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Hollywood Now: The Stars of Allied and Fantastic Beast

In the new World War II thriller Allied, out November 23, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play spies who fall in love, a relationship complicated by the revelation that one of them may be a double agent. Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) plays Bridget, a free spirit and confidante to her brother Max (Pitt). “To Bridget, Max has always been such a serious and lonely guy; she’s just happy he has found somebody,” Kaplan says. “I think Bridget is hoping Marianne’s love for Max is real—but how can she or anyone really know, especially in a time of war?” As for real-life relationships, the Jewish actress is engaged to actor Tom Riley, who played the titular artist and inventor in Da Vinci’s Demons.

On Gilmore Girls, the story of mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore charmed audiences for seven seasons before the show ended its broadcast TV run in 2007. Now, starting November 25, the beloved series is getting a four-part reboot on Netflix with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,consisting of four 90-minute episodes, each set in one of the four seasons. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel star in the title roles, and all the supporting players return as well. The woman behind the highly anticipated revival is the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, who co-produces with her husband, Dan Palladino.

“We thought, ‘What a great opportunity to delve into a different form, to tell stories in a completely different way,’” with no commercial breaks to worry about,” she says. “It was such an exciting challenge and a way to get all back together again and put on a show.”

The daughter of a Jewish comedian father from New York and a Southern Baptist mother from Mississippi, Sherman-Palladino grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, identifies as Jewish and was married by a rabbi. Her next project is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a 1950s-set comedy starring Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, Manhattan) as a Jewish housewife who dreams of becoming a standup comic.

Ezra Miller, known for his roles in Trainwreck, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and as The Flash in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, has another key showcase in the latest fantasy from the mind of writer J.K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening November 18. He plays the non-magical Credence Barebone in the film.

“I have been obsessed with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world since I was 7 years old,” says Miller, “so I am very well-versed. Getting to actually step into this universe was the fulfillment of my dreams more than anyone can imagine.”

Miller, whose mother is of Christian German-Dutch ancestry, identifies with his father’s Jewish faith. He’ll reprise his Flash role in both Justice League, due out next November, and The Flash, to be released in 2018. He’s also a musician and tours with his band, Sons of an Illustrious Father, when he’s not acting.

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