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Breaking Hanukkah Special: ScarJo Half Jewish!

But she's so icy and Scandinavian, right? Only half! Other dreidl spinners: Jennifer Connelly! Shia Labeouf! And Cindy is misbehaving in London. In the Judeo-Christian gossip roundup.

By Tim Murphy

The Russell Crowe Gimmick: A History

Again and again, Crowe plays tough guys — and tries to humanize them with some too poetic, too cute detail, to ridiculous, distracting effect.

By Logan Hill

Russell Crowe to Play Bill Hicks?

Plus: The Coens cast some well-deserving character actors in 'A Serious Man," and Tom Cruise makes his superhero move.

Jay-Z Had to Break Up to Make Up

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Jay-Z stepped down as CEO of Def Jam because it didn't pay enough. (Instead, he wants to open a boutique hotel called The Jay.) Amy Fischer is D.J.-ing tonight at Retox, and her sex tape will be on display. Justin Timberlake and Alpha Dog co-star Amanda Seyfried left the Pink Elephant after just fifteen minutes. VH-1 exec Michael Hirschorn, wife and St. Martin's editor Elizabeth Beier, New York Times scribe Bob Morris, and agent Ira Silverberg spent New Year's Eve at the Mexican villa once occupied by Pablo Escobar. There are a bunch of historical inaccuracies in Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, namely the fact that Harvard was not involved in the real-life proceedings. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are supposedly expecting twins: one boy and one girl.

Oscar Futures: ‘Charlie Wilson's War’ Stages a Comeback

Every week between now and January 22, Vulture's Oscar Futures will listen to insider gossip, comb the Oscar blogs, and out-and-out guess when necessary to track who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted nomination.