Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Adam Levine, The Voice and Daniel Radcliffe…

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1. Adam Levine Swears He’s Patriotic

Adam Levine is desperate to take back a negative comment he made about America on The Voice last week.

The Jewish crooner was caught on a microphone muttering “I hate this country,” after Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons were ousted from the NBC singing competition by the popular vote. His remark drew quick reaction online, with many criticizing Levine for what he said.

Levine gave Us Weekly a statement though, saying “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration.”

 

2. Jewish Performer Sings Her Way to the Finals on The Voice

Speaking of Adam Levine and The Voice, one of the top 6 contestants on the show is a stand-out Jewish singer!

Michelle Chamuel is a Massachusetts native whose audition song, a cover of the Katy Perry hit “I Kissed a Girl,” had three of the four judges clamoring to get her on their team! She chose to join Team Usher and quickly became one of America’s favorites.

Chamuel says she is “a mix of Jewish-Arab-Russian-eastern European.” You can hear some of her music here.

 

3. Daniel Radcliffe Wants to be a Baby Daddy

Who says only women feel their biological clock ticking?! While he’s just 23 years old, Daniel Radcliffe says he wants to start a family in the next few years.

“I’d like to get started on it before my thirties,” the Jewish actor tells Time Out: London magazine in its June issue. “I like the idea of being a youngish parent so I’ve got energy to play football – even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four.”

Besides wanting to grow a family, however, Radcliffe also reportedly wants a brood of tattoos. We’re guessing the tattoos will come first…


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Adam Levine, Maurice Sendak, and Amanda Bynes…

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1. Adam Levine Fills In For Nicki Minaj

Alicia Keys had to replace Nicki Minaj for her song “Girl on Fire” at the Grammys last night. However, we think the audience was happy with the stand-in singer for this duet as the replacement was Adam Levine!

The Jewish crooner took to the stage with his band to perform “Daylight” before Alicia Keys joined them and the duo launched into a duet of “Girl on Fire.”

Levine Tweeted his excitement before the show, writing, “Extremely excited for the @TheGRAMMYs tonight! Performance is going to be EPIC. And I kinda really wanna win one. Ok? Just one will be fine.” Unfortunately, Levine did not win a Grammy last night, but he definitely won over audiences with his performance!

 

2. Maurice Sendak Posthumously Publishes New Book

Although Maurice Sendak died last May at age 83, the beloved children’s book author still has one more volume on the way.

My Brother’s Book was written as a tribute to Sendak’s older brother, Jack, who died 18 years ago. Published posthumously, this book places two brothers in a fantastic world where they must confront separation, longing and reunion.

Sendak’s most famous works include Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. The Jewish author is said to have revolutionized children’s books by adding an element of danger and intrigue to a traditionally safe genre.

 

3. Bynes Tweets Badly

Amanda Bynes is taking the gloves off when it comes to her Twitter account. The 26-year-old Jewish actress Tweeted an insult at Jay-Z earlier this week.

According to E! News, Bynes wrote, “Ugly face” as a caption on a picture of Beyonce’s husband and then posted the pic to her Twitter account. Bynes deleted the photo within minutes, but not before some of her followers had a chance to respond.

According to US Weekly, one Twitter user wrote, “Wow. Rude Amanda!” Another commented by Tweeting, “I wish I knew what your thought process was behind this.” Jay-Z has not yet commented.


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Kirk Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Levine and Aly Raisman…

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1. Douglas & Hoffman Make the 10 Longest Lasting Hollywood Marriages List

Two Jewish actors, Kirk Douglas and Dustin Hoffman, made the 10 Longest Lasting Hollywood Marriages list on ThirdAge.com.

At 93, Douglas has been married to his wife, Anne Buydens, for 56 years. The marriage is the Jewish actor’s second; his most famous son, Michael Douglas, was born during his first marriage. Douglas and Buydens met in 1953, when she was a publicist for his movie Act of Love. In 2004, they renewed their vows before 300 guests, including Nancy Reagan. As part of the traditional Jewish ceremony, Douglas cracked a glass wrapped in linen.

Although Hoffman, 73, has said that marriage seems strange to him, he’s done a pretty good job at making it work. “There’s something unnatural about marriage,” he once said in an interview. Still, the Academy Award®-winning actor and his wife Lisa Gottsegen, have been married for 29 years and raised four children: Jacob, Rebecca, Maxwell and Lydia. Besides being an attorney, Gottsegen launched a successful skin-care line in 2007.

 

 2. Adam Levine Embraces the Horror Genre

American Horror Story is back, and it’s bolder and bloodier than ever before. The hit FX series premiered the second installment of its terror anthology last week and introduced a famous new Jewish star to the cast.

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine plays Leo, a newlywed married to Teresa (Jenna Dewan -Tatum). The two choose to spend their honeymoon within the corridors of the now-abandoned Briarcliff and once they set foot inside, terrifying things quickly start happening. Something tells us this new role for the Jewish singer is not that similar to his work on The Voice!

