“The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg hit the SAG Awards carpet Sunday night with a strong message about President Trump’s immigration ban.
Helberg carried a sign that read “Let Refugees In,” while his wife, Jocelyn Towne, wrote the words “Let Them In” across her chest. The 36-year-old Jewish actor has been actively taking a stand against the ban on Twitter, retweeting the names of Jews who died in Auschwitz because they were turned away from the U.S. border.
My name is Erna Dora Dublon. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz pic.twitter.com/ufISrUsyJz— St. Louis Manifest (@Stl_Manifest) January 27, 2017
Helberg was just one of the many SAG Awards attendees who spoke out against Trump’s executive order, which halted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Ashton Kutcher kicked off the award show with a message of inclusion.
“Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members, and everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my America,” he said. “You are a part of the fabric of who we are. And we love you and we welcome you.”
The actor, who has been married to Mila Kunis since 2015, took to Twitter to denounce the ban on Sunday.
“My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!” he wrote.
My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 29, 2017
Today in sadly unsurprising news, Natalie Portman revealed that she made significantly less than Ashton Kutcher for the 2011 rom-com “No Strings Attached.”
The 35-year-old actress told Marie Claire UK that Kutcher was paid three times more than her, despite the fact that both played starring roles in the film.
“I knew and I went along with it, because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” Portman said. “His was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more.”
She explained that there was also some guilt associated with protesting her paycheck. “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been,” Portman said. “I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”
Portman added: “Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
The “Jackie” star isn’t the first actress to speak out about the wage gap in Hollywood.
In December, “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum was locked in a fierce negotiation battle with Showtime over the disparity in her and co-star William H. Macy’s salaries.
Rossum sought more pay than Macy, as a retroactive gesture for being paid less than him for the previous seven seasons. While the results of those negotiations were never revealed, the odds looked like they were in Rossum’s favor when she took to Twitter to announce she’d be returning to the show for the next season.
“Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family!Back to work in May!” the actress wrote.
Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family!Back to work in May!— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) December 14, 2016
After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.
The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among a number of non-Jewish American celebrities reportedly shopping for real estate in the Holy Land. Others include Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Mariah Carey.
What does Israel have to offer these stars? The answer, it seems, varies from spirituality to family and friendship to money-making opportunities.
The Kardashian sisters, of reality TV fame, reportedly entered talks in January to buy two apartments for $30 million in a beachfront building in Tel Aviv. A spokesman for Kim Kardashian denied that report, but entertainment news website E!Online later reported that Kourtney Kardashian’s husband Scott Disick was in fact ready to buy a $5-6 million penthouse in Tel Aviv as a real estate investment.
Just three months later, Kim Kardashian and husband, West, visited Jerusalem for the baptism of their daughter, North, in the Cathedral of St. James, located in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Also this year, pop legend Madonna entered negotiations to buy a $20 million penthouse under construction on Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, according to Hollywood celebrity gossip website TMZ. The project developer later said that the negotiations fell through.
Still, the Material Girl has been visiting Israel on semi-regular trips for over a decade to get spiritual guidance from her teachers in the Jewish mystical tradition of kabbalah.
Madonna clearly has an affinity for Jewish-Israeli culture. In her 2005 kabbalah-infused club song “Isaac,” she sampled a rabbi chanting the Hebrew poem “Im Ninalu” – written by 17th-century Yemenite rabbi Shalom Shabazi and made famous by Israeli singer Ofra Haza.
And in 2012, she launched her MDNA global concert tour in Israel.
Madonna isn’t the only kabbalah-curious Hollywood celebrity thinking of putting down roots in Israel. Actor Ashton Kutcher reportedly spent part of a business trip two years ago looking for office space on Rothschild Boulevard.
