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Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Debra Messing, Daniel Radcliffe, Melissa Gilbert and Gavin Degraw…

by lmuir under Entertainment,JDate,Judaism,News

1. Debra Messing Gets A Second Act

There’s smashing news for Debra Messing’s new show, Smash. The musical drama series was just picked up for a second season on NBC.

The Jewish actress is obviously loving her role on the series, Tweeting things like, “Bernadette Peters singing acapella right in front of my face? A highlight of my life. Pure genius, a thing of power and beauty. #Smash.”

Smash debuted last month with ratings that were not smashing, but perhaps that will change with next season’s second act!

 

2. A New Beat For Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is stepping out to a new beat this spring. The Harry Potter actor, whose mother is Jewish, is taking on a new role as Beat Generation poet, Allen Ginsberg. The movie, Kill Your Darlings, is about a murder in 1944 that brings together the great poets of the Beat Generation, including Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Radcliffe may have just started filming, but he is already promoting the new film. He Tweeted on Thursday, “Kill your darlings is on set, I hope you like it, having a great time on filming, take care.” Can’t beat that!

 

3. Dancing With The Jewish Stars

ABC’s popular dance competition, Dancing With the Stars, premiered this week and features two Jewish stars! What have we learned so far? We’ve learned that this competition is making one of these contestants nervous and turning the other into a total cougar!

Dancer Karina Smirnoff Tweeted about her partner, Gavin DeGraw, earlier this week, “@GavinDeGraw is FREAKING out about Monday! :-) http://twitvid.com/NJE7Y.” DeGraw, whose maternal grandparents were of Russian Jewish descent, scored 20 points on last week’s show, putting him at the bottom of the rankings.

Another star, Melissa Gilbert, only scored 20 points as well. Gilbert, who was raised in her adoptive mother’s Jewish religion, say her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, is bringing out the cougar in her! Writing for People magazine, Gilbert said, “He’s bringing out in me the sexy, confident, fiery redheaded cougar.” Somebody’s purring!


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Jonah Hill, Dustin Hoffman and Josh Charles…

by lmuir under Entertainment,JFacts,Judaism,News

1. Jonah Hill Jumps For A Laugh

Jonah Hill’s new movie, 21 Jump Street, is pulling in good reviews. The Jewish actor posted on his Twitter feed on Friday, “#21JumpStreet is 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! It’s out in theaters RIGHT NOW! Go see it!”

21 Jump Street is a comedy based on the 1980’s drama of the same name starring Johnny Depp. The new movie hits theaters today and stars Jonah Hill alongside Channing Tatum as two young underachieving cops who are sent to a local high school in order to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

 

2. Out Of Luck

Dustin Hoffman’s television debut has been canceled. The Jewish actor starred in HBO’s new show, Luck, up until this week when it was canceled following an incident resulting in a horse dying on set. The show was already under investigation after two horses died on set last year.

PETA Tweeted on Thursday, “After 3 horses died on set, @HBO has announced that it is canceling Luck & ceasing all production on the series.”  Hoffman, the star of the show, has starred in dozens of movies, but Luck was his first television series.

 

3. Celebs Stand Against Kony 

From Josh Charles to Simon Helberg, several Jewish celebrities have been flocking to Twitter to voice their urgent opposition to Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of central Africa’s most violent rebel groups.

Josh Charles, the Jewish actor currently starring in The Good Wife, Tweeted, “You must watch this and get involved: http://bit.ly/xWfLJS #stopkony#april20th2012.”

Simon Helberg, the Jewish actor who stars in The Big Bang Theory, Tweeted, “Just watch the first few minutes and you will be swept up. I don’t ever say this but – please RT. http://bit.ly/xnOfBJ #stopkony.”