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Backstreets Back!

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September 9, 2014
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Boy band member Howie Dorough leaves Israeli fans hopeful when he announces the band’s rescheduled concert in Israel.

In a video, Howie D. apologizes for the cancellation of the band’s anticipated summer concert in Ranana. Like other bands who were suppose to visit Israel in the summer, Backstreet boys cancelled their concert due to security reasons.

“We’re so sorry we didn’t make it,” he said. “We were very excited about our first visit to Israel.” 

Recently, the band has announced its rescheduled concert in Israel for next spring. Hopefully this time they can keep their promise!

 

It’s a Girl for ScarJo!

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September 8, 2014
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Glamour girl Scarlett Johansson and her fiance, Romain Dauriac, welcomed their first child together last Thursday.

While the new family is taking a break from the spotlight, Johansson‘s publicist said the family is doing well. He added that the couple is seeking family privacy in efforts of keeping their daughter out of the public eye.

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Earlier this year, Johansson was criticized in the press for her controversial position as ambassador for Israel’s SodaStream. In a statement to British daily The Telegraph, she explained her confidence in the Israeli company and its potential to influence great change.

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Kiss to Perform in Israel

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September 8, 2014
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Rocker Gene Simmons of Kiss mentions Jewish state as one of the destinations for its upcoming world tour.

Is veteran American hard rock band Kiss on its way to Israel? That’s quite possible, at least according to an announcement made by frontman Gene Simmons on his Facebook page.
In a post published by the musician last week, he concluded the first part of his band’s joint tour with Def Leppard, which came to an end recently in Houston, Texas.

After thanking the road crew, he wrote: “But it ain’t over. We’re just beginning. Europe. South America. Japan. Australia. SE Asia. ISRAEL, and more. We have just begun to rock…”

Simmons, 61, was born Chaim Witz in the northern Israeli city of Haifa to a mother who survived the Auschwitz death camp, and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was eight years old. He still has family members in Haifa and visited the city in 2011.

He co-founded Kiss in the 1970s and turned it into one of the greatest rock bands of all times. In the past few years he has been involved in several television projects, including his own reality show.

Kiss. 'We have just begun to rock' (Photo: Gettyimages)
Kiss. ‘We have just begun to rock’ (Photo: Gettyimages)

Simmons is the band’s bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist and is known by his stage persona “The Demon,” which drools fake blood. He is also known for his marketing skills, and over the years he has managed to turn Kiss into an empire of merchandise, starting from clothes and credit cards to coffins with the band’s symbols.

Although the band has never performed in Israel before, it has expressed its support for the Jewish state and refused to take part in any cultural boycott against it.

As an American, there is no choice but to be supportive of Israel,” Simmons said in an interview. “This is the Holy Land, and it’s no secret that everybody in America perceives Israel as its only real friend in the Middle East – who else are you going to rely on?”

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Remembering Joan Rivers

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September 5, 2014
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Daughter Melissa releases statement that Rivers passed away at 81 years of age after a career and personal life of trial and tribulations that always brought her back to comedy.

 

 

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

Joan Rivers passes away at the age of 81. (Photo: AP)
Joan Rivers passes away at the age of 81. (Photo: AP)

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers – who made “Can we talk?” a trademark of her routines – never mellowed during her half-century-long career. She had insults ready for all races, genders and creeds. She moved from longtime targets such as the weight problems of Elizabeth Taylor, of whom she said “her favorite food is seconds,” to newer foes such as Miley Cyrus, and continued to appear on stage and on TV into her 80s.

Comedy was not only her calling, but her therapy, as she turned her life inside out for laughs, mocking everything from her proclaimed lack of sex appeal (“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on”) to even her own mortality.

“I have never wanted to be a day less than I am,” she insisted in a 2013 interview with The Associated Press. “People say, ‘I wish I were 30 again.’ Nahhh! I’m very happy HERE. It’s great. It gets better and better. And then, of course, we die,” she quipped.

 

With her red-carpet query “Who are you wearing?”, the raspy-voiced blonde with the brash New York accent also helped patent pre-awards commentary – and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it, like cracking that Adele’s Grammy wardrobe made the singer look like she was sitting on a teapot. Rivers slammed actors at the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes for E! Entertainment. In 2007, Rivers and her partner-in-slime, daughter Melissa, were dropped by their new employer, the TV Guide Channel, and replaced by actress Lisa Rinna. But they found new success on E! with “Fashion Police,” which Rivers hosted and her daughter produced.

No performer worked harder, was more resilient or tenacious. She never stopped writing, testing and fine-tuning her jokes.

Joan Rivers with daughter Melissa. (Photo: AFP)
Joan Rivers with daughter Melissa. (Photo: AFP)

“The trouble with me is, I make jokes too often,” she told the AP in 2013, just days after the death of her older sister. “I was making jokes yesterday at the funeral home. That’s how I get through life. Life is SO difficult – everybody’s been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller.”

She had faced true crisis in the mid-1980s. Edgar Rosenberg, her husband of 23 years, committed suicide in 1987 after she was fired from her Fox talk show, which he produced. The show’s failure was a major factor, Rivers said. Rosenberg’s suicide also temporarily derailed her career.

“Nobody wants to see someone whose husband has killed himself do comedy four weeks later,” she told The New York Times in 1990.

Rivers had originally entered show business with the dream of being an actress, but comedy was a way to pay the bills while she auditioned for dramatic roles. “Somebody said, ‘You can make six dollars standing up in a club,'” she told the AP, “and I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.”

