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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 201 : 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup By 6nobacon Staff NEW YORK--Lindsay Lo- hart, a convicted necklace thief, is in talks to play Eliza- beth Taylor, a screen legend and philanthropist whose jewelry collection just sold for $137 million. See the irony here? Anyone? Indeed, Lohan might be playing Liz in an upcoming biopic called "Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story," ac- cording to Entertainment Weekly. The movie will focus on the controversial relation- ship between Taylor and Rich- ard Burton. Things are still at a hearsay point, but many feel it would make sense for Lohan to fill Taylor's shoes--both -ladies became famous at a young age and grew up in the spotlight. While it may be hard to compare the elegant and talented Taylor with a woman best known for her intoxicated shenanigans in Hollywood, this news still comes as little surprise. Lohan loves riding on the coattails of deceased legends. But to be fair, at least it has kept her relevant. Some say her Marilyn Monroe nude shoot was a financial flop for Playboy due to an early leak. Others claim it broke sales records. No matter--it was talked about. And that's what actresses live for, right? Critics like Radcliffe, pan 'SNL' premiere The iconic "Saturday Night Live" ushered in 2012 with a bang, featuring English wiz- arding legend Daniel Radcliffe as host and newcomer Lana Del Rey as the musical guest. Producers figured the show would be a hit. Unfortunately, the critics disagreed. The writing was deemed "terrible," "dreadful" and, in one particularly com- plimentary review, just "OK." However. they found D-Rad to be a swell guest. "Radcliffe was great as the host of SNL last night, not because he revealed he's a comedic genius, but because he seemed so enthusiastic and committed in every skit," Crushable's Molly Horan wrote. "He did everything right: great comic timing; cheerful. almost giddy participation; and unlike Sir Charles, he can actually read a cue card," said Therese Odell of the Houston Chronicle. Sadly, reviews for Del Rey did not bode so well. Twitter exploded with criticism of the young gal, with Popdust going so far as to tweet that 'Lana del Rey's performance on SNL last night really legitimized her career and proved she is a capable performer.' Noone." That was way harsh, Tai. But like the mensch he is, Radcliffe defended his fellow performer. "It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," Dan the muggle man said at the BAFTA awards. Bar Refaeli won't partner with 'Dancing' Israeli supermodel Bar Re- faeli was on the verge of taking another step toward her plan to take over the world after she apparently was offered a spot on this year's ABC hit reality show "Dancing with the Stars." Alas, for all of you hoping to see Bar attempting some- thing more than walking and looking pretty, we have some disappointing news. In an interview with the website AbbaNibi. Bar's manager and mother, Zipi Refaeli. con- firmed that "They did turn to Bar." but that "She can't commit to something like that because of her hectic work schedule." How sad. Now to see Bar Refaeli we have to work re- ally hard and turn to Escada, Arrow, Gap or Twitter. Obama's celebrity wish list With all the GOP campaign shenanigans, we almost forgot there's still a president in the White House who wants to be re-elected. President Obamais sticking to his guns and by guns I mean celebrities. The Tennessean newspaper reports that his campaign has compiled a massive list of athletes, musicians, business- people and actors itwould like to see supporting the cause. Some powerful Jewish names appear on the list: Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Lea Michele of "Glee," Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Mila Kunis and others. Brangelina at the U.S. Holocaust Museum On a recent trip to Wash- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Angelina Jolie speaking at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington as part of the promotion for her new film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Jan 10, 2012. ington, Brad PittandAngelina Jolie decided to swing by the U.S. Holocaust Museum to promote Angelina's directo- rial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." They specifically went to tour the "From Memory to Action" exhibition on genocide, which includes the massacre in Sre- brenica featured in her movie. "I'm having trouble even speaking about it because I spent half an hour in this room, where I did my best not to look at the walls and read everything because it was reminding me so much of everything I learned in the process of this film and all the beautiful people that I met that survived," Jolie told the Washington Examiner. "It's quite heavy." Israel's Channel 10 also had the chance to catch up with the couple, who told the news station that they were "very interested" in going to Israel and learning more about the conflict there. "There's no good reason I haven't been [to Israel]," Jolie said. Creepy 'How to Look Like Drake' video Who doesn't wanna be Drake? I mean, he has every- thing: the money, the talent, the looks. Yep, everyone wants to be Drake, and now thanks to a new video, anyone can actually look like him. Even Asian women! Tamang Phan, an amateur make-up artist who is famous for making online videos of how to look like starlets such as Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie and even Neytiri, that blue chick from "Avatar," has outdone herself by in- structing girls how to look like Drake. The transformation actual- ly turns out surprisingly well. Who knew that by drawing a hairline, using dark make-up to make your nose bigger and drawing a little beard, anyone could like Drake? Now that she has crossed the line and started cross-make-upping, Phan should tackle the more interesting-looking hip-hop artists. Baltimore area mourns Jewish airman killed In Afghanistan By Alan Feiler Baltimore Jewish Times loved getting the letters and e-mails and packages." Marc Seidler went on: "I wonder where he got his bravery from. He never ques- tioned his commitment to his country. We can all learn from Matt. Our freedom is something we should never take for granted." More than 500 mourners-- including dozens of members of the military and the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.