Laurie Heifetz

Director’s Mom Kvells Over Casting Coup

Helena Bonham-Carter saved the day for Paul Weiland, who is the director of “Sixty Six,” a film inspired by Weiland’s own 1966 bar mitzvah in England.

Hairspray’s Hebrew Hotties

Heartthrob Zac Efron might be linked to such thin-limbed starlets as Vanessa Anne Hudgens and fellow member-of-the-tribe Ashley Tisdale, both of the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical,” but perfectly toned abs aren’t everything for the star of the new film “Hairspray,” which opens today.

Futterman Moved by ‘Mighty Heart’

Dan Futterman has stepped out of the world of comedy. The actor, whom many know for his recurring role on the now-defunct NBC series “Will & Grace,” stars in the new film “A Mighty Heart,” playing slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Scarlett's Falling Morningstar

Last fall, actress Scarlett Johansson was named to this paper’s annual list of the American Jewish world’s top 50 movers and shakers. Not only had the voluptuous starlet — who has a Danish father and a Jewish mother — apparently cured Woody Allen of his shiksa fetish, but she was slated to play one of the iconic Jewesses of modern American literature, the title character in Herman Wouk’s 1955 novel “Marjorie Morningstar,” in an upcoming film adaptation.

Howard Stern, Wedding Smasher?

The Shmooze had a very important question for Howard Stern when we spotted the shock-jock with fiancee Beth Ostrosky on April 26 at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his friend Adam Carolla’s film, “The Hammer.”

Yankee Trailblazer Passes his Torch

Count Ron Blomberg, Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter, among those Jewish fans happy to see Shawn Green in New York — even if the right fielder did fall short of leading the Mets to the World Series.

‘Break-Up’ Screenwriter To Get Hitched

‘The rabbi told me to keep it short,” screenwriter Jeremy Garelick said at the start of a recent Sabbath-eve talk in New York. “I was trying to revise what I had written, and then I ran a spell-check and decided it would be much faster just to read the words that were misspelled: cholent, Aniston, tuchis, Shabbos, Schumacher.”The

King of Comedy, Queen of Sheba

Comedian Jackie Mason’s latest one-man show may be called “Freshly Squeezed,” but his 20-year-old daughter Sheba’s brand of comedy may just be fresher still.Though now in the same field, the two Masons haven’t been all that close. For one, Sheba’s mother, actress Ginger Reiter, had to sue Mason in order to establish his

Singer Neshama Carlebach Nixes Gig at Messianic Congregation

Devoted groupies of singer Neshama Carlebach may want to revise their schedules: She is abandoning her plans to perform at a messianic Jewish congregation in New York.The Orthodox performer — daughter of the late Hasidic-hippie “Singing Rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach — had been scheduled to perform at a Purim concert next month at

Wrestling ‘Kabbalah’ From Madonna, Britney

The likes of Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears have brought the ancient Jewish mystical practice and teachings of Kabbalah into mainstream pop culture. The ladies are photographed wearing superstitious red-string bracelets; they drink specially blessed water and, most controversially, they have raised the profile of the Kabbalah