One can only hope they don't spawn.
Peace in the Mid-East
A young Arab woman who won a popular Israeli music competition by singing the Mizrahi songs of Middle Eastern Jews, has become an unlikely star in the country, bridging some of the Holy Land's hate and mistrust.
Nissren Kader, 25, recently won first place on " Eyal Golan is Calling You," a hit TV show hosted by one of Israel's most successful entertainers. In winning the show, Kader seems to have pulled off a balancing act that Mitt Romney would envy: She touched on the nostalgia that many first- and second-generation Mizrahis feel for their ancestral homelands and, by singing beautifully in Hebrew, she charmed her Israeli audience by showing that she, too, was moved by their cultural traditions.
"I am so proud: I'm the first Arab to win a Hebrew singing program," said Kader, who hails from Haifa.
"I never imagined that they [Jews] would like me to the degree that they did," she told the Associated Press. "I'm an Arab citizen in a state that has troubles and disagreements between Jews and Arabs, and they saw something else. They saw another side."
Eliyahu Haviv, a 70-year-old Iranian-born Israeli, said that Kader deserved her victory, and shouldn't be viewed through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He noted, as many Israelis did, that Kader sang in Hebrew to God to protect the people of Israel in a song that was originally written to commemorate slain Israeli soldiers.
"She sang our prayers, and I think it was very good because she sang them with emotion," Haviv said. "I say yes, there are Arab terrorists, but this is something else. We need to be as one heart."
* Walt Disney Studios announced Thursday that a sequel to last year's superhero hit "Captain America: The First Avenger" will arrive in theaters on April 4, 2014.
The first movie starred Chris Evans as the patriotic super-soldier. "Captain America" took in $368 million at the worldwide box office.
Evans reprises his role as Captain America in "The Avengers," due May 4, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner as a team of Marvel Comics heroes.
* Patrick Dempsey is bringing his passion for auto racing to television with a McDreamy new documentary series.
The "Grey's Anatomy" star will produce "Road to Le Mans," a four-part series about his competition in the venerable French race, the Velocity channel said Thursday.
The Velocity Channel?
It's six months old, part of Discovery Communications and in about 40 million homes.
* Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has postponed his 15-city U.S. solo tour because of nerve damage in his right arm.
Most of the tour dates will be rescheduled for November and December.
* Keith Olbermann, recently fired by Current TV, is suing Current heads Al Gore and Joel Hyatt for something in the neighborhood of $70 million.
Olbermann, it seems, wants some of Gore's green.
- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.