Celebrity Jews

Song of songs

Mazel tov to legendary Jewish rocker Bob Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) on having his song “Like a Rolling Stone” chosen as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll song of all time by, of all publications, Rolling Stone. “No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all time,” wrote the magazine.

Something Kinky

Jewish cowboy/musician/politician/novelist Kinky Friedman is making the rounds promoting his new book, “‘Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers,” a series of irreverent essays on music, politics and life. For the novelist, the nonfiction style is a bit of a departure. “There is a fine line between fiction and nonfiction, which I believe I snorted in 1978,” he says.

New on DVD

Steven Spielberg’s immigrant tale “The Terminal,” starring Tom Hanks as an Eastern European trying to get to America, arrives on DVD. “It goes back to what makes this country so great and so strong — immigrants coming here from around the globe to ‘the land of milk and honey,’ a place where they are allowed to dream of a better life for themselves,” says Spielberg. Also new on DVD: “Spider-Man 2,” written by Jewish literary phenom Michael Chabon, directed by Sam Raimi and produced by comic book legend Avi Arad.

Weinstein redux

The controversial never-aired “Family Guy” “When you wish upon a Weinstein” episode — which hilariously pokes fun at Jewish stereotypes — will finally be seen. Sort of. You see, Fox never aired the episode before it canceled the cult series several years ago. But fans did get to see the episode in all of its twisted glory since it was included on the “Family Guy” DVD — and has also aired on Cartoon Network twice. So Fox’s decision to finally air it — on Friday, Dec. 10 — is not a big deal, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Surviving ‘Seinfeld’

Speaking of mazel tovs, congratulations to Jason Alexander, better known to the world at large as George Costanza, for apparently surviving the so-called “Seinfeld Curse.” His freshman CBS sitcom “Listen Up” has been picked up for the remainder of the season.

In the works

Actress Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”) has signed up to star on Fox’s new drama “Point Pleasant,” about a beachside community experiencing some supernatural events. … George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s Section Eight production company is planning a Ten Commandments-themed miniseries for the Fox Network. … Director Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) is working with actor Vin Diesel’s Tigon Studios to create an original video game franchise tentatively called “Secret Service.”

Reality cheat

Reality show producer Jane Lipsitz is developing a new unscripted series about infidelity. The show will follow members of the Ashley Madison Agency, a controversial online community that helps bring together attached people seeking outside sources of adventure. “The sanctity of marriage is clearly a hot-button topic in today’s environment,” Lipsitz told the Hollywood Reporter. “Exploring the current state of love and commitment against the backdrop of our changing social landscape makes for a fascinating and daring unscripted drama.”

Columnist Benyamin Cohen is the editor of Jewsweek magazine (www.jewsweek.com).