At the Movies
Opening Tuesday, July 2, was “Spiderman: Far From Home.” The film takes place shortly after the events in “Avengers: Endgame.” Peter Parker (AKA Spiderman) is still mourning the death of his mentor, Avengers’ leader Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, when he is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Quentin Beck, AKA Mysterio, a master of trickery and illusion to battle the Elementals. Tom Holland plays Spiderman; Samuel L. Jackson plays Fury; and JAKE GYLLENHAAL, 38, plays Mysterio. JON FAVREAU, 52, appears as Happy Hogan, the former chief aide of Stark, and now a mentor of Parker.
It’s a busy month for Favreau. He directed a new version of “The Lion King” which opens on the 19th. Favreau is the son of a mostly Italian non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother. His mother died when he was 12. His whole extended family, on both sides, cooperated in making sure he had a bar mitzvah, as his mother wished. A practicing Jew, Favreau and his wife of 19 years, physician JOYA TILLEM, 49, have three children.
Kloss and Kushner Have a Hora Hoe-Down in Wyoming
Businessman JOSHUA KUSHNER, 33, and supermodel KARLIE KLOSS, 26, had a big “post-wedding” party in Wyoming on June 24. They were married in a small Jewish ceremony in July, 2018, after six years of dating. Kloss converted to Judaism, under Orthodox auspices, before the wedding.
Kloss is best known as a former top model for Victoria’s Secret, a frequent Vogue cover model, and a host of the TV series “Project Runway.” She grew-up in a nice St. Louis suburb. While still in high school, she was recruited by a big New York modeling agency and would fly to New York midweek to do modeling jobs. She has long been interested in computer coding and she’s the founder of a program called “Kode with Klossy” that provides scholarships for teen girls to learn coding during a two-week free summer camp program. There are 15 such camps nationwide. (Google “Kode with Klossy” for the program website if you know of a teen who might want to go. There is an application process).
You don’t hear that much about Joshua, the brother of JARED KUSHNER, 38, and the brother-in-law of IVANKA TRUMP, 37. While the brothers both married spectacular-looking women who converted to Judaism, they don’t agree politically. Joshua is a Democrat and so is Karlie. He marched in the huge Washington Women’s March that took place on the day after President Trump’s inauguration. In 2016, Kloss tweeted a photo of her ballot showing that she voted for Hillary Clinton. In the last two years, the couple has not been publicly political. It appears that family peace is maintained by Joshua and Karlie not talking much about politics, Jared, or President Trump.
Guests danced the hora at the “post” party. Notable celeb guests included actress MILA KUNIS, 35, singer Katy Perry, Princess Beatrice (the daughter of Prince Andrew), and designer DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, 72. Born Diana Halfin, she is the daughter of a Belgian Jewish father and a Greek Jewish mother. Her mother survived Auschwitz. The Kushner brothers’ grandparents were Holocaust survivors, too. Von Furstenberg was an early mentor of Kloss.
Now streaming on Netflix is the mini-series “Tales of the City.” The series follows an eclectic group of San Francisco-based friends. There were three prior mini-series based on “The Tales of the City” novels that starred Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. They co-star again in the new Netflix series. VICTOR GARBER, 70, and ZOSIA MAMET, 31, have recurring roles as new characters. Garber plays Sam, a volunteer reader for the sight-impaired. He reads to Mrs. Madrigal (Dukakis). Mamet, a co-star of the HBO show “Girls,” plays Claire, a hip documentary maker who becomes the love interest of Linney’s estranged daughter. Zosia’s father is famous playwright DAVID MAMET, 71.
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and screenwriter MICHAEL CHABON, 56, has been named the “show runner” (chief executive; head honcho) of “Star Trek: Picard,” a new series that will run on the streaming site CBS All-Access. It will star Patrick Stewart, who played Capt. Picard in the hit series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Last year, Chabon wrote one episode for the All-Access series “Star Treks: Short Treks.” Also worth noting: last year a Netflix limited series called “Unbelievable” was filmed. It’s due to be released “sometime” this year. It was co-written by Chabon and his wife, AYELET WALDMAN, 54, and it is based on a true story of a woman who recanted a rape allegation and the female detectives who strive to dig out the truth.