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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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The north needs to attract more celebrities.

By Angela Epstein, October 29, 2010

It’s a gloomy midweek evening in north Manchester. A thin wind whips through the damp air and The Apprentice is on the telly. Who on earth would venture out on such a night?

It’s a question I ask myself as I pull into the car park of a local shul hall, where I’m star-billing as guest speaker at a small event for the local branch of the League of Jewish Women. Good job I had no Mariah Carey-esque dressing-room requests, such as fresh flowers or chilled pomegranate juice — though there is the promise of a plate of kichels after I’ve finished.

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Interview: Joan Rivers

October 29, 2010

Joan Rivers stands on-stage in a concert hall in the wilds of Wisconsin, regaling a packed audience with her trademark brand of edgy humour. Suddenly a man complains in a loud voice about a gag she has made on the subject of deafness. He announces he is walking out. Rivers, visibly shaken, subjects him to a volley of invective as he leaves the auditorium.

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Wanted: Jewish family for reality TV show

By Jessica Elgot and Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

Wanted: an exhibitionist Jewish family to let a Channel Four camera crew into their lives - from grandma's kalooki nights to the teenage hormone-fuelled drama of the FZY ball.

Producers are seeking a Jewish family who have room for a few more round the Friday night dinner table.

There could be up to 28 cameras recording every kvetch and kvell for 24 hours a day for the fourth season of the BAFTA-nominated series, The Family.

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Jewish Eastenders star orc slays his way to Hobbit film

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

British Jewish actor Robert Kazinsky is on his way to Middle Earth.

Mr Kazinsky, better known to Eastenders fans as Sean Slater, has been named as one of the cast members for the upcoming film of The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has signed up Mr Kazinsky for two films based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

While the other films were made in New Zealand, the prequels are to be shot at a film studio in Watford.

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