-- attended the funeral service for Matt Seidler, an explosive ordnance disposal technician who died Jan. 5 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive attack in Shir Ghazi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. The Baltimore-born Seidler, who was assigned to the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron head- quartered at Peterson Air Force Base in El Paso County, Colo., died only two days after his 24th birthday. Also killed in the attack were Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa., and Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, 34, of Traverse City, Mich. At least 1,472 service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military. A 2006 graduate of West- minster High School who became a bar mitzvah at the now-defunct Beth Shalom of Carroll County, Seidler entered active duty in No- vember 2009. Before join- ing the Air Force, he took classes for a year in business administration at Stevenson University and started in a multimedia design program at Carroll Community Col- lege. Standing at attention and holding American flags upright in the cold, driz- zling rain, approximately 40 leather-clad members of BALTIMORE--On his Facebook page, Airman 1st Class Matthew Ryan Seidler posted the lyrics to one of his favorite tunes, "Oppor- tunity" by Australian singer- songwriter Pete Murray. "Your coffee's warm but your milk is sour/Life is short but you're here to flower," the lyrics state. "Dream yourself along another day/Never miss opportunity." Those were words Matt Se- idler lived by, his father, Marc, said in a tearful eulogy for his son on Jan. 17 at Sol Levinson and Bros. Funeral Home. "He loved the Air Force. It was his calling. There was no second choice," Marc Seidler said. "He was very happy with his band of brothers, and [being in the U.S. Air Force] reconnected him with the importance of family. He YMAN SERVICE man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 the Patriot Guard Riders mo- torcycle club lined the front of Levinson's to pay respect to Seidler and his family, as well as to prevent potential disruptions by members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. (Church members have shown up fre- quently at soldiers' funerals across the country to voice their opposition to what they view as American tolerance of homosexuality.) "We're here to be there for the soldier's family," one Patriot Guard member said. "It's the least we can do. Right now, they have to have their time." At the funeral, members of the military in the audience stood up as a high-ranking Air Force officer presented the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Force Com- mendation Medal and the Air Force Combat Action Medal to Seidler posthumously. On the podium near the flag-draped casket, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emu- nah Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro led the mourners in the 23rd Psalm. He noted that Seidler, known for his modesty and humility, "would probably be embarrassed by all of this." "When it comes to Matt, we have much to mourn for, and much to honor and celebrate," Shapiro said. "We mourn his life just as he was starting to blos- som and grow. But we are overwhelmed by the dignity and honor of a young man who gave everything for his country." The rabbi recalled Se- idler's childhood growing up in Finksburg, being a Cub Scout, attending a Montes- sori school and playing in old refrigerator boxes with his younger brother, Justin. "He loved his bar mitzvah because for that one day he was hot stuff, the center of attention," Shapiro said. "He was extremely proud of being a Jewish man .... He observed and respected the Jewish tradition." In addition, Shapiro said that Seidler possessed a curious, adventurous na- ture. "Matt loved to explore, whether it was Kings Do- minion, Gettysburg or the [Maryland] Science Center," the rabbi said. Seidler also was creative and competitive throughout his life, whether he was play- ing Frisbee, pool or poker with friends or dreaming about his future, according to Shapiro. "Matt always told people he planned to be a CEO when he grew up," he said. "He had a quiet, reserved nature. It was hard for him to share internal thoughts." Joining the Air Force was an opportunity for Seidler - who loved dressing up in costumes as a kid and pretending to be a cowboy or pirate - "to be a real su- perhero," Shapiro said. "He didn't just join any unit. His job was to defuse and deto- nate bombs. He knew what he was getting into." Always a stubborn indi- vidual, Seidler utilized his nature for the common good. "Matt Seidler was strong- willed, full of convictions for his values, and stood up for what he believed in," the rabbi. "He wanted to help his fellow soldiers and serve his country." The Air Force transformed Seidler. "He became a man," Shapiro said. "He grew in confidence and comfort in himself, and developed a ca- maraderie of friends that he enjoyed. He became a lover of nature and the outdoors." The rabbi also said, "At least he found himself and lived his dream while he was alive. Matt never said nega- tive things about anyone. He was an encourager and he led by example. He followed his dream and didn't let fear determine his path. If he was here, he'd say, "Don't cry for me. You've got to understand, I was doing this for you.'" When last speaking with his son, Marc Seidler said, "He was the happiest he'd ever been in his life. He told us he loved us, and that's not easy for a 24-year-old to say to his mother and father.... We were blessed to have him for 24 years. He was a good guy, with not a mean bone in his body." Matt Seidler, who was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, is survived by his parents, Marc and Lauren Seidler; his brother, Justin Seidler; his grandparents, Pearl and Aaron Seidler, and Leda Hoff; and other family members, friends and extended family in the U.S. Air Force and EOD Unit. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Matthew Seidler Memorial Fund, c/o Susquehanna Bank, Attn: John Cole, 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 202, Westmin- ster, MD 21157; or the EOD Memorial Foundation (www., Fisher House Foundation (www. or the USO (