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Jul 24 2014

Talking with Zach Braff, Kate Hudson & Mandy Patinkin of “Wish I Was Here”

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As we’ve mentioned before, Zach Braff’s new movie “Wish I Was Here” gives us plenty to talk about here at Kveller. I sat down with three of the film’s stars, Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin, to talk about their Jewish connection to the movie, being a child no matter how old you are, and the hardest part about playing the role of a dying man. “Wish I Was Here” is now playing in select theaters, and will play nationwide starting tomorrow. 

On the role Judaism plays in the film:

Zach Braff:

My brother Adam and I wrote this, and he’s 10 years older than me. When he was a kid, my parents put him in Yeshiva. By the time they got to me, they downshifted to Conservative and kosher. Both of us have grown up to be adults who organized religion does not work for. We love the jokes, we love the humor, we love the culture, we love the fun of the family gathering. But we don’t relate to anyone giving an eff if I have a bacon double cheeseburger, or a bearded man in the sky judging us. Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 9 2014

Joan Rivers Not Sorry For Storming Off CNN Interview

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You don’t mess with Joan.

CNN reporter Fredricka Whitfield learned that real quick when her interrogative line of questioning prompted Joan Rivers, who was trying to promote her new book “Diary of Mad Diva,” to angrily storm off the set.

But not before the Jewish comedienne delivered this epic monologue: “I’m going. All you’ve done is negative. I’ve made people laugh for 50 years, I am put on earth to make people laugh! My book is funny! I wear fur that was killed 15 years ago! I work for animal rights! Stop it with this ‘And you do this, and you’re mean, and you do that.’ You are not the person to interview a person who does humor!” Read the rest of this entry →

Jul 2 2014

Drew Barrymore Shows Her Love For “Game of Thrones” & Foster Kids

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The Kid-Dish: All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.


-Oh, Drew, can you do nothing wrong? The ever-classy Drew Barrymore rocked this awesome “Game of Thrones” themed tee with daughters Olive and Frankie slung on each hip–and for a wonderful cause! Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to a charity that helps foster kids in Los Angeles find employment. Talk about Tikkun Olam. (Babyrazzi)

-Speaking of t-shirts, check out soon-to-be mom Rachel Bilson out for a jog with her baby daddy Hayden Christensen, draping her bump in a cute “Let’s Roll” t-shirt. (Us Weekly)

-Speaking of stylin’ bumps, Mila Kunis is one fashionable mama-to-be. Judging from this slideshow of her recent pregnancy outfits, the actress has a preference for boyfriend jeans, maxi skirts and naval skimming shirts. Check it out. (Us Weekly) Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 27 2014

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones Celebrate Son’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel

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Michael and Dylan Douglas (Courtesy of City of David Youtube)

 

After nearly breaking a hip dancing the Hora at his son Dylan‘s bar mitzvah, Michael Douglas flew down to Israel with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their two kids for a post-party trip, staying in the presidential suite of the King David hotel in Jerusalem. During their stay, the Douglas family explored the “City of David,” an archeological dig.

Here’s a clip of Douglas kvelling for the camera with Dylan at his side (can we get an “awwww”?): 

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Apr 9 2014

The Kid-Dish: Peaches Geldof Dies at 25

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-Some tragic news this week. Jewish socialite Peaches Geldof died suddenly at 25. Geldof was married to Jewish musician Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two sons, Astala and Phaedra. She recently learned that she had a Jewish grandparent and had begun to explore her Jewish roots. (JPost)

-Mila and Ashton will reunite for a “Two and a Half Men” episode, a throw back to the pair’s on-screen romance in “That 70s Show.” The couple is expecting a child together and are engaged to be married. (JTA)

-It seems Madonna’s Jewish connection runs deeper than we thought. The pop queen’s homeless brother recently divulged that though they weren’t Jewish, Madonna’s family used to celebrate Passover each year and were interested in Jewish customs. (In other news: Madonna has a homeless brother!) (Tablet)

-Ivanka Trump went skiing with her kids, Arabella Rose and Joseph Fredrick, her brothers, and their respective broods. Check out their photo gallery. (People)

-Actor David Krumholtz, star of “Men at Work,” welcomed daughter Temma Mae, with wife Vanessa Britting this week. Mazel Tov, David and Vanessa! (People)

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Mar 19 2014

The Kid-Dish: Madonna Wins Purim

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All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.

