“The Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah” is slated for release in the coming days. Like peanut butter and chocolate, the Passover story goes great with the popular series. Here are a few more franchises we think should publish haggadahs.
1. Star Wars
You can see the opening crawl now: “A long time ago, in a house of slavery far far away, a leader is born.” We’re not sure whether Luke Skywalker is quite Moses, and we’re fairly certain that Princess Leia isn’t simply Aaron, but there’s plenty of scope for discussion of liberation in the multi-part movie series. Plus, after 15 years of oranges, it’ll be nice to ask: “What’s a Wookie doing on my Seder Plate?” Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, author of the Hogwarts haggadah, hinted at his interest in writing the Star Wars guide to the galaxy. Here’s hoping for Passover 5778!
2. Back to the Future
It took the Children of Israel 40 years of wandering in the desert to make it to the Promised Land. Just imagine how much better they’d have done with a Delorean. Let alone with a Delorean equipped with a flux capacitor. Plus, with a nation-size dump of chametz available for fuel through the garbage processor we’d get to 1.21 gigawatt in a flash. For a holiday that’s all about our people’s history, what could be more fitting than a movie trilogy about time travel?
The story of a young man making good and rising through the ranks of a powerful nation is more Joseph than Moses or Judah Maccabee (though don’t tell these two Jewish a capella groups). But this is one franchise that will not throw away its shot at a full length haggadah.
4. Hunger Games
For those of us used to extended family seders, the evening is already known as “Hunger Games.” Getting to drink a minimum of four cups of wine is all very well but let’s face it, munching on bitter herbs and parsley will not keep our stomachs full through to number 11 of the 15 items of the Seder — “Eat the Seder Meal.” If you use this haggadah, don’t be surprised if you open the door for Elijah and you find Katniss.
5. Fifty Shades of Grey
Liberate us from the House of Bondage into, ummm, the House of Bondage. Nuff said.
As fans collectively mourn the death of film icon Carrie Fisher today, we’re bringing back a special piece of “Star Wars” memorabilia.
In this three-minute clip, 19-year-old Fisher auditions for the role of Princess Leia alongside Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. The two discuss the Rebellion’s plan to take down the Death Star, and then the actress slates for the camera.
Ford, who reunited with Fisher in last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released a statement today saying how much he will miss his former co-star.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original,” Ford said. “Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”
Watch Fisher take on the role of Princess Leia for the first time below:
(JTA) — The next time you’re kvetching about having to go to another bar or bat mitzvah, think about this: Steven Spielberg could be there, and he could make you a star.
That’s how it worked out for Alden Ehrenreich, who is reportedly finalizing negotiations to be the next Han Solo. Ehrenreich, who is Jewish, is set to star in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” a Disney film about Solo’s backstory. Harrison Ford, now 73, played the character in the original “Star Wars” movies, as well as the latest one.
Ehrenreich, 26, has been in numerous films, most recently playing a hick Cowboy & Western movie star in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail Caesar.”
Ehrenreich’s big Hollywood break came 12 years ago, when he made a movie screened at the ceremony of a friend’s bat mitzvah, according to the Daily Beast.
Although Ehrenreich later described the movie as “a piece of shit,” Spielberg, whose daughter Sasha was friends with the bat mitzvah girl, was in the synagogue — and was impressed.
“I’m this 14-year-old, skinny little kid with long hair,” Ehrenreich told Rolling Stone. “I break into her house, try on her clothes and make up a song. All of this is just us literally taking a camera and going like, ‘Okay, ha ha, do this.’ We showed it to our parents—‘We’re gonna play this at her bat mitzvah!’—and they were like, ‘You look like an idiot in this. I don’t think you should really do that.’ We didn’t care.”
As a result of the film, Spielberg invited Ehrenreich to meet with him at the DreamWorks studio and introduced him to filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him as the lead in the 2009 film “Tetro.” Ehrenreich’s performance in that movie spurred film critic Roger Ebert to dub him the “new Leonardo diCaprio.”
The new Han Solo film, announced in 2013, is scheduled to be released in May 2018.
In January, four other Jewish actors — Logan Lerman, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort and Emory Cohen — made the short list of actors under consideration for the star role, according to a list published by Variety.
Speaking about the project last year, writer Lawrence Kasdan said, “It will not be like, here is where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier, ya know, maybe a little earlier you’ll get a glimpse, but … what formed the person we meet in the cantina? It is not so much about his specific history. It is about what makes a person like that?”
In other words, what was Solo’s rite of passage into adulthood? Perhaps there was a bar or bat mitzvah involved.
BB-8, the standout actor in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was not even human. He was a droid. Oh, and he’s Jewish, kind of.
Die hard fans were won over by the cute little droid with attitude and now we know that JJ Abrams entrusted comedians Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader to come up with the personality and “dialogue” for BB-8. Schwartz disclosed that the beep-beep boop-boop that completely stole the movie actually started as real dialogue.
“I don’t know how much percent of my actual voice is in there,” Schwartz says, “But I know that all the editors were so kind to me in saying that it really helped with the way they edit, and the cadence. I think in the end J.J. … literally did the whole thing off an iPad app. But maybe listened to my voice and worked with the cadence of that. But I got to go to the Star Wars premiere!”
Watch him describe the process here:
Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, and Emory Cohen.
After seeing thousands of auditions, Disney and Lucasfilm have narrowed down their list of actors to star in an upcoming “Han Solo” spinoff film to “about a dozen,” Variety reported.
Three Jews — Logan Lerman, Dave Franco and Emory Cohen — are on the short list, along with other big names, like Miles Teller and Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s son, according to Variety’s sources.
Lerman, 23, is arguably the best-known of the three Jewish hopefuls, having starred in “Fury,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Noah.” Franco, the 30-year-old younger brother of James Franco, has played supporting roles in comedies “21 Jump Street” and “Neighbors.”
Cohen, 25, appeared in several independent films before his breakout starring role in “Brooklyn” last year.
The still-untitled Han Solo film will feature a younger version of the character first immortalized by the one and only (half-Jewish) Harrison Ford, Variety reported. The film won’t go into production until next year, according to Variety, but whoever wins the starring role may also make a cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is already filming.
Variety reported that executives will likely decide between the would-be Han Solos in the next few weeks.
May the Force be with them all.
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