Showbiz

Bollywood's Bachchan to play Jewish crook in Great Gatsby film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A top Bollywood star is to take on the role of a Jewish gambler in Baz Luhrmann's £78 million film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Amitabh Bachchan will appear as Meyer Wolfsheim, a shadowy and untrustworthy figure said to have fixed the baseball World Series.

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Jewish women in battle for Strictly title

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2011

The BBC drew accusations of ageism and sexism when it fired Jewish choreographer as a judge Arlene Phillips on its popular show Strictly Come Dancing.

The choreographer, 66, was dropped by the BBC show in favour of 30-year-old singer Alesha Dixon.

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Liza Minnelli the headliner for Holocaust Centre event

By Simon Rocker, September 5, 2011

Liza Minnelli is to give a one-off performance in London on September 25 to help raise money for Britain's first Holocaust Museum.

The star of the film Cabaret will appear at the White Rose Ball in aid of the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Ms Minelli said she was "thrilled and so happy to lend my support to such a worthy and splendid cause".

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Famous freshers: where the stars went to university

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

With the new university year looming, a reminder that even those who walk the red carpet were students once.

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Hall of Fame: Paul Rudd

August 31, 2011

"My go-to thing was to make jokes. Comedy was my way in. I noticed if I could tell Jewish jokes, kids would really laugh at that.

"I didn’t realise until much later in life that that was kind of f****d up."

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Cher Horowitz: the original Jewish princess

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011
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A montage of all the outfits worn by Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the 1995 comedy Clueless.

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ADL criticise Angelina Jolie's dad for Palestinian 'Holocaust' remark

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League has criticised Hollywood actor Jon Voight for a remark in which he compared Palestinian radicals to a "new Holocaust".

The non-Jewish actor, who is estranged from his daughter Angelina Jolie, is a well-known supporter of Israel and regularly hosts telethons in aid of Lubavitch.

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Woody Allen could make next film in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Woody Allen is in talks with a Munich film studio for his next project.

If a deal is agreed, it will be the first time the Jewish director has filmed in Germany.

Mr Allen has filmed in locations all over the world, including recently in London, Paris and Barcelona.

His latest film, The Bop Decameron starring Jesse Eisenberg¸ is set in Rome.

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Rachel Weisz stars in political thriller Page Eight

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011
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A first look at the David Hare's new spy thriller, which stars Jewish actress Rachel Weisz as well as Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon. The film, set in Cambridge and London, has been chosen to close the Toronto Film Festival 2011.

Page Eight will be broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

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Twilight star Kristen Stewart's Jewish good luck charm

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2011

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has revealed the Jewish song that helped launch her career.

The non-Jewish star, 21, took part in a Chanucah concert when she was at school and her performance was so impressive that she was signed up by an agent.

She told W magazine that she was asked to sing a song about a dreidel.

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