitcoms up his sleeve.
posted by Benyamin | 12:54 PM | Link | (0) comments |
They said it
"A sandwich to a Jew is as important as a country to a Gentile." -- Borscht Belt comedian Jackie Mason on the potential closing of the legendary 2nd Avenue Deli in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
posted by Benyamin | 9:32 AM | Link | (0) comments |
A rabbi, a priest, and a movie mogul walk into a bar...
Congrats to Jon Stewart for being chosen as host of this year's Academy Awards. "As an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can't help but be disappointed with this choice," he said in a statement.
posted by Benyamin | 9:29 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Oh, the places we will go
We will be moving offices this weekend so posting will be minimal for the next several days. Once we get settled in, things will be back to normal.
posted by Benyamin | 7:21 PM | Link | (0) comments |
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Loose ends
  • Woody Allen: The Podcast.
  • Tonight on TV: Walking the Bible.
  • Castle Hill Productions has acquired the theatrical rights to The Tollbooth, a My Big Fat Greek Wedding style romp about a Jewish daughter who leaves her Brooklyn family and moves to Manhattan.
  • Amanda Peet's really not a beyotch.
  • Behold, the return of Fred Savage.
posted by Benyamin | 9:39 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Loose ends
  • Word on the street is that just months after separating from her first husband Tori Spelling will be walking down the aisle again.
  • It seems Jack Black just can't keep track of time.
  • Ever wonder why we keep referring to the Gyllenhaal siblings as Jewish? Meet their mother, Naomi Foner.
  • In keeping with his newfound love of non-New York locations (see London set of Match Point), Woody Allen says he'll shoot his next film in Spain.
  • And speaking of next projects, is Spielberg planning a Mary Poppins remake?
posted by Benyamin | 9:25 AM | Link | (0) comments |
Monday, January 02, 2006
They said it
"I hired a magician to saw me in half with a chain saw [at my bar mitzvah]. It was great. Bzzzzzzzz." -- Eli Roth, the director of the new torture flick Hostel.
posted by Benyamin | 11:18 AM | Link | (0) comments |
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