Showbiz

Oscar-winning Weinsteins face bribery lawsuit

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Just days after they won the Best Film Oscar for The King’s Speech, studio heads Harvey and Bob Weinstein have been accused of trying to bribe their way out of bad publicity.

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Charlie Sheen: ADL's antisemitism claim untrue and malicious

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Actor Charlie Sheen has accused the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of libel after the organisation’s national director called the actor’s remarks about his Jewish manager “borderline antisemitic”.

The star, known for the now on-hold series Two and a Half Men, has been the subject of media gossip in recent weeks for increasingly erratic behaviour, including alleged drug use and violence.

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Hollywood star for Israel conductor Zubin Mehta

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) conductor Zubin Mehta’s five-decade career has been marked by his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr Mehta was joined by colleagues, as well as his wife Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas, when he became the 2434th recipient of a star on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard.

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Sex and the City designer Fields defends 'theatrical' Galliano

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field has compared John Galliano’s allegedly antisemitic rants to the satirical film The Producers.

She told Women’s Wear Daily that Mr Galliano, who was fired as chief designer for Christian Dior yesterday in the wake of the scandal, was just “acting out of character” when he professed his love for Adolf Hitler.

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Corey Feldman: why wasn't Corey Haim in Oscars tribute?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

The childhood best friend of the late teen star Corey Haim has criticised the organisers of the Oscars for leaving him out of a memorial montage at Sunday’s ceremony.

Corey Feldman, who co-starred with Corey Haim in Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys when they were both teenagers, said the decision had been a failure on the part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Charlie Sheen's Chaim Levine rant 'borderline antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has been accused of borderline antisemitism following his public attack on the programme’s Jewish producer.

The actor told a radio show that Chuck Lorre was a "contaminated little maggot" and a clown.

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On this day: The Passion of the Christ opens

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

At first description – religious story, told in Aramaic and Latin, more than two-hours long - The Passion of the Christ doesn’t sound too appealing.

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James Franco is Allen Ginsberg in Howl

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011
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Oscar nominated actor James Franco stars as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl, released this week.

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Coen Brothers win Israeli prize for 'unique' partnership

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

True Grit directors the Coen Brothers have been named as the recipients of an Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

The US filmmakers, whose films include Fargo and A Serious Man, are the 2011 winners of the Dan David Prize.

The prize celebrates the work of individuals or groups in three categories, past, present and future. Worth $1 million each, the prizes have been awarded since 2002 by Israeli philanthropist Dan David and Tel Aviv University.

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On this day: Joseph Gordon Levitt is born

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2011

After making his film debut in the dog comedy Beethoven, Joseph Leonard Gordon Levitt shot to television fame with a role in the alien comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.

A graduate of Columbia University, he was born in Los Angeles to a radio presenter father and political activist mother. In 1999 he starred opposite Heath Ledger in the Shakespeare-inspired teen comedy Ten Things I Hate About You.

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