Showbiz

On this day: Nora Ephron is born

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

One of the most prominent female filmmakers working today, Nora Ephron's life has included a high-profile marriage and divorce, critical and popular acclaim and a close-up view of the Watergate investigation.

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Lars Von Trier sorry for hurtful Nazi rant

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Danish film director Lars Von Trier has apologised for a string of comments in which he claimed to sympathise with Adolf Hitler and joked about the Final Solution.

Mr Von Trier said he was sincerely sorry if his remarks, made at the Cannes press conference for his new film Melancholia, had hurt anyone.

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James Franco to play Wizard of Oz

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

James Franco is to star as the Wizard of Oz in a new Disney retelling of the classic story.

The actor will be joined by fellow Jewish stars Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, of Black Swan fame, as the wicked witches of the West and the East.

The film, titled Oz, the Great and Powerful, is to be directed by Spiderman director Sam Raimi.

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Lars Von Trier tells Cannes he understands Hitler

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier has told a Cannes press conference that he sympathises with Hitler and that Israel was "a pain".

Mr Von Trier, whose film Melancholia premieres there today, made the bizarre comments in response to a question about his family background.

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Broadway show for Woody Allen and Coen brother

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Woody Allen has revealed plans to write a new Broadway show.

He told the New York Times that he was working on a one-act play, to be staged on Broadway from September alongside another by filmmaker Ethan Coen.

The comedies will be shown with a third act written by Primary Colours screenwriter Elaine May.

The show will be directed by Hollywood actor John Turturro.

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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011
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A first look at the veteran director's latest film following its premiere at the Cannes film festival.

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Coen Brothers: Israel boycott not a solution

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Coen Brothers have criticised the reasoning of artists who boycott the state of Israel.

The Academy-Award winning filmmakers, whose successes have included the recent western True Grit and the reworking of the biblical Job story A Serious Man, made the comments while in Israel for an award ceremony.

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Reports of Leo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli split

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has broken up with Leonardo DiCaprio, according to the New York Post.

The newspaper said the couple, who have been involved since 2005, ended their relationship last week after weeks of speculation.

The split was described as amicable and because they had "grown apart".

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Whoopi Goldberg: I'm Jewish and I talk to God

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

She may be well known as a singing nun in Sister Act, but actress Whoopi Goldberg has claimed she feels just as Jewish as she does black.

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LA anti-cult group criticises Cruise award

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

The executive director of an educational group on cults has criticised Simon Wiesenthal Centre for handing its highest honour, the Humanitarian Award, to actor Tom Cruise at a ceremony in Beverly Hills last week.

Mr Cruise received the award for his financial support of the centre and its Museum of Tolerance, for which the dinner alone raised $1.4 million.

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