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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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Hall of Fame: Lindsay Lohan

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

"I pray Egypt maintains it's treaty with Israel and sets the trend for its neighbors to create peace with Israel and the entire region."

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The King's Speech wins big at Bafta awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2011

Jewish stars including Natalie Portman and Aaron Sorkin walked away with some of Britain's most important film honours tonight at the Bafta ceremony in London.

With just two weeks to go until the Oscars in Los Angeles, the Jerusalem-born Ms Portman repeated her success at the Golden Globes to win Best Actress for her part in Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan. Too pregnant to fly - she is expecting her first child with the film's choreographer later this year - Mr Aronofsky collected the award in her place.

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How to kosher an ogre

By Katie Taylor, February 11, 2011

Shrek, star of four hit animated movies, has been called quite a few things since he first appeared on the big screen in 2001. "Green", obviously; "loveable", certainly; "ugly", cruelly. But Jewish?

Well, yes. Hollywood screenwriter David Weiss has revealed that, while working on the movie Shrek 2, he turned for inspiration to the words of his rabbi and in the process koshered the ogre.

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