On this day: Mel Brooks is born

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 28, 2011

Hollywood legend Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York.

One of the biggest Jewish stars to date, Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers who have the distinction of having Academy Awards and Emmys to their names.


Hall of Fame: Shia LaBeouf

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

"I was scared of fish, 'cause of my upbringing, being Jewish.

"Gefilte can ruin your entire seafood life."


Rachel Weisz marries Daniel Craig in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

Actress Rachel Weisz has married the Bond star Daniel Craig.

The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony in New York.

Ms Craig's son with her former partner, director Darren Aronofsky, was one of only four guests present.

Last week it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress had joined the cast of the forthcoming star-studded film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.


Aaron Sorkin to write Chateau Marmont series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin is to create a television series for the HBO network about Hollywood's infamous Chateau Marmont.

Mr Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for The Social Network, is to adapt a book on the establishment written by its former co-owner.


The Saturdays wish a barmitzvah boy Mazel Tov

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011
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Stars from Louise Redknapp to Olly Murs and the girlband The Saturdays have helped make sure Scott Simon's barmitzvah will be an unforgettable event. Find out who else wished the Stanmore schoolboy a hearty mazel tov on this special occasion.

The video was made by Scott's aunt, filmmaker Lucie Hass.


On this day: Aaron Spelling dies

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 23, 2011

The legendary television and film producer died at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke.

Born to Jewish parents on 22 April 1923, in Dallas, Texas, Spelling enjoyed more than five decades of career success on both the small and big screens. His world renowned and widely celebrated work launched the careers of many major stars of the 1980s.


Five top Jewish film moments

By Anna Slater, June 16, 2011

Movie humour, Jewish style



Super 8: new film from JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011
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This year's most eagerly awaited film is Super 8, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Lost creator JJ Abrams. The film, set in summer 1979, follows a group of friends who inadvertently film a train crash, then realise it wasn't an accident.

Super 8 is set for UK release in August.


The best Jewish baby names

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

Natalie Portman is now a mother, but what will she call her son? A look at the Jewish celebrities who found unusual names for their offspring.



Baby joy for Black Swan star Natalie Portman

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

Natalie Portman has become a mother.

The Black Swan star has given birth to a baby boy, according to People magazine.

The Jerusalem-born actress, 30, is engaged to the baby's father, choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Ms Portman has not yet revealed the name of her firstborn.