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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 8, 2013 By Adam Nicky isbilledastheLowestWebcam cancellations and the loss of headEbrahamHanna."Show-MariaMenses,42,fromMadrid. buff or travel enthusiast." The Media Line on Earth. regular visitors, ing off the unique and rare She said she enjoyed a simple Official figures show tour- The Arab citadel stream"This will not only show beauty of Jordan's attractions waik down Amman's Rainbow ism dipped in 2011 but picked AMMAN--Considering a showsancientRomancolumns Jordan is unaffected by the will onlyhaveapositiveinflu- Street, dotted with cafes and upin2012duetoanincreasing visittoJordan?Someofitsmost standingtali,withviewersable political turbulence that has ence on tourism," he told The restaurantsandoneofthecity's number of Arab visitors from breathtaking wonders, from to listentobustlingdowntown been going on around the Media Line. main attractions. Libya, the Gulf states, and the amazing rock formations market traffic, region, but will also showcase "Over the past year, my"Jordan is a very exciting neighboring countries. and remains of ancient life in Can technology turn thethe beauty of the sites day and company had 50 percent country; the world needs to Instability in traditional Petra to the lowest point on Jordanian tourism industry night," saidArrabiyat, cancellations, but 2013 could know more about its ancient tourism destinations, includ- Earth at the Dead Sea, are around, whichrecordedalmost Amman-based tour guide be worse as people are finding treasures," she told The Media ing Egypt and Syria, is also ex- nowjustaclickawayasJordan four million Arab tourists and Abdullah Hyassat, 55, who newdestinationstovisit.Ihope Line as she drank tea. The pected to drive up the number becomes a leader in using tech- 767Eumpeanvisitorslastyear. works with Italian and Span- thisprojectwillrectifythesitu- live stream idea would appear of visitors to Jordan this year, nology to promote tourism. AbedalRazzaqArabiyyat, Man- ish-speaking groups, said that ation."Turkey and otherAsian to be set to both quench that JTB officials say. In a bid to boost tourism aging Director of the Jordan while it did not affect Jordan countries were among those thirst for knowledge about the However, all eyes remain revenues after two bad years, Tourism Board, thinks so. He politically as in neighboring mentioned as experiencing countryandluremorevisitors, on the lucrative Western Jordanian tourism authorities says Jordan was privileged in countries, tourism suffered a stable tourism visits. Clarissa Ramirez, Earth- market, particularly the U.S. this month introduced the avoiding the violent conse- greatdealaftertheArabspring. Jordan'slatesttourismmag- CamNetworkPmductSpecial- and Western Europe. That's live web cam streaming from quences of the Arab Spring "I did not get a work order in ic comes courtesy of a U.S.- ist who oversaw the launch of why JTB is pitching Petra as five top attractions, including revolutions in the region that more than a month. Manybasedcompany, EarthCam, an the project, saidtheexperience "a vast, unique city carved Amman's ancient citadel, the began two years ago. Petra hotels face bankruptcy, international firm providing caters to the needs of many into the sheer rock face by an Red Sea port of Aqaba and the "We are trying to do what We hope this promotion tool streamingvideoservicesforcli- types of travelers, industrious Arab Nabatean Amman skyline, we can to help tourism grow. works," he said. ents in more than 1,500 cities. "We are thrilled to partner civilization more than 2,000 Billed as the First World Jordan is proud to be a safe Tourism is the third highest Western tourists inter-withtheJordanTourismBoard yearsago"andtabbedtheDead WonderWebcam, thepinkcity destination for travelers from contributor to the national viewed in Jordan by The(JTB)togivepeoplearoundthe Sea as "the largest natural spa of Petra's stream features its all backgrounds," he told The economy, with annual rev- Media Line admitted many world the change to experi- in the world." treasures, used as a backdrop Media Line. enues of around $2.8 billion Europeans would love to visit ence the country from several With the help of those for Indiana Jones films, which The hope is that the new dollars, or seven percent of the region, but are concerned unique perspectives," she said pitches and especially the can be seen from a nearby marketing gimmick will send the country's gross domestic by the political situation, in a JTB statement. "This col- webcams, Jordanian tourism hilltop while tourists take pic- tourists flockingtoJordanand product. "My friends warned me lectionofeducationalandsce- officials hope computer users tures or are led by Beduin on revive the struggling industry The webcam idea appeared that this region is dangerous, nic cameras offers something around the world soon will be camels or horses on the rocky which endured two dreadful to have clicked with A1-Sharq but I was never in any kind of for everyone, whether you are streaming to Jordan in record terrain. The Dead Seaweb cam