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Hall of Fame: Chace Crawford

August 9, 2010




"I do speed dating on Wednesdays, JDate on Tuesdays.


"I shouldn't be on JDate, I'm not Jewish...”








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Ashton Kutcher: it's hot in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has been enjoying the sites of Israel – and the weather.

The actor, who is married to actress Demi Moore and is perhaps best known for having one of the world’s largest Twitter followings, was in Jerusalem for a Kabbalah event.

He and his wife are among a number of Hollywood followers of the Jewish mysticism, even marrying in a Kabbalah ceremony in 2005.

Accompanied by Ms Moore’s daughter Scout, Mr Kutcher attended the birthday party of Kabbalah Center founder Shraga Berg at the David Citadel hotel.

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Students to sing live on Glee talent show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Two Jewish singers from a Nottingham University musical society are to compete for a place in the final of Channel 5 talent show “Don’t Stop Believing”.

Along with 16 others from the campus-formed group “Musicality”, Max Grant, 21, a medical student from Finchley, and James Lewis, 22, an English graduate from Watford, will face the public vote after a live performance this Sunday.

Both are used to the limelight, having starred in a number of Musicality concerts and musical theatre productions.

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Fiddler on the Roof star sues Lloyds

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2010

Lloyds insurance has submitted a compromise settlement of $935,000 to the Tel Aviv District Court after the Israeli actor Chaim Topol and Galia Productions sued them in February for $1.1 million.

The offer was made by Lloyds's Israeli representative, Tal Syndicate.

Mr Topol sued Lloyds for lost income after he had to withdraw from a north American tour of Fiddler on the Roof last year in which he played Tevya the Milkman, the same role which first brought him fame and fortune in the 1960s and 1970s, on the stage and in the film version.

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Spielberg's ET tops film poll

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

A Steven Spielberg film has been named the greatest in history in a new poll.

The director’s 1982 children’s classic, ET The Extra-Terrestrial, beat The Wizard Of Oz and Mary Poppins to the top spot of the Radio Times survey. More than 2,500 people voted in the poll.

The Oscar-winning film tells the story a friendly alien on a mission to return home. It was a critical and financial success and has been rereleased twice.

Actress Drew Barrymore shot to fame for her role as one of the children ET befriended.

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James Bond scriptwriter dies aged 68

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

The Jewish screenwriter who brought to life James Bond and Superman has died at the age of 68.

Hollywood veteran Tom Mankiewicz died at his Los Angeles home following surgery for pancreatic cancer.

The son of the Oscar-winning director of All About Eve, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Mr Mankiewicz followed in his father’s footsteps and directed the television series Hart to Hart and the Tom Hanks film Dragnet.

But he was perhaps best known for writing or contributing to the scripts for several Bond films, including Diamonds are Forever and The Spy Who Loved Me.

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Dawson's Creek star has Tel Aviv wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

Actor James Van Der Beek has married his pregnant fiancée at a Kabbalah ceremony in Israel.

The star, who shot to fame as a Steven Spielberg-worshipping teenager on the 1990s series Dawson’s Creek, was married by "Rabbi" Yehuda Berg in Tel Aviv.

Mr Berg also officiated over the nuptials of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher in 2005.

The bride, model Kimberly Brook, wore a black dress while Mr Van Der Beek, 33, chose a white Armani tuxedo. The pair, who met in Israel last year, are expecting their first child in the autumn.

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Chelsea Clinton marries under a chupah

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

It had been described as the wedding of the century and by all accounts Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to Jewish investment banker Mark Mezvinsky did not disappoint.

The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton married under a chuppah at a ceremony presided over by both a rabbi and a Methodist minister.

The event was shrouded in secrecy from the earliest stage of planning, and security was so tight that guests were given identification bracelets before they arrived.

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Stone: 'sorry' for saying Jews control media

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Director Oliver Stone has expressed his “regret” for controversial comments in which he said “the Jewish domination of the media” was the reason the Holocaust continued to be so widely discussed.

Mr Stone had told an interviewer that he wanted Hitler’s atrocities to be viewed in context.

He said: “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30m.”

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Gorillaz play in Syria but boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has told of his delight at performing in Syria just weeks after the band boycotted an Israel concert.

The singer said it had been “a wonderful experience” for Gorillaz to be the first high profile British band to play in Damascus.

Mr Albarn, who shot to fame in the 1990s with indie band Blur, told the BBC that he was “surprised” no other big Western band had performed in the Arab capital before.

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