celebrity jewsby nate bloom
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Meanwhile, rock musician Jack Antonoff, 30, the live-in boyfriend of “Girls” star and co-creator Lena Dunham, 28, is having a hot summer. He had a big single and CD hit with his band “Fun” in 2012, and his solo project under the band name Bleachers is a critical and sales smash (CD was released last month). A Jewish day school grad, Antonoff recently told the website Vulture that he can pull off “the vaguely Nazi look” that his haircut gives him because his face is “so Jewish.”
Movies: new and upcoming
Looking ahead to Aug. 22: Maggie Gyllenhaal, 36, currently starring in the Mideast-themed miniseries “The Honorable Woman,” co-stars in the movie “Frank,” a British-Irish co-production. It’s a comedy-drama about a European rock band hoping to escape obscurity. Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, a real eccentric, with Gyllenhaal playing his wacko/aggressive sidekick. The director is Lenny Abrahamson, 47. He’s an Irish Jew, born and raised in Dublin, the son of Polish immigrants. An honors degree in philosophy from Ireland’s Trinity University led him to a graduate scholarship from Stanford, but Abrahamson decided not to finish his grad studies and instead returned to Ireland to make films.
Warner Bros. has hired a screenwriter to adapt a scholarly book on the creation of the Apollo spacesuits. The project has the temporary working title “Bras in Space.” Spacesuits made out of stiff materials proved to be a dismal failure. What did work beautifully was the suit made by the Playtex Co., made up of many gossamer-thin layers of material and constructed much like a bra. During the ’60s, Playtex was headed by company founder Abram N. Spanel (1901-1988), a brilliant inventor born in Odessa who was known for treating his mostly female workforce very well, as well as supporting medical and Jewish charities.
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