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6 degrees no bacon

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here we introduce “Six Degrees (No Bacon) Jewish Celebrity Roundup,” a new JTA news service feature in the Jewish Press. Find more celebrity news on its website.

Gene Simmons: Kissing bachelorhood goodbye

The Israel-born KISS rocker Gene Simmons is set to tie the knot with Shannon Tweed early next month at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Simmons, who said in the past that he would never get married, proposed to Tweed — his longtime partner and mother of his two kids — recently during a special episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. TMZ reports the wedding invitations -- with the unique opening line “After 28 years of loose strings, our parents have finally decided to tie the knot …” — were sent and probably reached all the invitees, so if you weren’t one, maybe you should get better friends.

Natalie Portman: Staying home?

Oscar winner Natalie Portman reportedly has turned down the chance to play mom to Angela Lansbury in Adaline. The reason she has backed out of the flick: She plans to emulate Audrey Hepburn and look after her family. Back in May, she told The Sun‘s Buzz Magazine “Audrey made some good choices in life … More and more I realize how unimportant it is to be in the history books or anything like that. Putting time and energy into your children, that’s valuable.”

The skinny on Jonah Hill’s next move

The big question regarding the formerly rotund funnyman Jonah Hill is whether all that successful trimming down will deal a fatal blow to his comic persona. So the good news is that he is exploring new horizons —- according to Rolling Stone, the young actor is going to direct singer Sara Bareilles’ music video for the song Gonna Get Over You, which should be released in a few weeks.

J is for ‘Sesame Street’ guests

Several Jewish actors are slated to appear on the new season of Sesame Street. Among those set to star alongside Big Bird and Elmo: Mila Kunis, at left, Seth Rogen, Liev Schreiber and Jason Schwartzman. And don’t forget New York Knicks superstar Amar’e Stoudemire, who is exploring his Jewish roots.

Big Bad Wolf scares Sarah Jessica Parker

Decked out like Red Riding Hood for a film opening in Moscow, Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker had a run-in with a big bad wolf — her local body guard, Oleg Donstov. At the event, the hired muscle reportedly ripped his shirt open for her to sign his chest, and leaned in and tried to kiss her. As if Donstov wasn’t in enough trouble at work, his wife was watching on TV (but he hopes roses will do the trick).

Previewing ‘American Reunion’

Universal Pictures has released the first online preview of American Reunion, billed as one final slice in the American Pie raunchy teen saga -- which has had plenty of Jewish filling, from actors Eugene Levy and Natasha Lyonne to directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to original screenwriter Adam Herz. And, of course, there is the main character — Jim Levenstein (played by Jason Biggs). Levenstein is too Jewish to be true, and Biggs has a history of playing Jewish parts. Believe it or not, however, Biggs is not a big Jew -- or even a little one. He’s Catholic! Adding to the confusion, in the films, Jim’s now-wife is not Jewish — but the actress who plays her, Alyson Hannigan, is.

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