Amy Winehouse’s dad to write book


NEW YORK ( — Mitch Winehouse, father of the late soul songstress Amy Winehouse, is writing a book about the singer. It will be called “Amy, My Daughter” and will be released by HarperCollins next summer, according to E! Online.

Father and daughter were tight throughout her life. In fact, Amy had “Daddy’s Girl” tattooed on her body.

Winehouse promises that the book will include childhood stories and anecdotes that preceded the singer’s meteoric rise to fame, as well her well-documented struggles with addiction.

“I feel the need to write this book to tell the true story of Amy and to help with my personal recovery,” he explained.

The profits from the sale of the book will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was started in the singer’s memory to help disadvantaged children and young adults.

Bono & Sukkot
One, the poverty-and-disease-fighting outfit founded by Bono, has released a Sukkot-themed guide aimed at rallying efforts to combat famine in Africa.

Live after Yom Kippur, it’s Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller hosted this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” which came right after Yom Kippur, as he pointed out.

“My father is Jewish, my mother is Irish Catholic, which means according to the Torah, I’m not actually Jewish,” he explained. “But according to all of the mirrors, I am.”

Wah, wah.

It still seems that Stiller had actually fasted; during the monologue he started getting lightheaded from hunger. That’s when Andy Samberg appeared before him as the Jewish Willy Wonka (JWW) — Gene Wilder.

JWW took Stiller on a tour of Jewish food. “It’s every taste you’ve ever dreamed of — from salty to fishy!” he explained to the starving Stiller.

Asked who made all of the magical food, JWW replied, “I have an army of little men.”

“Oompa loompas?” Stiller inquired.

“No,” JWW responded, “just regular Jewish men.”


Demi & Ashton’s Kabbalah campfire
One day after Yom Kippur, when the allegedly troubled couple attended services together at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were seen building a campfire outside of Santa Barbara near Cachuma Lake, People reported. But they were not alone. In addition to the ubiquitous paparazzi, the pair were joined by Yehuda Berg, the pair’s Kabbalah teacher.

Roseanne returns
Just a few weeks after her reality show “Roseanne’s Nuts” failed miserably, Roseanne is back with a new television show, “Downwardly Mobile.” According to Hollywood Reporter, the show is a multi-camera ensemble set in a “mobile home community.”

Paula’s Hebrew
X Factor” judge Paula Abdul showed off some of her Semitic chops when she infused her kind rejection of a subpar singer with some religiously inspired Hebrew.

After Andy gave it his all on a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” the former “American Idol” judge gently said, “I want to say it’s a pleasure having you here. Thank you so much — Baruch Hashem — but I’m going to have to pass.”

That roughly translates to “blessed is the name,” a phrase religious Jews often use to refer to God.

Hey, Romeo! Nu, Juliet?
Deadline reports that Shirley MacLaine has signed on for “The Local,” an indie adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” that will feature Jewish and Italian families. Sue Kramer is slated to direct.

Plus there is talk of adding Alan Arkin and Vera Farmiga to the cast. It is still uncertain what role MacLaine will play.

Kramer told Deadline, “These two cultures have so much in common: love of gab, love of food, they talk with their hands, and they feed you with guilt.”

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