Robbie Rosen: Jewish American Idol to be?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011
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New York teenager Robbie Rosen will find out on Thursday whether he has won a place in the semi finals of this year's American Idol.

Watch the singer who could become the first Jewish American Idol yet perform Yesterday by The Beatles for his audition.


Sex and the City designer Fields defends 'theatrical' Galliano

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field has compared John Galliano’s allegedly antisemitic rants to the satirical film The Producers.

She told Women’s Wear Daily that Mr Galliano, who was fired as chief designer for Christian Dior yesterday in the wake of the scandal, was just “acting out of character” when he professed his love for Adolf Hitler.


Charlie Sheen's Chaim Levine rant 'borderline antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has been accused of borderline antisemitism following his public attack on the programme’s Jewish producer.

The actor told a radio show that Chuck Lorre was a "contaminated little maggot" and a clown.


Interview: Robert Popper

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

How can you make a sitcom about Shabbat, and never mention the J-word? Friday Night Dinner writer Robert Popper explains that the rituals of Friday night with the family resonate beyond Golders Green and Edgware.


The Promise has an 'anti-Israel premise'

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

A senior Israeli diplomat says that a drama series about British Mandate Palestine is the worst example of anti-Israel propaganda he has ever seen on television.

The final episode of The Promise will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday.

Amir Ofek, press attaché at the Israeli embassy in London, said film-maker Peter Kosminsky's story had "created a new category of hostility towards Israel".


The rise of Aaron Sorkin

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

Hollywood writer and creator Aaron Sorkin looks set to pick up at least one Academy Award this year for his work on The Social Network, the film about the creation of Facebook. A quick look at his career so far.

Sorkin Returns: Read more about the man himself here



A woman named Netanya

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2011

What with Channel 4's The Promise and a documentary on children in Gaza, TV coverage of Israel was grimmer than usual this week. But a moment's relief came on BBC1's Graham Norton Show on Monday. A young woman in the red chair slot, where members of the public tell anecdotes, introduced herself as "Netanya" from Norfolk.


First look: Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011
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Think Friday night dinner at your house is crazy? Take a look at Channel 4's new comedy series about Shabbat meals with the Goodman family, starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter and Simon Bird, as well as Jewish comedian Tom Rosenthal. The series begins on February 25.


Take Me Out - to Israel tour?

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

They went on a dating show to meet someone new - and ended up walking into the sunset with someone they hiked through the Negev with 10 years ago.

Accountant Richard Ludwig, 26, unwittingly chose a Jewish girl on the ITV's Take Me Out without realising they already knew each other.

The show offers male contestants the chance to impress 30 single girls. The girls are equipped with lights, which they switch off if they are not interested in a date.


BBC rows back on Louis Theroux publicity

February 4, 2011

The BBC has had to backtrack after it sent out an incorrect publicity notice describing hard-line Zionists featured in a Louis Theroux film as "possibly the biggest threat to world peace today".

A corrected version of the billing had to be resent after the JC contacted the BBC to ask about the description, which included the lines: "In part these men and women are a tiny group of religious extremists who claim they are acting on divine promises from thousands of years ago.

"In part they are possibly the biggest threat to world peace today."