-Madonna totes won Purim this year by dressing up as the ”Game of Thrones” Dragon mom Daenerys Targaryen. Then she posed with Jesus.  (Buzzfeed)

-Busy Philipps also did Purim with her daughters Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl, showing off her knowledge of the characters in the Purim story. On Twitter, the “Dawson’s Creek” actress wrote: “Today, my daughter’s preschool celebrated Purim and there were a lot of Queen Esthers that looked suspiciously like Frozen characters.” (Twitter)

-Jemima Kirke likes to do Shabbat with her “super-Jew” hubby and their daughter Rafa, as captured in this beautiful photo series of the “Girls” actress in her every day life. “We do Shabbat sometimes. Mike went to Yeshiva law school. He’s super-Jew and super-corporate. That’s why I was so attracted to him when I met him: the contradiction,” the photo is captioned. (NY Magazine)

-ScarJo debuted a teeny-tiny baby bump this week at the premiere of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Read more about Scarlett’s many Mazal Tovs here(New York Daily News)

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Mar 12 2014

The Kid-Dish: A Jewish Attorney Was Just Named ABC’s Bachelorette

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-  Incoming bachelorette Andi Dorfman is an assistant district attorney from Atlanta who famously got in a tiff with last season’s Juan Pablo Galavis–ABC’S most obnoxious bachelor ever–accusing him of not knowing anything about her religion or political views. Andi’s dad, named Hy (!), also earned praise from fans when he was uncharmed by the Venezuelan soccer player. Mazal Tov, Andi! (The Forward)

-Sounds like the Adele Dazeem, AKA actress/singer (and Jewish mom!) Idina Menzel, is having the last laugh. Her musical play “If/Then,” which opened on Broadway this week, raked in $909,159 in its first week of preview performances. Menzel was instantly launched to internet fame when John Travolta flubbed her name at the Oscars, where she sang the “Frozen” ballad, “Let It Go.” (LA Times)

-In 2012, she ran for POTUS and now she’s setting her eyes on Israel. This week, Rosanne Barr, Jewish comedian and mom of five, tweeted back and forth with the aliyah organization @NefeshBNefesh about her plan to move to the holy land, eventually taking the conversation to private messaging. (Times of Israel)

-The sixth season of “Real Housewives of New York” is underway. The mostly Jewish cast of upper-crust mamas–with names like Ramona Singer and Aviva Drescher–is off to a gossipy start with a brand new cast-member: Kristen Taekman. (Vulture)

-See Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman, mom of new baby Eric, partying it up in London this week. If you haven’t been following the saga of Simon’s Jewish baby, read about it here. (Mirror)

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Feb 26 2014

The Kid-Dish: Jason Biggs’ Boy Gets Snipped!

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All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.

-It’s a boy! Jason Biggs, who describes himself on Twitter as “Jewiest looking non-Jew,” consistently gets cast in super Jewish roles, despite being Roman Catholic. His actress wife Jenny Mollen (the jury is still out on her ethnic make-up) has been updating us via Instagram on the birth of baby Sid (SO Jewish!) who apparently had a bris yesterday! “Today was not a good day to be Sid’s penis. #babybiggs #circumcision,” Jenny quipped in one photo.  (Instagram)

-Simon Cowell welcomed new baby Eric into the world with girlfriend Lauren Silverman. If you haven’t been following the shanda, Lauren was allegedly married to Simon’s close friend Andrew Silverman when the relationship began, and their divorce was only finalized late into her pregnancy with baby Cowell. The first-time father showed his softer side as he captioned an online photo of his new family, “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.” (The Hollywood Gossip)

-Adam Brody–or Seth Cohen, as we know him– is off the market. The adorkable curly-haired “OC” star recently wed “Gossip Girl” actress Leighton Meester in a surreal union that seems concocted in teen drama fan club heaven. Let’s hope they get busy and make us some beautiful, Jew-froed, teen-drama hybrid babies soon. (Pop Watch)

-If anyone can rock a baby bump, it’s Drew Barrymore. Drew dazzles in this gallery of chic red-carpet frocks and gowns. Mazel Tov, Drew!  We love you! (People)

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Aug 29 2012

I’m In Love With the Jewish Justin Bieber

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edon pichot america's got talent orthodox singerI maxed out on “reality” TV about 12 years ago, when my addiction to the then-new Survivor and its ilk bordered on unseemly. When you’re sneaking out of your law firm job in the evenings to watch “Temptation Island” at someone’s apartment, or cooking elaborate French dishes to serve at your “Joe Millionaire” finale party, (hypothetically speaking, of course) it’s pretty clear that you need help.

But now, I am in love. Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 28 2012

Our Favorite Tributes to Nora Ephron

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nora ephron and tom hanksIt’s become abundantly clear that we will all miss Nora Ephron. Our own Jordana Horn shared her slightly (okay, more than slightly) embarrassing story about faking an orgasm a la When Harry Met Sally, and plenty of other writers in the blogosphere have written touching tributes. Here are some of our favorites:

On Tablet: This Was My Life, by Nona Willis Aronowitz

On The Arty Semite (The Forward): Nora Ephron Made Genius Look Easy, by Jordana Horn (Damn, girl)

On Diner’s Journal (New York Times): Nora Ephron Never Forgot the Food, by Julia Moskin

On Time: Nora Ephron: A Life of Voice and Detail, by Tom Hanks

On Huffington Post: Nora Ephron Made My Career Possible, by Jennifer Weiner

And one quite excellent video tribute (thanks to Matthue for sharing):

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