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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 Yarkon Park and will likely not feature a kosher-meat dress, although that would be pretty great.

Elsewhere on the American music scene, Beyonce, who was set to play Israel in the spring, may not make it due to what Haaretz calls a “snag” with an Israeli concert production company. But Israeli Beliebers will be pleased to learn that Justin Bieber’s previously announced show has an official date: May 14.

Bob Dylan sued over comments on Croats

The iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was sued in France for inciting racial hatred based on a comment he made to Rolling Stone that could be read as drawing a parallel between Croats and Nazis. The story was published in the magazine’s Sept. 27, 2012 issue.

Asked by the magazine if he saw any parallels between the 1860s and present-day America, Dylan answered:

“This country is just too f***ed up about color. It’s a distraction. People at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back—or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery—that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.

The Council of Croats was put off by the last part— so much so that it sued under France’s laws banning hate speech or incitement to racial hatred, according to The Guardian.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, French courts have agreed to hear the case, and Dylan has asked to appear for the hearings. If he skips out, he could be fined.

We’ll keep you posted.

Gal Gadot’s condolences for ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker

 Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, who has been featured in some of the “Fast and the Furious” flicks, went online Sunday to share her grief over the tragic car accident that took the life of franchise star Paul Walker.

Walker, 40, was in the passenger side of a two-seater Porsche Carerra GT on Saturday when the driver lost control and slammed into a post or tree. The car burst into flames; the driver was killed as well.

Walker reportedly had just left a charity event to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyam for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

“Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic,” Gadot said on Twitter, alongside a photo of herself with Walker.

Nearly 800,000 followers clicked the like button on her Facebook post, where Gadot expressed herself in English and Hebrew.

“I’m so sad he’s no longer with us. Can’t believe I’m actually writing this ...I’m sending my condolences to his family and his precious daughter Meadow. Rest in peace brother. We will miss you here,” she wrote.

The former Miss Israel began working with Walker when she broke into the “Fast & Furious” franchise in its fourth installment. The seventh film is in the works.

Disney eyeing adaption of Israeli doc ‘Dolphin Boy’

Disney has bought the rights for the Israeli documentary “Dolphin Boy” with the intention of turning it into a feature, The Times of Israel reports.

The film tells the story of Morad, an Arab-Israeli teenager who loses his ability to communicate after being attacked by classmates, and then regains his speech with the help of dolphins in Eilat.

A score for Israel— and for American movie-going parents who lost hope in the industry after sitting through “Free Bird.”

Adam Brody to guest star on ‘New Girl’

It’s been a big week for Adam Brody— and his fans.

In what may or may not have been a Josh Schwartz-masterminded love merger, the Jewish actor formerly known as Seth Cohen on “The O.C.” became engaged to Leighton Meister of “Gossip Girl.” And now, according to an earth-shattering report, he will guest star on “New Girl.” Brody will play a stay-at-home dad with a second career in being the best ex ever, hence his tight bond with Jess.

Looking forward to seeing that attractive face— and to anything that might shift the focus from chemistry-less Jess and Nick. Can someone break up those two already?

‘Fight Club’ producer: I was an Israeli operative

Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who is behind such films as “Fight Club,” “Pretty Woman,” “12 Years a Slave” and the upcoming “Noah,” just revealed another interesting line on his resume: Israeli intelligence operative.

In an interview with the Israeli TV show “Uvda” broadcast Monday, Milchan confirmed that he worked for the now-defunct spy unit Bureau of Scientific Relations, assisting in the development of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons project. His 2011 unauthorized biography, “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan,” details his former life, but this is his first public acknowledgment.

“Do you know what it’s like to be a 20-something-year-old kid [and] his country lets him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting,” Milchan said in the “Uvda” interview.

Which begs the question: When is the movie coming out?

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