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CHRONICLER: He walked on the wild side

November 1, 2013

Lou Reed, one of the great hellraisers of rock ‘n’ roll, died this week. He had a liver transplant in May but the years of heroin and hard living finally, and sadly, took their toll.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's new role: football thug

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

After Ali G, Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen looks set to add another hilariously offensive alter-ego to his roll call of comedy personas.

The comedian and actor is turning his attention back to English stereotypes and creating one of his most controversial characters to date: a northern football hooligan.

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Film award in the Cannes

October 31, 2013

An Israeli filmmaker has won a prestigious award in Cannes for his quest to explore early Christianity.

Simcha Jacobovici won the award for science and information at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards for his film, The Resurrection Tomb Mystery.

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Mazeltov, Simon!...and here are some tips to help get it right

By Simon Round, October 31, 2013

Two years ago it was William and Kate, but very soon there could be a wedding of showbiz royalty.

Simon Cowell is said to be preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman — and this one could be under the chuppah.

It emerged this week that the music mogul has expressed interest to friends about having a Jewish wedding.

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Israel has the X Factor for Paula and Simon

By Charlotte Oliver, October 29, 2013

Former US X Factor judge and 1980s pop star Paula Abdul arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday ahead of a 10-day trip that will see her tour Israel, meet the president, and even have a batmitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall.

Ms Abdul will be travelling to major sites in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism.

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Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed dies aged 71

By Charlotte Oliver, October 28, 2013

Rock legend Lou Reed, who began his career fronting the 1960s band Velvet Underground, died yesterday at the age of 71.

The exact cause of death has not been reported, but according to his literary agent, it was a “liver-related ailment”.

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When Harold Pinter had his own dramatic pause

By Isabelle Fraser , October 24, 2013

Harold Pinter was known as the master of the dramatic pause, but this was the moment the playwright found himself unable to speak.

It was July 1988, and Pinter, one of British theatre’s most eminent figures, was at the Purcell Room in London, taking part in a reading primarily from Martin Gilbert's work, The Holocaust.

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Michael Grade, lord of the song and dance, on Broadway

By Brigit Grant, October 24, 2013

In any great adventure,
that you don’t want to lose,
victory depends upon the people that you choose.
So, listen, Arthur darling, closely to this news:
We won’t succeed on Broadway,
If you don’t have any Jews*

*Courtesy of Eric Idle’s Spamalot

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Don't don that niqab, Madge

By Julie Burchill, October 23, 2013

On hearing that Madonna is reading the Koran, and might be converting from Kabbalism to Islam, I must admit that my first reaction was not sorrow or outrage but rather a bone-deep weariness.

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Survivor musician film shortlisted for Oscar

By Barry Toberman, October 17, 2013

A film about a London-based 109-year-old Holocaust survivor has reached the final eight in the Oscar selection process for the documentary short category.

The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life tells the story of Prague-born musician and teacher Alice Herz-Sommer, who was sent to Theresienstadt.

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