Ruth Bader, Diane von Furstenberg, Benjamin Netanyahu and Jill Soloway
What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jill Soloway and Ina Garten have in common? They’re all in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. And they’re all Jewish.
The tribe made quite a showing this year, with 16 spots in various categories.
Our favorite and most notorious Supreme Court justice was praised by colleague and frenemy Antonin Scalia, who wrote: “I can attest that her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted and almost always correct (which is to say we sometimes disagree). That much is apparent for all to see.
Ehud Barack waxed poetic about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “I knew Bibi, decades ago, as a soldier and young officer under my command facing real fire. He was determined, effective and focused. Character does not change. Chickensh-t he is not.”
Ewan McGregor, who was apparently just as obsessed with “Serial” as you were, wrote this about its host: “Sarah Koenig talked to me in the bath, in the kitchen and in the subway, and although I knew there were plenty of others listening—the series has been downloaded more than 80 million times—she had an uncanny knack for making me feel like she was talking just to me.”
Jewish funnygirl Amy Schumer received a poetic tribute from actress Tilda Swinton, who wrote:
Amy’s got your back.
She’s in your corner.
She’s an honesty bomb.
And she’s coming for you.
Also on the list: Diane von Furstenberg, described by Jessica Alba as someone who used fashion to “transform our reality;” “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway; Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen; “Good Wife” actress Julianna Margulies; “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels; Reid Hoffman; chef Danny Meyer; Air BnB founder Brian Chesky; U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power; NBA commissioner Adam Silver; Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger; and, of course, Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.
What to do when a key player on your hit series has one foot out the door? Invoke your bubbe at her most manipulative. At least that’s the route “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies took when trying to convince co-star and friend Josh Charles to stay on the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Last night at a Charlie Rose-moderated panel discussion, the conversation turned to Charles and his ”Good Wife” contract, which expired at the end of the fourth season. Charles was feeling “fried” and ready for something new. Well, that didn’t exactly sit well with Margulies.
“I called Josh, and I gave him terrible Jew guilt,” the Jewish actress said. “I knew he was about to get married and I said, ‘Josh, how about this? Fifteen episodes? Think about it. Money in the bank for 15 episodes. You’re about to get married. Do you know how expensive it is to have a baby in New York?’ I went right to the kid thing.”
And the school thing: “We were looking at kindergarten for our son at the time, and I was like, ‘Do you know how much private school is in New York?’ I went on this whole thing about kids and family, and he was like, ‘Well, 15? Let me think about that.’ And I said, ‘And two directing slots!’
It worked. Now Margulies can start pressuring her friends to make that baby.
Tattoo aficionados continue to be intrigued by One Direction’s Harry Styles’ tattoo of his sister Gemma’s name in Hebrew on his left bicep. Either he or the tattoo artist had to have known Hebrew well enough to know an accent mark was needed over the gimel to denote the “j” sound at the beginning of the name.
Esquire may have named Mila Kunis the Sexiest Woman Alive, but the New York Daily News thinks she’s the shlumpiest. The paper has pointed out that the actress has been seen out and about almost exclusively in sweats and other sorts of casual wear.
And speaking of fashion, Jerry Seinfeld, caught by a reporter at Stella McCartney’s pre-fall presentation, admitted that his wife Jessica has forbidden him from wearing his signature white Nike sneakers anymore.
A number of celebs—including Liev Schreiber, Mandy Patinkin, Julianna Margulies and Paul Rudd— are participating in the “We Are Better Than This” videos for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The latest on Bethenny Frankel’s divorce is that she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, tearfully sharing that she feels like a failure because her marriage did not turn out like a fairytale.
Gerard Depardieu is not the only French actor wanting to leave France. Mathieu Kassovitz has said (again) that he has had it with the French film industry. He doesn’t really have a beef with French tax law; he just wants more freedom to be an artiste.
On the topic of awards, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is leading the BAFTA nominations, but the director himself was snubbed. And in other tough news for Spielberg, his “Robopocalyspe” sci-fi saga has been delayed indefinitely.
Screenwriter Mark Boal exhibited a sense of humor about the controversy surrounding “Zero Dark Thirty” as he accepted the best film award from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Poor Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to lament the public’s obsession with the lives of celebrities…like Evan Rachel Wood.
Remember that romantic Hawaiian get-away Lea Michele took with her beau Cory Monteith? Well, now we’ve learned that her parents Marc and Edith Sarfati were along for the holiday.
Do not count Howard Stern among the fans of “Girls.” The shock jock had absolutely nothing nice to say about the show, or about Lena Dunham, whom he called a “fat…camera hog” who looks a bit like Jonah Hill.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt fans will get a kick out of this video of the actor’s first interview, from back when he was 14 years-old and on “Third Rock From The Sun.”
In the latest celeb sightings we have: Jason Segel toting some “I Love NY” bags as he departed from JFK; Lea Michele in bright yellow at the Fox All-Star Party, and a mini hot pink number at the People’s Choice Awards (where she won for best comedic actress); Adam Levine appearing pleased to accept, on behalf of Maroon 5, the People’s Choice Award for best band; Rachel Weisz looking lovely in a floral print dress at a New York screening of her new film, “The Deep Blue Sea”; and a very put-together Anne Hathaway and hubby Adam Shulman at the National Board of Review Awards.
Most people encounter Emma Lazarus only inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Her sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written in 1883, has become inextricably identified in the public mind with the wave of immigration to the United States from the 1880s until 1924. However, a new free mobile tour produced by the Museum of Jewish Heritage now enables us to get to know Lazarus by visiting sites around Manhattan that were integral to her life, and at the center of intellectual and artistic life during the Gilded Age.
Produced in association with the museum’s new exhibition, “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” which opens October 26 and runs through the fall of 2012, the tour makes 19 stops from Battery Park to the Upper East Side (with 80 percent in and around Union Square and Madison Square Park). The tour app, which is downloadable to iPhones and Android smartphones, is programmed with GPS, so that users can visit sites closest to them geographically and not just follow the tour chronologically.
The publication of “Truth and Consequences,” an inside look at the Madoff family, has been moved up to the end of October.
“Modern Family” took home five Emmy Awards at last night’s ceremony, while other awards were taken by “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies, Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights,” “Mad Men” for best drama and Martin Scorsese as director of “Boardwalk Empire.”
Not everyone loves Jon Stewart, however. Especially not Esquire’s Tom Junod.
George Clooney’s “Ides of March” will open the Haifa International Film Festival.
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