Celebrity Jews: At the Movies, Seinfeld and Clueless

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Nate Bloom

Nate Bloom

AT THE MOVIES

Ben Foster
Ben Foster

Originally scheduled to open June 29 at the Maple Theater, Leave No Trace will now open there on July 20 and at the Landmark Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak on July 13. This film has got real Oscar buzz, so I’ll re-cap. Ben Foster, 37, stars as the father of a teen daughter. For years, they live happily off the grid in a huge Oregon park before being discovered and placed in urban shelters. They hate their new surroundings and attempt to return to the wilderness.

Debra Granik
Debra Granik

The director is Debra Granik, 55, who also directed Winter’s Bone (2010), an acclaimed film about the struggle of a poor Appalachian teen (Jennifer Lawrence) to hold her family together. Propelled by a good script, great direction and a breakthough performance by Lawrence — this film hit most viewers in the kishkas even though the characters came from a milieu that is utterly unfamiliar to most Americans. It looks like Granik has worked this same magic in No Trace.

SEINFELD ON NETFLIX AND ON BARR

The hit interview show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, 64, began streaming on Netflix last Friday (it moved over from Crackle, another streaming service). The 12-episode season includes an interview with the late Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld

Seinfeld recently weighed in on the whole controversy surrounding Roseanne Barr, 65. Among other things, he suggested that another actress be hired to play the Roseanne character and not kill that character off as reports suggest the show’s producers are planning. He said: “I think they should get another Roseanne. They brought Dan Conner back; he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can’t we get another Roseanne? There are other funny women that could do that part.” (Dan was killed off in the original series and his death was explained away in the revival as a dream that Roseanne had).

I beg to differ with Mr. Seinfeld. Sure, Dan was killed off and two actresses played the part of Roseanne’s older daughter in the original series. But the “make-or-break” pressure on any actress would be enormous.

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr

A MUSICAL CLUELESS

The odds are better that Clueless, the hit 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone, 41, and Paul Rudd, 49, can be turned into a hit off-Broadway musical. It’s set to open in November. Amy Heckerling, 64, who directed and wrote the film, is directing and writing the musical. The stage show will feature ’90s pop hits and not original songs.

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