Showbiz

Sarah Jessica Parker shines at premiere

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker wowed the crowds at the Sex and the City 2 premiere in New York in a fluorescent yellow dress.

The Jewish actress did her alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw proud in a floor length Valentino piece as she launched the much anticipated second film in the popular series.

Sporting a tan and characteristic killer heels, Ms Parker was joined on the blue carpet by fellow cast members Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.

After the film the stars enjoyed a Middle Eastern style dinner of hummus and kebabs.

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Brittany Murphy's husband found dead

May 24, 2010

The Jewish husband of actress Brittany Murphy has died age 39 after suffering a suspected heart attack at the couple’s former home in Hollywood Hills.

Screenwriter Simon Monjack’s death comes just five months after Brittany, 32, died in his arms after suffering a heart attack in the shower at the same house.

After Brittany’s death Monjack ruffled feathers when he tried in vain to block plans for a post-mortem examination.

Monjack, who was born in North London, met Brittany through a mutual friend and they married soon afterwards in a Jewish ceremony in LA in May 2007.

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Rachel Stevens pregnant with first child

By Jessica Elgot, May 21, 2010

Pop star Rachel Stevens and her husband, the JC MSFL striker Alex Bourne, are expecting their first child.

The former S Club 7 singer, who married Mr Bourne last year, is due to give birth in November.

A spokesman for the couple said: "We are delighted to announce that Rachel Stevens and her husband Alex are expecting their first baby later this year. The happy news comes just a few months before the couple celebrate their first wedding anniversary."

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Mike Leigh wins praise at Cannes

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2010

Jewish film director Mike Leigh is a strong favourite for the coveted Palm D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, after a rapturous reception for his new film, Another Year.

If he wins, it would be Mr Leigh’s third award at Cannes; he won the Palm D’Or for his 1996 film Secrets and Lies, and Best Director in 1993 for Naked.

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Elvis Costello to boycott Israel gig

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2010

British musician Elvis Costello has pulled out of two concerts in Israel, saying in a statement that he did not want his performance to be a “political act”.

The move contradicts his comments in an interview with the Jerusalem Post two weeks ago when Costello said that he did not approve of cultural boycotts, and that he believed that “dialogue is essential” to resolve the conflict.

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Mel Brooks' star, finally on the Walk of Fame

By Jessica Elgot, April 27, 2010

He has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony award, but now, aged 83, Mel Brooks has finally won a coveted star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

The comedian, scriptwriter, actor and director, most famous for his comedies Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, declared himself so happy to have won the award he burst into song on the podium.

He is the 2406th celebrity to be given a star on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard, which has been celebrating stars for 50 years.

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TV star Joel Weiner joins big Bnei Akiva event

April 22, 2010

Schoolboy Joel Weiner, who found fame this week as one of the questioners of Brown, Cameron and Clegg in the first party leaders' TV debate, was back on more familiar territory on Monday.

The Bnei Akiva member was one of over 1,000 people at the BA celebration at Finchley Synagogue, the country's biggest Independence Day event.

Joel said: "There was the most fantastic atmosphere and everyone felt the great vibe, celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut with Bnei Akiva and such a big crowd."

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Death threats silence Independence Day singer

April 9, 2010

The woman who sang for Israel at the last Eurovision Song Contest, has pulled out of the ZF Israel Independence Day Concert in London following death threats.

Mira Awad, is an Arab-Israeli and one half of a duo with Achinoam Nini, otherwise known as NOA, with whom she performs to sell-out internationally audiences, promoting a message of peace and co-existence.

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Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren dies

April 9, 2010

Jewish punk pioneer Malcolm McLaren has died in a Swiss hospital where he was being treated for cancer.

McLaren, 64, who launched the Sex Pistols in the late seventies, was born to Scottish-Jewish parents but raised by his maternal grandmother, Rose Isaacs, a diamond dealer's daughter, in Stoke Newington's Sephardi community. He once told the JC one of his fondest memories was reading the paper at her home on Friday nights.

His mother remarried and later, she and her new husband Martin Levi, ran a shmatte factory in London's East End called Eve Edwards London Limited.

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Rachel Weisz, Michael Codron triumph at Oliviers

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2010

Rachel Weisz has won a prestigious Laurence Olivier award for her performance as fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ a Streetcar named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse.

She beat fellow Hollywood stars Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton and Juliet Stevenson to the award for a role which had already won her great critical acclaim.

A delighted Ms Weisz told the Olivier audience: "What a tremendous honour. It means an awful lot. I never thought I would be holding one of these in my lifetime. I'm in such prestigious company.

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