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Big names to play concerts in Israel this year

Heebonics - Thursday January 16, 2014
The Holy Land is about to get a slew of musicians stopping in to perform this spring and summer.

In addition to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, who announced their concerts last year, Neil Young and Justin Timberlake have added their names to the list.

If you're an Israeli fan of Young and Crazy Horse, make sure you catch them this time around. According to Rolling Stone, Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro said his gut tells him this is the group's last tour.

"I hate saying their ages, but I’m 64 and I’m the baby of the band," he said. "I love playing and we’re playing as good as we ever did, but at any time, something could go down with any one of us."

It's also been 19 years since Young was in Israel, so you definitely don't want to miss this one.

If you're a classic rock fan in Israel, keep your fingers crossed for more tour announcements soon. The Rolling Stones have reportedly been offered $4.5 million to play Tel Aviv this summer – the largest amount ever offered to an artist to play in the country.

What are Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld working on?

Heebonics - Wednesday January 8, 2014
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld spent some time on Reddit this week, where he shared his thoughts on his favourite Seinfeld memories, his comedy techniques, and his favourite transportation method. But what might be most intriguing was his response to this question: "What is the most mundane thing you and Larry [David] have obsessed over?"

His response is sure to spark excitement in any big Seinfeld fan.

Louis C.K., left, and Jerry Seinfeld in
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"We never obsess over anything that isn't mundane," he wrote.

"Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see, but I can't reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it's big, huge, gigantic. Even bigger than that Amazon package."

"That Amazon package" refers to a top Reddit post at the time of his AMA (Ask Me Anything) session — spoiler alert: the giant Amazon package was carrying a car.

No word yet on what the project is, but with the two comedians at the helm, it should be comedy gold.
And if you are a big Seinfeld fan, make sure you take a few minutes to read through his AMA and catch the new season of his web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Many Hungarian Jews to join March of the Living in 2014

Heebonics - Wednesday January 8, 2014

Every country was touched in some way by the actions of the Nazis and World War II.

This year, March of the Living – an annual educational program that brings students from all over the world to Poland to study the history of the Holocaust and examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate – will mark 70 years since the mass deportation and extensive destruction of Hungarian Jewry.

Deportations to the gas chambers at Aushwitz-Birkenau commenced on April 29, 1944, and concluded July 11, 1944. When a final count was taken of the estimated 800,000 Hungarian Jews alive at the start of 1944, only approximately one-fourth remained alive.

Hungary and the Roma have been in the news quite a bit in recent months, as a poll placed Hungary among the most anti-Semitic countries in all of Europe.

At the World Jewish Congress plenary in Budapest last May, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared that his government is committed to quashing anti-Semitism in all forms, calling it "unacceptable and intolerable."

Organizers of the March of the Living will be inviting leading Jewish figures of Hungarian descent, both political and non-political, to participate in key ceremonies and events tentatively scheduled for April 23 to May 8.

If you're between the ages of 21 and 35, you can submit an application to attend by clicking here.
 

'The Woman in Black' to become franchise – without Daniel Radcliffe

Heebonics - Thursday January 2, 2014
Hammer Film Productions has hinted that Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter movie, The Woman in Black, is set to become a franchise.

The sequel to the 2012 horror flick won't open until February 2015, but Hammer's CEO Simon Oakes told Total Film magazine that Hammer is already considering a third and fourth instalment of the story, which is based on a 1983 horror novella.

"If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," Oakes told the magazine.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4."

Unfortunately, our favourite Jewish wizard won't be continuing on with the new franchise. The sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, will star Jeremy Irvine, best known as the star of the Academy Award-nominated War Horse.

Pixies break boycott to play Israeli festival

Heebonics - Friday December 27, 2013
Four years after cancelling a show in response to the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, the Pixies will be back in the holy land.

After the raid, which left nine activists dead, the American alternative rock band cancelled its planned performance and issued a statement that said, "We'd like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel."

At last, Israeli fans of the band will be able to hear songs like Where Is My Mind live.



The Pixies will be performing with Soundgarden in Tel Aviv as part of an as-yet-unnamed festival in June.

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