Showbiz

Streisand: shame about Jennifer Aniston's nose

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2010

Barbra Streisand has given Jennifer Aniston
her blessing for a photo shoot which paid homage to the Jewish star as she was in the film Funny Girl.

Ms Aniston was pictured with big hair, thick black eyeliner and neatly manicured nails in a series of photographs that directly channeled the 1968 film.

The images appear in the September edition of US Harper's Bazaar magazine.

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Touring Israel, celebrity style

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

Ashton Kutcher enjoyed the sun and the sport, but which other stars have been to Israel and what did they do when they got there?

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Sacha Baron Cohen did not steal 'Bruno' joke

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A judge has dismissed a copyright case against British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

In March, a writer called John Musero sued Mr Baron Cohen over a scene in the 2009 fashion spoof Bruno, featuring a Velcro-suited man.

Mr Musero claimed the idea for the outfit appeared in a script entitled “Himbos” that he had unsuccessfully pitched to the Bruno producers before Mr Baron Cohen’s film was released.

But a California federal judge decided that there was no evidence of plagiarism.

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Arab who sang at synagogue has gig cancelled

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A Tunisian pop star has pulled out of a concert after a video emerged of him performing at a synagogue.

Saleem Bakkoush was set to sing at the annual Carthage festival but had his appearance cancelled after the footage surfaced.

Mr Bakkoush said the show at Tunisia’s oldest synagogue in Djerba was several years ago and accused “rivals” of trying to damage his reputation.

Judaism is believed to be Tunisia’s third largest religion, with a population of 1,500 Jews living mainly in Tunis and Djerba.

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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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