 

3. Raisman Speaks to Jewish Community

As a world champion Jewish gymnast, Aly Raisman is now using her fame for good. The 18-year-old athlete made her first visit to South Florida on Wednesday for the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) which helps out thousands of Israeli children.

“We are very proud, especially because people don’t realize that all over the world, when you want to think of a Jewish song, when you hear Hava Nagila, it is totally the song they recognize,” said President of WIZO Jana Falic. Hava Nagila is a traditional Jewish song, which means, “Let us rejoice.” Raisman won her gold medal on the floor routine dancing to the tune last summer.

After Raisman won her medal, she proudly said that she would have wanted a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli Olympians who were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics.


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Joe Biden, Adam Levine and Jonathan Lipnicki…

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1. Biden Does The Hora

Vice President Joe Biden may not be Jewish, but he certainly knows how to get down to the Hora! Biden showed off some moves at his daughter Ashley’s wedding to Philadelphia surgeon Howard Krein last week, joining in on the traditional Jewish wedding dance, the Hora.

The wedding ceremony was a joint Catholic-Jewish church service (the Bidens are Catholic and Krein is Jewish). Wedding guests told People magazine that the reception that evening was quite “lively,” noting that the “dancing went past midnight.” In our opinion, when you kick things off with the Hora, it typically means it’s going to be a good party!

 

2. Adam Levine Is Moving On

Would you ever date your ex’s friend? Most of us would say no, but it turns out that Adam Levine would say yes! The Jewish singer was recently caught kissing his ex’s good friend, model Behati Prinsloo on a trip to Hawaii.

Levine broke up with his ex, model Anne Vyalitsyna, just two months ago. And though Vyalitsyna was the one to dump Levine, she’s still not happy about this new romance. US Weekly reports she recently chose to “unfollow” Prinsloo on Twitter. And if “unfollowing” someone isn’t an obvious statement of dislike, we don’t know what is (please note the obvious sarcasm).

 

3. Lipnicki Bulks Up

We all remember Jonathan Lipnicki as the adorable kid in Jerry Maguire, but you may not recognize him now at age 21. The charming scene stealer has bulked up and is showing off some serious bulging biceps. The Jewish child actor is hoping his new physique will land him a new role.

“I really want to do something where I can show my physicality – something with a lot of action,” Lipnicki told People magazine. “Action would be fun. I’d really like to do that.”


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Brett Ratner, Woody Allen and Adam Levine…

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1.  Romance? Not A Chance!

Brett Ratner is denying any romance rumors suggesting he and Sandra Bullock are hooking up. When a tabloid reported that the Jewish director and Academy Award®-winner were allegedly canoodling after the Oscars® last month, the two released a joint statement to deny the report.

“We think that it’s incredibly sad that in these times, this magazine would resort to complete fabrication, solely for financial gain,” the duo said in a joint statement obtained by Us Weekly. “There is not a shred of accuracy in their story. We have not seen nor spoken to each for over a decade. We both had a great time after the Oscars, just not with each other.”

 

2.  Woody Allen Plays A Pimp… In A Hasidic Hood!

Woody Allen rarely stars in a movie that he’s not directing, yet he’s taking on a new role as a pimp in a film that will be directed by John Turturro. Allen, a Jewish director, writer and actor, will star alongside Turturro himself and Sofia Vergara in Fading Gigolo.

In the film, Turturro and Allen play two broke best friends who decide to turn to a gigolo business to make money. Not only that, but they’re running the business out of their Hasidic Jewish neighborhood. Meshugenah? Perhaps, but we’re still planning to see it!

 

3.  Scent Of A Singer

Adam Levine is in a world-famous band, has won Grammys® and dates a Victoria’s Secret model. What else does the Jewish singer and host of The Voice need? Apparently his own fragrance!

According to the New York Daily News, Levine is partnering with ID PERFUMES to create a line called, 222 by Adam Levine. The line is supposed to premiere in May of 2013 and is said to have different varieties that will be available for both men and women. Smells like a hit to us!


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jake Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman…

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1.  Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dictator Character Banned From Oscars®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned Sacha Baron Cohen from attending the Oscars on Sunday as Admiral Gen. Shabazz Aladeen, his character in the upcoming film The Dictator. Baron Cohen, a Jewish actor, writer and comedian, responded to the ban by releasing a new video in which he poses as Admiral Gen. Shabazz Aladeen and promises “unimaginable consequences” if he is not permitted to attend.

In this new video, Baron Cohen (dressed as Admiral Gen. Shabazz Aladeen) says, “While I applaud the Academy for taking away my right to free speech, I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 p.m. on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences.”  He follows with, “On top of all of this, I paid Hillary Swank $2 million to be my date and she will not refund a penny.”

 

2.  Jake Gyllenhaal & Dustin Hoffman Have Your Vote

JDate recently ran an Oscar-related poll among its users to get the scoop on your favorite Jewish celebrities and here’s how you responded.

