Celebrity Jewsby nate bloom
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Skylar Astin, 26 (born Skylar Astin Lipstein), plays Casey, with Jonathan Keltz, 25 (“Entourage”), appearing in a supporting role as Randy. Astin was a star of the hit Broadway musical “Spring Awakenings” and co-starred in the 2012 film “Pitch Perfect.”
Lucas recently said: “21 is where you go out with all your friends. We call it the American bar mitzvah in the movie, because it is oddly this day when America recognizes you as a grown-up. You can now do everything you haven’t been able to do.”
Also opening March 1 in the Bay Area is “A Place at the Table.” This documentary explores the tragic fact that almost 50 million Americans aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. The problem is explored through three people (a single mother, a fifth-grader, and a second-grader with asthma) who are “food insecure.” Experts and celebrities working to fight hunger are interviewed, including actor Jeff Bridges and chef Tom Colicchio, the top judge on the Bravo series “Top Chef.”
The film was co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, 44. In 2001, Silverbush, whose mother is from Israel, wed Colicchio in a Jewish ceremony, and they now have two sons. Colicchio, by the way, performed a great service for Jewish food mavens when, in 2009, he saved renowned Jewish chef Joan Nathan, 76, from choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her at a charity banquet.
New on the tube
Starting the same night, at 10:30 p.m., is the new Bravo series “Dukes of Melrose.” It features fashion-boutique owners Cameron Silver, 43, and Christos Garkinos. We see them as they show off their collections of vintage couture and buy and sell pieces owned by the rich and famous. In the premiere, the duo is shown getting “A-List” celebs ready for the Oscars.
The E! Channel has picked up the very funny Web comedy series “Burning Love,” a parody of “The Bachelor.” Produced by Ben Stiller, 47, the series follows narcissistic firefighter Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) looking to find “true love.” A second season already has been filmed, but E! is starting its broadcast with the first season. Michael Ian Black, 42, co-stars as the host. New episodes air at 7 p.m. Mondays. The first episode aired last week, but reruns are shown every day.