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PAGE 8A I HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 5, 2013 I 1 6 degrees (no B00lcola): Jewish celebrity roundup FLASH90 Robert de Niro speaking June 19 at a panel at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. stopped. We all knew she was doing it but it&apos;s almost impossible [to tackle], espe- cially if you're not talking about it." Winehouse died in 2011 at age 27. Tragic, no matter how exactly it happened. Drake's wait to party with Heat Following the Miami Heat's NBA Finals victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Canadian rapper Drake, an avid Heat fan affd good friends with Heat superstar LeBron James (meaning he will probably become an avid fan of the next team,LeBron decides to take his talents to), wanted to use his star power to get into the Miami locker room to congratulate the champs. Alas, the television cam- eras caught Drizzy being rejected by t.he security guards. One of the guards said access was granted only to media, whereupon Drake responded, "I am the f***ing media." Of course, that didn't help his odds. Drake had to wait until the after party, where the rapper performedwhile LeBron and co-star Dwayne Wade were drinking champagne and eating pizza next to him. Moranis' Jewish album Don't teII The Lonely Island, but there's anoth- er comic album out this month, and it's just as de- lightfully ridiculous--albeit a lot less raunchy and much more haimish. Rick Morais might not be the first actor you'd think By 6 Degrees (No Bacon) Staff Silverman's dad rips JAPs NEW YORK--Thanks to the cultural gem that is "Princesses: Long Island," lately the term JAP Jewish American Princess has been bandied around with a vigor that hasn't been seen since the lavish bat mitzvah and nose job-filled days of our adolescence. Those not happy about the development have com- pany in Donald Silverman, the father of JAC (Jewish American Comedian) Sarah Silverman. The elder Silver- man finds it infuriating that anyone would proudly own a label that implies they are materialistic and shallow. In fact, a.nyone who does is "being an asshole." he told HuffPost Live. While Silverman's four daughters and five grand- children"don'twearjewelry or drive new cars," he said. and therefore are anti-JAPs, we don't doubt Silverman's expertise in this area. He was Skyped in to the interview from Boca Raton, after all. Winehouse's brother: Bulimia killed her While the "Amy Wine- house: A Family Portrait" exhib!t, opening soon at London's Jewish Museum, will show the public a dif- ferent verslon of the singer's life than the one we saw in the tabloids, her brother has come forward with a new angle on how she died. While he doesn't deny her very public struggle with drugs and alcohol, it isn't what killed her. says Alex Winehouse. Instead, he claims, it was bulimia that actually led to his sister's death. (The coroner's in- quest listed alcohol poison- ing as the cause of death.) "She would have died eventually the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia," he told The Observer. "Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger." According to Alex Wine- house, his sister developed bulimia in her late teens, like her friends. "Ttrey'd put loads of rich sauces on their food. scarf it down and throw it up," he said. "They stopped do- ing it, but Amy never really would venture into the world of jokey music. In fact. it's likely you would not thinl of him at all, seeing how he retired from acting in the '90s. Recently, however, the Star of classics such as "Spaceballs." "Parenthood" and "Little Shop Of Horrors" released "My Mother's Bris- ket & Other Love Songs," a collection of tunes in which he seriously owns his Jewish heritage. In addition to the title song, a ballad about his favorite Shabbat dish. other tracks have names like "Pu- Pu-Pu," "Live Blogging the Bar Mitzvah .YSayorn ©mmerson GoAen Haydn Emmerson Co- hen, .,son of Dawn and Joseph Cohen of Orlando, will be called to the To- rah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Congregation Beth Emeth in Orlando. Haydn is irkthe eighth grade at Legacy Middle School, where he is an honor roll student and plays with the-jazz and symphonic bands. He also enjoys swimming, going to parks, camping and is a star rank Boy Scout. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Haydn's sister, Morgyn; his brother, Massin; grandparents, Arlene and Charles Harris of Orlando; Jack and Anna Cohen of Memphis, Tenn.; aunts, uncles and cousins from Arizona, California, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Florida. Himmel Family Bris" and "Belated Haftorah." "In the past if I were to have come up with stuff like this, this filter would have been on it," Moranis told The New York Times, referring back to his days writing for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "We would come up with something, and one of us would say, 'No. no. no, it's too Jewish. Can't do it: it's too Jewish. "This time. because I was essentially going to make this record on my own. I • could just say, 'The hell with it.' "' It might seem like an odd career choice, but not so much when you consider his last project. In 2005 Mor.anis, who quit acting to spend more time with his family following his wife's death, came out with "The Agoraphobic Cowboy," a humorous country album that was nominated for a Grammy. We hope he has the same mazel this time around. Greenfield back wkth 'Ve- ronica Mars' While most JAPs on TV today are no fun to watch. there is one we find vastly entertaining: "New Girl's" Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield. Before his days metro- sexualing it up and shoving dollars in the douchebag jar on the Fox hit. Greenfield was known for his role as Deputy Leo on 'Veronica Mars"--a role he'll be repris- ing in the upcoming movie version of the UPN/CWshow. Greenfield announced the news two week ago week during a Google Hangout interview with Gold Derby. "I'm really excited about it." he said of the Kickstart- er-funded project starring Kristen Bell. "It's one of those few occasions where you're working on something everybody is so excited to be there. Every- body is going to be going full force on this project, and it's going to be like a fun reunion." De Niro respects Israelis The celebrities on hand for President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday festival two weeks ago left Israel with some unforgettable memo- ries. Sharon Stone spent her remaining time in Israel participating in a video forum with Peres and Arab youth from all over the world. Barbra Streisand filled Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium twice for her" 99th and 100th live shows, which were praised by critics. Even Robert De Niro stopped by and shared his thoughts on Israelis. "I always enjoy coming to Israel. Israelis are warm, they're energetic people. Forthright. Very smart. I always like smart people," he said. "They're nice people. you know. Aggressive, and t respect that aggressiveness because you need it in their situation." 