yearscharacterizedbymassive international tourism agency danger," said Spanish tourist an adventure-seeker, history numbers. NEW YORK (6NoBacon)-- Even though "Family Guy" creator SethMacFarlaneserved as host, the 85th Academy Awards show went off without controversy. Yeah, right. Not unexpectedly for those who've seen "Family Guy" and know MacFarlane's humor, his monologues offered a plethora of politically incorrect jokes, comments and songs. What particularly raised Jewish hackles was MacFarlane mak- ing remarks about Jews run- ning Hollywood in the guise of Ted, an offensive and fuzzy Bostonian teddy bear that MacFarlane created and voiced in his film of that name. "Ted" star MarkWahlbergjoined him on stage. That itwas Ted and not Mac- Farlane didn't stop the Anti- Defamation League and its chief, Abraham Foxman, from blasting the Oscars broadcast. "It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs," the ADL said in a statement. Alongwith engenderingade- bate aboutwhether MacFarlane was being funny or had crossed a line into anti-Semitism, the Oscars offered happiness and disappointment for filmdom's Jews. On the winning side, Daniel Day Lewis, the son of a Jewish room, brought home the statuette for best actor, becoming the first actor to win the award three times. William Goldenberg won for "Argo," which tookbestpicture. He also was on the losing side, having been nominated for his work in "Zero Dark Thirty." On the losing side were Ste- ven Spielberg, who fell short for best director in "Lincoln" alongside losing for top film, and two Israeli documentaries, "5 Broken Cameras" and "The Gatekeepers." Jews performed, too: Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt did a dance duet, Sacha Baron Cohen was shenanigans- free during the"Les Miserables" presentation, and Barbra Strei- sand sang at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years to honor the late composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch and other Hollywood icons who died last year. Raisman to dance with the stars After tearing it up on the floors of London arenas last summer, Jewish Olympics gold medalistAly Raisman is aiming to do the same onABC's"Danc- ingWith the Stars." Feb. 26 the show announcedthat Raisman, who danced her floor routines at the games to "Hava Nagila," will join celebs such as boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympics gold- medal ice skater Dorothy Ha- mill, comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, and others on the show's 16th season. Wear Nev's chest hair Yaniv "Nev" Schulman, star of the documentary turned MTV show "Catfish," wants you to wear his chest hair. Nev, who is known for his magnificent hairy chest, released a "Catfish"-themed line of clothing, with one shirt featuring his exact chest-hair pattern. The 2010 documentary "Catfish" followed Nev as he startedaFacebookrelationship with awomanwithout meeting her, only to find a surprising fact about her true identity. The MTV show follows Nev and cameraman Max Joseph as they force people in online relationships to confront each other and find out whether each side is real or fake. Joseph, known for his gray hair, also has his own T-shirt design with the writing "Max is the Greytist." The show gained popularity when Notre Dame football play- er's Manti Te'o's fake-girlfriend story broke in January, and recently finished a successful first season. A few weeks ago Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine imperson- ated Nev and his somewhat self-centered mannerisms on a "Saturday Night Light" skit. According to the website that offers the shirts, Looksy, "a portion of proceeds will go to LOVE (Leave Out Violence), an award-winning youth violence prevention organization." The shirts are $20 and are available for men and women. No word on whether they are offered to fake folks. Michael Moore rescues Burnat Emad Burnat, the Pales- tinian director of the Oscar- nominated film "5 Broken Cameras," was detained at the Disney ABC Television Group Joseph Gordon-Levitt (!), Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe dancing Feb. 24 in the opening routine of the 85th Academy Awards. Los Angeles airport two weeks released until two days after agobecauseairportofficialsdid the incident. BuzzFeed said it not believe he was actually in was trying to get clarification town for the Academy Awards, from the TSA agent. No such TMZ reports, thing as bad publicity. Filmmaker Michael Moore Samberg is engaged live-tweeted the incident, ManyJewishandnon-Jewish claiming Burnat was held for womendreadedthemoment-- nearly two hours while airport the official engagement of security grilled him about his former SNLcastmemberAndy purpose of his U.S. visit. Samberg and musician Joana "Emad, his wife & 8-yr old Newsom. son were placed in a hold- "I can confirm that An@ ing area and told they didn't Samberg and Joanna Newsom have the proper invitation on are engaged," Samberg's publi- them to attend the Oscars," cistCarrieByalicktoldReuters. Moore tweeted. "Although The two have been dating for he produced the Oscar invite five years. nominees receive, that wasn't Newsom was spotted