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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Portman's film in Jerusalem NEW YORK (6NoBacon. com)--Natalie Portman is working on a special home- coming. The Jerusalem-born actress will be heading back to her hometown to shoot an adapta- tion of"A Tale of Love and Dark- ness," the autobiographical novel by IsraeliauthorAmos Oz. Portman is expected to star in the film, as well as direct and write the screenplay. She first expressed interest in adapting the novel six years ago and discussed filming the movie in Hebrew. It's unconfirmed if that's still the plan. The adaptation, according to the official synopsis, would take place in Jerusalem in the second half of the 1940s and focus on the author's childhood in light of his mother's mental illness and his father's helplessness, all in the context of the historic events of the period. Portman would play Oz's mother. With filming set to begin this winter, the Holy Land better prepare for some serious paparazzi. Jewish Emmy nominations The Emmy nominations are in! Here's a compactyet impres- sive group of Jewish hopefuls: Man@ Patinkin was nomi- nated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Award for his role as the Jewish CIAofficer SauIBerensonin the hit show "Homeland." Lena Dunham will try to carry her success from the Golden Globes to the Emmys, as she was nominated again as Best Lead Actress in a Come@ for "Girls." She'll have competi- tion from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was tapped for her part in the come@ "Veep." For Louis-Dreyfus, itwas her 14th Emmy nomination. She has won twice: for Best Sup- porting Actress in "Seinfeld" and as the lead in "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Jewish supermom Mayim Bialik received her second straight nomination for Out- standing SupportingActress in a Come@ for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in "Big Bang Theory." Veteran actor Michael Doug- las was nominated for Out- standing Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his part in "Behind The Candelabra." The Emmys will take place on Sept. 22 and be broadcast on CBS. 'Groovy, baby' to 'Supermensch' Sadly, there is no fourth "Austin Powers" film due out in the near future, although it has been labeled as "in devel- opment" on the film database website IMBD. Powers, played by Mike Myers, hopefully will make a Joe Seer/Shutterstock Natalie Portman, shown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles in February 2013, is set to direct and star in a film in Jerusalem. comeback, but for now we can look forward to the arrival of his directorial debut, wonderfully titled "Supermensch." The film will focus on the career of talent manager Shep Gordon, who caught the inter- Reading R U Looking for the 3 R's Ruach in Your Religious School? 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Since then, Myers and Shep have been friends. Talking about Gordon, My- ers told Deadline, "I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr. Magoo. I've been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally said yes. "I loved him like a brother before we started making this film and now, having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more." Gordon spearheaded the careers of '70s and '80s leg- ends such as Cooper, Ted@ Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch. Baron Cohen quits Queen film Plans for Sacha Baron Cohen to portray a character who is both mustachioed and flamboyant (a hybrid of Borat and Bruno, one mightsay) have fallen through. The Jewish actor has can- celed his plans to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biographical film, Deadline.corn reports. Apparently he is not on the same page as the remain- ing members of Queen, who have creative control over the project. The band's vision is a PG movie, while Cohen was push- ing for a"gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer," according to Deadline. They're going to have a hard time finding someone who looks more like Mercury than Cohen. Manders Toronto UJA gig A room full of UJA support- ers will get a special, funny treat this summer when To- ronto native Howie Mandel returns home--and back to his standup roots--for the launch of the United Jewish Appeal's Campaign 2014. The setting should be a real flashback for the comic and "America's Got Talent" judge, who began his career perform- ing in front of an audience of Canadian Jews. At his bar mitzvah, naturally. "My first act was my haf- tarah, which I'm ashamed to say I didn't write," he said. Seriously, Mandel is a great fit for the event. He's proud of his Jewish heritage and speaks warmly of Israel, which he visited a few years ago. "When I landed in Israel, I immediately felt like this is where I was supposed to be," he said. "Israel stands for so much more than just Judaism. It is the epitome of everything that North America and much of the world strives to be in terms of democracy and free- dom. Israel is this little pit bull surrounded by her enemies, and yet it is strong enough to not only hold its own but to flourish." For those interested in a night of laughing and giving, the event will take place Aug. 19 at the Westin Harbour Castle. When Larry King met Snoop Former CNN host Larry King in his bid to become a Jewish rapper enlisted the help of none other than the rhyming veteran Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg. King stopped by Snoop's Tha Double Gangsta Hood News Network, where the joint-toting rapper quizzed the 79-year-old Brooklyn native on his interests. Then the two launched into a rap about peanut butter, baseball and dinner. "Mazel tov, Mr. King, let yourvoice and legacy continue to ring," Snoop said, closing out their duet. Snoop did a nice job of coaching King, who said he wanted to be the first Jewish rapper. Snoop didn't tell him thatartists suchas the Beastie Boys and Drake had beaten him to the Jewish rap thing. For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA's 6Degrees (No Bacon) biog. JFGO partners with Israeli city to foster opportunities Partnership2Getheris a global platform developed by the Jewish Agency for Israel that connects 550 communi- ties around the world in 45 partnerships with cities and towns in Israel. It's how Jew- ish communities around the country partner directly with communities in Israel Through P2G, the Greater Orlando Jewish community has built a long-term part- nership with Kiryat Motzkin (an Israeli city, north of Haifa). The partnership fos- ters educational and cultural opportunities in both cities. Annually, JFGO makes a direct allocation from its an- nual campaign to a number of projects in Kiryat Motzkin including: Mashal, an after school facility for students with learning and other disabili- ties. Students are profession- ally diagnosed and a develop- mental treatment program is fitted for each individual in order to improve their social and academic skills, with the goal of keeping them in the regular school system. Each year funding from JFGO al- lows low-income families to benefit from another year of remedial teaching in math, in which they show sig- nificant improvement upon completion. In Kiryat Motzkin, a total of 150 teenagers take part in a young leadership program, operated by KM Youth Unit. These include youths at risk, children of Olim families (new citizens), and many others who are not active in youth move- ments or other after-school programs. This program is an opportunity to develop "tomorrow's leaders" in Israel. Remembering the Ho- locaust and paying respect to the aging survivors have become significant topics in Israeli discourse. A difficult economic situation demands societal solutions for survi- vors who thirst for activities of interest and cultural en- richment. In Kiryat Motzkin, many survivors participate at no charge in the activities of Mashmaut Center thanks in part to funding from JFGO. Sifriyat Pijama is a read- ing enhancement program, the Israeli branch of PJ Li- brary that now operates in Kiryat Motzkin as it does in Orlando. In KM, about 730 children in 21 kindergartens enjoy receiving each month a high quality book to take home. Parents and teachers all speak enthusiastically about the program, and the children wait excitedly every month for the new books, which for some (mostly new Olim and families of low socio-economic status) are the only books they own. One of the most exciting and far-reaching aspects of P2G is the mutuality of im- pact. Through professional and other exchange visits, em- issary placements, and other people-to-people projects, Partnership2Gether builds living bridges between the Israelis and the Jewish com- munities around the world. In the coming year, JFGO is focusing on establishing a school twinning project between a school in Kiryat Motzkin and the Jewish Acad- emy of Orlando. Aided by com- puter technology, students in seventh and eighth grades will develop relationships with their peers in Israel that will be reinforced when these students visit Israel and meet their friends in person. JFGO executive director Olga Yorish's biggest dream is to bring a Jewish Agency emis- sary from Kiryat Motzkin to Orlando for a year-long stay in the community. This emissary would bring Israel to schools, synagogues, JCCs, and other Jewish organiza- tions in Orlando. These Partnership2Gether projects are made possible with the generous contribu- tions to the Federation's an- nual campaign.