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At the movies

Just in time for Halloween comes “Horns,” which most advance reviewers describe as an intelligent horror-thriller. Daniel Radcliffe, 25, stars as Ig Perrish, a small town guy whose life is devastated when his girlfriend since childhood (Juno Temple) is

James Remar

murdered. Everyone in town thinks he killed her, although he isn’t charged with her murder. A year after her death, Perrish wakes up one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. He’s surprised to find out that the horns have supernatural powers that make most people reveal their darkest secrets to him — including clues to solve his girlfriend’s murder. Appearing in a supporting role, as Perrish’s father, is veteran actor James Remar, 60.

Remar is best known for playing Dexter’s father, Harry, on “Dexter.” While Harry wasn’t a bad guy, Remar has mostly played bad guys during his long career (including Jewish gangster Dutch Schultz in “Cotton Club”).

 

LaBeouf no longer Jewish?

Shia LaBeouf, 28, has created Internet buzz about his current religious affiliation because of comments he made in the October issue of Interview magazine. Much of the interview, as you might expect, is about his weird behavior over the last few years (including plagiarizing playwright Daniel Clowes’ work for a short film; being booted from the cast of a big Broadway show after a fist fight with Alec Baldwin; and screaming from the audience during a Broadway performance). He explained away these and other incidents in various ways that sounded contrived and way too arty, causing me to wonder: Does this guy have real mental problems?

In response to a question about playing a religious Christian soldier in the film “Fury,” LaBeouf said; “I found God during ‘Fury.’ I became a Christian man.”

You can read all of LaBeouf’s comments about religion in this Interview article without being able determine if LaBeouf was referring to inhabiting the religious character he played or if he has made a flat-out embrace of Christianity. I tend toward the latter explanation. But even if he is a “Christian man” this month, who knows what he will be next month?

 

Series sidelights — K.C. mensches

Paul Rudd

By the time you read this, the World Series will be over. But here are a couple of interesting Jewish footnotes. Actor Paul Rudd, 44, was in the stands during the first two games in Kansas City and the TV cameras showed him

a couple of times. He was decked out in all the Royals stuff a fan might wear. Rudd’s rooting interest is understandable: The talented actor, whom everyone likes, moved to Overland Park, Kansas, with his U.K.-born Jewish parents when he was 10. He had his bar mitzvah in Kansas and graduated from a Kansas high school. The Royals fielded a lot of very good teams when Rudd was a young teen and he has remained a lifelong fan.

 

Rudd watched the second game of the series with golf legend and Stanford grad Tom Watson, 65. Watson, a Kansas City native, was married to a Jewish woman, Linda Rubin, from 1972 to 1997. Watson got a lot of press coverage back in 1990 when he resigned from the Kansas City Country Club when the membership committee refused to admit Henry Bloch, now 92.

Bloch, the co-founder of H&R Block, is widely described as a philanthropic pillar of the Kansas City area. Watson issued this statement when he resigned: ”This is something I personally can’t live with. I wish people would get together and say that a person with different religious beliefs is OK. It’s time for people to take their heads out of the sand.” The ensuing public uproar pushed the club to offer Bloch membership, which he accepted.

Columnist  Nate Bloom , an Oaklander, can be reached at middleoftheroad1@aol.com.

Nate Bloom

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