In Short: The Jews in entertainment

In Esquire’s May edition, Brie shared what she loves, which for the men among our readers work as ice breakers, if you dare.

Alison Brie  (photo credit: REUTERS)
Alison Brie
(photo credit: REUTERS)
B.J. Novak signs huge book deal
B.J. Novak, the head writer and a former actor in the hit TV series The Office, has been signed to a two-book deal by Knopf Publishers, reportedly with more than a seven-figure advance. Novak, better known as Ryan the temp, will start with fiction.
His agent compares Novak to a “young Woody Allen.” Novak’s work has been consistently smart and intelligent, but forgive the skepticism in comparing him to one of the greater comedic minds of all time. Even if he’s no Woody, we’re excited to see what he can do.
Novak’s book deal follows one to another young Jewish ingenue, Lena Dunham, who received a $3 million advance for her upcoming memoir.
Alison Brie loves...
Alison Brie is the sweetheart for connoisseurs of high-quality television (Mad Men, Community). She’s also well known as being hilarious, so it’s always fun to hear her talk – about anything.
In Esquire’s May edition, Brie shared what she loves, which for the men among our readers work as ice breakers, if you dare.
Apparently Brie loves 38 for being a “round and voluptuous number.” She loves how loud her mother laughs from her own jokes. She loves giraffes, “because their bodies defy nature and embrace it at the same time.”
And she loves her real last name, Shermerhorn, saying its mispronunciation “is like nails on a chalkboard. It starts S-c-h, so everybody pronounces it as if it were Shermerhorn. But it should be pronounced like it’s Skermerhorn.”
One more thing Brie loves: Looking at her dad when they’re singing together around the holidays. So adorable.
Never change, Alison, never change.
New details of the Drake–Chris Brown brawl
Some new “facts” have come to light on the now infamous scrum between everyone’s favorite Canadian Jewish rapper, Drake, and Chris Brown, not everyone’s favorite person.
The altercation last year between their crews left numerous people injured, but it remained unclear why the fight actually broke out. TMZ has a new report, based on the account given by Brown’s bodyguard, Patrick Strickland, that Drake passed a note to Brown – that's right, a note – with a provocative taunt about his girlfriend.
Drake apparently was referring to Rihanna.
In a recent interview with a New York radio station, Drake said in referencing Brown, “Stop preying on his insecurities.
His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I’m more popping than him and that at one point in life the woman that he loves fell into my lap.”
Drake added, “I did what a real n***a would do and treated her with respect.”
Stay classy, Drake.