Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Neil Diamond, Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor…

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1. Neil Diamond Donates Money to Boston

After Neil Diamond, who is Jewish, performed “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox’s first home game after the Boston marathon bombings, sales of the track jumped dramatically. Selling almost seven times more than it did the week before the attacks, it appears many people have been purchasing and playing “Sweet Caroline” in honor of the city of Boston.

In response to the drastic boost in sales, Diamond Tweeted, “Donating these royalties to #OneFund!” The One Fund is a charity formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to support the victims of the April 15th bombings.

The amount of money made off “Sweet Caroline” during the past week is roughly estimated to be about $5,000, according to the Washington Post.

 

2. Amy Winehouse’s Fortune is Disappearing

After paying off Amy Winehouse’s bills and debts, the late singer’s family was reportedly left with less than £180,000.

Winehouse’s parents had been anticipated to share £3m from her estate. However, the Sunday Mirror reports that the six music companies owned by the Jewish singer had assets of just £176,991 when things were totted up. Apparently her estate was hit hard by legal fees, mortgage payments, security costs and taxes.

Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27.

 

3. Regina Spektor to Perform in Israel

Indie folk singer Regina Spektor is making plans to perform in Israel this summer. The Jewish singer-songwriter first played in the country in 2007 and will now return to perform there once again.

Though Spektor sold out both concerts she played in Israel in 2007, she has been away from the Jewish state for six years. However, has always been open about her connection to Judaism and Israel. In 2010, Spektor performed for the Obamas in honor of Jewish Heritage Month and she headlined a benefit concert for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 2012.


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: James Franco, Amy Winehouse and Drake…

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1.  James Franco Adds Playboy to his Resume

Famous for being a man of many talents, actor James Franco is adding yet another skill to his resume: magazine columnist. The A-lister (whose mother is Jewish) is reportedly going to write a column for Playboy.

According to the New York Post, the Eat, Pray, Love star will take some time off from his long list of work projects (that includes acting, directing and creating performance art projects) to pen a column each month for Hugh Hefner’s famous magazine. The column will reportedly be called the “Francofile” and debuts this month!

 

2.  A Posthumous Surprise

Fans of the late singer Amy Winehouse got a sweet surprise this week. The Jewish singer had a new song released and it started airing on BBC Radio 1. The song, “Cherry Wine,” is actually a collaboration with Nas and will appear on the rapper’s tenth studio album, Life is Good, due out on July 17.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning last year, but her close friend and producer, Salaam Remi, managed to get this song out to the public on Winehouse’s behalf. “I live to make something happen with her voice, to make people remember who she was,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

 

3.  Drake Offered Money to Fight

Celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman is hoping to make some money off the Drake/Chris Brown feud. Feldman has reportedly offered both Drake and Chris Brown $1 million each to get in the ring for round two of their bottle-throwing brawl that went down in a NYC nightclub on June 14th.

We haven’t heard anything from Drake (whose mother is Jewish) yet, but we’re guessing he’ll decline the invitation. In the meantime, it appears Drake is trying to put the whole melee mess behind him by staying mum about the situation and focusing on music. Critics said he rocked out at the Openair Frauenfeld Festival this week.


Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Amy Winehouse, JGL and William Shatner…

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

1. Amy Winehouse Wins Posthumous Grammy

Amy Winehouse won a Grammy® award for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo” for her duet with Tony Bennett last Sunday. The Jewish singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, accepted the award for Winehouse who died last year at the age of 27, following a battle with drugs and alcohol.

The Grammys congratulated Winehouse on their Twitter feed by writing, “Congratulations to Best Pop Duo/Group Performance winner Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse “Body and Soul” #GRAMMYs @itstonybennett.”

 

2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Becomes A Triple Threat

We all know Joseph Gordon-Levitt can act, but it turns out he can write and direct as well. The Jewish actor will direct and co-star alongside Scarlett Johansson in a new film he wrote.

The movie is set to begin filming this spring. In the meantime, Gordon-Levitt is taking to Twitter to show off some of his other writing pursuits in this Valentine’s Day Tweet, “And now, a TINY STORY for Valentines Day… http://tmblr.co/ZfxHVyGQdvmz #BelieveInTinyStories #HAPPYVALENTINES ♥♥♥.”

 

3. Shatner Beams Down To Broadway

On Thursday, William Shatner opened his new one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” The show is an all-encompassing look at the Jewish actor’s career which spans Shakespearean roles to the part of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek and beyond.

The 80-year-old actor will appear at the Music Box Theatre in New York for nearly three weeks before taking his show on a national tour. On Tuesday, Shatner Tweeted, “OK Broadway here I am! My best, Bill.” Looks like Broadway is Shatner’s final frontier.


The Tweet Life On Twitter

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2011’s Top Five Tweet-Worthy Events From Jews Who Make News

1. Amy Winehouse Dies

Amy Winehouse, the Jewish singer whose career was rocked by drug addiction and alcohol abuse, died in July at age 27. A London police official said she was found dead in her home and that alcohol toxicity was the cause of  death.

One of Winehouses’s reps used her Twitter page to promote her final song and posthumous foundation, “Amy’s final track ‘Body And Soul’ w/ @itstonybennett is out today on iTunes http://bit.ly/TonyAmy, proceeds to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.”

2. Gabby Giffords Shot

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during a public campaign appearance in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords, a Democrat, is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona.

Giffords suffered a traumatic brain injury, but is recovering and recently hosted an online town hall meeting about traumatic brain injuries. In early December, Giffords Tweeted, “Send your traumatic brain injury questions to @Rep_Giffords & we’ll try to answer during our #TBItownhall today.”

3. Ashton & Demi Divorce

Demi Moore ends her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. The two actors were married in a Jewish Kabbalah wedding ceremony in September 2005, but filed for divorce in November 2011.

After the divorce was announced, Kutcher Tweeted, “I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi.”

Moore has not yet changed her Twitter handle, @mrskutcher, Tweeting, “changing my twitter name isn’t a top priority right now. sorry it bothers so many of u. should I not tweet until I do? does it really matter?”

4. Natalie Portman Wins The Oscar

Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 83rd Academy Awards last February. The award is a credit to the Jewish actress’s terrifying portrayal of an obsessed, paranoid ballerina in Black Swan.

Portman’s win puts her in elite company with only a few Jewish actresses who have won an Oscar for Best Actress, including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand.

The Academy used its Twitter page to give Portman a special shout out, “Congratulations Natalie Portman Best Actress Winner for Black Swan #Oscars.”

5. It’s A Jewish Wedding For Lauren Bush

Lauren Bush married designer Ralph Lauren’s son, David Lauren, in a ceremony presided over by a rabbi last September. Bush is the granddaughter of President George H. W. Bush and niece of President George W. Bush.

The wedding ceremony itself was Jewish, lead by famed New York-based Rabbi Angela Buchdahl. Bush didn’t reveal much about the ceremony, other than this simple Tweet, “Good morning world… I’m getting married today! Yay! Xo.”