Film

Get your kicks from this sequel

By Brigit Grant, August 18, 2013

Jane Goldman aka Mrs Jonathan Ross wrote the screenplay for Kick Ass (2010) together with its director Matthew Vaughn and it was a huge hit. The film appealed to me enormously, along with anyone else who can see the funny side of watching an eleven-year-old girl — played by the then unknown Chloë Grace Moretz — beat up bad guys and spit out shocking expletives.

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Jewish mother comics Ronna and Beverly star in The Heat

August 15, 2013

Comic duo Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo are known for their roles as overbearing fiftysomething Jewish mums in the global TV, stage and podcast live chat show, Ronna and Beverly.

But now the garrulous Los Angeles-based actresses are taking on Hollywood with their film debut alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat.

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Review: The lone ranger

By Brigit Grant, August 12, 2013

He may be one of the most successful producers of all time, but it can’t be easy being Jerome Leon Bruckheimer.

At least not this month. And though I’m not asking you to cry for him — his reported annual earnings exceed $120 million — when you are accustomed to making blockbuster hits, it’s aggravating when one misses, as The Lone Ranger appears to be doing.

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Review: Heaven’s gate

By Brigit Grant, August 5, 2013

If seeking to be culturally controversial in 1980, admitting to liking Heaven’s Gate was a surefire way to do it. Bathed in the post-Oscar glow of The Deer Hunter, director Michael Cimino had banked on achieving similar success with his $44 million epic Western based loosely on the little known Battle of Johnson County.

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Monsters University 3D

By Brigit Grant, July 15, 2013

Many years ago, I got to hug Billy Crystal. He had just been accused of “selling out” as a comedian by a strident NME journalist and I was the next one in to interview him. Let’s just say I was able to reassure the actor sufficiently of his talent for him to want to embrace me. All I could think at the time was “I’m hugging the Harry who met Sally” and I’ve never forgotten it.

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Review: Despicable Me 2

By Brigit Grant, June 28, 2013

Attention parents, bubbas and zaidas everywhere. If the thought of another blanket grey weekend spent in soft-play hell with the kids is more than you can stand, fear not. Gru, his adopted orphans and those dinky yellow minions, have returned to chase away the bouncy castle blues and, like a good family board game, delight everyone from six to 96.

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Jessie Eisenberg and Isla Fisher in Now You See Me

By Zoe Winograd, June 24, 2013

Two of our favourite Jewish actors will be gracing UK cinema screens next week.

Isla Fisher, who converted to Judaism before marrying Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jessie Eisenberg both star in Now You See Me, a film about illusionists who pull off bank heists during their shows.

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Finding the Suite smell of success

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

As you read this, Harvey Weinstein is producing a film of the late French writer Irene Nemirovsky’s spectacularly celebrated novel, Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts. Meanwhile, acclaimed translator Sandra Smith is working on her 11th Nemirovsky title, Fires of Autumn — “a First-World-War Suite Francaise”.

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Rachel Weisz’s father makes his movie debut

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Move over Rachel — there is a new member of the Weisz family finding success in the film business.

The actress’s 84-year-old father George has made his debut as a producer with a documentary telling the little-known story — set in Nazi Germany — of the first ever female rabbi.

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Heroic spy was inspiration for Bond girl Vesper Lynd

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2013

The daring exploits of a Jewish-born secret agent who was parachuted into France during the Second World War have been celebrated at a ceremony in London.

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