Dear Brett Ratner, You Cannot Just Go Around Putting Mezzuzahs on Peoples’ Doors

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Director and producer Brett Ratner, who has made movies like the Rush Hour franchise and X Men: The Last Stand, is apparently not satisfied with the level of Jewishness in Hollywood. (No one has ever had that sentiment before, btw.) The Hollywood Reporter, er, reports that Ratner was going to a meeting at the United Talent Agency offices in Los Angeles when he randomly started putting mezzuzahs on the doors of two agents, the possibly-Jewish-sounding Blair Kohan and Jeremy Zimmer. Mezzuzahs are … [Read more...]

Aasif Mandvi Has “Been Inside More Bars Than Mosques”

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When I first heard the title of the movie Today's Special, I thought about that kids' show from the 90s where the mannequins in a store came to life and hung out at night. Sadly, the movie is actually about Indian food. One that starred comedian and Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi (he's the one in the Team Mohammed shirt), nonetheless. He spoke to the New York Times about the movie and about his relationship with Islam and his native India. I’ve always said I’m the worst representative of … [Read more...]

Matisyahu Did a Lot More Than Shave Off His Beard

A few weeks ago, when Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu ditched his beard, it was a big shift in his career and personal paths. But he did a lot more than simply give up Orthodoxy - according to the Forward, Matis has moved from New York to L.A. and is pursuing an acting career. His first role is as a rabbi in the horror movie The Possession, which comes out in August and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. That doesn't mean he is ditching music completely, though - his new album is … [Read more...]

Conan O’Brien Presents the Human Centipede Menorah

What happens when the grossest movie in recent memory is crossed with a Jewish holiday that celebrates miracles? This. And true to the spirit of the holiday, I will have nightmares for at least eight nights. … [Read more...]

A Pop Culture-y Rebuttal to ‘Keep the Christ in Christmas’

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This has been making the internet rounds for the last few days, but I think it originated on Neatorama. Either way, don't forget to observe Life Day this year! … [Read more...]


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