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A Frozen-inspired parody in time for Sukkot

Wednesday October 8, 2014
After the massive hit Disney had on its hands last winter with the theatrical release of its animated tale Frozen, there were many parodies made of Idina Menzel's top track from the film, Let it Go.

Now, just in time for the holiday of Sukkot comes a parody of Kristen Bell's Do You Want to Build a Snowman? entitled Do You Want to Build the Sukkah? by the Singers Sing.

Chag Samyach.

A pre-Sukkot video roundup

Wednesday October 8, 2014
There's a chill in the air, leaves are changing colour and falling from the trees, and the harvest moon was just visible in the sky, all signs that it's time for Sukkot.

Not wanting the holiday to be overshadowed by the attention given to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we found some informative and entertaining clips to celebrate Sukkot and showcase its traditional themes.

Here's a look at how Israel prepared for the 'hut' holiday in the late '80s. From this educational film produced by the Spielberg Jewish Film Archive, it's clear that not much has changed in nearly 30 years, save for the landscape.

Here is the second of the parody video we discovered for 2014, a riff on the Beatles I've Just Seen A Face. as the chassidic folk rock band Rogers Park teams up with chassidic comic Mendy Pellin, playing an eager campus rabbi calling students into his sukkah made of falling walls to bless the lulav and etrog.

Enjoy and Chag Samayach from Heebonics.

German automaker enlists Star Trek stars for new ad

Thursday October 2, 2014
Looking for a new or used car to replace the one you've got? If you are, Volkswagen is hoping to attract your business with a new marketing campaign featuring Kirk and Spock of the original Star Trek series.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, who played captain James T. Kirk and Vulcan Scientist Mr. Spock, respectively, will star in the automaker's coming commercial for its first electric car, the e-Golf.

While the German manufacturer's vehicles are known to be well-constructed (when not assembled in Mexico), VW struggles to make the listing of best-selling cars. According to car tires.com's blog Kicking Tires, Ford cars and trucks, the Dodge Ram Pickup, Chevrolet's Silverado truck, the Toyota Camry and RAV4 and Honda's CRV and Accord comprise the Top 10 best-sellers for 2014 in the United States.

Volkswagen was one of many German companies that were complicit with the the Nazis during World War II, and in recent years, it has made an effort to remove that stigma from its identity. In 2011, the car maker donated $1 million dollars to the Anti Defamation League (ADL), and last year, it donated more than $1 million to the international youth centre at Auschwitz in Poland.

In one of our earlier posts this year, we brought you excerpts from Nimoy's in-depth interviews conducted by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. In one of the three videos, Nimoy explains the story behind the Vulcan salute. Could it be that VW's bold ad strategy was inpsired by the fact its logo looks like Nimoy's iconic hand gesture?

It is truly a meld for the next generation.

It's a girl for Kunis and Kutcher

Thursday October 2, 2014
If you haven't heard by now, beloved Hollywood couple and That '70s Show co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are parents of a newborn. The actress gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

In hindsight, it's probably best that the release of her action film Jupiter Ascendin, co-starring Channing Tatum, was delayed until next summer, as the strain of promoting the film at junkets around the world may have not been the best thing health-wise for her.

In interviews before her delivery, Kunis said she plans to take a break from acting in order to be a full-time mother. The stars seem to have aligned in her favour.

Kutcher is a follower of the Kabbalah movement and reportedly keeps kosher. Before her pregnancy was announced, sources close to Kunis told media outlets that she planned to have children and to raise them in accordance with Jewish traditions.

What a nice way to start off 5775. Mazel tov indeed.

Transformers Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty in court

Wednesday September 10, 2014
It's been a harrowing year for troubled actor Shia LaBeouf, 28, who reportedly intended to retire from public life after facing a plagiarism scandal tied to his movie Nymphomaniac as 2014 commenced.

