• Shia LaBeouf apologizes for plagiarism… with skywriting

    Shia LaBeouf, the 27-year-old “Transformers” star, has been the center of a plagiarism controversy. LaBeouf’s recently released short film, entitled “HowardContour.com,” appears to be a near-exact replica of veteran cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ 2008 comic “Justin M. Damiano.” Clowes was apparently blindsided by the plagiarism, telling Buzzfeed that he had no idea of the film’s existence… More ▸

  • Best celebrity New Year’s tweets

    Going into 2014, some of our favorite Jewish (or Jew-ish) celebrities shared their New Year’s greetings. Lisa Kudrow wished a happy New Year to those in more advanced time zones: Happy New Year other side of the world…you’re so ahead of everyone else, good for you! — Lisa Kudrow (@LisaKudrow) December 31, 2013 Lena Dunham… More ▸

  • DiCaprio defends ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

    Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to critics who say that “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s new flick about Wall Street bankers getting reckless in the ’90s, condones the horrible behavior of its characters. In the film, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a real-life stockbroker (raised by two Jewish accountants) who partied hard and defrauded clients…. More ▸

  • Gal Gadot on Wonder Woman casting

    Gal Gadot, the Israeli supermodel recently cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie “Man of Steel,” opened up on an Israeli talk show about her new role. The slender Gadot has received significant criticism from Wonder Woman fans about her physique. Some claim she is too thin and too flat-chested to properly embody the… More ▸

  • Fran Drescher, the former ‘Nanny,’ is going to be a wicked stepmother

    Fran Drescher, best known for playing the down-to-earth Fran Fine in “The Nanny,” is bringing her talents to Broadway, where she’ll be playing Cinderella’s stepmother on Broadway. The 10-week engagement, starting Feb. 4, will allow Drescher to exercise her comic talents in an unusual milieu for the TV star. Still, there’s no doubt Drescher will… More ▸

  • Mel Brooks: There’s no ‘solely Jewish humor’ anymore

    Mel Brooks, the 87-year-old reigning king of Jewish humor, told BuzzFeed Tuesday that comedy has become increasingly universal. The distinction between Jewish and secular comedy is a thing of the past, Brooks explained. “Twenty-five years ago, sure, yes, absolutely,” he told Buzzfeed. “Today, it’s the same education, same newspapers, leading now to TV, leading to… More ▸

  • David Mamet to tackle the seven deadly sins for Fox

    David Mamet has signed a contract with Fox to develop a seven-hour series based on the Christian concept of the seven deadly sins, Variety reports. The famed playwright, author of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has agreed to write and direct the first episode and write at least two subsequent segments. Mamet… More ▸

  • Ben Stiller’s Western Wall romancing

    Ben Stiller revealed to Parade magazine that he has some fond memories from visiting Israel as a teen. The actor and director, promoting his new movie, recalled that he took a father-son bonding trip with his father, comedian Jerry Stiller, to Israel at 16 — and found himself in a romantic dalliance there. “I met… More ▸