Billy Crystal has “a bone to pick” with”Duck Dynasty,” the comedian and author of “Still Foolin’ ‘Em” told Jimmy Fallon the other night. Apparently the hit A&E reality show is a total copy of a show Crystal and his family did a few years back, called “Schmuck Dynasty.” Conveniently, he had a clip to prove… More ▸
By Jana Banin
A-list stars like Billy Crystal, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Moore and Jon Hamm attended this year’s Cantor Fitzgerald and BCG Partners 9/11 Charity Day. But it was Dr. Ruth Westheimer who shone the brightest. Or at least made everyone laugh the most. Her arm in a stylish sling due to a broken wrist and shoulder, the… More ▸
By Jana Banin
Looks like FX is going to be injecting some humor into their lineup. Not a bad idea, we think, after many seasons of the awesome yet dark series “Justified” or “Sons of Anarchy.” Billy Crystal will star in the network’s new half-hour series, “The Comedians,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran Jewish comedian will… More ▸
Some comedy bits never get old. One of them, Abbot & Costello’s hilarious baseball/word play bit “Who’s On First” from the 1940s, is still one of the funniest and most remembered of all time. Last week, the bit got an update with courtesy of Jimmy Fallon, who recreated the famous scene from the 1945 film “The Naughty… More ▸
As one of the worst storms in U.S. history took its toll on the Northeast, celebrities who live in New York City (and elsewhere) took to Twitter with their thoughts and updates.
Thanks for all the concerned tweets… Thank goodness we are all okay… Thinking of those who aren’t #sandy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing)
October 30, 2012
I know it’s tough now, New York, but picture yourself next summer, lying on a warm, calm beach, with nothing to remind you of Sandy
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) October 30, 2012
Sending love to all in Long Beach L.I. My home town. bc
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) October 30, 2012 More ▸
A few years ago Billy Crystal and his wife, Janice, were in charge of their three grandchildren for five days. Apparently it provided enough material to create an entire movie — hence “Parental Guidance.” Due out on Christmas Day, the film features Crystal and movie wife Bette Midler forced to help their daughter (Marisa Tomei)… More ▸
It’s been almost three weeks since Pixar’s “Brave” came out, and while it has been making pretty good money at the box office and generally getting pretty good reviews, critics aren’t exactly calling it a “groundbreaker” (see Roger Ebert). So why hasn’t “Brave” been getting as much love as some of its older Pixar siblings? Perhaps it’s because “Spider-Man” has been stealing the buzz, maybe we expect too much from Pixar, or … maybe it’s just the lack of Jewish voice actors (which is not surprising considering the fact that the film takes place in the highlands of 10th century Scotland).
Truth is Pixar films haven’t boasted too many Jewish voice actors. But the list below reveals a pretty impressive group — with several managing to portray their characters as a little (or a lot) Jewish.
1. Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head, “Toy Story 1-3″)
The sarcastic and outspoken children’s toy is voiced by one of the kings of insult comedy, Don Rickles. The match between the two is fitting, since both Rickles and Mr. Potato Head enjoy being quite offensive and loud. In the first “Toy Story” movie, Mr. Potato Head is so fascinated with Buzz Lightyear’s features, he mocks Woody for not being good enough since he doesn’t share the same technological capabilities. Sounds like something Rickles would do, and imagine if the film wasn’t for kids… Nevertheless, Mr. Potato Head does have a good (plastic) heart, as he helps saving Woody. Just don’t make him wear his angry eyes… More ▸
By JTA Staff
The 84th Academy Awards show was Sunday in Los Angeles and, as usual, it generated a ton of material for the Semitic-minded celeb watcher. More ▸
Sad news, Muppet fans. Billy Crystal just tweeted that he will be hosting the 84th Academy Awards. Crystal will be replacing Eddie Murphy, who stepped down from hosting the show after the original producer Brett Ratner resigned. Ratner made an offensive comment this week during a Q&A session following a screening of his new movie… More ▸
Actor Billy Crystal has made a gift to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to foster ongoing activities at the “Billy Crystal Peace through the Performing Arts” project, which he established in 1999, according to the group’s American fund-raising branch. The gift will be used to create and present workshops, programs and theatrical performances at The Hebrew… More ▸