Showbiz

Cut from different cloth — the East End shmutter kings loved by the A-listers

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2013

Philip Pittack and Martin White have every reason to celebrate this new year. As the last Jewish cloth merchants in the East End, their business is thriving, with clients ranging from local hipsters to designers like Vivienne Westood and stars such as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger.

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Vanessa Feltz to compete on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2013

Vanessa Feltz will appear on the upcoming series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The reality TV star and journalist confirmed that she will dance on the programme during an interview with BBC Radio 2 this morning.

She is the first celebrity guest, out of 15, to announce her decision to compete in the dance show, co-hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

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Steven Berkoff fined over Oxford Street collision

August 27, 2013

Veteran actor and director Steven Berkoff has been fined for knocking down a pedestrian while driving in London’s Oxford Street.

The 76-year-old, known for such roles as the villain in the James Bond film Octopussy, hit Fiona Scully in his Volkswagen Beetle as she crossed the road on New Year’s Eve last year.

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Kelly Hoppen, the Dragon lady

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

With fiery, curled hair, freckled skin and almost always dressed in black, Kelly Hoppen is the stern-but-fair Jewish businesswoman billed as the poster girl for the latest series of Dragons’ Den on BBC2.

On last Sunday’s programme, Hoppen nostalgically recalled her South African roots as she chewed on a piece of cured meat and compared it to growing up eating biltong.

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Bar Refaeli hits out at Pink Floyd's Roger Waters over Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2013

Model Bar Refaeli has challenged Pink Floyd guitarist and singer Roger Waters over his boycott of Israel.

The Israeli said she wanted Mr Waters to stop using an image of her in the background of his concerts after he urged activists to declare a cultural boycott of the country.

The British musician is a long-standing advocate of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

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The Apprentice's Luisa Zissman joins Jewish charity

August 21, 2013

Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman has joined the executive board of a leading Jewish charity.

The cup cake company boss will work with Laniado UK to raise money for Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Israel.

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Kelly Hoppen gives thumbs down to Orthodox Jewish couple on Dragon's Den

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

Strictly Orthodox couple Rachel and Alta Fogel were taking stock this week after their "intimidating" experience on BBC’s Dragons Den last Sunday.

The couple had hoped to impress the panel of entrepreneurs with their Bizzy Bitz toy company and offered a 10 per cent stake in exchange for a £80,000 investment.

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JC Profile: Harry Styles

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

When pop star Harry Styles was filmed “twerking” at last Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, fans of his band One Direction ensured the video went viral on the internet.

But it was an earlier image from the awards ceremony that might have done more to catch the eye of JC readers.

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Jewish mother comics Ronna and Beverly are feeling The Heat

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 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, released here this week.

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James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.

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