The first headline I wrote for this post was “Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Chooses Handsome Dumb Jock–Again!” Will we girls ever learn?
Throughout this season of “The Bachelorette,” which ended Monday night, we watched ABC’s first-ever Jewess fall for former Wisconsin Brewers ball player Josh Murray as he pleaded earnestly, “Don’t stereotype me; I’m really not like that.”
Murray was out to prove that he is not a player like the other athletes Andi is used to dating–and he succeeded. Andi chose Josh over nice midwestern boy Nick Viall. I just rolled my eyes; we’ve all heard that one before, right? Read the rest of this entry →
Director Zack Snyder revealed the first photo of Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman via Twitter on Saturday. Gadot is most recognized for her role as “Giselle” in the last three “Fast & Furious” movies. Before becoming an actress and model, Gal was a sports trainer for the IDF.
But even more powerful than the image of Gadot as Wonder Woman is this Facebook post of the actress and her daughter lighting Shabbat candles accompanied by a prayer for the IDF and the people of Israel. Just breathtaking.
Israel is in a tough spot right now. With the death toll from Operation Protective Edge rising, international opinion of the Jewish state is at an all-time low and lots of celebrities–from Rihanna to Selena–have taken to social media to voice support for the Palestinian people. Well, as it turns out, Israel supporters also have a few loud-mouthed Jewish celebs in their corner.
Enter Joan Rivers. She’d been waiting her entire life for TMZ to ask her to weigh in on the conflict. What started with a colorful analogy between Hamas and New Jersey somehow spiraled into a Selena diss (“Let’s see if she can spell Palestinian!”).
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:
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 →
CNN reporter Fredricka Whitfieldlearned 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 →
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 →
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”?):
All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.
-An AMAZING photo slideshow of Jemima Kirke’s unorthodox Jewish wedding was featured on the fashion website Refinery29. It was a pretty low-key affair. Noteworthy details–apart from the bride being 9-months pregnant–was a chuppah made of driftwood and bagels and cereal served for the buffet. The chuppah concluded with the couple jumping into a lake. (Refinery29)
-It’s official! Rachel Bilson’s people have confirmed that she is expecting a baby with boyfriend Hayden Christensen. The 32-year-old actress met Hayden in 2007 on the set of “Jumper” and the pair got engaged just a year later. (People)
-Meanwhile, Bilson’s former on-screen flame Adam Brody (aka “Seth Cohen” from the “O.C.,” remember?) was spotted in New York City looking adorable with the love of his life, Leighton Meester. No word on whether the pair is expecting little Seth Cohens any time soon. (Pop Sugar)
-Scott Wolf from “Party of Five” formed his own party of five this week. He welcomed his third child, Lucie Marie with wife Kelley and two sons Miller William, 18 months, and Jackson Kayse, 5. (People)
We are thrilled to announce that Chelsea Clinton and her Jewish husband are expecting a child later this year. Kveller has been following the former first daughter’s baby timeline every since she married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, and declared her desire to create a little (half?) Jewish baby with him this past fall.
Chelsea was co-hosting a Clinton Foundation event about female leadership with mom Hillary when she made the announcement:
“I just want to thank all of you for being such an inspiration to us and to me in particular. Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year.”
“And I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world with so many strong, young female leaders,” she said.
All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.
-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)