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 By Jana Banin    Features    October 3, 2014

SNL's Top 10 Jewish moments

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA) - This week marks the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," which is entering its 40th season. Happy birthday guys! To mark the occasion, we've assembled a list of our 10...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    April 4, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Mila Kunis expecting HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-The production of beautiful Jewish babies has officially begun! Ukrainian-Jewish actress Mila Kunis of "That '70s Show" fame and her fiance Ashton Kutcher...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    March 28, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Dunham on Woody Allen HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-Comedian Marc Maron is incredibly skilled at getting famous people to move past surface PR stuff and engage in organic, in-depth conversations. His "funny,...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    March 21, 2014

6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Rogen’s Jewish jokes HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)—Longtime pals Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, a comedy team extraordinaire, are at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, for the screening of “Neighbors.” The movie is about new...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    March 14, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): celebrity Jewish roundup

Scarlett Johansson is pregnant HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-B'sha'ah tovah to Scarlett Johansson! The 29-year-old "Her" star, of recent SodaStream fame (or infamy, depending which side you're on), is...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    March 7, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Gaga playing Tel Aviv HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-The upcoming Lady Gaga concert has an official date and location: Sept. 13 in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park. The news was announced last week on the Israeli...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Portman helping Syrians HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-We didn't think it was possible, but Natalie Portman has gone and inspired us yet again. This time, The Times of Israel reports, the actress, director...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Justin Timberlake playing Israel HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)- While Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters' efforts to stop artists from performing in Israel have been getting plenty of attention lately, the...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Johansson's Super Bowl ad HOLLYWOOD, FL (JTA)-Scarlett Johansson, faceless in the movie "Her," just landed a gig as the face of an Israeli company. According to The New York Times, the Jewish...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

LaBeouf skywrites apology HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)—Shia LaBeouf, the 27-year-old “Transformers” star, has been the center of a plagiarism controversy. LaBeouf’s recently released short film “HowardContour.com” appears to be a near replica...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    January 3, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Braff film Sundance-bound  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-It seems like just yesterday that folks were ripping high-earning "Scrubs" star Zach Braff for taking money from regular people via Kickstarter to fun...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Katie Couric hosts for AFMDA HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-American Friends of Magen David Adom apparently has some pretty big-name friends. In attendance at the organization's sold-out Manhattan fundraiser...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Billy Joel's monthly gig HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-Can't get enough Billy Joel? You're in luck-at least if you live in the New York area and have a hefty concert ticket budget. Beginning in January, the...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Gaga returning to Israel HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (6NoBacon)—Pop superstar Lady Gaga has plans to perform in the Holy Land this summer, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. The show, which will be Gaga’s second in Israel, will likely take place at Tel Aviv’s...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Hoffman-Sandler comedy HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-Adam Sandler is a Jewish comic actor with a serious streak. Dustin Hoffman is a serious Jewish actor who can be pretty freakin' funny. Put them both togeth...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Baron Cohen’s ‘deadly’ prank  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (6NoBacon)—Sacha Baron Cohen killed when he took the stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Saturday night. Literally, he killed. An elderly woman.  At least that’s what...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

ABC wants more 'Goldbergs' Hollywood, Fla.-Fans of "The Goldbergs," kvell away. ABC has announced it is picking up the fledgling comedy for a full season. While the series received lukewarm reviews...

 

TV review-'The Goldbergs,' then and now

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)—Some were psyched for the nostalgia of “The Goldbergs,” a new ABC sitcom about a boisterous, outspoken American family set in the 1980s. But Wednesday’s premiere was a...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    July 12, 2013

What 'World War Z' says about Israel

(JTA)—”World War Z” gives us the basics of a summer blockbuster—a star actor worth looking at (Brad Pitt) and a far-fetched action-packed plot (hero races to stop virus that is turning all of...

 
 By Jana Banin    Features    June 14, 2013

'Princesses' joins the Bravo reality lineup- and fits right in

“Princesses: Long Island,” the new reality show on Bravo, appears to be as bad for the Jews as we had feared. Like some other cultural gems on the network, such as the “Real Housewives...

 

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