Coen Brothers: Israel boycott not a solution

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Coen Brothers have criticised the reasoning of artists who boycott the state of Israel.

The Academy-Award winning filmmakers, whose successes have included the recent western True Grit and the reworking of the biblical Job story A Serious Man, made the comments while in Israel for an award ceremony.


Reports of Leo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli split

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has broken up with Leonardo DiCaprio, according to the New York Post.

The newspaper said the couple, who have been involved since 2005, ended their relationship last week after weeks of speculation.

The split was described as amicable and because they had "grown apart".


Whoopi Goldberg: I'm Jewish and I talk to God

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

She may be well known as a singing nun in Sister Act, but actress Whoopi Goldberg has claimed she feels just as Jewish as she does black.


LA anti-cult group criticises Cruise award

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

The executive director of an educational group on cults has criticised Simon Wiesenthal Centre for handing its highest honour, the Humanitarian Award, to actor Tom Cruise at a ceremony in Beverly Hills last week.

Mr Cruise received the award for his financial support of the centre and its Museum of Tolerance, for which the dinner alone raised $1.4 million.


Hall of Fame: Arnold Schwarzenegger

May 12, 2011

"I would like to wish Israel another 63 years of great joy, peace and a thriving economy.

"I've had the pleasure of being there many times and have seen it from a bodybuilding point of view, from a tourist's point of view, from an entertainer's point of view, from the governor's point of view. I'm looking forwards to going there many more times."


Darren Aronofsky tipped for George Clooney sci-fi film

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

Acclaimed Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky could be teaming up with George Clooney for his next film.

Mr Aronofsky, 42, pulled out of directing X Men spin-off The Wolverine earlier this year because he was reluctant to be separated from his family during the lengthy shoot.


Clueless star Alicia Silverstone names son after animal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

Clueless star Alicia Silverstone has given birth to her first child - a boy she has called Bear Blu.

The Jewish actress, who was once named the world's "Sexiest Female Vegetarian" by animal rights organisation Peta, revealed the news on her personal blog.

Ms Silverstone, 34, said she and her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki were "all three in love".


Israel, in the words of the stars

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The great and glamorous discuss the Jewish state.

Full coverage of Israel's 63rd birthday here



Tom Cruise's Holocaust awareness mission

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

Hollywood star Tom Cruise has been honoured by a Jewish human rights organisation for his work raising awareness of the Holocaust.

Mr Cruise, 48, was given the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy work by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre at its annual dinner last night.


'The Way We Were' writer dies at 93

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The writer of the classics West Side Story and The Way We Were has died at the age of 93.

Arthur Laurents, born Arthur Levine to atheist Jewish parents in Brooklyn, died on Thursday in New York.

He began writing military training films for the US army during the Second World War, then went on to enjoy an illustrious career in both theatre and film.