Weekly Schmooze: Girls Season 38

Jewish culture news worldwide: Woody Allen is The Terminator; Russell Brand to visit shuls.

June 20, 2013 14:13
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Do you miss Lena Dunham and the "Girls" crew? Gail Lerner, producer of "Will and Grace" and other sitcoms, decided to take action and create her own episode of the popular HBO show with an incredible cast, imagining what its four stars would be up to in season 38, when they're 65 years old. Hannah (played by SNL legend Laraine Newman) is still wearing rompers, of course, while Wendie Malick's Marnie is still waiting around for Charlie. Mindy Sterling does a spot-on Shoshanna in a fascinator and Sally Kemp's Jessa manages to even make cancer look fun and glamorous. The hilarious Martin Starr also makes an appearance.

Still on the theme of neurotic Jewish comedians, we have a great Woody Allen mash-up. Slacktory put together Allen's hilarious sci-fi comedy "Sleeper" (if aren't familiar, run, don't walk, to watch it) with "Terminator," to very funny results.

Russell Brand is no stranger to controversy, so he doesn't mind courting some more on a comedy tour in which he will visit synagogues and mosques in the Middle East for a show that will "dissect religion." The Messiah Complex Tour will start in Abu Dhabi in August, and Brand plans to stop in Israel.

"I am going to tour the world with Messiah Complex, causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through," Brand was quoted as saying in The Jewish Chronicle.

"Of course I'll be in English-speaking countries (UK, Ireland, US, Canada) but
also Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine; anywhere that will have
me, to be honest, and that are relaxed about free speech. As well as theaters, I will be appearing in prisons, drug rehabs, social network HQs, universities, nationalist organizations, mosques, foreclosed houses, protest sites, synagogues, and in people's private homes."

"Bubala Please" is back! Jaquann and Luis may have been on a break since Passover, but now they've brought in a friend with babka – only to discover that he's uncircumcised. Luckily, our favorite Jewish gangstas are ready to remedy that situation, and have some bagels and shmear, too.

Remember when modern Renaissance Man James Franco wrote a book? Palo Alto, published in 2010, is based on his high school experiences, and now he wants to turn it into three feature films. He'll donate the proceeds from the sale of the films to Art of Elysium, and organization that encourages actors, artists and musicians to volunteer with children battling serious medical conditions. All Franco needs are some donations; he's trying to raise $500,000 on the crowd-funding site indiegogo, and has only about 10% so far.

P.S. For those still wondering what Moshe Dayan was doing on "Mad Men," it seems that he was foreshadowing SPOILER ALERT!!! Ken Cosgrove being shot in the face and wearing an eyepatch.

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