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‘Rabbi’ Tom Hanks Dances on Instagram

July 10, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Justin Bieber captures Tom Hanks dressed 'as a rabbi' at Jewish manager's wedding July 7, 2014. (Instagram screenshot)

Justin Bieber captures Tom Hanks dressed ‘as a rabbi’ at Jewish manager’s wedding July 7, 2014. (Instagram screenshot)

Tom Hanks may have been wearing a bit of a costume, but it didn’t look like he was just acting at having fun at the recent wedding of Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s Jewish manager

In a video posted on Tuesday by the singer, the actor is seen joyfully dancing while wearing a yarmulke and tallit (Jewish prayer shawl). To be sure, the tallit looked like it could have been fashioned from a tablecloth, but that was beside the point.

What mattered was that Hanks was apparently fulfilling the mitzvah of entertaining the bride and groom by busting some Hasidic-inspired moves as he boogied along to Montell Jordan’s 1995 dance classic, “This Is How We Do It.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

Joan Rivers Storms Out Of CNN

July 10, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Joan Rivers gets defensive on CNN. (YouTube screenshot)

Joan Rivers gets defensive on CNN. (YouTube screenshot)

Joan Rivers knows how to dish it out, but she can become defensive when criticism is leveled at her. The plastic surgery-addicted comedienne walked out during an interview last week when CNN interviewer Fredericka Whitfield pressed her about the perceived meanness of her comments about celebrities’ sartorial choices on “Fashion Police,” her show on the E! network.

“It’s not mean, it’s not mean, it’s not mean, I tell the truth,” Rivers, 81, insisted.

Known for her caustic and politically incorrect humor, Rivers defended her comedic style by saying that humor helps people get through rough times.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

‘Band of Brothers’ Reunites for D-Day

June 10, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Damian Lewis (second from left), Ben Caplan (fourth from left) and other "Band of Brother" actors posed with WWII veteran JIm 'Pee Wee' Martin at Major Dick Winters statue in Normandy. (Courtesy)

Damian Lewis (second from left), Ben Caplan (fourth from left) and other “Band of Brother” actors posed with WWII veteran JIm ‘Pee Wee’ Martin at Major Dick Winters statue in Normandy. (Courtesy)

When the HBO World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers” was filmed more than a decade ago, the town of Hatfield in England’s Hertfordshire stood in for France’s northern coast. Last week, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, members of the series’ cast reunited in Normandy to visit the actual locations of the battles their characters fought.

Among the actors was Ben Caplan, 39, who played Walter “Smokey” Gordon, a member of Easy Company, the group of real-life soldiers portrayed in the 2001 series executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Current television watchers know the Jewish Caplan as Constable Peter Noakes on the popular BBC One period drama “Call The Midwife.”

“It was important for us to be there. There won’t be another major D-Day anniversary like this one,” Caplan said in conversation with The Times of Israel following his return to London. “There probably won’t be veterans still alive or able to attend next time. This one was a big deal.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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