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Celebrity Jews

by nate bloom

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Under-the-radar Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld, 58, is starring in a new Internet-only series that largely has flown under the radar, titled “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Watch it at, or on Crackle on your video streaming device (or at

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
The premise is firmly within the “Seinfeld” world of a “show about nothing.” Jerry drives a comedian to a coffee shop, and the whole time they banter about this and that. In the first episode, co-starring “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, 65, there’s a lot of talk about David’s refusal to drink coffee. The next three episodes featured comedians Ricky Gervais and Brian Regan and actor Alec Baldwin.

Zach Braff, 37, will re-unite with his “Scrubs” co-star Donald Faison, who played Turk on the popular NBC show, in the Wednesday, Aug. 29 episode of “The Exes” at 10:30 p.m. on TV Land. Faison plays Phil, a womanizing sports agent who shares an apartment with a nice, recently divorced dentist (David Alan Basche, 43), and a couch potato (Wayne Knight, who played Newman on “Seinfeld”). Braff will guest star as a pro tennis player.


Woody Allen’s gift

I am not the first to note that Woody Allen, 77, has been filming a new romantic comedy — and dining — in various Bay Area locations. (The Chronicle reported that he stopped in at Wise Sons Delicatessen in San Francisco last week and had matzah ball soup, noodle kugel and an egg cream.)

Ari Graynor
Ari Graynor
I have always thought of Allen as being militantly secular. So I was surprised when I read about an Allen gift in a recent profile of actress Ari Graynor, 28.

Getting a peek inside Graynor’s apartment, the Vulture reporter pointed out that she had many books on Jewish themes. She responded that during the run of a Broadway play she was in, Allen gave her a mezuzah and included with it a note (which she has framed) that reads: “You can come to my Seder anytime.”

Graynor is one of my favorite actresses — I think she’s really talented and, with luck, will break out soon. She played the “funny drunk” best friend in the charming 2008 film “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (starring Kat Dennings, 26) and the Jewish girlfriend of a Jewish drug dealer in “Holy Rollers” (2010). In fall 2011, she starred in a Broadway production of a one-act comedy that Allen wrote and directed.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, Graynor’s new film, “For a Good Time Call,” opens in a few cities (Bay Area dates not yet set). It co-stars Graynor and Lauren Miller, 30, as roommates who become phone-sex operators out of financial necessity. Miller co-wrote the film and her real-life husband, Seth Rogen, 30, has a large supporting role. It is a raunchy comedy, somewhat in the mold of the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids.” In effect, it’s the female spin on the formula that Rogen, Judd Apatow and Jason Segel have used to create hit after hit.


Halle Berry ‘turns’ Jewish

Photos have just been released of African-American actress Halle Berry playing a white Jewish woman in the 1930s named Jocasta Ayrs in the upcoming sci-fi fantasy film “Cloud Atlas,” due out in October. The movie features characters that morph as they travel through time. For before-and-after pictures of the amazing makeup job, visit

Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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