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X-Factor Diary: I lost the final, but found a family

January 17, 2014

“Monday night was the grand final. We came in fourth — but, honestly, we were just so happy we made it that far. Having been in the bottom two three times in a row, we felt like we had already defied the odds to get there.

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Palestinian film and Jonah Hill nominated for Oscars

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

A Palestinian film about a man who is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents, and then forced to become an informant for Israel, is among the nominees for Best Foreign Language film at next month’s Academy Awards.

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Carer from the Philippines wins Israel's X-Factor

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2014

A 47-year-old carer from the Philippines has been named Israel’s first X-Factor winner, beating three other acts in last night’s live final in Tel Aviv.

Rose Fostanes, who moved to Israel from Manila four years ago, won audiences over with her final song, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, which she performed with a live orchestra.

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Michael Douglas and Andy Samberg win at Golden Globes

By Charlotte Oliver, January 13, 2014

Michael Douglas took home the award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Picture at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles last night.

The 69-year-old, who won for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO biopic "Behind the Candelabra", paid tribute to his co-star Matt Damon, telling him: "The reason you’re not up here is because I had more sequins."

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The dark side of Disney

By Jenni Frazer, January 10, 2014

Anyone who has been to the cinema in the last week or so may have been intrigued by a trailer for the forthcoming film, Saving Mr Banks. The film stars the oh-so-wholesome Tom Hanks and his almost equally fragrant counterpart, Emma Thompson, but the subject matter is somewhat dark.

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Haim and Drake nominated for Brit Awards

By Sandy Rashty and Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A host of Jewish music stars are in the running for this year’s Brit awards.

Nominees announced on Thursday include Canadian rapper Drake and leading all-girl band Haim.

Drake, who has regularly spoken of his Jewish roots, was nominated for International male solo artist.

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Amy Whinehouse card sold for charity

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A birthday card, handmade by late pop-star Amy Winehouse for her mother Janis, has been sold for £200.

The green card with a cartoon image of Mrs Winehouse, decorated by a 12-year-old Amy, was auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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X-Factor Diary: Almost eliminated, but now we’re in the final

January 10, 2014

“We’re in the final! We got through on Tuesday night with our performance of Roar, Katy Perry’s song.

“We learned the song in two days, and only learned the dance routine the night before, which was stressful. We just couldn’t believe it when the host Bar Rafaeli announced we were through.

“I really thought we were going out after our previous performance last weekend.

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Justin Timberlake to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

American pop star Justin Timberlake will perform in Israel later this year.

The award-winning singer and producer, 32, who rose to fame as part of the N Sync boyband in the 1990s, has never performed in Israel.

The Cry Me a River-singer, who has won four Emmy and six Grammy awards, will perform in Tel Aviv in May.

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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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