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Natalie Portman from Eating Animals
Natalie Portman

The documentary Eating Animals is based on a book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated), 41. Foer’s study of the horrors associated with factory farming so impressed actress Natalie Portman, 37, that she got Foer’s permission to turn it into a documentary, which she narrates (Portman became a vegetarian at age 8 and a vegan in 2009). Advance reviews praise the way in which the filmmakers went undercover, at some risk, to film some very cruel practices. (Opens Friday, July 6, at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township.)

Ant-Man and the Wasp features Marvel heroes with the incredible ability to shrink. Paul Rudd, 49, who starred in the 2015 film Ant-Man, reprises that title role in this film. Evangeline Lily, who had a co-starring role as the Wasp in the 2015 film, returns for the sequel. The plot has Ant-Man (AKA Scott Lang) torn between his new role as a husband and father and the call of duty when the Wasp says she really, really needs his help (opens July 6).

Paul Rudd from Ant-Man and the Wasp
Paul Rudd

Michael Douglas, 73, also reprises his role as Hank Pym, an entomologist who was the original Ant-Man back in the ’60s. He passed the baton, as it were, to Scott Lang. Also: Look for Ant-Man comic co-creator Stan Lee, 95, in a cameo role. Parental note: The Ant-Man films are lighter and more family-friendly than most Marvel pics.

On July 13, at midnight, the Landmark Main Art Theater in Royal Oak is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the animated Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine by screening a digitally restored, 4K print of the film. The story the film was based on was written by psychoanalyst Lee Minoff, now 83, and he is co-credited with the screenplay (along with the late Erich Segal of Love Story fame).


Phil Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal

Anthony Bourdain, hands down, was the best host of a travel and cooking show. (Bourdain was the always-secular son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father). However, Phil Rosenthal’s Netflix series, Somebody Feed Phil, is at least in the same league as Bourdain’s shows. It is a witty and interesting look at the cultures and food of the worldwide places Rosenthal visits. The show’s complete second season starts streaming on July 6. Rosenthal, 58, was the co-creator of the mega-hit Everybody Loves Raymond. He has been married since 1990 to Monica Horan, 55, who played Amy, the wife of Raymond’s policeman brother in Raymond.

The second season of Glow, the hit comedy/drama about pro women’s wrestling, began streaming on June 29. The performance of Alison Brie, 35, in the lead role earned her a Golden Globe nomination this year. Co-stars include Marc Maron, 54, and Jackie Tohn, 36.

Brandon Flynn
Brandon Flynn

The hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why released its second season in May. This series has attracted controversy because of its focus on teen suicide. I haven’t written about it because I didn’t know, until quite recently, that the author of the book it’s based on, Jay Asher, 42, has a Jewish father, and that a series star, Brandon Flynn (who plays Justin), 24, has a Jewish mother. Flynn (who is dating singer Sam Smith) has made comments that seem to indicate he identifies as Jewish.