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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.

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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.

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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.

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Noah and the award-winning director Darren Aronofsky

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is set to take on a biblical task.

The award-winning Black Swan director is in talks to film a live-action adaptation of the Genesis story Noah and the Ark.

According to Hollywood industry website Deadline, Mr Aronofsky has already written the script for a film and is expecting to make it with a budget of £80 million.

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Pretty Woman producer dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The producer of Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets has died at the age of 61.

Laura Ziskin had fought a seven-year battle with cancer, during which time she was one of the founders of the charity Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and helped raise £122m for research.

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Queen's Honours List: Michael Howard, Janet Suzman and more

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2011

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard has been made a Companion of Honour. He was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List along with one of Britain's leading champions of interfaith relations, an Oscar-nominated actress and a rabbi.

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Eli Roth: Russell Crowe was joking with circumcision rant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Jewish film director Eli Roth has rushed to the defence of Russell Crowe, after the actor was criticised for calling circumcision "barbaric".

Mr Roth, whose work includes horror films Hostel and Cabin Fever, said Mr Crowe's detractors were "poisoning a very good person's name".

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Russell Crowe rants that circumcision is 'barbaric and stupid'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Russell Crowe has described circumcision as "barbaric and stupid" in a venom-filled online debate on the subject.

The Australian Oscar-winning actor, known for courting controversy in media interviews, wrote on his Twitter page that it was immoral to circumcise male infants and said he would "take attentive parenting over barbarism".

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The Rag Trade star Miriam Karlin dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.

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End of a New York era at Elaine's

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Elaine's, the Manhattan restaurant that hosted everyone from Norman Mailer to Jack Nicholson has closed its doors for the final time.

Opened by Elaine Kaufman on Second Avenue in 1963, it quickly became a New York landmark and the place for celebrities to dine under the radar.

Woody Allen even used it as the location for the opening scene of the film Manhattan.

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