Hollywood Yenta Roundup: Arlen Specter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Gwyneth Paltrow…

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1. Former Senator Arlen Specter Dies

Arlen Specter, the longest-running senator in Philadelphia, died Sunday at the age of 82 after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Specter, who was Jewish, ended his 30-year career in Congress after he switched from the Republican to the Democratic party and lost in the primary.

Specter was a celebrated moderate and the only Jewish Republican in the Senate by the end of his career with the GOP. He often broke with party lines, particularly on social issues like gay rights, abortion, gun control and stem cell research. His support helped President Obama ultimately pass the healthcare reform package.

 

2. Sacha Baron Cohen Gears Up for a Busy 2013

Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Freddie Mercury in a film about the Queen frontman more than two years ago, but filming has yet to start…until now. Brian May, the band’s guitarist, posted an update about the film on his website last week:

“Ah … I promised news of yesterday’s Queen band meeting. Well, it was just Roger and Jim Beach and myself … we are a small cottage industry !! Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I’m happy to tell you, is on course… filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”

As for Cohen, the Jewish comedian’s next film is the controversial comedy The Lesbian. The movie is based on Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who offered a $65 million bounty to any man who could woo his daughter out of her same-sex marriage.

 

3. Gwyneth The Rapper

Who knew Gwyneth Paltrow could flow like her good friend Jay-Z?! Paltrow recently put her rapping abilities on display (alongside pal Cameron Diaz) in a video the two made for their pal Chelsea Handler.

Paying homage to the Chelsea Lately star, the ladies are introduced by Handler as “Emcee Gwyneth Paltrow” and “Deejay Jazzy Cameron Diaz.” Paltrow, whose father is Jewish, wasn’t afraid to be a little subversive with her rhyme about her friend Chelsea (whose father is also Jewish). During the rhyme, Paltrow rapped, “Yo, Chelsea… We know that you got on TV by being a ho.”


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

by JDateAdministrator under Entertainment,JFacts,Judaism,News

 

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.”