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April 11, 2014  RSS feed
Culture

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Jewish Celebrity Roundup

Bar Refaeli’s racy commercial

A risque ad featuring Bar Refaeli in bed with a purple, mustachioed Muppet has been banned from running before 10 p.m. in Israel, Walla!, Israel news website reports.

Per a governmental council called The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the ad for local fashion brand Hoodies has “too many sexual insinuations” to be seen during prime time.

The spot opens with a post-coital shot of the Israeli supermodel and her puppet friend, a guy named Red Orbach, with whom many Israelis are already familiar.

For some background on the swarthy Muppet, we turn to The Hollywood Reporter: “The character Red Orbach emerged locally from an allpuppet classic rock group called Red Band and his stereotypical persona is that of an aging 1960s American rocker. This past year, Red Orbach co-hosted late-night The Red & Dvir Show with actor Dvir Benedek on Channel 2’s franchiser ReshetBroadcasting.”


Bar Refaeli at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards. 
Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images Sport Bar Refaeli at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards. Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images Sport Anyway, the purple rocker/TV host/skilled lover goes on to imagine what it would be like to be dating not one, but three Refaelis. This involves sexy scenes from a car wash (referred to here as a “Bar wash”), a photo booth and a game of strip poker. R-rated, weird or both? You decide.

Joan Rivers back on ‘Tonight Show’

It’s been 26 years since Joan Rivers has been on The Tonight Show.

Rivers technically returned to the show for the first time since being banned by Johnny Carson nearly three decades ago for Jimmy Fallon’s inaugural episode. But that was just a cameo. Late last month, she actually sat down with the new host, who cringed for a significant part of the seven-minute chat.


Joan Rivers with Jimmy Fallon Joan Rivers with Jimmy Fallon It wasn’t all jaw-droppingly shocking, though. Tamer moments included Fallon producing a photo of a young, pre-plasticized Rivers from her second-ever Tonight Show visit and Rivers talking about ideas she pitched to the Tonight Show during her ban, including “a Jewish religious show called 700 Club And That’s My Final Offer. Not a penny more!

Next up for Seth Rogen: A video game movie

Funny, geeky comedy team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are moving away from funny and sticking with just geeky for their next project. The two will direct Console Wars, a business thriller about the 1990s showdown between video game makers Sega and Nintendo, Booktrade reports.


(L-R) Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (L-R) Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer The film, from the people that brought you Moneyball and The Social Network, will be an adaptation of the book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris, which comes out this August.

Comedy Central renews ‘Broad City’

Broad City, a series, which premiered on Comedy Central in January, has been renewed for a second season. Created by and starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the show chronicles the lives of two young, single, cash-challenged gals trying to make it (or survive, more accurately) in New York City. The idea for the show came from a sketch Jacobson and Glazer, two Jewish girls from the suburbs (Wayne, Pa., and Long Island, respectively), came up with for New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. The idea morphed into a popular web series which ultimately got noticed by Amy Poehler, who serves as executive producter.

So where does Broad City fall on the Jew-o-meter? We’ll let the experts weigh in.

“The show is super Jewish, but in that new tacit, casual way that’s more Andy Samberg and less Adam Sandler,” says Stephanie Butnick from Tablet. It’s not New Girl’s Schmidt dropping lines about his bar mitzvah and seeking his rabbi out as a therapist when the show’s plot stalls. They’re just Jewish (on the show and in real life, duh), and it plays into their act as much as any other of their characteristics (young women, broke, middling bucket drummers) do.”

Editor’s Note: This is the last installment of Six Degrees, No Bacon. The JTA news service has announced it is discontinuing the column and corresponding blog.


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