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Interview: Darren Aronofsky

By Stephen Applebaum, January 13, 2011

Darren Aronofsky became fascinated by madness - specifically paranoid schizophrenia - while working on first feature film, Pi. Set among New York's Orthodox Jewish community, its main character, Max Cohen, is a troubled number theorist who believes he may have discovered the numerical code which can explain everything in Creation, and ends up taking a power drill to his head in what must be one of the few scenes of self-trepanning in cinema history.


Spiderman star Andrew Garfield up for Bafta rising star nod

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

Jewish actor Andrew Garfield has been nominated for this year's Bafta rising star award.

The half-British star, chosen as the next star of the Spiderman franchise, will soon be on screen alongside Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in the film version of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel Never Let Me Go.

Last month Mr Garfield was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook.

The film, written by Aaron Sorkin, has also been placed on the long-list of potential nominees for the 2011 Baftas.


Nominated for a Golden Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

The Jewish stars in with a chance of winning at the 2011 ceremony.

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Golden Globes: Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network up for awards

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his film about the creation of Facebook.

The Social Network, which stars Jewish actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, is up for best screenplay at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

It has also been placed in the category for Best Film, while its stars have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

To take the prize The Social Network will have to beat the forthcoming drama about rivalry in the ballet world, Black Swan.


Natalie Portman in new film 'Black Swan'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010
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A look at the new Darren Aronofsky film about the heated rivalry between two talented ballerinas.


Hall of Fame: Natalie Portman

December 1, 2010

"It was very religious in my mind.

"The ritual of, like, breaking in your point shoes and getting them soft, all of that, it’s almost like tefillin wrapping in Judaism, this thing you do every day, this ritual."

Watch the Black Swan trailer here


Royal wedding dress: what Will Kate wear?

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Princess Diana’s dress was made by a Jewish designer, but will Kate Middleton follow in her footsteps?



Aronofsky, Leigh shortlisted for BFI film award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Two Jewish directors have been nominated for the Best Film award at this year’s London Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has made the shortlist for the thriller Black Swan, which stars the Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman as a ballerina consumed by jealousy of her co-star.


Lanvin designer's H&M project

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

An Israeli fashion designer whose dresses are red carpet staples is to develop a clothing collection for H&M.

Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of the Lanvin fashion house since 2000, will be on sale in 200 H&M stores around the world, including Israel.

“Lanvin for H&M” will be unveiled on November 2 and be in store by the end of the month.

Mr Elbaz, a former IDF soldier, will collaborate on the line with Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin's men's clothing designer.


From tzitzit to Tattoos

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

Natalie Portman is the bookies' favourite to land the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson.

Paddy Power has made the 29-year-old Israeli-American their 11/4 favourite ahead of Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Twilight's Kristen Stewart.

The role of the tough, leather-clad, tattoo covered biker will be a far cry from her last film, New York, I love You, where she played a strictly Orthodox Jewish bride preparing for her wedding to a Chasidic man.