Israelis: no attack on Iran until after Madonna gig

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Israeli fans of Madonna have appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone action against Iran until after her Tel Aviv concert.

Fans of the singer, who announced this week that she will open her global tour with a show in Israel, launched a campaign on Facebook.

They are asking the Israeli Prime Minister to say "no to war with Iran" until after the May 29 gig.


Madonna to launch world tour in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

The Queen of pop is to launch her world tour in Tel Aviv.

Madonna, whose devotion to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) is well known, will perform in Israel on April 29. It will be her first global tour in three years.

She has played in the country twice before, including to a crowd of 50,000 people in Hayarkon Park in September 2009.


Andrew Garfield stars as Spiderman

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

Jewish actor Andrew Garfield puts on the Spidey Suit in the new installment in the superhero series.

The Amazing Spider-Man will be in cinemas next summer.


Drew, our Jewish wedding singer

By Julie Burchill, February 3, 2012

So Drew Barrymore may be converting to Judaism. Perhaps when she marries art consultant Will Kopelman in a traditional Jewish ceremony later this year, Adam Sandler will be the best man and seafood will be noticeable by its absence at the bridal buffet.


Coroner who ruled on Winehouse death resigns

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Amy Winehouse's parents are exploring their next steps after the coroner in charge of the inquest into the singer's death resigned.

Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict that the Jewish singer had died from "misadventure" and accidental alcohol poisoning last year. But it has now emerged that she left her job a month after the ruling because she did not have the appropriate qualifications.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.