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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 25, 2011 / 21 Nissan, 5771

The 10 most pressing show biz questions

By Barry Koltnow




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apparently, somebody painted a sign on my back that says "Ask me show business questions" because people ask me show business questions everywhere I go.

The two most frequently asked questions lately have been "What's up with Charlie Sheen?" and "Why did they remake 'Arthur'?"

Smart people will tell you that it's important to allow sufficient time to pass before commenting on any issue so that one can gain a proper perspective. But smart people don't have weekly columns, or they would never say anything as stupid as that.

I will not only comment on the Charlie Sheen and "Arthur" questions, but I will offer opinions on the eight other most frequently asked questions I get when I go to the dry cleaners. And when I say "dry cleaners," you understand that it is a euphemism for dry cleaners.

Here are the 10 most pressing show business questions on people's minds this week.

1. "What's up with Charlie Sheen?"

Regular readers have been surprised that I have not weighed in on this topic, even though it has dominated entertainment news and late-night monologues for weeks. I've interviewed Charlie twice, but neither interview was recent (they were back when he had a movie career), and I didn't feel I could add anything meaningful to the national discussion. I also believed that it was futile to speculate when I knew that nothing would change. In fact, there are reports being circulated by the actor that he is in talks with CBS over a return to his sitcom "Two and a Half Men." What a shock. Who could have seen that coming? Once the actor and show creator Chuck Lorre finished their childish public spat, I had a feeling that the network would step in and make the money decision.

2. "Why did they remake 'Arthur'?"

Of all the dumb decisions that Hollywood executives have made, and they have made quite a few, this was the dumbest. I really don't want to hear about how it's important to update classic movies so that the "younger audience" can relate to it. There was no need to remake "Arthur." It was fine as it was, and the American public showed their disgust for this obvious money ploy by not showing up in the theaters.

3. "How could they vote Pia off 'American Idol'?"

One might have thought it was the end of the world when Pia got the boot, and it annoyed me to watch the endless replays of the judges' embarrassing outrage. Some people have speculated that her fans didn't bother to vote for her because they assumed that she was safe. But look no further than the judges' table for the real reason. They forced her away from her comfort zone (people liked her ballads), and the judges can't complain when they lose someone like Pia after they constantly prop up other singers who should be voted off. How long did they keep Thia going with their ridiculous compliments?

4. "Why is Reese Witherspoon's marriage so important to People magazine?"

Because People magazine knows it can't get away with putting the royal couple on EVERY cover.

5. "Why is the entertainment media so obsessed with Courteney Cox and her estranged husband David Arquette?"

One, there is the age difference. Two, he says stupid things in public. And three, she looks great in a bikini at 46.

6. "Is John Travolta a good choice to play mobster John Gotti in an upcoming movie?"

It's a casting choice I can't refute.

7. "How come there are so many comic-book movies about to come out?"

Have you looked at a calendar lately? It's April, which is followed by May, and that is the start of comic-book movie season. Don't worry; there are some very good movies coming out for adults in October.

8. "Does anybody outside the media still care about Lindsay Lohan?"

No.

9. "What does Scarlett Johansson see in the much older Sean Penn?"

Perhaps she has connected to his inner Jeff Spicoli? Other than that, I've got nothing.

10. "Does it seem as if there are more dance programs on TV than there used to be?"

One day, every program on television will have a dance element to it, including the nightly news and "Law and Order." As you probably have noticed, there is not a great deal of originality in TV or movies, and once an idea clicks with the public, the people who run the networks and the movie studios think that we want more of that same idea. It would be as if you were cooking for someone, and that person told you how much they loved your meatloaf. Would your reaction be to make meatloaf for dinner every night of the week? Nobody wants meatloaf every night, and nobody wants dancing every night.

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Previously:

Readers weigh in on the royal wedding
The royal wedding: I don't get it
Readers reach verdict on lawyer column
Our favorite lawyer movies ever
Readers pick their worst Oscar winners
The 10 worst best pictures ever
25 hit-man movies to die for
The 10 greatest sidekicks ever
The 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010
Who's cooler than Steve McQueen? (Answer: nobody)
The best revenge movies ever
The good old days, when celebrities weren't train wrecks
Making sport of celebrities
Youth will be served? Don't give me that trash!
A celebrity answer is no answer at all
Caution: geniuses at work



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