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Lady Gaga's Poker Face - with a Jewish twist

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Pop star Lady Gaga isn't known for her kosher habits - remember the dress made of meat - but that hasn't stopped Shlock Rock from giving her music a makeover. Watch her hit "Poker Face" reinvented as "Kosher cake".

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Starring role for TV extra

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

Britain's oldest television extra celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of a soap opera villain.

Lottie Goodwin, a resident at the Morris Feinmann care home in south Manchester, retired from the screen only last year, having appeared in Coronation Street, Brookside, Hollyoaks and Darling Buds of May among other popular series.

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Oscar nominations for Spielberg, Sorkin and Allen

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Three Jewish Hollywood heavyweights will go head to head at this year's Academy Awards.

Following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin could all see their films triumph in the Best Picture category.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a film based on a novel by Jewish author Jonathan Safran Foer, was also nominated in the category.

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Ben Stiller to star in HBO Jewish family series

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The life of a Jewish family in Washington DC is to be dramatised by the television network behind The Sopranos and Sex and the City.

HBO has ordered a pilot episode of a series, starring Ben Stiller and written by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. A film adaptation of Mr Safran Foer's post-9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Clos will be in cinemas later this year.

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Hebrew University comedy on Oscar shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

An Israeli comedy about the rivalry between two bible experts has been shortlisted for an Academy Award.

Footnote, which won the best screenplay award at last year's Cannes film festival, is set at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

Directed by Joseph Cedar, it tells the story of the rivalry between a father and son who both work as Talmudic scholars.

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Fashion world bates breath as Brett struts his stuff

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2012

Brett Levene, like any Jewish 15-year-old, is looking forward to going to Israel with FZY this summer on tour.

But Brett has to fit in modelling on catwalks in Paris and Milan.

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Theatrical tribute to 'fifth Beatle'

January 12, 2012

A Liverpool theatre named in memory of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will open in May, with its new owners pledging it will be a fitting tribute to the musical entrepreneur.

Formerly known as the Neptune, the Grade II-listed city centre theatre has been closed since 2005.

But a £1 million refurbishment by Liverpool City Council has seen it renamed after the "fifth Beatle" as part of a regen

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Clooney plans Nazi art theft film

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

George Clooney is to battle the Nazis in his next film role.

The actor, whose latest film, The Descendants, has been heavily tipped for Academy Awards success, is to play an art historian attempting to restore artworks stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners.

Mr Clooney will not only star in The Monuments Men, he will also write and direct the film.

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Katy Perry's dad in anti-Jewish rant at church

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

The preacher father of pop star Katy Perry attacked Jews in a recent church sermon.

Keith Hudson told church congregants in Ohio that the way "to make the Jew jealous" was to "have some money, honey".

The 63-year-old, whose daughter is famous for hits including "I kissed a girl" and "Teenage Dream", said that in Los Angeles the Jews owned "all the Rolex and diamonds".

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Portman planning Safran Foer animals documentary

January 6, 2012

Natalie Portman will no longer be eating cheesecake on Shavuot - because reading Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Eating Animals persuaded her to become a vegan.

The Oscar-winning actress is now planning a documentary, based on the book.

Jonathan Safran Foer told a French website: "Natalie Portman is going to make a movie of it. She wants to make a very personal documentary.

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