At the movies
Amy Schumer, 35, and Goldie Hawn, 71, are arguably two of the most famous Jewish comic actresses of the last 50 years (Hawn won an Oscar in 1969 for “Cactus Flower,” her first big film). Hawn recognized a kindred spirit in Schumer when she agreed to co-star in “Snatched,” her first film since 2002.
Schumer plays Emily, a dreamer who plans to take an exotic vacation with her boyfriend. Then he dumps her and she persuades her ultra-cautious mother (Hawn) to vacation with her. Of course, things go horribly wrong — including wild jungle adventures that require mother and daughter to work out their differences in order to survive.
“Chuck,” now playing in the Bay Area, tells the story of Chuck Wepner, a small-time prizefighter who got his 15 minutes of fame in 1975 when he was picked to box Muhammad Ali in a title fight. The film “Rocky” was partially inspired by Wepner’s fight.
Liev Schreiber, 49, stars as Wepner, with Michael Rapaport, 47, playing Wepner’s estranged brother. Ron Perlman, 67, has a pretty big part as Al Braverman, Wepner’s Jewish trainer and corner man. Braverman is credited with making the Ali/Wepner match happen.
Margulies near scene of attack
Actress Julianna Margulies, 50, talked to the French news service AFP on April 21 and revealed that she was near the site of the terrorist killing of a police officer the day before in Paris. “I was there just behind the shooting in a car when everything stopped and we just waited,” she said. “We must not give in … otherwise it is the terrorists who win. The terrorists do not measure our capacity for resistance.”
She also told AFP about her upcoming role as a Syrian Jewish woman from Brooklyn who’s fighting breast cancer. According to sources, Margulies’ character is Orthodox, and she shares her fight with a teenage friend who also has breast cancer. The director is Susan Seidelman, 64 (“Desperately Seeking Susan”) and filming starts in July.
Margulies also told AFP why she declined to be in “The Good Wife” sequel, “The Good Fight.” “I had to say goodbye to [my character] Alicia Florrick … Alicia doesn’t wear her emotions on her sleeves the way I do. I am an actress and a Jewish woman … very opinionated and emotional.”
Moving Sandberg interview
I’ve rarely been as moved as I was watching Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, 47, discuss the death of her husband, tech entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, on “CBS This Morning” on April 23. Goldberg was 47 when he died of a cardiac arrhythmia in 2015.
Sandberg, who lives in Menlo Park, told CBS journalist Norah O’Donnell: “Dave was my rock, Dave was my best friend before we dated and then got married [in 2004] and then had two amazing children. He was the one who always told me everything would be OK. And then it wasn’t OK.”
The author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” said Dave’s death “sucked” and then relayed advice she got from her rabbi to “Lean into the suck.” Sandberg told O’Donnell: “It was really good advice, because what he was telling me is this is going to suck, so don’t fight it.”
Sandberg talked about strategies that she and her children had used to cope with their loss, which she shares in her new book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.” The title came from something co-author Adam Grant, 35, said two years ago when Sandberg was lamenting Dave’s absence at a father-daughter event. Grant told her they would find an “Option B and work the sh–t out of it.”
Grant, a friend of Sandberg’s who has a doctorate in organizational psychology, wrote articles with the Facebook exec before her husband’s death, so it’s natural that she would turn to him for advice. He’s the youngest tenured faculty member at the Wharton School of Business.