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.


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.


Hall of Fame: Rachel Weisz

August 15, 2011

"My favourite genre of movie - if you could call it a genre, because there's not so many of them out there - would be the ordinary woman doing the extraordinary thing.

"The David versus Goliath-style fighting, one lone woman fighting injustice."


Hall of Fame: Bar Refaeli

August 15, 2011

"Muddy but feels good!! DEAD SEA - If you haven’t been… well, sucks for you."


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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?


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.