Showbiz

Denzel Washington flashes cash on Israel visit

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

Hollywood actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta spent more than £9,000 on jewellery in Jerusalem last week after flying to Israel on a private plane.

The Training Day star, in Israel to visit a friend from his drama school days, spent the money at the Padani jewellery store in the upmarket Mamilla Mall.

He also bought two red-gold wedding rings with the couple’s initials engraved on the inside.

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A year in Jewish showbiz news

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

The celebrity gossip of 2010 - in pictures.

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Madonna donates big to Jewish and Kabbalah charities

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Madonna donated thousands of dollars to a Jewish charity last year, according to the tax records for her charitable foundation which have been published on the website Showbiz 411.

The pop star, who is also a famous follower of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah, gave the Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters scheme $10,000 in 2009.

The charity, based in Los Angeles, runs mentoring programmes for Jewish children.

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Hall of Fame: Matthew Weiner

December 20, 2010

"They’re all Jewish episodes."

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Comic Jimmy Kimmel sued for flying rabbi video

By Jennifer Lipman, December 17, 2010

A US comedian will have to defend himself against allegations he inappropriately used a YouTube video featuring a Hassidic Jew.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel used clips of a man he did not know, David Sondik, speaking in Yiddish in a video the comic made spoofing basketball player LeBron James.

Mr Kimmel, whose on-off partner is Jewish comedienne Sarah Silverman, used the edited version on his late night news-comedy programme Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The original footage had been uploaded to YouTube by Mr Sondik and had nothing to do with basketball.

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Jamie Lester: I had no Apprentice game plan

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

Property developer Jamie Lester was the last Jewish candidate to be fired from The Apprentice, after a gruelling round of interviews this week.

He left in the semi-final of the BBC show, along with Stuart Baggs and Joanna Riley.

Mr Lester made it clear that the job with Lord Sugar, and its six-figure salary, had been his priority from the beginning and that he was not interested in TV stardom.

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Winona Ryder reveals Mel Gibson's antisemitic Jewish joke

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

Jewish actress Winona Ryder has revealed that Mel Gibson once told her an antisemitic joke about the Holocaust.

However the star said no one believed her when she suggested Mr Gibson was prejudiced against Jews.

After the actor was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 Mr Gibson reportedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".

He was caught on tape allegedly telling the Jewish police officer who arrested him: “F***king Jews… Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

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Bon Jovi tells Larry King, we're off to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

American rock band Bon Jovi is to tour Israel for the first time.

The group, famous for hits including Living on a Prayer and It’s My Life, are to play in Israel next year.

The tour is to mark the release of Bon Jovi’s 11th album, The Circle.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi revealed the planned concert during an interview with Larry King, the Jewish American television presenter who is leaving his late night CNN chat show Larry King Live this evening, after 25 years interviewing everyone who matters in the public eye.

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On this day: Gone With the Wind premieres

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

Jewish producer David O Selznick earned an Oscar for the film version of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. The film, first shown in a star-studded Atlanta screening on December 15, won ten Academy Awards in total and the date of its premiere was declared a state holiday by the governor of Georgia.

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Nominated for a Golden Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

The Jewish stars in with a chance of winning at the 2011 ceremony.

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