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By the way, Barrymore, 39, and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, 36, who wed in a Jewish ceremony in 2012, had their second child, Frances Barrymore Kopelman, last month. (Their daughter Olive was born in September 2012.) On the downside, Barrymore recently told an interviewer that she had decided that conversion to Judaism was a bigger undertaking than she had thought and she wasn’t converting. She had previously said she might convert just before her wedding.
The Marvel Comics series “X-Men” has become a mega-profitable movie franchise. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the seventh film since the series began in 2000. Opening on May 23, it is billed as the ultimate “X-Men” ensemble because the characters from the first movies join those in later flicks. One constant is Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. The script is co-written by Simon Kinberg, 40, and directed by Bryan Singer, 48.
Another Douglas bar mitzvah
I was surprised when the New York Post reported on May 8 that Michael told guests at a party celebrating a new book by his friend, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, that he injured his leg the previous week while dancing at the bar mitzvah of his son Dylan, 13.
Clearly, there is a family story here — how Dylan came to have a bar mitzvah. But I don’t know it. Still, I would bet big money that Dylan’s Jewish grandfather is schepping nachas. By the way, Michael and Catherine, who announced a trial separation last summer, are now officially back together again.
On Sunday, May 25, HBO will present a new film version of “The Normal Heart,” the 1985 Tony Award-winning, largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer, 78. The main character is Ned Weeks (Kramer), a Jewish writer who struggles during the early days of the AIDS crisis to put together an organization that will combat the indifference of the government and even some gay leaders to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis. Mark Ruffalo plays Weeks, with Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons playing other big parts.
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