Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, and Scarlett Johansson are starring together in the movie ‘Rough Night.’ If you are an avid reader of the Forward’s Schmooze section, as you should be, this is old news. But there’s something new.
Though three actresses feature at the forefront of feminism in Hollywood (well, at least two. Kravitz tends to stay out of the limelight), their upcoming film has been criticized for excluding sex workers from its definition of feminism.
So the movie seems to have taken a different tactic to prove that feminists should watch it. Out Magazine reported yesterday that the movie is including a lesbian couple, and that couple happens to be two of the movie’s three Jewish actresses.
While Johansson is playing a state senate candidate, the movie released a clip that pays particular attention to an apparent relationship between Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz’s characters, Frankie and Blair, who were ex-college lovers who have maintained their sexual tension.
“We tend to bicker,” Glazer says affectionately. Kravitz immediately fires back “we debate, which is a normal part of talking. Everyone debates.”
It’s easy to imagine the two snuggling up next to each other at a Hillel Shabbat dinner, or protesting side-by-side at a J Street event. But don’t expect to see any flashbacks in this movie. It looks like they’ll be more focused on their ‘Rough Night’ ahead.
The movie will get a wide released on June 16. Watch the clip at here, and watch the trailer below:
“Zoolander” actor Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor said on Friday they had decided to separate after 18 years together.
“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time,” the couple said in a joint statement.
Stiller (son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara and veteran movie star) and Taylor, best known for playing teenage daughter Marcia Brady in “The Brady Bunch Movie” in 1995, have appeared together in many films, including “Tropic Thunder” and “Meet the Parents.”
They married in 2000 and have two children.
Chicago Neil Diamond fans, you’re in luck: The singer-songwriter will play the United Center this Saturday. If a rousing chorus of “Sweet Caroline” isn’t quite your vibe, head to Skokie’s Northlight Theatre instead for a performance of “Relativity,” Mark St. Germain’s play about late-in-life moral and emotional dilemmas facing Albert Einstein. The scientist is played by Mike Nussbaum, the country’s oldest active union actor who The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones deemed “as unique as was the man he plays.”
In New York, check out the offerings at Quad Cinema’s series “Immigrant Songs,” a survey of films focused on the lives of immigrants in the United States. Highlights include the 1975 drama “Hester Street,” the 1985 crime epic “Once Upton a Time in America,” and Elia Kazan’s 1963 masterpiece “America, America.” If that’s not enough Jewish history for you, spend Sunday at The Jewish Heritage Play Festival at Ansche Chesed, which will pay homage to Jewish culture through a series of short plays. And if ABC’s much-ridiculed made-for-TV reboot of “Dirty Dancing,” which premiered on May 24, left you longing for the original, catch one of three sing-along screenings at Williamsburg’s Videology Bar and Cinema on Monday.
In Washington, D.C., don’t miss the last weekend of the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Washington Jewish Film Festival, with a full slate of documentaries, comedies, and dramas. And if you’re feeling musical, spend Friday or Saturday night at a performance of harmonica-player Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues.
Los Angeles also has film on the mind — well, when does it not? — with a Friday night screening of the Coen Brothers classic “Fargo” and Friday and Saturday night lives performances of the music of “La La Land,” conducted by the film’s Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz.
If you’re looking for a good read, start with three notable longform pieces of the last week. First up is ProPublica’s investigation into the practices of President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner as a landlord; what they found isn’t pretty. More pleasant reads include Rachael Combe’s profile of New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman for Elle, and Michael Paterniti’s profile of television “godfather” Norman Learn for GQ.
And if you’re hoping to hit the beach for Memorial Day with a new read in tow, look to “Natural Attraction,” Iris Gottlieb’s illustrated guide to the relationship habits of animals, or “In Their Lives,” an anthology of great writers’ musings on great Beatles songs. Edited by Andrew Blauner, the book’s contributors include Roz Chast and Chuck Klosterman.
He’s Jewish. He’s Canadian. And now he holds the record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards in one year.
Multi-hyphenate rapper and producer Drake won 13 awards on Sunday at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, beating the previous record held by singer-songwriter Adele, who won 12 awards in 2012.
After walking into the event with 22 nominations, the performer clinched over a dozen, including the highly competitive categories including top artist, top male artist, and the awards for top rap album and artist.
Though arguably any awards ceremony in which Beyonce receives the same number of trophies as 21 Pilots (5 each) is not one that can claim to have a relationship with reality, Drake’s wins are still historic. He celebrated his successes with a series of acceptance speeches, one of which involved inviting over twenty people to the stage, including his father and rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
In the same speech, which was also the one accepting his new record, Drake’s mic was turned off after saying, “You know, someone wise once told me, life is like toilet paper. You’re either on a roll or—“ Jamie Primeau for Bustle points out that this is a real quote, and that it continues, “or you’re taking sh*t from some a**h*le.” In which case—where is the award for the Billboard live censor who had this quote memorized, realized it was being deployed, and instantly cut off the mic?
Drake also had kind words for the vanquished Adele, who he told to “hold tight, because when a new thing drops you’ll be back to get the record back.”
The televised event, which, like a strange dream was co-hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgins, included many other priceless moments. Celine Dion’s performed “My Heart Will Go On” in honor of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Titanic”, Miley Cyrus showed off her new single “Malibu”, and Cher accepted a lifetime achievement award. The 71-year old noted in her acceptance speech, “I wanted to do what do since I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years. And I can do a five-minute plank. Just saying.”
Is that kosher?
It reads like a joke.
Q: Who won first prize in the national greetings card contest? (for babies, $4 and over)
A: The Yiddish printer with the piglet card.
But Bill Muller’s Big Wheel Press (about whose loving restoration of Yiddish letterpresses I wrote) just went to the National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York and did just that with a card designed by Muller himself. When I reached him for comment, Muller reminded me that the “New York City Stationery business was mostly Jewish 100 years ago.” Furthermore, he added, “Shema Yisrael!” And, to all the people who voted for his card, he had a “Todah rabah” card (designed by Susa Talan) he wanted to show them.
Another one of the LOUIE winners caught my eye. Winner of the religious celebrations cards ($4 and over) was a charming card that was “Wishing you a latke love this Hanukkah.” Beating out all the Christmas, Easter, Kwanzaa and, presumably, Omer cards came a frying potato card from 1canoe2 studio in Missouri. Now Fulton, Missouri, where 1canoe2 is based, is not known for being at the center of America’s Hanukkah celebrations, so this intrepid reporter will see if he can find out and explain the genesis (or Maccabee) of that card in a later post.
Dan Friedman is the executive editor and whisky correspondent for the Forward. Follow him on Twitter at @danfriedmanme
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