Shorts: Art

New Web series about Jewish hit man set

The Independent Film Channel is about to go Web 2.0 with its first Internet series, “Getting Away With Murder,” a 13-parter about a Jewish hitman with a mother who makes great kugels. The series premieres at on Sunday, May 13.

It tells the story of Seth Silver (John Gilbert), who lives at home with his overbearing mother, Rhonda (Gina Hecht), who stars in her own Shop From Home Network series. She thinks her son is an veterinary technician, but he’s actually an aspiring killer-for-hire.

Viewers can check out family recipes from Rhonnie’s cookbook, take a peek at Seth’s diary, download music and deleted scenes from the show and print T-shirts and wallpaper. New episodes, will be uploaded every Monday. To watch the show, go to,

Roseanne: I believe in Christ, not ZionismComedienne Roseanne Barr says she is a follower of Jesus and that she believes “millions of Jews are not Zionists.”

Barr, who has touted her Jewish birth and upbringing in the past — including at a Sept. 16, 2006 appearance at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco — told fans on her blog that she could no longer consider a mainstream TV talk show career “because I have opinions that are not sanctioned by the powers that be who refuse to allow even one dissenting voice over the airwaves of television.”

She added, “I truly believe that millions of Jews are not Zionists, and that even if they are, they do not support Israeli occupation. I believe that Jews all over this planet choose peace in the Middle East over the never-ending death machine of hatred and division and terror that exists there now. I am a Kabbalist, as was Jesus Christ … (the one whom I follow). He tells me to seek first the Kingdom inside of my soul, and leave the rest to Him.” — jta

Kirk Douglas talks to B’nai B’rith

He surfs the Internet, has a MySpace page, works out at the gym, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and just turned 90. In an interview with B’nai B’rith Magazine, Jewish film star Kirk Douglas recounts some of the tragedies in his life, including a stroke more than a decade ago and the 2004 suicide of his son Eric.

He also discusses his commitment to Judaism and social action.

Douglas recently published his ninth book, “Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning,” released in April.