Showbiz

Lindsay Lohan and Israeli: just 'friends'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

Actress Lindsay Lohan has denied rumours she is dating a former Israeli soldier.

Gossip sites had claimed the troubled star, who has just been sentenced to a three month jail stint for breaching parole, had fallen for Israeli Eilat Anschel

But the Mean Girls actress told her twitter followers that they are not romantically linked.

She tweeted: “Eilat is one of my best friends! and best friend ONLY - just an fyi.”

Ms Lohan, 23, split up with her Jewish girlfriend Sam Ronson, sister of musician Mark Ronson, early in 2010.

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Glee creator to make film about Jewish activist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2010

A play about a Jewish Aids activist is to be made into a film by the creator of television show Glee.

American Jewish playwright Larry Kramer is to adapt his semi-autobiographical 1985 drama The Normal Heart for the screen.

Mr Kramer drew on his experiences as one of the founders of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in the early 1980s to create the part of advocate Ned Weeks.

The GMHC were crucial in challenging the idea that Aids was only a “gay cancer”.

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Jewish actor to play Spiderman

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2010

A Jewish actor will be stepping into Spiderman’s suit, 48 years after the superhero was invented by Jewish artist Stan Lee.

Californian actor Andrew Garfield has won the part of Peter Parker in the fourth film in the Spiderman franchise, replacing Tobey Maguire in the role.

The 26-year-old, who grew up in what he has described as a privileged middle class British Jewish home, has previously appeared in war film Lions for Lambs and the opposite Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He has also been in three episodes of Doctor Who.

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Saatchi donates £25m worth of art to nation

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Art collector Charles Saatchi plans to donate his Saatchi Gallery containing 200 works of art worth £25 million to the British public.

Mr Saatchi, who was born to Iraqi Jewish parents and is married to Nigella Lawson, announced his 70,000 sq ft gallery in Chelsea, home to pieces by Tracey Emin and Jake and Dinos Chapman, will be renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art and will be open free to the public when he retires.

A spokeswoman for the gallery said it was “currently in discussion with potential government departments who would own the works on behalf of the nation.

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Jewish Michael Jackson jailed

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010

A father of 11 who has described himself as Orthodox Jewish music’s answer to Michael Jackson will now have more time to work on his vocals after being found guilty of grand larceny.

Michoel Streicher has been sentenced to up to three years behind bars for stealing nearly £24,000.

He took the money from a woman who wanted to buy a Torah scroll for a dying relative.

Judy Burstein wanted to build a “mini synagogue” at home and was a fan of Mr Streicher, who released several albums in the 1990s.

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Lloyd Webber charity sells 'Nazi' Picasso

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

The £34.7 million sale of a Picasso painting looted by the Nazis during the war is to be used to fund upcoming musical theatre stars.

Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto, also known as The Absinthe Drinker became one of the most valuable paintings sold at auction in Europe after it was sold yesterday at Christie’s.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation purchased the painting for £18million in 1995 and decided to sell it to fund stage bursaries for underprivileged children.

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Twilight star remembers Nazi victims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2010

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has paid her respects to victims of the Holocaust on a visit to Berlin.

The actress, 20, was accompanied by minders as she walked around the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Comprising nearly 3000 white concrete blocks, the memorial opened in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Ms Stewart was in the German capital to promote the latest outing in the Twilight saga, Eclipse.

The film, in which the actress plays a teenager in love with brooding vampire Edward Cullen, opens in British cinemas on July 9.

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Elton John: No-one will stop me playing in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 18, 2010

Elton John has performed a triumphantly successful concert to nearly 50,000 cheering fans in Ramat Gan, telling Israelis: “Nobody gonna stop me from playing here, baby”.

The country’s music fans have suffered several high profile cancellations, including bands such as the Pixies, Carlos Santana, Gorillaz, the Klaxons and, most recently, Elvis Costello.

Many of the acts cancelling their performances said they had been targeted by pro-Palestinian groups.
But Sir Elton John, who has played in Israel twice previously, told the audience: “We do not cherry-pick our consciences.”

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Lebanese concert promoter: musical boycotts 'ridiculous'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

A Lebanese concert organiser has called boycotts against musicians that have performed in Israel “ridiculous”.

Entertainment tycoon Jihad al-Murr spoke in the wake of demands by Lebanese protesters that the British rock band Placebo should pull out of an upcoming Beirut concert after also playing in Tel Aviv.

Campaigners had said the group was unwelcome in Lebanon after launching Israel Pic.Nic festival, but Mr al-Murr said it would be foolish to “boycott every minister, official or artist that has ever visited Israel”.

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Bafta for Jewish actress Rebecca Front

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

A Jewish actress has triumphed at the Bafta awards.

Rebecca Front won Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role in political satire "The Thick of It".

In the programme, which also won two other awards, she plays ambitious but inept government minister Nicola Murray.

She received cheers and applause when she confided that her parents still helped her learn her lines for the notoriously foul-mouthed comedy - particularly that her mother took the part of Malcolm Tucker, whose language is almost entirely blue.

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