'Too Many Lenas' Good news to all you Lena Dunham fans out there who just want more and more (and morel of her. A Brooklyn performance took the Dunham phenomenon to • stage and multiplied her by five for the performance. "Too Many Lenas.'" The ,group depicting the many sides and quirks of Dunham goes by Caroll Simmons and identifies as a "pop-up performance collective dedicated to un- raveling and exploring the legacy of filmmaker, writer and actor Lena Dunham." For those who aren't stead- fast Lena fans, Caroll is the first name of Dunham's father and Simmons is the last name of Lena's mother. Creativity! In "Too Many Lenas," each character represents a separate "Lena trait:" apolo- getic, perfect, self-depicted, naked and urban. A sixth Lena serves as a mixed bag of the others. David Bernstein. a young filmmaker and the brain- child of Caroll Simmons, reached out to some friends in January with an idea for a show called "Four Lenas." And now we have 7! For the latest Jewish celebrity news, visit JTA's 6 Degrees (No Bacon) blog. 'rom Jerusalem tit t erlin to Sante Fe By Rabbi Rachel Esserman  The (Vestal, N.Y.) Reporter - llll, In the past, the major literary distinctio'n was be- - ................................................. tween prose (defined a< or- NG 0 dinary speech or language) and poetry. The recent boom m graphic works offers yet another literary possibility. Although graphic novels and memoirs were once dismissed by some critics as high-brow comic books. authors and illustrators cur- rently aspire to something action, only dialogue and writer, serves as his own ing. Fans of both writers far greater. Three recent drawings. While this keeps main character, will enjoy this quirky tale. books show just how far the action moving, it made Theactionb•eginsrealisti- 'Letting It Go' the genre has expanded: thecastofcharacterslisting cally enough: Stavans is in Reality takes a slightly the works'being reviewed vital to remer'nbering who SanteFe, N.M..togivealec- surrealistic turn i.n Miriam offer a family portrait of characters were and how ture, about crypto-Jews-- Katin's memoir "Letting It Jerusalem in the 1940s, a they were related. Christianswhobelievetheir Go" (Drawn and Quarterly). contemporary look at the What makes "Jerusa- Jewish ancestors converted Katin's world turns upside crypto-Jews in America's lem" so effective is that it duringtheSpanishInquisi- down when her son tells her Southwest and a Holocaust gives voice to a variety of tion, yet who still secretly thatnotonlyisn'thereturn- survivor's reaction when viewpoints, from those of practiced their original re- irg to live in the U.S., he's her son decided to settle communist Jews andArabs ligion. Stavans' talk proves decided to settle in Berlin. in Berlin. who hope both sides canlive more controversial than For Katin, a Holocaust sur- 'Jerusalem' together in peace to radical expected, especially when vivor. Germany is a dark and BoazYakinandNickBer- Zionists who would prefer a he's asked to search for scary place. In order to come tozzi use the graphic format Jewish state that includes no documents that connect to terms with his decision, to tell a multi-generational Arabs.Yet, the true heart of not only to the fate ofa 16th Katin and her husband visit story about the founding thetale isthe relationships century martyr, but to a Berlin first as tourists and of the state of Israel from amongthe characters, par- modern day murder, later to attend a museum 1940-48 in "Jerusalem: A ticularly Izak's four sons. My favorite part of the opening that includes her FamilyPortrait"(F.irstSec- The brothers di:sagree not novel is its humor, which artwork. ond). Yakin, a screenwriter only on politics, but their is to be expected in any "Letting It Go" not only and film director, focuses personallives. The exciting collaborationwithSheiken, tells the story of Katin's on two brothers, Izak and plot contains unexpected best known as the author current life, but looks at Yakov Halabys, whose feud twists and turns, and the and illustrator of the very her time in Israel after affects all members of their black-and-white drawings funny Rabbi Harvey series, the war and also serves as family, serve to highlight the ac- The two manage to poke fun a guide to contemporary For those u.nfamiliar tion. Yakin and Bertozzi's at their own undertaking Berlin. While much of the • with the recent history of work is ambitious and when one of theharacters memoir has a realistic tone, the city, the novel opens dramatic. Graphic novel lov- accuses Stavans of writing Katii3's inclusion of talking with an introduction to ers will find it an excellent a book about •cyrpto-Jews birds and insects, who pe- Jerusalem; this is followed addition to their collection, that "will turn the-whole riodically comment on the by a short description of 'El Iluminado' murky mystery into some action, adds an additional the current generation of When is a novel not quite preposterous page-turner, dimension to the text. Her the Halabys family and a fiction? "El Iluminado: The Da Vinci Code with drawings, which range from graphic portrayal offhe cast A Graphic Novel" by Ilan matzah and salsa picante." naturalistic to impression- ofcharacters. The tale istold" Stavans and S•teve Sheiken The storyisabsorbingand istic, help turn what could using cinematic techniques: (Basic Books) raises this in- fast-paced enough that the be a commonplace story of there is no narrator's voice teresting question because historical parts add, rather a parent-child conflict into or written descriptions of Stavans, a professor and than detract, from its tell- a mesmerizing tale.