Day: January 5, 2011

Nicole Shabtai in “Citizen Rothstein”

Nicole Shabtai is going to move to Los Angeles and become famous. I'm not a prophet. Shabtai sent out an email saying she was moving. And if you've seen "Citizen Rothstein," her one-woman show — or any of her appearances in videos for LandlineTV — then you could arrive at a similar conclusion yourself. Shabtai radiates an undeniable charisma that somebody is going to capture on film for mainstream audiences to appreciate. In "Citizen Rothstein," she portrays all of the characters surrounding Ava Rothstein in the days leading up to her Bat Mitzvah except for Ava herself. The show's title may evoke references to Citizen Kane, but the introductory video is much more aligned with Apocalypse Now. Just watch!   Shabtai bounces from energetic 5-year-old younger sister Lula to real-housewife Jill Zarin, and around to others, including the teen's publicist, 13-year-old French best friend, mother and back to the rabbi again. Despite the cynicism you may feel from her adult characters, Shabtai will win you over with the child-like exuberance and naivete in which she inhabits her youthful personas. I haven't been to a Bat Mitzvah. And I'm not sure I'm going to be invited to one anytime soon. But I'm certainly glad I got a glimpse into the life of Ava Rothstein's. Even if there was no Rosebud. Spoiler...

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Roseanne Barr wrote another book, talking about it. Facts may vary.

With all of the hype about "Snooki"'s new book, you may not have noticed that comedian Roseanne Barr's third book also is on sale this week (sorry, Patton Oswalt, but you're too smart for TV promos this week, apparently). And Roseanne has been doing press to promote her new tome, "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm." She was on Good Morning America this morning, and did a separate interview airing tonight for Nightline (you have your hit sitcom on ABC, and ABC still gets the spoils). She also answered questions for USA Today. Interestingly, the reality of Roseanne's life is different depending upon who's asking the questions. For USA Today, Roseanne lives in California, has gained and lost 14,000 pounds, and had 50,000 Facebook friends (which isn't actually a thing you can have on Facebook). For ABC, Roseanne is in "self-imposed exile in Hawaii" and has lost and gained 16,000 pounds. Only a ton of difference there. While you sort that out, you can see and hear Roseanne get mad at Sarah Palin for ripping off her "domestic goddess" persona for evil.   And here she was this morning on GMA.   Want to buy her...

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