Showbiz

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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The Fonz given honorary OBE for education work

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Happy Days actor Henry Winkler has been awarded an honorary OBE for his work with dyslexic children and special educational needs.

Mr Winkler, 65, was the leather-wearing rebel "The Fonz" in the US TV series Happy Days, but has also written 17 books for children featuring Hank Zipcer, a boy with dyslexia.

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Maureen Lipman donates art to Holocaust charity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

Actress Maureen Lipman is to draw on one of her other talents to help raise money for Holocaust remembrance.

A signed painting by the actress is to be auctioned at the White Rose ball later this month, where she will also host proceedings.

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Hall of Fame: Joshua Malina

September 9, 2011

"After Mel Gibson makes the Judah Maccabee Story for Warner Bros, they can hire John Galliano to remake Yentl."

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Mel Gibson to film story of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

Mel Gibson has already taken on Christmas, and is now set to turn his attention to the Chanucah story.

The actor, who was famously arrested for drink driving and launched into a tirade about Jews, is to bring the story of Judah Maccabee to the big screen.

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