Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' on Oscars sanctions

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

The comedian responds to unilateral action by the organisers of the Academy Awards.


Sacha Baron Cohen: Oscars ban is work of 'Zionists'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has blamed "Zionists" for a possible ban on his presence at the Academy Awards.

The actor and comedian has been warned not to attend the ceremony if he continues with his plan to come dressed as the Middle Eastern ruler from his new film, The Dictator.


The morality tales behind this year's Oscar nominees

By Rabbi Marvin Hier, February 23, 2012

As a young boy growing up on New York's Lower East Side, my life was confined to a very small area. It consisted of the yeshivah I attended on Henry Street and the shul on Columbia Street where I prayed with my father. Just a few blocks away, there was another world, the New Delancey and Palestine theatres.


'Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen may face Oscars ban

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly been barred from the Oscars because of plans to come dressed as a Middle Eastern despot.

The actor had vowed to walk the red carpet before the ceremony as the protagonist from his new film, the Dictator.


Jeff Goldblum joins Glee cast as Rachel's dad

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Jewish actor Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of Glee.

The actor, whose hits include Jurassic Park and Independence Day, will play one of the fathers of actress Lea Michele.

Ms Michele's character Rachel Berry has been described as Jewish on a number of occasions on the show, including in an episode where she dated her fellow Jewish Glee club member, Noah "Puck" Puckerman.


Jessie Ware: Running

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

Former JC reporter Jessie Ware releases her new single Running on March 26. The Londoner has been tipped as "Most likely to win a Brit award" by the Guardian.


Whitney Houston mourned by Winehouse family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Amy Winehouse's father has expressed sorrow over the death of singer Whitney Houston.

The star was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, after years spent battling a crack cocaine addiction.

The singer, who won six Grammy awards during her career, was 48.


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.