He’s also an investor in Israeli companies focused on developing new communications technology. Having consulted with Yossi Vardi about investing in Silicon Wadi, he appeared with the noted Israeli venture capitalist at a local high-tech event in 2013
Pop singer Mariah Carey and her billionaire Australian boyfriend, James Packer, aren’t known to be investors in Start Up Nation. But they’re pals with its first family, the Netanyahus. The Australian press reported in August that Packer was renovating a multimillion-dollar home he purchased last year next-door to the Netanyahu family’s private residence in the Israeli town of Caesarea.
The Israeli press has reported extensively on Sarah Netanyahu’s troubles with the help, but she apparently got along famously with the pop diva when they met backstage after Carey’s August show in Israel. Carey shrugged off efforts to boycott Israel at the time, saying, “I do what I want to do … I don’t care what other people’s political agendas are.”
Basketball fans and anyone who saw the recent hit Amy Schumer movie, “Trainwreck,” are sure to be familiar with Miami Heat power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. But few probably know that he is also part-owner of Jerusalem Hapoel and has openly mulled playing for the Israeli team after retiring from the NBA — which would seem to require that he buy a home in the country.
Then-Israeli President Shimon reportedly even asked Stoudemire to play for the Israeli national team in 2013.
Stoudemire has said that his mother was a Black Hebrew, an African-American religious group that claims descent from the biblical Israelites. Some of the members of the religious group have lived in Israel since 1969 and were the subject of 2014 documentary “The Village of Peace,” executive produced by Stoudemire.
Is all this celebrity investment good for Israel’s already overheated housing market? That’s unclear. But at least Kanye West can now claim Middle East experience in his 2020 presidential campaign.
I’m not going to lie, I was always more of a Jackie-Hyde fan on “That ’70s Show.”
But still — congratulations to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher! The fantasy-turned-real-life couple got married this weekend, People magazine reports.
The Jewish, Ukrainian-born Kunis, 31, and, Kutcher, 37, met on the set of the Fox sitcom in 1998. She played Jackie, he played Kelso. The rest, as they say, is history.
“My first real kiss ever was with him on the show,” Kunis told W magazine (she covers the August issue). “And when That ’70s Show had a prom, my date for the prom turned out to be my fiancé. We can honestly say that we went to prom together! Although I do think that in that episode I went home with someone else. We don’t talk about that part.”
“We all get movie star crushes,” she added. “I’m marrying mine.”
Congratulations, Jackie. You finally got Kelso to commit. Mazel tov!
Once in a blue moon, there comes a celebrity story so perfect in its absurdity that it feels like a gift from TMZ heaven. The epic tale of Mila Kunis and the mystery of the 25-year-old Ukrainian chicken theft falls into that category.
A lawsuit filed by one Kristina Karo, claims that the Jewish actress stole a harmless chicken named “Doggie” from her while the two were children in Ukraine, TMZ reported.
The story goes as follows: When her pet disappeared one day, Karo allegedly confronted 7-year-old Mila, who she says admitted to the egregious crime, adding: “Kristina, you can have any other chicken as a pet, you have a whole chicken farm.”
Karo reportedly “became an emotional wreck and went into therapy,” as a result. Fast-forward 25 years later, and the former bosom buddies are both living in the United States — Karo is pursuing a singing career in LA. Lo and behold, the renewed proximity to her former frenemy sends Karo right back to therapy. Now, she’s asking for $5,000 in damages — losing a pet chicken takes its toll on one’s emotions, you understand.
But Mila Kunis isn’t taking these accusations sitting down. The actress and new hubby Ashton Kutcher have posted a joint response to the accusations via the livestream app, Meerkat:
To make the situation even more absurd, it turns out that Kristina Karo has recently released a music video, concisely named “Give Me Green Card.” In her response to the allegations against her, Kunis jokingly threatened to countersue Karo for damages of her own sustained while watching said video: “My body hurts. My eyes hurt—they’re burning. That requires money,” she said.
See for yourself:
The actual existence of this lawsuit has not yet been confirmed. One thing’s for sure, though: we would gladly watch the Lifetime adaptation of the “Life and Times of Doggie, the Unfortunately-Named Stolen Chicken.”
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