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Chelsea Clinton And Marc Mezvinsky Are Expecting Their Third Child

The Clintons have an announcement — no, not that one. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting baby number three, due in late summer.

“We cannot wait to meet our new addition,” Clinton, 38, tweeted. The couple, who wed in a climactic interfaith wedding in 2010 (rabbis and ministers and think pieces, oh my!) have daughter Charlotte, four, and Aidan, two. “Marc and I have loved watching Charlotte be such a wonderful big sister and we’re excited to watch Aidan become a big brother!” Clinton wrote.

In 2017 Clinton, who has carved out a niche for herself on late by spearheading a new trend of being polite on the internet, serves on the board of directors for the travel site Expedia, alongside her work for the Clinton Foundation. In 2017 she wrote the women’s rights-focused picture book “She Persisted,” and insisted that she is not running for office.

In 2017, Mezvinsky was hired by investment firm Social Capital as vice chairman. He continues to look like a younger version of David Wallace from “The Office,” a fact that is not discussed nearly enough.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Here Are All The Jews Who Were Nominated For Oscars In 2019

Good morning, children of Israel!

Hold on to your hats — here are all the Jewish people and Jew-ish movies that were nominated for Academy Awards in major categories on Tuesday morning:

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“Black Panther” The nod for the cutting-edge Marvel movie is a huge moment for Black representation, and a credit to our non-Jewish friend, director Ryan Coogler. We also tip our hats to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, the Jewish immigrant and child of immigrants, respectively, upon whose original comic “Black Panther” is based.

“BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was co-written by David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, along with Lee and Kevin Willmott. It follows a black detective who collaborates with a white, Jewish officer to infiltrate their local KKK chapter, gently raising American Jewish pride by about 5,000 percent.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” The Disney-fied Freddie Mercury biopic was initially directed by Bryan Singer, who was replaced by Dexter Fletcher at the tail end of the filming after a chaotic controversy over Singer’s behavior on set. Either way, not much to rhapsodize over, here — Singer has been accused of sexual assault against minors several times.

“A Star Is Born” This most recent iteration of “A Star Is Born,” dominated by the man, the myth, the beard-holder Bradley Cooper, has a screenplay co-written by Jewish writer Eric Roth. But the Jewish lineage of the “Star Is Born” stories is longer than all the Torah genealogies combined.

For your reference, these lovely (but less Jewish) movies were also nominated for Best Picture: “The Favourite”; “Green Book”; “Roma”; “Vice”;

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The ostentatiously likable Jewish actress Rachel Weisz was nominated for her role in “The Favourite,” alongside Amy Adams in “Vice”, Marina de Tavira in “Roma”, Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk”, and Emma Stone in “The Favourite.”

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None of ours, this time, folks! Here are the nominees for your edification. And no, Adam Driver is not Jewish.

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Adam Driver, “BlackKKlansman” Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me” Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Cold War,” a Polish-language movie, is by Paweł Pawlikowski, a filmmaker with Jewish heritage.

Also nominated are “Capernaum,” “Never Look Away,” “Roma,” and “Shoplifters.”

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

One night in 1939, 22,000 Nazis held a rally in Madison Square Garden. In “A Night at the Garden,” non-Jewish director Marshall Curry brings together the footage. It includes the sight of Isadore Greenbaum, a 26-year-old Jewish plumber’s assistant, who stormed the stage in protest and was beaten and fined for “disorderly conduct.”

Simon and Jonathan Chinn, the producers behind the riveting conversation about race taken on in “Black Sheep,” are Jewish.

The moving, perilous “End Game,” about end of life care, was directed by Jewish filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Also nominated are the fascinating shorts “Lifeboat” and “Period. End of Sentence.”

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We’re sending “RBG,” the celebrated documentary about our very own Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the heartiest mazal tov. The movie, which was a surprise box office smash, was produced by filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

Also nominated are compelling docs “Free Solo,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Minding the Gap,” and “Of Fathers and Sons.”

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Jewish hitmaker Diane Warren created “I’ll Fight” in homage to The Notorious One, for the documentary “RBG.”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” was composed by Jewish musical theater stalwart Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

And surprise, surprise, a nod for platinum-blonde ear worm “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which was co-written by Marc Ronson.

Also nominated were “All The Stars” from “Black Panther” and “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was adapted by Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen.

“BlacKkKlansman” was adapted by David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, along with non-Jewish writers Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is freakishly, delightfully Jewish. It follows real-life Jewish biographer Lee Israel, who wrote about folks like Estée Lauder, Dorothy Parker, and Fanny Brice. The screenplay was adapted by Jewish writer-director Nicole Holofcener, along with Jeff Whitty.

The adapted screenplay of “A Star Is Born” was co-written by Jewish writer Eric Roth.

Also nominated is “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

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Shout-out to Melissa McCarthy, who is not Jewish, for her tremendous work as Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” That’s right — the climb-him-like-a-tree comedian from “Bridesmaid” has an Oscar nomination for a drama, and she deserves it.

Also nominated: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

DIRECTOR

Pawel Pawlikowski based his Best Foreign Language-nominated movie “Cold War” somewhat on the experiences of his own parents, Pawlikowski, who didn’t learn of that his Jewish grandparent was murdered in the Holocaust until he was an adult, grapples with his past in “Cold War,” as he did in 2015’s “Ida.”

Also nominated: Spike Lee; Yorgos Lanthimos; Alfonso Cuarón; Adam McKay

ANIMATED SHORT FILM “Animal Behaviour” was created by Jewish filmmaker David Fine and partner Alison Snowden.

