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Hollywood Now: New Flicks from Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Weisz, plus Seth Meyers’ Delivery Drama

Still from I Feel Pretty
Aidy Bryant, Amy Schumer, and Busy Phillips star in I Feel Pretty. Credit: Mark Schafer/STX Films
Seth Myers and Alexi Ashe and son
Myers, Ashe & son. Instagram @sethmyers

Amy Schumer stars in the comedy I Feel Pretty as a woman who thinks she’s a gorgeous supermodel—with the confidence and fearlessness that comes with it–after suffering a blow to the head at the gym. Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps play her best friends in the movie, opening April 20.  Schumer, who is Jewish on her father’s side and was raised Jewish, married chef Chris Fischer, who is not Jewish, in February. Philipps who is not Jewish, is also in an interfaith marriage. Her husband of 10 years is Jewish screenwriter turned director Marc Silverstein. He’s making his debut behind the camera as co-director (with Abby Kohn) of Feel Pretty.

Late Night talk show host Seth Meyers became a father for the second time on April 8 in rather dramatic fashion. Meyers’ wife Alexi Ashe’s labor progressed so quickly that there wasn’t time to get to the hospital, and she delivered their son Axel Strahl in the lobby of their apartment building.  EMTs arrived after the birth and took mom and baby to the hospital, but both were fine. Meyers, who has a Jewish paternal grandfather but was not raised with Judaism, and Ashe, a Jewish attorney, have an older son, Ashe Olsen, 2. Mazel tov!

The Week Of cast
Rachel Dratch, Adam Sandler, Allison Strong, Roland Buck III, Chris Rock, Melanie Nicholls-King in The Week Of. Credit: Netflix

A biracial, interfaith wedding is at the center of Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix comedy, in which he and Chris Rock play the very different fathers of the bride and groom. Premiering April 27, The Week Of takes place in the days leading up to the nuptials, which Sandler’s Kenny Lustig insists on paying for, despite a generous offer from his future in-law, a wealthy heart surgeon. Big mistake (but fodder for hilarity). The cast also includes Rachel Dratch as Sandler’s wife. Off screen, Sandler, who is Jewish, is married to actress Jackie Titone, who converted to Judaism before they married in 2003. Sandler will once again be heard as the voice of Dracula in Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation, hitting theaters July 13.

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson. Credit: Marvel Studios

On April 27, Scarlett Johansson returns to her Black Widow role in Avengers: Infinity War, in which the superheroes reunite to defeat the enemy Thanos before he destroys the universe. Johansson, whose father is Christian and Danish, was raised in her mother’s Jewish faith. She split from her husband Romain Dauriac last fall and has been romantically linked to Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost, who is not Jewish. She recently completed director Noah Baumbach’s untitled comedy and has several more Avengers movies on the horizon, including one that will focus on Black Widow.

In Disobedience, set in London, Rachel Weisz plays a woman who left the Orthodox Jewish community years ago but returns for the funeral of her rabbi father. She rekindles the secret love affair she had with the now married woman (Rachel McAdams) she had never stopped loving. Weisz, whose father is of Hungarian-Jewish ancestry and mother, who was partly Jewish and converted to Judaism, has been married to her Dream House co-star Daniel Craig since June 2011.

Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams
Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams star in Disobedience. Credit: Bleecker Street

Disobedience, based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, opens in New York and Los Angeles on April 27, followed by a national rollout in May. Meanwhile, Weisz has three other films on her calendar. She finished shooting The Favourite, about friendship, betrayal and intrigue in the court of Queen Anne in 18th Century England, playing Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and confidante to the Queen (Olivia Colman). She portrays Colin Firth’s wife in The Mercy, about sailor Donald Crowhurst’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe, and she’s set to star in a biography of James Miranda Barry, a 19th Century British military surgeon who was born a woman but lived as a man in order to study and practice medicine.

Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller wrote and reported from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, The Nosher, Hadassah and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv’at Brenner in Israel and attended High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.


Author: Gerri Miller