Norman Mailer, who died of renal failure last month, recently won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for his book that tells of the incestuous encounter between Adolf Hitler's parents. Hey, if a dead guy can win an award for writing about the sex life of Hitler's parents, that gives a lot of hope for the rest of us.
Two stuntmen were injured and sustained burns yesterday on the set of Adam Sandler's upcoming movie You Don't Mess With the Zohan. The movie, by the way, is about an Israeli Mossad agent who fakes his own death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. We're not kidding.
Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha are set to star as drug-dealing Hasidic Jews in the comic drama Holy Rollers, inspired by real-life 1990s-era crimes where Hasidim were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy into the U.S.
Actor Alden Ehrenreich will star in Francis Ford Coppola's new movie Tetro and he has Steven Spielberg to thank for the role. Spielberg apparently spotted Ehrenreich performing at a bat mitzvah where the teen had made a video for his friend.
Darn ... Gutenberg! The Musical is not about Steve Gutenberg.
Will Tori Spelling be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars?
KISS' Gene Simmons will be part of the Donald Trump's new Celebrity Apprentice.
A man gets shipped to Auschwitz with both his wife and his girlfriend. This is not the opening of a joke or an offensive romantic comedy. It's the premise of a new documentary. Enjoy the trailer above.
Natalie Portman performed the Soulja Boy dance on TRL the other day. According to our source, it wasn't too impressive. In fact, his exact words were that he "has seen more rhythm in an electric chair."Check out this cringe-worthy video for yourself.
Leave it to the fine folks at the Jones Soda Company who, in years past, has brought us such holiday flavors as Turkey Gravy and Sweet Potato (they even have an Antacid flavor). This year comes word that they will be releasing a ham flavored soda and, as always, it will be kosher (and caffeine free). This year will also feature a special Chanukah pack including Latke Soda, Apple Sauce Soda, Chocolate Coins Soda and Jelly Doughnut Soda.
Novelist and provocateur Norman Mailer, originally known to his family as Nachem Malek, died on Shabbat at the age of 84. There's lots of obits and eulogies circulating the web, but The New York Times' coverage -- not surprisingly -- seems to be the most definitive. Here's a taste of their article:
Mr. Mailer belonged to the old literary school that regarded novel writing as a heroic enterprise undertaken by heroic characters with egos to match. He was the most transparently ambitious writer of his era, seeing himself in competition not just with his contemporaries but with the likes of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.
He was also the least shy and risk-averse of writers. He eagerly sought public attention, and publicity inevitably followed him on the few occasions when he tried to avoid it. His big ears, barrel chest, striking blue eyes and helmet of seemingly electrified hair — jet black at first and ultimately snow white — made him instantly recognizable, a celebrity long before most authors were lured out into the limelight.
This guy was pretty prolific, publishing more than 30 books, including one that was just released a month ago. The Times' Mailer coverage continues with "An Appraisal" by Times book critic Michiko Kakutani and a Mailer Sampler. As for us, we had the honor of interviewing Mailer for our Mar/Apr 2007 issue a few months back which you can read here. He will most certainly be missed.
Question to our readers: With Mailer's passing, who would you consider to be the greatest living Jewish novelist? Post your comments below.
We are excited about seeing Rachel Weisz in her new movie Fred Claus, which has been getting much publicity due to co-star Vince Vaughn criss-crossing the country promoting Christmas love. If only Weisz would do the same thing for Chanukah.
NBC.com has finally posted the Werewolf Bar Mitzvah song in its entirety along with a make your own Werewolf Bar Mitzvah video contest. If you have absolutely no clue what we're talking about, then watch this clip from 30 Rock so you can get in the loop and get with it.