MCA won’t sell out, NBC confuses the ‘bergs, Jewish porn star for safe sex - St. Louis Jewish Light: World - MCA won’t sell out, NBC confuses the ‘bergs, Jewish porn star for safe sex: World
By JTA Staff · August 14, 2012
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NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Death has not stopped Adam Yauch -- MCA of the Beastie Boys -- from making headlines or even showcasing what he was all about. The New York local news website DNAinfo released Yauch’s will late last week, and it revealed interesting financial information about the co-founder of the popular hip-hop band who died three months ago. (He started the band, which was inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Jewish rappers Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond.)
Yauch’s $6.4 million heritage will be placed “in a trust for his wife, Dechen Yauch, and their 13-year-old daughter." It also says that Dechen has the right to sell and manage her husband's artistic property. Interestingly, however, his wife cannot make any use of his work for advertising -- not surprising, say those familiar with Yauch’s character. So if you ever thought you’d go to the supermarket and purchase a “Fight for Your Right to Party Mix” or a “No Sleep till Brooklyn Lager,” forget about it.
NBC's final fail at the Olympics
The London Olympics wrapped up Sunday evening with an extravagant closing ceremony and wonderful memories of world records, inspiring stories and even some success for Jewish Olympians (especially one whose first name is Aly and last name is Raisman). Some Jewish Olympics fans saw the International Olympic Committee as a villain for its failure to recognize the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Munich massacre during the opening ceremonies. Others pointed their collective finger at NBC for damaging the Games. The tape delays, Twitter controversies and frequent spoilers brought the popular viral term “NBCfail.” Perhaps the cherry atop the failcake occurred on Sunday during the men’s basketball gold-medal game that pit the U.S against Spain. NBC commentator Bob Fitzgerald mistakenly identified actor Jesse Eisenberg, who was in the crowd, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It is possible that Fitzgerald had so much free time during the delays between broadcasts that he watched a movie – perhaps “The Social Network,” in which Eisenberg portrayed Zuckerberg.
James Deen's educational acting
James Deen is the first male adult film star to emerge from the chosen people since Ron Jeremy. Now, 1,300 porn films later, Deen, whose average looks brought him the nickname “Porn’s Boy Next Door,” is making a career change. Sort of. At first it was a feature film titled “The Canyons,” which is set to be released next year and features troubled star Lindsay Lohan (who recently did a Playboy photo shoot, which shows that Deen is taking it one step at a time). And this week he released a public service announcement in cooperation with “Get Rubber,” a campaign by the porn company Brazzers, in which Deen is seen in two one-night stand scenarios -- one using protection and one without. The straightforward message: Use a condom and you will live a happy life with an attractive woman and a beautiful baby; if you don’t, you’ll die from AIDS.
Israeli campaign pranks bomb squad
Surely a viral campaign in Israel for the American backpack brand Yak Pak may have gone a little too far as it led to some teenagers pranking an Israeli Police bomb squad. In the video, the teens place cans of spray paint in a backpack and leave it unattended at a bus stop. Naturally, a few minutes later a bomb squad shows up with the awesome dismantling robot that looks like Johnny 5 from “Short Circuit,” which then creates a controlled explosion and consequently an artistic-looking display of colors. The video was later announced to be a fake and brought out some serious hate comments on Facebook against Yak Pak.
Chanukah, the sweater version
Ever attend a Christmas sweater party during the holidays and feel left out? A young Jewish designer from California wants to change that and keep you warm for the December holidays, even if Chanukah is your holiday of choice. Carin Agiman created Geltfiend, a company that specializes in Chanukah sweaters, and is raising funds to make the dream of knitted dreidels a reality. The Chanukah Sweaters project is available on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding company that has inventors post a proposed project and a fundraising goal with the hope that visitors step up with enough donations -- no matter how small -- to make it happen. The sweater project is asking for at least $20,000 by Sept. 5, and already is a third of the way there. Five designs are available, including a happy Chasidic snow family. While they may not be classically “ugly” Christmas sweaters, wear them to your next bash and be the shamash of the party!
Celebrities speaking Hebrew
Last week it was Lenny Kravitz showing off his Hebrew skills, now it’s Mariah Carey. She tweeted “Celebrating my friend’s anniversary! Le’chaim shout out to Israel!” Apparently Carey visited an Israeli friend in New York, also attaching a photo of herself in a seductive pose that has nothing to do with Israel or Le’chaim.
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