In the weeks and months that followed, LaBeouf was cited many times for erratic behaviour. In June, LaBeouf was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct while attending a performance of Cabaret at Studio 54 in New York City.

Following his arrest, witnesses and police described the onetime sought-after young actor as being incoherent, yelling profanities and stumbling inside the theatre smoking and refusing to stop. Dressed in a ripped shirt, LaBeouf spat on a police officer as he tried to walk away from the scene.

In a statement to the local CBS affiliate, a press agent for the show said Labeouf was "disruptive during Act 1 and escorted out of Studio 54 at intermission."

The news broke earlier today that LaBeouf, who has admitted to and has sought treatment for alcoholism, pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charges stemming from his arrest in June. The terms of his deal with prosecutors are such that if continues in-patient treatment for another three months and can remain out of trouble until he returns to court on Nov. 12, he can withdraw the guilty plea and his case will be dismissed.

Gwyneth Paltrow explores conversion to Judaism

Wednesday September 10, 2014
With the announcement by Robert Downey Jr. on the Toronto International Film Festival red carpet that there are no plans for a fourth instalment of the popular Marvel Comics Iron Man movie franchise, what does the future hold for Pepper Potts, played by actress Gwyneth Paltrow?

We can tell you she has three other films in the works for 2015, the first being Mortdecai, in which she'll star alongside Johnny Depp.

Earlier this year, however, her marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin came to an end, and beyond her love for her children Apple, 10, and Moses, 8, it appears she may be looking for personal and spiritual fulfilment.

The daughter of actress Blythe Danner and the late Jewish film and TV producer Bruce Paltrow, as well as a longtime practitioner of  Kabbalah and, reportedly, a descendent of long line of eastern European rabbis, Gwyneth told a recent event in London hosted by the Jewish community’s Community Security Trust that she wants to raise her children in a “Jewish environment.”

A full conversion to Judaism is seemingly in the works,  although Paltrow’s representative did not respond to questions about it from the New York Post.

Lost Girl fans get a split fifth and final season

Thursday September 4, 2014
The cast of Lost Girl has become a staple at the annual sci-fi fantasy, gaming and horror convention Fan Expo for the past five years. It's also been a powerhouse program for Canada and  Showcase, developing a global fan base after it was quickly picked up by broadcasters in the United States and around the world.

Fans gravitated to the self-discovery tale told by show writers and executive producer Jay Firestone. Together they brought strong, engaging (and sexy) bisexual and lesbian characters to genre television, especially with the principle character of Bo portrayed by Anna Silk.

Having reached what some may say was the climax of its story at the end of season four, the show was recognized this past spring by Toronto's LGBTQ community for positively influencing the acceptance of same-sex couplings in modern genre drama.

It was also surprising to both fans as well as the cast when it was announced recently that the fifth season would be its last. Those in attendance at the Fan Expo panel were told the final leg of Bo's journey will play out in two parts. The first eight episodes will air this December, with the remainder to be shown in the fall of 2015. "It's a gift to know when we're ending", said Silk, "we get to do it right".

Hear from cast members Rachel Skarsten, Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid and Paul Amos on what a gift the show has been to their careers and how much family plays a role in the show both on and off camera.

William Shatner on his new use of social media

Thursday September 4, 2014
It was another laugh-in with the always entertaining William Shatner over the weekend when the former Star Trek star was in Toronto once more for the annual Fan Expo, which for many marks the end of summer.

Shatner shared with the audience his views on the impact social media is having on the multiple projects he has on the go. He's currently working on a new digital series called Mothers I'd Like To Cook For (MILF) and a new self-help book entitled Hire Yourself, and until now, he has left interactions with subjects and fans over Facebook and Twitter to his publicist and assistant.

Shatner admits he barely has a grasp of the proper use and power of social media, but says he has developed a keen interest in the way they can help promote and deliver his projects to his intended viewers and readers that he might not otherwise reach.

No one tells it better than the the original Captain Kirk himself, so be sure to press play on the video below.

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