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Simon Cowell talks X Factor at the Norwood dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010
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Simon Cowell makes a humorous plea for donations at the annual Norwood dinner in central London, and even finds the time to publicise his X Factor choice.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Bar Refaeli on Israel holiday

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has joined his Israeli girlfriend Bar Refaeli on a birthday visit to Tel Aviv.

The Inception actor, who has been involved with the supermodel since 2005, is staying at the Dan Hotel in the presidential suite to celebrate his 36th birthday.

The couple, who are on holiday with Mr DiCaprio’s mother Irmelin and Entourage actor Kevin Connelly, will be in Israel for the rest of the week.

They spent the previous week in Egypt with Naomi Campbell before flying in to Israel on a private jet.

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Clint Eastwood and British director honoured at Los Angeles gala

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

The work of a Jewish filmmaker has been honoured alongside actor Clint Eastwood at a Los Angeles awards ceremony.

British-born writer and director Joshua Newton was praised for his Holocaust thriller Iron Cross at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

The film received one of two awards from the museum. The other was given to Mr Eastwood for "encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights" through his work.

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Iron Cross: trailer

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010
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A preview of Joshua Newton's award-winning Holocaust film, starring Jaws actor Roy Scheider. The film is released in Britain in March 2011.

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Hall of Fame: Myleene Klass

November 12, 2010

"Who knew bopping about with the gang to 'hava nagila' could be so much fun?!"

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Brittany Murphy's mum writing biography

By Jennifer Lipman, November 10, 2010

The mother of the late Brittany Murphy has announced that she is to write a biography of her daughter.

Sharon Murphy, who is Ashkenazi Jewish, said the biography would be an accurate account of her daughter’s “life, loves, and career."

Ms Murphy, an actress famous for roles in Clueless and 8 Mile, died in December 2009 at the age of 32.

Her husband, British Jewish screenwriter Simon Monjack, died five months later from acute pneumonia.

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Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky split up

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2010

Hollywood couple Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky have broken off their engagement after nine years together.

The Jewish actress and director, who have a three-year-old son, separated earlier this year but kept their break up quiet.

Ms Weisz, star of The Mummy and The Lovely Bones, has been linked to James Bond actor Daniel Craig by gossip website TMZ.

The pair worked together in February and March of this year on the film Dream House.

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Stars out for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

The 2010 UK Jewish Film Festival opened last night with a screening of The Debt at Vue West End cinema.

Celebrities including Claudia Winkleman and Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern turned out to watch Helen Mirren star as a Mossad agent on the run from her Nazi-hunting past.

Other big names in the audience included Vanessa Feltz, Lord Levy, Alan Yentob and Ronnie Ancona, as well as the Festival’s first ever Ambassador, Tracy-Ann Oberman.

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Pamela Anderson fighting Israel's religious fur trade

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has written to an Orthodox Israeli politician asking him to back a proposal to ban the trade of fur in Israel.

The Canadian-American actress and animal rights activist is also planning to go to a Knesset meeting to appeal for more politicians to support proposed legislation preventing religious men from wearing shtreimels (hats) trimmed with fur.

In a letter to Yakov Margi, Israel’s Minister of Religious Services, Ms Anderson said that the fur trade goes against Jewish laws about the treatment on animals.

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On this day: Winona Ryder is born

By Jennifer Lipman, October 29, 2010

Winona Horowitz, perhaps better known as Ryder, was one of the most-sought after Hollywood actresses of the late 1990s.

The daughter of a Jewish author and publisher Michael Horowitz, she grew up on a commune with no electricity and was homeschooled for a period of time.

While still a teenager, she appeared in Tim Burton’s dark comedy Beetlejuice, a year later she challenged expectations of high school films with the cult favourite Heathers.

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