Celebrity Jews

Drawn together

Animator Alex Orrelle has something pretty incredible to add to his resume. The 31-year-old Israeli was one of the many artists tapped to draw the Pixar smash “The Incredibles.” And after a short stint in San Francisco, he’s moved back to the Holy Land.

“Once I had a number of recognized successes, my friends and family in Israel, assumed I would stay in America,” he said recently. “But I had always intended to return. The idea of coming back to Israel was always in the back of my mind and it was always a question of when. Starting to raise children there made me want to return to Israel much more. I didn’t want to do it in San Francisco, far away from family.”

New on DVD

Turn off ESPN and go to Blockbuster to rent “Dodgeball,” Ben Stiller’s hilarious sports spoof … Shia LaBeouf (“Holes,” “The Battle of Shaker Heights”) is Will Smith’s unlikely sidekick in Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” … Larry Miller reprises his role as Paolo in “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” …Too lazy to go to the theater to see “National Treasure”? See another Jerry Bruckheimer film that just arrived on DVD, “King Arthur” … Theatrically trained actor Liev Schreiber shows off his acting chops in the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Family matters

The ABC Family channel has ordered up a series called “East of Normal, West of Weird” about a multiethnic family featuring an adopted teenage Chinese girl with a Protestant mother and a Jewish father. Hilarity will hopefully ensue.

Dr. Doolittle

Meanwhile, mega-producer Bruckheimer, feeling fine after the $100-plus million haul for “National Treasure,” is going to produce a live action/CGI animated film for Disney called “G-Force.” The film will feature talking animals so think “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” meets “The Rock.”

Bling for Barry

Forget Celine Dion. She’s no longer Vegas’ highest-paid entertainer. That honor goes to Jewish crooner Barry Manilow. He just signed a $60 million deal to sing every night for a year at the Las Vegas Hilton.

One long month

Morgan Spurlock, he of “Super Size Me” fame, cribs his own idea with a show called “30 Days” in which an individual is planted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession. For example, in the pilot a Christian insurance agent from West Virginia lives with a Muslim family in Michigan. Ben Silverman is the co-executive producer. We can hardly wait.

Another Silverman returns

From the “where-are-they-now” files, we’re happy to report that Jonathan Silverman is alive and well. The 38-year-old actor, best known for his work in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Weekend at Bernie’s,” has been keeping busy recently. He has just wrapped filming on two movies — “Jekyll” and “Laura Smiles.” Now comes word that the former Single Guy will star in the remake of the 1946 film “Angel on My Shoulder” in which the devil helps a dead gangster return from the fishes and become a highly regarded judge to repent for his past life. Silverman, who still can’t seem to get top billing, will play the role of the judge’s assistant.

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