Also nominated: “Bao”, “Late Afternoon”, “One Small Step”, “Weekends”

ORIGINAL SCORE

Jewish composer Nicholas Britell, who was also nominated for “Moonlight,” scored “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” was scored by Jewish composer Marc Shaiman, of “Hairspray” fame.

Also nominated: “Black Panther”, “BlacKkKlansman”, “Isle of Dogs”

You can read the full list of nominees here. It’s a phenomenal year for Jewish artists, a so-so year for film, and, as always, an extraordinary time to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Stay tuned for more Jewish movie pride, gossip, criticism, and more, during the lead up to the 91st annual Academy Awards on February 24.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Online Store Apologizes For ‘At Least I’m Not Jewish’ T-Shirts

When you’ve got nothing but the hope in your heart and the shirt on your back, at least you’ve got this: you’re not Jewish.

Wait, what?

Zazzle, an online store that allows users to design and personalize objects like stationary and throw pillows, has dropped a user-designed t-shirt that read, “At least I’m not Jewish!”

It’s not clear how long the item had been fore sale, but by Sunday night, dozens of people had tweeted the company in displeasure, including writer Ashlee Marie Preston, who called out the company over Twitter, writing, “You’re just casually going to insult Jewish people and rock anti-Semitism like it’s the hottest look??”

In response to the complaints, Zazzle removed the shirt, which was selling for $24.25, with a fifteen percent off sale with the code “SATRDAYTREAT” (which feels a bit like insult to injury.)

A statement sent to the Forward from Zazzle read, “We do not tolerate or accept hate on our site. As an open marketplace, we are faced with the opportunity to allow people to express their creativity and sentiments, coupled with the challenge of expression that upsets and offends. When a product is brought to our attention that violates our terms of service, such as the shirt you referenced, we take swift action to have the product removed.”

The shirt was designed by a user who went by the moniker “The Slesk Bazaar.” The designer had created other shirts including one reading, “At least I’m not Christian,” and marketed both shirts “for the non-religious.” In the statement the company explained that the user will now be banned from making designs on Zazzle. “Behind the scenes we use automated filters and algorithms to try to block offensive designs. We know that the tech is not foolproof and that we cannot anticipate the range of sentiments that might be uploaded to our site, so we also manually remove products as they come to our attention,” the company wrote.

The company apologized and added, somewhat enigmatically, “In the spirit of MLK Day today, we have a lot more to do as individuals and as a company; and that beyond us, there is much we must do as a nation and as one world to shine light on the darkness.”

Well, how true. And to that end may we direct you to Zazzle’s “I’m not crazy! I’m planning a bat-mitzvah!” shirt, hate-crime-free and only $36.65.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Be Immortalized In Lego Form In ‘The Lego Movie II’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given the makers of “The Lego Movie II: The Second Part” permission to use her image in the upcoming film.

That’s right: one of the greatest legal minds in human history contains multitudes (of Legos.)

The criterion “Lego” producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord set for cameos in sequel to the 2014 animated hit were thus: “We were trying to think of people who should be immortalized in Lego and who seem fun at weddings,” they told BBC, sensibly.

The 85-year-old, who only recently survived her third brush with cancer, will appear in the movie alongside other such legends as Batman and Superman. Ginsburg will not have a voice part, but gave Miller and Lord her blessing, apparently saying of the offer, “That would be cool.”

The Lego movie comes on the angular plastic heels of the Ginsburg biopic “On The Basis Of Sex,” which was proceeded by “RBG,” the award-winning documentary about the Justice’s life.

It’s shocking to realize that just decades ago people couldn’t even imagine a woman on the Supreme Court, let alone a woman on the Supreme Court whose likeness also appears in an animated movie based on the inner lives of classic Danish brick toys.

But this is just one small step. When will there be enough women Supreme Court Justices in the Lego movies?

When there are nine.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Gloria Steinem Declares Allegiance To Women’s March, Shouts Out Jewish Voice For Peace

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Feminist and Jewish icon Gloria Steinem declared her total allegiance to the national Women’s March movement on Saturday, in spite of the roiling controversies and accusations of anti-Semitism that have been leveled against some of the march’s top leadership.

Steinem took the small stage in New York City’s Foley Square on Saturday morning wrapped in a black pashmina, and roused the crowd despite arctic temperatures. “My friends and co-conspirators!” she shouted. “This is exactly where you should be!”

This was a pointed statement, considering that the question of where Jews should be on Saturday had reached a feverish pitch ahead of the third annual march. An ongoing debate raged over whether or not praise by Women’s March leaders, specifically Tamika Mallory, of openly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, should preclude people from attending the march, and the New York City march experienced a schism. The uptown march, organized by the Women’s March Alliance, had denounced the national Women’s March leadership, which in turn sponsored the downtown Foley Square rally attended by Steinem.

The downtown rally answered the controversy by featuring a speaker from Jewish Voice For Peace, a Jewish-Palestinian woman who denounced the use of teargas by officials at the US-Mexico border as well as by Israel at the edge of the West Bank. Steinem referenced the group in her energetic speech, declaring, “We have everyone from Jewish Voices for Peace to the Lower East Side Girls Club…I would not be any place else at this moment.”

The longtime activist denounced President Trump and urged her audience to move to get rid of the electoral college and to turn out to vote in 2020. “He has made us more activist — more woke — than I have ever seen in my entire lifetime,” she laughed, reminding rally attendees that they might leave today “with a new job or a new love affair.”

“I would not be any place else at this moment,” she said.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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