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Israeli director's bible comedy triumphs at Cannes

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli director is celebrating after his comedy about two academics at the Hebrew University won an award at the Cannes Film festival.

Joseph Cedar was named this year's recipient of the best screenplay award on Sunday, although he had already left France by the time the prize was awarded.

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From Frankie to Borat

May 19, 2011

Click through for the best British Jewish stars of the last seven decades, as chosen by Michael Freedland.

If you think there's someone who has been missed off the list, email editor@thejc.com to let us know and we'll put together a gallery of the top suggestions.

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Lars Von Trier on Hitler and being 'a Nazi'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011
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Watch the Danish director explain his symapthy for Adolf Hitler.

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Lars Von Trier banned from Cannes for Hitler rant

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Lars Von Trier has been declared "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival following his bizarre rant about understanding Adolf Hitler.

The controversial Danish director expressed regret if his comments had hurt anyone, and the Cannes organisers released a statement saying they would never allow the event to become the forum for such pronouncements".

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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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