Showbiz

Interview: Mark Ronson

By Paul Lester, April 25, 2015

Mark Ronson is showing me the Woody Allen poster that takes pride of place at the entrance to his recording studio in King's Cross, London. The studio is named after Zelig, the 1983 Allen mockumentary about the fictional character who changes identity according to his environment and appears at key moments in history.

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Meet the Leonard Cohen clone from south London

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

The hangdog look, the sombre clothing, the air of gloom — all are very familiar. Leonard Cohen is, after all, a rock legend, venerated by followers all over the world.

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Celebrities to mark 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

Eddie Izzard, Naomie Harris, and David Miliband, are among the celebrities and public figures who will take part in a remembrance ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death next week.

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He's the new Jon Stewart. But does he have a Jewish problem?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart as host of the hit US comedy programme The Daily Show, has been accused of antisemitism over some inflammatory tweets.

In May last year, the South African comic responded to the news that hip-hop artist Dr Dre's headphones company Beats Electronics was being bought by Apple for more than £2bn by tweeting: "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a d

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Lena Dunham article compares Jews to dogs

By Sebastien Malo, April 2, 2015

The acclaimed creator and star of American hit television series Girls, Lena Dunham, has been accused of stirring up antisemitic stereotypes after publishing a light-hearted article last week in which she compared Jews to dogs.

In the article for the New Yorker, titled "Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A Quiz", readers are invited to spot differences between the author's dog and her Jewish partner.

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Outrage over claim Ed Miliband should put his wife ‘in the oven’

By Sandy Rashty, March 30, 2015

Controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins has been accused of antisemitism, after suggesting Ed Miliband should gas his wife in an oven.

The jibe against the Labour leader – whose parents fled the Holocaust – and his wife, Justine, came after polling on the popularity of politicians’ wives.

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Michael Douglas reveals his son was the target of antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, March 16, 2015

Michael Douglas has described his outrage following an incident last year when his teenage son was the victim of antisemitism.

The Hollywood actor, 70, wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday how his 14-year-old son Dylan had been upset by a man yelling at him in their hotel swimming pool in Southern Europe.

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Is this the best, or worst, barmitzvah video invitation ever?

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015
Chicago barmitzvah boy Brody Criz and his family created this unique video invitation ahead of his simchah.

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LLAP, Mr Spock

March 4, 2015

The word iconic is over used, but Leonard Nimoy was one of the truly iconic figures of the past half century. Mr Spock was one of the great fictional characters, who spoke not just to a nation but to much of the planet. And as Josh Glancy writes this week, he was so clearly, so obviously and so deeply Jewish. Generations of us saw reflections of ourselves — of parts of ourselves — in him.

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