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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH22, 2013 PAGE 19A Joan Rivers helps Israeli gay couple NEW YORK (6NoBacon)-- Ym'al and Liran, a gay Israeli couple, want to have a child-- and they are using any help they can get, even from Hollywood. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osboume have joined a campaign to help the couple by posting photos of themselves holding a sign in Hebrew showing their support. AWider Bridge, an organiza- tion that connects the Israeli andAmerican LGBTcommuni- ties, first brought the story of Yuval and Liran to the Internet. The couple started a campaign to legalize surrogacy for gay couples and are trying to raise money to have their baby in the United States. The "Fashion Police" stars joined the campaign, posting photos of themselves holding A Wider Bridge signs on the organization's site that read, "We want them to have a baby too" in Hebrew. Stewart switching direction Jon Stewartjs stepping down" from his throne at Corr dy Central this summer to direct a film based on a screenplay he wrote. Stewart is temporarilyaban- doning "The Daily Show," The New York Times reports, to direct a film timed "Rosewater," which is based on the 2011 book "And Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. • "I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p. n. and mgving on, so this is a little scary, yes," Stewart said. "But one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves, and I really con- nected to Maziar's story. It's a personal story, but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free?' The book is about Bahari's ar- rest in Tehran in 2009, when he was imprisoned for four months because Iran believed the Ca- nadian- Iranian journalist was plotting a revolution. Shortly before Bahari was arrested, he appeared on "The Daily Show" in a sketch aboutbeing a spy, and his Iranian captors used the footage against him. Stewart struck up a friendship with Bahari following his release and adapted a screenplay after reading his book. "One of the things that ap- pealed to me about the story is that it does have lighter mo- ments," Stewart said. "One of the things that kept Maziar alive was his ability to keep his sense of humor--to remember about joy and laughter--and see the absurdity of his situ- ation." "The Daily Show" regular John Oliver will host during Stewart's absence. Babs singing for Peres Everyone is loving Babs these days. Only a few weeks after she performed at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years, Barbra Streisand is set to perform at IsraeliPresident Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebration, the Times Of Israel reports. Streisand will be the opening act at Peres' annual Presidential Conference, which is honoring his 90th birthday this year. • The event attracts some 4,500 attendees each year, in- cluding former heads of state, academics and scientists. Strei- Courtesy A Wider Bridge Joan Rivers holding a sign in support of a gay Israeli couple that reads, "I want them to have a baby toot' sand's performance is slated for June 18. Brooks 'blazing' new Broadway trail Mel Brooks, the Jewish fun- nyman who brought "The Pro- ducers" to Broadway acclaim, is planning another extravaganza for the Great White Way. Brooks revealed in an inter- view that a Broadway adapta- • tion of his 1974 comedy "Blaz. ing Saddles" is in the works. "Well, 'Blazing Saddles' is almost there," Brooks told The Wrap. "I ge.t the feeling that if I could find the time to write three or four more songs, it could be a bold and crazy musical." Brooks, 86, said he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon, and has hinted in previous interviews thathe'sworking on ˘[ a Blazing Saddles" show. Last year, Brooks told Broadway World he was "thinking" about it. "A lot of it is musical already. It has a rather fanciful and fan- tastic tone to it," he said. "And now that 'Django Unchained' has literally used the N word, I think I'm in the clear, i don't look so bad. He really used that word a lot." Alongwith"The Producers," a 1968 comedy that featured the tune "Springtime for Hitler," other Brooks films have been adapted for the stage, though not with the same success. While "The Producers," which garnered a record 12 Tony Awards in its run f om 2001 to 2007, "Young Frankenstein" arrived on Broadway in '07 and closed in '09 after fewer than 500 performances. Parker bids farewell to heels The Carrie Bradshaws among us are in mourning: Sarah Jessica Parker's doctor says the actress has permanent foot damage and can no longer wear heels. "I went to a foot doctor and he said, 'Your foot does things it shouldn't be able to do. That "bone there ... You've created that bone. It doesn't belong there," she told Net-a-Porter. "The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It's sad because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, 'You know what, we are :really tired, can you just stop." " The "Sex and the City" star is well known for her footwear collection. The show made shoe brands such as Manolo Blahnikand Christian Loubou- tin household names. "For 10 or so years, I literally ran in heels," Parker said. "I worked 18 -hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and n~ver complained.'