Stacey Jackson, the hip hop housewife

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2011

It's not a location you'd expect to see as the backdrop for a raunchy hip-hop video featuring scantily-clad dancers.

But filming in a Reform synagogue in central London isn't the only unconventional aspect of Chelsea-based Jewish singer Stacey Jackson's bid for pop success.

Last year the 42-year-old mother-of-four swapped her life as a banker's wife in Chelsea to pursue her musical career.


Red Hot Chili Peppers to rock Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Veteran rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform in Israel a decade after they cancelled a gig because of concerns about terrorism.

The California-based band will sing in Tel Aviv a week before Rosh Hashanah as one of the stops on their world tour.

Tickets for the concert at Yarkon Park are expected to cost nearly £70.


Claire Danes on "party town" Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Hollywood star Claire Danes, who shot episodes of her new series Homeland in Israel - "it was standing in for Iraq" explains how she saw another side to Israel during her stay.


Stacey Solomon: I'm getting married

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

Stacey Solomon is set to tie the knot.

The reality television star, a former pupil of King Solomon High School, is to marry her boyfriend of three years, Aaron Barnham.

In October she announced that she was expecting a child with him. She already has a son, Zachary, three, from a prior relationship.


A Dangerous Method: Freud on film

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

David Cronenberg's thriller follows an encounter between psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and a female Russian patient. The film is set for release in February 2012.


Social Network star Eisenberg sues film company

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg is suing a film company for false advertising about his involvement.

Mr Eisenberg can be seen for less than five minutes on screen in the horror film Camp Hell. He filmed his scenes in just one day and claims he was not paid well for the work.


Streisand to sing for Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to entertain Israeli soldiers for an evening next week.

The globally celebrated star will perform at a gala dinner organised by friends of the IDF in Los Angeles on December 8.

Among the more than 1,000 guests will be the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander.


Why Twilight is actually a Jewish story

By Lauren Davidson, November 25, 2011

I recently made the bold move of going public about my love for Twilight. I argued that it was a classic tale of love and loss, much like my favourite book Wuthering Heights, but I'm starting to think that my attraction to the franchise is rooted in something deeper.


Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 50/50

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Director Jonathan Levine's film follows Adam, a 27-year-old diagnosed with cancer, in the bittersweet comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Amjelica Huston and Anna Kendrick. The film is released in the UK on November 25.


Seth Rogen's treatment for cancer? See the funny side

By Stephen Applebaum, November 24, 2011

Seth Rogen cannot help seeing the funny side of life. "I don't try to find it, it just happens," he says. "I can't remember the number of times somebody's been telling me a movie idea they have and I think it's a comedy, and it's not. Someone'll go: 'There's this guy who's hit by a car and he has to get his leg cut off', and I'll go: 'That sounds hilarious!' It's just how my brain hears things."