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Lisa Kudrow Learns About Her Jewish Heritage (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:23AM
Who Do You Think You Are?, Lisa KudrowOn 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC), Lisa Kudrow traveled to Poland and visited the mass grave site of her great-grandmother. It proved to be an emotional journey for Kudrow, but one she's glad to have taken.

"These people were no threat, they were nothing," said Kudrow. "It's just the ravings of a madman who decided that Jews didn't fit into the way he saw the human race."

Watch the video after the jump.

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How Million Dollar Listing moved me to tears

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 28th 2009 9:02AM
million_dollar_listing_flaggsGenerally speaking, there's little on Million Dollar Listing that strikes me as edifying or illuminating television. Mostly, I've watched this Bravo reality/unscripted show about three Los Angeles real estate brokers – Josh Flagg, Chad Rogers and Madison Hildebrand -- who are young, ambitious and seemingly very spoiled, with a weird fascination.

Would Chad's hair stylist convince him to try a buzz cut? No. Could Madison succumb to the come-on of a sexy female client? No. Was Josh seriously concerned about his health? Yes.

However, I caught up with the show this week and saw a sequence that got to me on a very emotional level. Josh Flagg, in an effort to learn more about his grandmother Edith's life -- in particular, how she survived the Holocaust -- went to Amsterdam with her to visit the places she remembers.

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In praise of In Plain Sight

by Allison Waldman, posted May 24th 2009 1:31PM
Richard Schiff In Plain sight
In Plain Sight has become one of my favorite TV shows. I didn't think that way last year, its rookie season, when the show lurched a bit to try and find balance between Mary's professional life as a U.S. Marshal in the Witness Protection Program and her dysfunctional personal life with an alcoholic mother, a troubled younger sister with a drug-dealing boyfriend, and an on-again/off-again relationship with a hot Latin minor league baseball player.

When it went well, it was very satisfying, but the show seemed to be struggling to find its tone. Well, this season is a whole new thing. Perhaps there were changes behind the scenes, perhaps the first year was about shaking out all those story strands and building a stronger foundation, perhaps it was simply the actors getting more comfortable in their roles. Whatever the case, In Plain Sight is now hitting on all cylinders.

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Braff confirms he's leaving Scrubs... from a cafe in Tel Aviv

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 25th 2008 6:08PM
Zach Braaf in Tel AvivJust in case you weren't sure that this upcoming eighth season of Scrubs was going to be Zach Braff's last -- and, considering both Braff and series creator Bill Lawrence have been alluding to this for months, it's a good bet that you were sure -- an article on Haaretz.com should convince you. Braff spoke to the magazine during his ten-day trip to Israel and confirmed that he has already left the show (which wrapped the eighth, but not necessarily final, season over the summer), mainly because "there's so much I want to do with my life."

One of those things, I guess, is getting back in touch with his heritage.

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Forget it! Sarah says she's not marrying Jimmy Kimmel

by Allison Waldman, posted May 5th 2008 8:25PM
Jimmy Kimmel & Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman, the star of The Sarah Silverman Program, is fu*king Jimmy Kimmel, the host of ABC's late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. At least we assume so, considering they've been dating for years and kidding about their love story in public -- remember her video, "I'm fu*king Matt Damon," which he countered with "I'm fu*king Ben Affleck"? These two are a fun couple and seem to really have it together. However, don't look for Ms. Silverman to ever become Mrs. Kimmel.

Simply stated, Sarah Silverman told People.com that she's vowed to never marry Jimmy Kimmel. Nothing personal, Jimmy, she just likes things exactly as they are and doesn't want to muck it up with rice, flowers, lace, cake, invitations and all the other wedding malarkey.

Clearly, little Sarah never fantasized about her parents walking her down the aisle, standing under the chuppa with her groom, and seeing the man of her dreams shatter a wine glass beneath his foot, all elements of a typical nice Jewish wedding for a nice Jewish girl like Sarah.

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Family Guy in trouble for wishing upon a star

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 9th 2007 12:02PM

Family Guy logoAccording to this article on CNN, the owners of the classic song from Disney's Pinocchio, "When You Wish Upon a Star," are suing the creators of Family Guy for what is being called an "unseemly spoof". Apparently, someone from the music publishing company Bourne Co. saw a repeat of the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" in which Peter determines that Chris would be more successful if he becomes Jewish.

It's a pretty slow reaction time on behalf of the Bourne Co. considering the episode was made sometime in 2002 (although it wasn't broadcast on TV until after the Season 3 DVD release in 2003). The parody was called "I Need A Jew". Apparently, by associating it with such an offensive topic the owners are concerned about devaluing the song.

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CNN looks at religious fundamentalism in August

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2007 11:43AM

Christiane AmanpourGod's Warrior, a CNN documentary, will delve into the world of religious fundamentalism.

A lot has been said about religious fundamentalism in the United States, but CNN's doc, hosted by reporter Christiane Amanpour, has a wider scope, looking not only at Christian fundamentalism here at home, but Jewish and Islamic fundamentalism around the globe. The doc will also feature the final television interview of the late Jerry Falwell, who passed away back in May. The report will center on how certain groups wish to bring religion and politics together, and how this is happening everywhere in the world, not just the United States.

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Denis Leary loves Jewish baseball players, hates Mel Gibson

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 17th 2006 5:20PM

denis learyYou know, sometimes I forget how incredibly funny and witty Denis Leary can be, but the video I placed after the jump was a nice reminder. Heck, If they had Leary doing baseball commentary all the time I might actually start tuning in to the games. He and fellow Rescue Me actor Lenny Clarke were guests at a Red Sox game when Leary suddenly realized that player Kevin Youkilis was Jewish, which led him into a hilarious rant about Mel Gibson, rehab, and whatever suddenly popped into his head. If you want to hear Leary make references to Braveheart, Sandy Colfax Koufax and Jeffrey Katzenberg all in the space of about three minutes, then check out the video after the jump. This is actually a longer version than what I was originally going to link to, but the shorter version was actually removed in the middle of me writing this post. Damn, that's annoying. We'll see how long this one stays up.

[via Best Week Ever]

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Dog Bites Man: Assignment: Christian Convention

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 27th 2006 11:01AM

tillie(S01E07) This episode was taped in Portland, though I'm not sure it was the same episode that got them in trouble earlier this year.

Anyway, the episode had a lot of funny moments, but making fun of religion, any religion, is like shooting fish in a barrel. I really wanted to see them take more risks and do something more clever than just making a lot of Jew/pork jokes. Although I will admit I laughed pretty hard when Marty asked Tillie (who admitted to being one quarter Jewish) if Jewish people can pull their hamstring.

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Oprah's book club: a Holocaust memoir

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 17th 2006 10:07AM
It looks as though Oprah Winfrey has been browsing the nonfiction aisles of the bookstore. While the authenticity of her last Oprah's Book Club selection is still in question, she has moved on to assign her faithful readers another memoir: Night, by Elie Wiesel. You may recognize his name for the Nobel Peace Prize he won in 1986 for decades of writing against hatred and racism. Wiesel's first novel (he calls it a memoir) chronicles his family's experience in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Oprah said the book "should be required reading for all of humanity." Next month, Oprah will also hold a high school essay contest about the book, in which 50 selected writers will be flown to Chicago to be part of the audience when Wiesel is a guest. She will also visit Auschwitz with Wiesel, which should make for one very powerful hour of television.

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