Showbiz

Top marks for David Beckham as Class of 92 hits the big screen

By Daniel Easterman, November 29, 2013

It is not every day you get to reminisce with a football legend, but Jewish brothers Ben and Gabe Turner have been able to do exactly that — only not with just one legend, but with six.

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My ambition? To remake The Odd Couple, reveals Kevin Spacey

By Jenni Frazer, November 28, 2013

“So,” drawled Alan Yentob, “a roomful of Jews, is it?”

He was right — nearly 300 film and theatre fans gathered on Monday night to see Mr Yentob, the BBC’s creative director, in conversation with the Hollywood star Kevin Spacey.

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Chanucah rendition of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' by The Maccabeats

By Sandy Rashty, November 28, 2013
American acapella group, The Maccabeats, have released a new Chanucah single. The music video, a rendition of British Jewish singer Ellie Goulding's Burn, features a Jewish boy struggling to embrace his Jewish identity and battle bullies.

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Israeli singing legend Arik Einstein dies

By Charlotte Oliver, November 27, 2013

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein died late last night at the age of 74, after suffering the haemorrhage of a major artery.

He had been rushed to the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv earlier in the evening, but died on the operating table.

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Hollywood producer on his double life as an Israeli spy

By Sandy Rashty, November 26, 2013

The Hollywood producer behind Pretty Woman and LA Confidential has opened up about his double life as an Israeli spy.

Arnon Milchan, who also made Fight Club and Runner Runner, claimed that he bought arms on behalf of Israel as well as technology that has been used to boost its nuclear programme.

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Fashion world split over Galliano job at Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2013

The fashion world is split over Vogue UK magazine’s decision to use disgraced designer John Galliano as guest fashion editor for its December edition.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman described Mr Galliano — who faced criminal charges after a drunken antisemitic rant in 2011 — as a designer “informed by a richness of imagination and history”.

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Dan Snow implied Israel started war

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2013

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against presenter Dan Snow that he implied that Israel started the Six-Day War. During the BBC2 documentary, A History of Syria, which aired in March, Mr Snow said that “Israel launched a series of strikes against Egypt, Jordan and Syria”.

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UK Jewish Film Festival opening night gala

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2013

There was a stellar cast for the the UK Jewish Film Festival's opening gala at the end of October.

Actress Maureen Lipman, filmmaker Jes Benstock and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub were amoung those for the showing of The Jewish Cardinal, directed by Ilan Duran Cohen.

The event was held at the BFI on London's Southbank.

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Strictly was a bruising experience but I’ll miss it, says Rachel Riley

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Rachel Riley was this week trying to get over the disappointment of being voted out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The bubbly TV presenter left the BBC show after losing a dance-off against top model Abbey Clancy at the weekend.

“I wish I didn’t have to leave, but it’s out of my control,” she said. “I absolutely loved it and wish I could have stayed longer.”

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Watch: Rachel Riley's final dance

November 6, 2013
Rachel Riley danced off Strictly Come Dancing last weekend, after becoming the fifth celebrity to be eliminated. Watch her perform her last dance here - to Screamin' Jay Hawkinswith's "Put A Spell On You". Read our exclusive interview with Ms Riley here

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