Showbiz

Portman planning Safran Foer animals documentary

January 6, 2012

Natalie Portman will no longer be eating cheesecake on Shavuot - because reading Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Eating Animals persuaded her to become a vegan.

The Oscar-winning actress is now planning a documentary, based on the book.

Jonathan Safran Foer told a French website: "Natalie Portman is going to make a movie of it. She wants to make a very personal documentary.

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Marilyn Monroe photographer Eve Arnold dies at 99

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Photojournalist Eve Arnold has died at the age of 99.

The photographer, who counted among her subjects Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, was the daughter of a rabbi who immigrated to the US from Odessa.

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Sorkin hopes to bring Houdini's magic to Broadway musical

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

The creator of the West Wing is to turn his attention to the world of musical theatre.

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is planning to make a musical about the Jewish magician Harry Houdini.

The show is set to star Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and reach Broadway by next year.

According to the industry website Deadline, it will be "the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin".

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Steven Spielberg's Marilyn Monroe musical series

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

Joining a long list of Jewish creatives involved in Broadway musicals, filmmaker Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of a television show critics have already dubbed "the new Glee".

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Could Mel Gibson give Gilad a Hollywood homecoming?

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

Several months ago, various Jewish groups got rather exercised that Mel Gibson was planning to make a film about the Maccabees. The Chanucah story, in the hands of an actor we wouldn't even trust to look after our chocolate money or dreidel winnings?

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Sorkin v Spielberg at the Golden Globes

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A film written by Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the second year in a row.

The Jewish screenwriter triumphed with the Best Screenplay award for The Social Network at last year's awards and could do the same at this January's ceremony.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is "The Dictator"

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen in his most contreversial role yet

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Israel Philharmonic concerts to be streamed to the world

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Audiences around the world will be able to enjoy a series of anniversary performances by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with a few clicks of a button.

To mark conductor Zubin Mehta’s 50th year with the IPO and the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, a ten-day festival of celebration concerts has been arranged.

The performances, which begin on December 17,  will also be streamed online.

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Blossom actress joins Maccabeats for charity campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Maccabeats and TV star Mayim Bialik have teamed up to help raise money for a bone marrow charity.

They are hoping to raise $80,000 - $10,000 for every night of Chanucah – to support the work of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, which works to find donor matches for people who need transplants.

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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.

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