with good enough & he was threat- a diamond ring at the Film ened with being sent back to Independent Spirit Awards in Palestine." SantaMonica, Calif., on Feb. 23. Even with the Academy The two have yet to announce Awardsover--Burnat'sfilmfell awedding date, butwouldn't it short for best documentary-- be awesome if it were on aboat? Moore continued to discuss Samberg was a fan of New- the topic. He aimed his fire at som's work even before they the popular website BuzzFeed, were introduced, according to whichclaimedthatMooreover- Us magazine, and would see hyped the story. BuzzFeed's her perform. Newsom, who Tessa Stuart cited LAX sources is known for her baroque folk that called Moore's allegation music style, plays the harp and "baloney" and a "publicity piano, and also sings. stunt," while a Homeland Se- When Hikind painted his curitysourcesaidthat,"Burnat face wasmerelyaskedtoproducehis New York State Assembly- ticket for the Oscars--and that man Dov Hikindhelda massive when he found it, he was let in partyathishousefortheJewish immediately"--a process that holiday of Purimwith 14 hours tooknolongerthan25minutes, of food, booze and, of course, Moore responded by say- costumes. ing that Stuart lied, since the Hikind, gettingintotheholi- tickets to the show weren't day spirit, dressed up as a bas- ketball player--ALL BASKET- The bit was finally axed after BALL PLAYERS, you see, not officials from Israel's Yedid just a specific one--complete Association for Community withafro, sunglassesandjersey. Empowerment issued a formal He told Politicker he hired a complaint letter, calling the professional makeup artist to commercialan"evidentandun- paint his face, er, darker, justified insult to a substantial "I was just, I think, I was majority of the people. There trying to emulate, you know, are a lot of weight-challenged maybesomeofthesebasketball individuals in Israel who are players," explained Hikind, a treated in an irreverent and Brooklyn Democrat, in de- hurtful manner. fending his choice of costume. "There is no justification to "Someone gave me a uniform, illustrate a stigma which sug- someone gave me the hair of gests a larger woman is either the actual, you know, sort of a pregnant or simply too fat for black basketball player." anyone to consider going out Askedbyareporterifhewere with," the letter read. worried that some might find YESremovedthepromoand his costume racist, Hikind re- said in a statement that the sponded, "I can't imagine any- commercial "has been hurt- one getting offended. Purim, ful to a portion of the public, you know, everything goes, despite the inherent freedom and it's all done with respect, ofspeechinadvertising media. No one is laughing, no one is Should there be a new request mocking. No one walked in to air the spot, the authority today and said, 'Oh, my God." will need to re-examine the Hikind later reiterated to material and deliberate then." WCBSTVthatit"nevercrossed LaBeouf leaves 'Orphans' my mind for a second" that Shia LaBeouf and Alec having a blackfaced costume Baldwin are in some sort of isn't OK. fight, and the two couldn't "If I was black," Hikind resolve the issue to the point added, "on Purim I would have that LaBeouf has dropped out made my face white." of their upcoming Broadway Later he apologized, saying show, "Orphans," according to at a news conference Feb. 25, The Associated Press. LaBeouf according to the New York pulled out of the production Daily News, "I'm sorry people "due to creative difference," were offended. In hindsight, I accordingtotheshow'sproduc- should have picked something ers, but LaBeouf tweeted an else. It never crossed my mind email recently revealinghehad for a split second that I was do- conflicts with Baldwin. ing something wrong." In an email titled "Creative Louis-Dreyfus' Israeli com- Differences," LaBeouf wrote to mercial pulled director Dan Sullivan, "I'm too AcommercialforIsrael'sYES old for disagreeable situations. satellite television company You're one hell of a great actor. featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus Aleciswhoheis.Youarewhoyou has been pulled from the air, are. You two are incompatible. I Contact Music reports, should have known it. This one The ad showed Louis-Drey- willhauntme.Youtriedtowarn fus rubbing an overweight me.Yousaidyouwereadifferent woman'sstomachinanelevator breed. I didn't get it." and wishing her a congratula- LaBeouf also tweeted an tions onlyto findoutshewasn't emailto Baldwin, sayingsome- pregnant. The comic actress thing about acting like "a real spentthe rest of the commercial man." trying to fix her mistake. "A man can tell you he was Israeli women complained wrong .... He can apologize, that the commercial was of- even if sometimes it's just to fensive to overweight women, put an end to the bickering. Na'mat, an Israeli women's Alec, I'm sorry for my part organization, had its chair- of a disagreeable situation," woman, Galit Wolloch, corn- LaBeoufwrote. plain to Israel's Channel 2, and For more Jewish entertain- wrote on Facebook that the ment news, visit 6nobacon. ad'smessagewasinsultingand corn, the illegitimate child of condescending. JTA.