.' Parker is now going to have to lay off the heels for a little bit, perhaps sticking to (gasp!) sneakers on weekends. Silverman's newest project Comedian Sarah Silverman launched a new YouTube com- -edy show called "Jash," which she claims means"JustAttitude So Hey." Google approached Silver- man and Michael Cera about the show, which debuted at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, March 10. Silverman said her first choice for the show's name was Josh, but it was already taken. "We each have pages within Jash and we each can curate those pages," Silverman told the HollywoOd Reporter. "This is what we think is funny. It may not be your Cup of tea, but there's no testing involved, there's no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It's just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail." Silverman and company are hard at work on material for the show, which will include • everything from a"French film noir trailer toa25:minute film starring Cera. A sequel for 'Oz' "Oz" hasn't even been in theaters for 24 hours and Dis- ney is alrea@ looking ahead to a sequel. Despite the film,s somewhat negative reviews, screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been tapped to write the sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the •original film's cast, which includes James Franco and Mila Kunis, seem to be on board. "We're all signed on" for seqUels," Kunis told E! Online last week. "Wherever Sam goes, I'll go," added Michelle Williams, refer- ring to director Sam Raimi."I'd do anything Sam asks me to do. I'd get stuck in quicksand with him." Predictions for the film's opening weekend estimate a $50 million to $75 million take at the box office. Producers are hoping it equals the 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland," which hit a record-breaking $116 mil- lion during opening weekend. Mandy Patinkin's secret for peace Is the fictional world of CIA agent Carrie Mathison and Marine-turned-al-Qaida operative Nicholas Brody the answer to the tension in the Middle East? Yes, according to Mandy Patinkin. The Jewish act , who por- trays Mathison's mentor Saul Berenson in the hit Showtime series "Homeland," traveled to Canada last week to do press for the show, which is based on an Israeli television produc- tion. Speaking with Canada. com, Patinkin said he believes "Homeland" holds the key to peace in the Middle East. "This Jewish-looking fel- low is keeping these two non-Jewish-looking creatures together because he feels that they're the answefto the world's problems, Patmkmsaid. They both care so much; they have so much empathy towards the human race, even though they are both capable of committing horrific acts of violence. I don't condone violence but some- times it happens, I'm not naive." LaBeouf-Baldwin feud continues Following a set-to with Alec Baldwin that caused Shia LaBeouf to leave his role in the upcoming Broadway show "Orphans," the Jewish actor is fighting again with Baldwin. LaBeouf hit Twitter (again) to share an email from Broad- way director Dan Sullivan that implied Baldwin wasn't rehearsing properly for the play. "Don't be too surprised ifAlec doesn't look up from his script much for the first few days," the email reads. "I suspec{ he's not nearly as prepared as you are. Not unusual at all when actors have a good long rehearsal time like we have: I just don't want it to throw you. I did a reading of another play once with Alec and about 10 minutes in I thought, 'Oh, I guess he's just going to read it.'" Baldwin apparently is a hothead and rather difficult to work with. LaBeoufalso postedan email exchange in which Baldwin complains he's tired, to which LaBeouf replies, "I'm a hustler. I don't get tired. I'm 26, chief." Of course, Baldwin has al- ready responded to LaBeouf's tweets. He told NYMag that he didn't think LaBeoufwas "in a good position to be giving inter- pretations of what the theater is and'what the theater isn't." "I mean, he was never in the theater. He came into a rehearsal room for six or seven days and, uh--you know, some- times film actors--I mean, there are people who are film actors who have a great legacy in the theater.... And many film actors, though, who are purely film actors, they're kind of like celebrity chefs, you know what I mean? You hand them the ingredients, and they whip it up, and they cook it, and they put it on a plate and they want a round of applause. "In the theater," Baldwin said, "we don't just cook the food and serve it. You go out in the garden and you plant the seeds and you grow it." LeBron's Yom Kippur wed- ding LeBron James sent out his save the dates for his wedding, theweekend of Sept. 13-=excit- ing stuff for the Miarhi Heat superstar's friends. Except the Jewish ones, that is--the date happens to be Yore Kippur. TMZ obtained a copy of the invitation and notes that James has plenty of Jewish friends, in- lcuding "Rabbi to the Business Stars" Yishayahu Yosef Pinto. No word on whether James willpush offhis marriage to fi- ance Savannah Brinson to save the Jews. Maybe he's thinking he can save money on the food. Ephron's son speaks kcob Bernstein, the son of .ewish writer and film- mater Nora Ephron, who died lastsummer from leukemia, wine an article for The New %rt Times Magazine about his nother's final days. Tae article, titled "Nora Eptron's Final Act," describes Bernstein remained in • aweof his mother's coherent indoendence throughout her can:er treatments* Ephron deat with her illness by writ- ing bout it, completing a play abottthe late tabloid journalist Mite McAlary. "2 occurred to me that part ofw at she was trying to do by wriing about someone else's deah was to understand her owr." Bernstein wrote. "As see sawhim, McAlary was a role motel not so much in life, but in death, in theway thathe used writng to maintain his sense of purlose and ~md release from his ilness." E)hron's final play will open on [roadway on April 2. Marion 5's Levine is lovin' it Alam Levine, the Maroon 5 lead singer who has moves out--dosomethingquirkyand like Jagger and still uses a pay romantic." phone, says McDonald's is his Levine adds, "You might be favorite first date spot. able to take her to the opera "I always like to dress up afterwards. If you don't like in a tuxedo and tell the girl to her, you can just take her dress real fancy. I like to pick home. If you don't like the her up-and go to McDonald's person that much and you in a tuxedo," he told Refinery can tell it's not going well, 29 in a recent interview. "It's a then you just drop 'em off • good, spontaneous, romantic and they'll thinkitwas really thing you can do that's also sweet, really cool." cost effective. 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