Showbiz

Yes, they'll be back - at Chanucah

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

ITV is planning a sequel and possibly a series of its Strictly Kosher film on Manchester's Jewish community after last month's programme drew in millions of viewers.

The eccentric Orthodox mother Bernette Clarke and flamboyant boutique owner Joel Lever are likely to hit TV screens for a second time in late December if a one-off programme is approved by ITV bosses in London.

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'Make Big Brother Orthodox-friendly'

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

Usually, when settler activists cry foul over housing, it is because they cannot get permits to build in the West Bank. But in the latest saga on Israel's far right, the bone of contention is the opportunity to live in a luxury mansion close to Israel's centre.

The mansion that Itamar Ben-Gvir leader of the Jewish National Front, hoped to move in to is the set of Israeli Big Brother.

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Jewish rapper Drake bigger earner than 50 Cent

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A Jewish rapper has made the list of top earners in the hip hop industry, as compiled by Forbes magazine.

Drake, said to be worth $11 million, appeared in joint 11th place with rapper Wiz Khalifa.

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Day I told my Orthodox dad that I was gay

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

A gay Jewish man will explain how he revealed his sexuality to his Orthodox family on Channel 4's The Sex Education Show.

Oli Kasin, a Manchester University student from London, talks frankly about struggling as a gay Jew on the programme famous for its controversial full-frontal shots of genitalia.

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EastEnders star Dot cottons on to her Jewish roots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Actress June Brown has discovered that her ancestors were Sephardi Jews expelled from Africa during the Spanish inquisition.

The EastEnders star, who has played Albert Square gossip Dot Cotton since 1985, is the latest celebrity to learn more about her Jewish heritage on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

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Moneyball: Aaron Sorkin's sports film

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011
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Last year, his script for the Facebook film set Hollywood alight.

This year, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin takes on the world of baseball with Moneyball, the true story of an attempt to turn a failing team around.

Stars include Jewish actor Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is released in the UK on November 25.

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Bollywood's Gandhi to Hitler 'worst film of 2011'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A Bollywood film about Hitler which members of the Indian Jewish community dubbed as "ignorant" when it was announced has been panned by critics.

Gandhi To Hitler, a Bollywood take on the correspondence between the Indian and Nazi leaders and the end of the Third Reich was the subject of controversy when the project was announced last year.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Palestinian chicken

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011
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Larry and Jeff got to a Palestinian chicken restaurant and take a comic look at the Middle East

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On this day: Mel Gibson’s ‘antisemitic’ rant

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mel Gibson was the toast of Hollywood – had been for years – when he was stopped by a police officer in Malibu, California. He was arrested for drunk driving and launched into an attack on the officer - who was Jewish.

He allegedly shouted: "F***king Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".

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Trailer: The Ides of March

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011
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George Clooney has teamed up with his Jewish longtime writing partner Grant Heslov on the political thriller The Ides of March.

Due for release next year, the film - about a presidential candidate and his political team - has already been tipped for next year's Academy Awards. Stars include Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Jewish actress Evan Rachel wood.

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