Joan Rivers in the 60s. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Joan Rivers in the 60s. (Photo: Gettyimages)

In the early 1960s, comedy was a man’s game and the only women comics she could look to were Totie Fields and Phyllis Diller. But she worked her way up from local clubs in New York until, in 1965, she landed her big break on “The Tonight Show” after numerous rejections. “God, you’re funny. You’re going to be a star,” host Johnny Carson told her after she had rocked the audience with laughter.

Her nightclub career prospered and by late that year she had recorded her first comedy album, “Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis and Other Funny Stories.” Her personal life picked up as well: She met British producer Rosenberg and they married after a four-day courtship.

Rivers hosted a morning talk show on NBC in 1968 and, the next year, made her Las Vegas debut with female comedians still a relative rarity.

“To control an audience is a very masculine thing,” Rivers told the Los Angeles Times in 1977. “The minute a lady is in any form of power, they (the public) totally strip away your femininity – which isn’t so. Catherine the Great had a great time”

In 1978, she wrote, directed and co-starred in the movie “Rabbit Test.” It had an intriguing premise – Billy Crystal as a man who gets pregnant – but was poorly received. In 1983, though, she scored a coup when she was named permanent guest host for Carson on “Tonight.”

Joan Rivers in the 80s. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Joan Rivers in the 80s. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Although she drew good ratings, NBC hesitated in renewing her contract three years later. Fledgling network Fox jumped in with an offer of her own late-night show.

She launched “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” on Fox in 1986, but the venture lasted just a season and came at a heavy price: Carson cut ties with her when she surprised him by becoming a competitor.

Carson kept publicly silent about her defection but referred obliquely to his new rival in his monologue on the day her show debuted.

“There are a lot of big confrontations this week,” Carson said as the audience giggled expectantly. “Reagan and Gorbachev, the Mets versus the Astros, and me versus ‘The Honeymooners’ lost episodes.”

Her show was gone in a year and she would declare that she had been “raped” by Fox; Three months later, her husband was found dead.

Photo: PR
Photo: PR

It took two years to get her career going again, and then she didn’t stop. Rivers appeared at clubs and on TV shows including “Hollywood Squares.” She appeared on Broadway and released more comedy albums and books, most recently “Diary of a Mad Diva.”

Rivers once joked that there was not “one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.” She was born Joan Molinsky in Brooklyn to Russian immigrants Meyer Molinsky, a doctor, and Beatrice. Rivers had a privileged upbringing but struggled with weight – she was a self-proclaimed “fatty” as a child – and recalled using make-believe as an escape. After graduating from Barnard College in 1954, she went to work as a department store fashion coordinator before she turned to comedy clubs. She had a six-month marriage to Jimmy Sanger.

In recent years, Rivers was a familiar face on TV shopping channel QVC, hawking her line of jewelry, and won the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” by beating out her bitter adversary, poker champ Annie Duke. In 2010, she was featured in the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.”

She never let age, or anything, make her sentimental. Earlier in 2014, she got inked: a half-inch-tall tattoo, “6M,” on the inside of her arm representing 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust. In 2013, she brashly pledged to work “forever.”

“You never relax and say, ‘Well, here I am!'” she declared. “You always think, ‘Is this gonna be OK?’ I have never taken anything for granted.”

Survivors include daughter Melissa and a grandson, Edgar.

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Mandy Patinkin for Prime Minister 

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September 4, 2014
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Recently on The Colbert Report, Jewish actor and comedian Mandy Patinkin announced his candidacy for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

While some individuals are amused by this idea, Patinkin stands by it: “I am going to enter myself to be possibly elected as the new prime minister of Israel,” Patinkin told Colbert in what sounded like a serious tone. Ultimately, he said, the duo “might calm the region into, on occasion, laughing at itself.”

At a time like this, Patinkin could be on to something… maybe Israel could use a better sense of humour?!

Vote Patinkin.

 

The Beach Boys are Surfin’ to Israel

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September 3, 2014
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Undeterred by recent Gaza conflict, legendary American rock and pop band will perform at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.

The legendary Beach Boys band will arrive in Israel this winter for one performance at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.
Producer Gad Oron has confirmed that he recently signed a contract with the American band, which will perform in Israel without one of its founders, Brian Wilson, but with another founder, Mike Love, alongside Bruch Johnston, Tim Bonhomme, Scott Totten, Randell Kirsch, John Cowsill and Jeff Foskett.

 


The Beach Boys concert is expected to include the band’s greatest hits. Ticket sales will begin soon, with prices starting from NIS 390 (about $109).

The Beach Boys band was founded in 1961 by brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend from school Al Jardine. Their music was pure fun and was initially based on texts inspired by surfing, sea, cars, the California beaches and women, not necessarily in that order. The tunes were catchy, the harmonies were beautiful and the band rose to fame very fast.

Their first album, “Surfin’ Safari,” was released in 1962, and in the following years they bombarded their fans with albums filled with hits.

In 1966, the music industry held its breath when The Beach Boys released its 11th studio album, “Pet Sounds,” which redefined the worlds of rock and pop, influenced many bands and artists, including The Beatles, and is considered one of the best albums in the history of popular music.

The Beach Boys have released 29 studio albums so far (the latest one two years ago), which have sold some 350 million copies, making them the most successful American band of all times. In 1988, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 it received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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