Film

There is life after Potter - and Radcliffe does not miss a beat

By Stephen Applebaum, November 28, 2013

If ever there was an actor who seemed in danger of being trapped by a role, it is Daniel Radcliffe. After playing Harry Potter in eight movies, there cannot be many places on the planet where his name is not associated with the Hogwarts hero. But Radcliffe is refusing to be boxed in, as his new film, Kill Your Darlings, amply demonstrates.

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Hollywood producer on his double life as an Israeli spy

By Sandy Rashty, November 26, 2013

The Hollywood producer behind Pretty Woman and LA Confidential has opened up about his double life as an Israeli spy.

Arnon Milchan, who also made Fight Club and Runner Runner, claimed that he bought arms on behalf of Israel as well as technology that has been used to boost its nuclear programme.

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BBC changes fraud show trailer amid antisemitism concern

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

BBC producers have changed a trailer for a series about tax and benefit fraudsters following complaints that it could be seen as antisemitic.

The original trailer for Britain on the Fiddle featured the song “If I Were a Rich Man”, from Fiddler on the Roof, the 1960s film about Jews in a Russian shtetl.

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Not flash, but Gordon makes a splash with directorial debut

By Stephen Applebaum , November 7, 2013

Many is the child actor who has tasted success and then faded into obscurity. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt has managed to make the transition to adult roles look easy and is carving out an impressive career on screen and behind the camera. Now Don Jon, the 32-year-old’s first feature as a writer, director and actor, opens here next week.

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She’s made a smokin’ movie with sex appeal

By Brigit Grant, October 31, 2013

Let me tell you about Rachel. She’s a smart, independent Jewish woman who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mother. Rachel has a handsome husband, lots of friends and volunteers at the Jewish community centre in fashionably bohemian Silver Lake, East LA. Oh, and on a whim, she invites a homeless lap-dancer to move into the spare room and babysit her child.

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BBC will show Jerusalem film it previously banned

By Rosa Doherty, October 25, 2013

The BBC is to show a controversial documentary about Jerusalem whose broadcast was cancelled at the last minute earlier this year.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was originally scheduled to be aired in April as part of a series on the history of archaeology.

But it was pulled after the corporation decided it “did not fit editorially” within the series.

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Woody Allen: Israel critics don’t like Jews

October 16, 2013

He may be yet to visit the Jewish state, but Woodey Allen has spoken out strongly against some of Israel’s critics.

In an interview in France by Israel’s Channel 2 on Monday to promote the European release of Blue Jasmine, the filmmaker was asked if it is difficult being a Jew in the US these days.

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Watchable sexual addiction — but Paltrow is a turn-off

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2013

Time for Sharing (15)
★★★✩✩

Mich-ael Douglas’s admission to sexual addiction and subsequent spell in rehab was not treated all that sympathetically by my tabloid colleagues. The newsroom consensus was that he had been caught in flagrante one too many times and a clinical explanation would resurrect his reputation.

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Daniel Radcliffe denies he will take Freddie Mercury role

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe has denied rumours that he will replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic.

The Harry Potter star was widely reported to be lined up for the singing role after Mr Cohen pulled out of the film following creative differences with surviving Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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To Woody: Thanks for a monumental movie

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2013

Dear Woody. I would not ordinarily begin a review addressing the director, but your latest film is a gift that warrants a monumental thank you.

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