Showbiz

Nazi row prompts Von Trier to 'refrain' from public statements

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The filmmaker Lars Von Trier has announced that he is retiring from public life.

The eccentric Danish director caused controversy in May when he told reporters at a press conference for his film Melancholia that he understood Adolf Hitler.

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Coen Brothers plan detective TV show

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The Coen brothers are turning their attention to the small screen.

The award-winning duo, who have four Academy Awards, have begun creating and producing an hour-long comedy about "a touchy Los Angeles private investigator".

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Hall of Fame: Darren Aronofsky

October 5, 2011

"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith.

"It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen."

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Gene Simmons may now Kiss his bride

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has married his longtime girlfriend in a ceremony which will feature in the reality television series documenting their lives together.

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Singer hopes he has key to X Factor success

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

A rapper from Hadley Wood is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Stacey Solomon and Katie Waissel after his band made it through to the next round of X Factor.

Dan Lipman, 24, is one-fifth of The Keys, a band dubbed "magnificent" by judge Gary Barlow during the auditions.

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Israeli actress to play Superman's mum

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2011

An Israeli actress has been chosen to play the woman who gave birth to the Man of Steel

Ayelet Zurer will play Superman's birth mother in a new film adaptation of the classic comic book series.

Ms Zurer, 42, is no stranger to action films, having played the wife of a Mossad agent in Steven Spielberg's Munich and scientist Vittoria Vetra in Angels And Demons.

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Natalie Portman to produce television series

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is to move behind the scenes for her new project.

The Jewish star, who recently gave birth to her first child, is to be an executive producer for a new television series about privileged Americans.

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Sean Penn and drag queens on Jewish Film Festival bill

By Jessica Elgot, September 19, 2011

Drag queens, a vodka baron, fake nuns and Israel's David Brent are just some of the colourful characters coming to London screens for the 15th UK Jewish Film Festival in November.

The festival will not tour to the regions as it has done in previous years, but instead plans to host regional screenings across the country at the same time as the 2012 UKJFF, making it a national festival.

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Sarah Jessica Parker's unkosher drinking game

By Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2011

Jewish actress Sarah Jessica Parker has suggested a not-so-kosher drinking game for her new film I Don't Know How She Does It.

In an interview with gossip website PopSugar she suggested that every time viewers saw her character's husband (played by Greg Kinnear) eat bacon, they should drink.

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Baron Cohen wins Bruno lawsuit

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

A judge in California has ruled that Sacha Baron Cohen is not responsible for injuries sustained by a woman who tried to remove him from an event during the filming of Bruno.

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