Showbiz

Rolling Stones in talks over debut Israel gig

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2014

The Rolling Stones are negotiating plans to play their first-ever concert in Israel.

According to reports, the band has been offered £4.5 million by promoters Marcel Avraham and Gad Oronto to play an open-air concert at Park Hayarkon in June .

It is the most ever offered to a music act to appear in the country

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WATCH: Adir Tov performing on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion

January 7, 2014
We've been following 16-year-old Adir Tov every week as he has competed on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion. Here they are performing Some Nights - Adir is on the far left.

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X-Factor Diary: Singing acapella to stay in the show. But we managed it

January 2, 2014

“It has been a dramatic week for the band. Last Wednesday, we sang Mily Cyrus’s song Wrecking Ball and thought we did well, but got put in the bottom two of the seven remaining acts.

“We thought that was it for us because we were up against two sisters who were amazing singers – everyone thought they would be in the final.

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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.

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Birds of a Feather Dorien back on ITV after 15 year gap

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2013

One of television’s best-known Jewish characters is set to return after a gap of 15 years.

Dorien Green, the man-eating Chigwell divorcee, played by Lesley Joseph, is back in a new series of the sitcom Birds Of A Feather, last seen on TV screens in the late ’90s.

Ms Joseph, who is Jewish, said she is “delighted” to be playing the role again.

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Jews have money? That was a compliment, says Kanye West

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Hip-hop star Kanye West has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s claim that he made antisemitic remarks in a series of radio interviews.

In a radio discussion with DJ Sway on New York City's 105.1 FM last month, Mr West said: “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."

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X-Factor Diary: It’s showtime, and it’s scary

December 19, 2013

British teenager Adir Tov is competing as part of a boy band on the Israeli TV talent show

“We’ve been busy rehearsing all week for the first live show.

“At the beginning of the week, we had a serious talk with our mentor, Ivri Lider, who is a really big pop star in Israel.

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Stephen Fry hires John Galliano as costume designer for Oscar Wilde show

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

Stephen Fry has employed disgraced fashion designer John Galliano to design the costumes for his theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The move comes two years after Mr Galliano faced criminal charges for a drunken antisemitic rant.

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He’s gone from JFS to X Factor

By Charlotte Oliver, December 12, 2013

Six months ago, JFS schoolboy Adir Tov was studying hard for his GCSEs and looking forward to going on tour to Israel with his friends.

Now the 16-year-old is the sole British contestant on Israel’s X Factor — and is about to start singing on the TV competition’s live shows as one fifth of a boy band.

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