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Hollywood Now: Matt Bomer, the new Sharknado and Diffi

Matt Bomer with Lilly Collins in The Last Tycoon
Matt Bomer and Lily Collins. Credit: Amazon

Matt Bomer is The Last Tycoon

An interfaith romance is the center of the new drama series The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Set in 1936 in Hollywood, and starring Matt Bomer as the Jewish movie executive Monroe Stahr (né Sternberg), a widower whose actress-wife, Minna Davis, who was not Jewish, died tragically in a fire. Stahr wants to make a movie about her life and their relationship, but he has no time to lose: He has a heart defect that may shorten his life.

But, representatives from Nazi Germany arrive with demands, refusing to show films that depict a Christian marrying a Jew, or that has Jewish actors or characters in it. Not wanting to lose the German market, studio chief Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) caves to the pressure, telling a livid Stahr, “You can’t have art without commerce.” This was a reality in pre-World War II Hollywood.

Meanwhile, several women vie for the handsome Stahr’s attention, including Celia Brady (Lily Collins). Celia, who is not Jewish, is the studio chief’s daughter and an aspiring producer. Unfortunately, he’s still pining for Minna. A wardrobe woman remarks to Celia, “You can’t compete with a ghost.” The Last Tycoon begins streaming on Amazon Prime July 28.

Ian Ziering in the fifth Sharknado
Ian Ziering. Credit: Justin Stephens/Syfy
It’s a Global Swarming of Sharks 

When Sharknado returns for its fifth installment August 6 on Syfy, it will be a Global Swarming of flying toothy creatures. This time, Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) are on a shark hunt all over the world after their son is caught in a sharknado. The movie was shot in the U.K., Australia and Bulgaria and features an eclectic group of guest stars including Charo, Olivia Newton-John, Clay Aiken, Margaret Cho, Tony Hawk, Greg Louganis, Gilbert Gottfried, Fabio (playing the Pope!), and Bret Michaels. Ziering, who is Jewish, has been married to his wife Erin Ludwig, who is not Jewish, since 2010, and they have two daughters.

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner in Difficult People
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Credit: KC Bailey/Hulu

The BFFs are Back!

Returning for its third season August 8, Hulu’s snarky comedy Difficult People is about a pair of Jewish actor-writer BFFs played by Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner (playing characters also named Julie and Billy) and their misadventures in New York while trying to get famous. But when it comes to love and sex, both are involved in interfaith relationships. Julie is still living with boyfriend Arthur (James Urbaniak) and this season Billy will start dating an Asian guy named Todd, played by John Cho (Star Trek movies). Guest stars in the first few episodes include Vanessa Williams, Maury Povich, Larry Wilmore, and Rosie O’Donnell.

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