The Weekly Schmooze: Chief Rabbi Borat

A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Golden Globes roundup; MTV in Ivrit.

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January 20, 2011 16:20
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It was a glamorous week for Jews in Hollywood, with a number of notable wins by yids at the Golden Globes. Natalie Portman won best actress in a drama for Black Swan, and showed off her burgeoning baby bump in a blush-tone Viktor and Rolf gown. The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin took home a Golden Globe for best screenplay, and Jewish Danish director Susanne Bier's In a Better World won best foreign-language film. Last but not least, Brad Falchuk, son of National Hadassah President Nancy Falchuk, co-created, produces, writes and directs "Glee," which won best television comedy.

Everyone loves to talk about celebrities at the Golden Globes, but behind the scenes, Israeli reporter Judy Solomon was the most powerful woman in Hollywood. Solomon, a 79-year-old correspondent for Olam HaIsha (Women's World) in Los Angeles, has been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the award ceremony, for 55 years. Solomon decides on seating for the HFPA's annual bash, and according to The Daily Beast, has agents and managers chasing after her all December long to make sure they and their clients get the best spots in the house.

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Still in Hollywood, casting agents dreamed up a new Jewish family for the upcoming film I Hate You Dad. Adam Sandler, a Saturday Night Live alum, is in talks to play current SNL star Andy Samberg's father, even though the former is only 12 years older than the latter. The movie, which is produced by Sandler's company Happy Madison, is about a father who moves with his son right before the son's wedding, and fights with the bride-to-be.

Speaking of Saturday Night Live, Samberg’s influence was felt in a sketch called “Jacob’s Rockin’ Bar Mitzva,” from last week’s episode. Jacob was one lucky bar mitzva boy – or man, as his father points out – and is visited by some of today’s most popular pop singers singing Jewish versions of their songs. Guest host Gwyneth Paltrow does her best Taylor Swift, singing “She’s just a J.A.P.” instead of “You Belong With Me,” and SNL regular Abby Elliot sings Katy Perry’s ”California Gurls” as “Ashkenazi Jews.” Finally, musical guest C. Lo Green, who despite that last name, is not Jewish, changes his hit “F**k You” to “Talk Hebrew,” after telling some misbehaving partygoers that they are “straight up meshugana.”



On the other side of the Atlantic, bookies have come up with an interesting plan for the UK's top Jewish comedian. Since Rabbi Jonathan Sacks announced that he will retire from his post as Britain's chief rabbi in 2013, there has been much speculation about who will take his place. Paddy Power, an Irish betting house, offered odds on 15 possible candidates. One interesting possible successor is comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his roles as Borat and Ali G. Apparently, there are 500/1 odds that the man who wrote the song "Throw the Jew Down the Well" will be Britain's next chief rabbi.

Back in Israel, a new music channel was launched on Monday – MTV Israel. The new channel, which took the place of MTV Europe on Israeli TVs, plays Israeli and international music, as well as beloved MTV shows like "Jersey Shore," "Pimp My Ride" and "My Super Sweet 16."

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