Which Jewish bachelor would you like to walk you down the red carpet?

Jake Gyllenhaal                  41%
James Franco                     22%
Joseph Gordon-Levitt       18%
Shia LaBeouf                       11%
Jonah Hill                             8%

Who is your all-time favorite Jewish Oscar winner?

Dustin Hoffman                 43%
Natalie Portman                 37%
Sean Penn                             8%
Gwyneth Paltrow                 7%
Adrien Brody                        5%

 

3.  A Singing Competition Between Singing Competitions?

The Voice’s Adam Levine is not interested in Simon Cowell’s recent suggestion that there should be a sing-off between the winners of the big three reality singing competitions, The Voice, American Idol and The X Factor.

Cowell, who is part Jewish, Tweeted last week, “Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.”

Levine, who is also Jewish, responded by singing a different tune, saying, “He’s so hell bent on competing with other shows. We’re not really interested in a way… That’s kind of a cool idea, but I’m not so sure we’re totally interested in what everyone else is doing.”


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Adam Sandler, Lea Michele and Adam Levine…

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This Week’s Top Three Tweet-Worthy Events From Jews Who Make News

1.    People’s Choice Awards Include Three Jewish Winners

Quite a few Jewish stars were winners at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. Adam Sandler took home the Favorite Comedic Movie Actor award, Lea Michele snagged the Favorite TV Comedy Actress spot and Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 won the award for Favorite Band.

Jewish actress, Kat Dennings, was happy to see her new TV show, 2 Broke Girls win Favorite New TV Comedy. Dennings Tweeted on Thursday, “THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who voted…teamwork equals People’s Choice Award!!! Thank you thank you thank you for voting.”

2.    Two Shows, One Chelsea

Chelsea Handler is celebrating the debut of her second TV show, Are You There, Chelsea? The new comedy debuted on NBC last Wednesday. The show is based on Chelsea Handler’s 2008 book, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.

The Jewish comedian/TV host/author now has a total of two television shows with Chelsea Lately still going strong on E! as well. Will this new show do as well as her first? That remains to be seen.

Handler Tweeted on Thursday, “Thanks for watching are you there, last night. The show gets better each week, I promise. I wouldn’t put my name on something unless I didn’t think is funny. So, stick it out and then in.”

3.    Zach Braff On JDate?

Don’t get too excited ladies. Jewish actor Zach Braff was obviously joking last Monday when he Tweeted, “Just tried to use my Jdate password to sign into my Christian Mingle account… awkward.”

Still, we’re encouraging him to give the Jewish girls what they want! Our social media team Tweeted this in response, “@zachbraff Seriously, you should join @JDate, you would clean up! Our members would be SO excited! Meet a nice, Jewish girl! #JDate”.

We haven’t heard a response from Braff yet, but perhaps Braff could be persuaded to join JDate if our female members ask nicely via Twitter! Here’s hoping!


The Tweet Life

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This Week’s Top Three Tweet-Worthy Events From Jews Who Make News

1.    Jon Stewart Wants Fox News to Stay Out of His Turkey Dinner

Jon Stewart, host of the The Daily Show, cooked up a fight with Fox News regarding the cable channel’s criticism of President Obama for not mentioning God in a Thanksgiving message on YouTube.

According to The Wrap, Stewart said, “This is about turning Thanksgiving into yet another one of those Christian persecution culture war type things. And let me just say: Don’t you do it. Don’t you do it to Thanksgiving. I’ll give you the war on Christmas. We are trying to f—- that up. I’ll give that up. But this is all Reform Jews have left. … Name another holiday where you can get drunk around your kids by 2 p.m.”

Check out this Thanksgiving tiff for yourself at The Daily Show’s Twitter page where a staffer tweeted, “@FoxNews pundits report that they thanked God on Thanksgiving. http://on.cc.com/u2QAb6 #dailyshow #MomentofZen.”

2.    And The GRAMMY® Goes To…

Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals on Wednesday. ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ a duet with Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, was included on the band’s third album, Hands All Over.

“Nominated for a grammy!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!” Levine, whose father is Jewish, Tweeted on Wednesday. Maroon 5 has won eight GRAMMYs since 2005, including five for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.

We’ll find out if Maroon 5 will win this award for a sixth time when the GRAMMYs are held on February 12, 2012.

3.    Jason Segel Becomes A Puppet Master

Jewish actor and writer, Jason Segel, can now add puppet master to his resume! Segel co-wrote and starred in “The Muppets,” a movie about reuniting the Muppets to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

The movie resonated with audiences over the Thanksgiving holiday, premiering to a solid $29.2 million last weekend. It also received a superb “A” rating from CinemaScore moviegoers.

Segel, a longtime fan of The Muppets, Tweeted “If you love the Muppets and want them back please go see it this weekend and show your Muppet love. I have never been more proud of a film!”