TV

Julia Stiles to lead US remake of Israeli drama

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Hollywood actress Julia Stiles has been cast as the lead in an adaptation of an Israeli series about a mystery at a secretive commune.

Timrot Ashan is the latest in a growing list of Israeli programmes to be given a US makeover, following in the footsteps of Homeland – based on the series Hatufim – and In Treatment (formerly BeTipul).

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Interview: Gideon Raff

By Anne Joseph, March 2, 2012

A dimly lit Frankfurt hotel room filled with tension. A knock at the door; a letter is hand-delivered. A An elderly man's face occupies the screen; he wipes the sweat off his brow. "What now?" his colleague asks. "We wait," he replies. Eventually there is a telephone call. "It's a done deal," the elderly man says. "They're coming home."

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An animated choice for chief

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

There are still a few days before the deadline for applications to be Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

But a clear popular favourite is beginning to emerge and it's not Rabbi Mirvis of Finchley or Rabbi Melchior from Israel.

Go to Twitter where you'll see support is growing for the candidature of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski of Springfield.

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UK showing for Israeli series that inspired Homeland

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2012

A hit Israeli television series about a returning prisoner of war is to be screened in Britain later this year.

Hatufim (Prisoners of War), which follows the attempts of two Israeli reservists kidnapped in Lebanon to rebuild their lives after they return home 17 years later, will air on Sky Arts 1 from May.

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Why I went on a date on the BBC

By Natalie Samuel, February 16, 2012

Social Suicide. That was my instinct when I was forwarded an email looking for people for a BBC3 documentary on dating in the Jewish community entitled "Young, Single and Religious". Why on earth would anyone expose themselves to that level of ridicule?

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Someone called Oprah Winfrey came to dinner

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

The Ginsbergs and their nine children live in Borough Park, a Charedi neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. Until recently they had never heard of Oprah Winfrey. They apparently have no idea who the many celebrities who have been on her show are and they have never taken advice from Dr Phil.

But then the US talkshow queen came over for dinner, production crew in tow.

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TV review: Toni and Rosi

By Simon Round, February 3, 2012

Even without the Nazis, the story of pianists Toni and Rosi Grunschlag would have made compelling viewing. Filmed over 18 years by Will Wyatt and Todd Murray, we saw the sisters at home and abroad, both playing and reminiscing

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Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment

By Simon Round, January 20, 2012

In some respects, Sam Frears is very fortunate. Sam - the son of film director Stephen Frears - is popular, has a wide circle of friends, including the writer Alan Bennett, is bright, ambitious, has a sharp sense of humour and no money worries.

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TV in Tel Aviv spells success in America

By Tom Tugend, December 29, 2011

Americans who want to sample Israel's popular culture don't have to travel to Tel Aviv - they merely have to turn on their home television sets.

A growing number of American TV producers, impressed by the creativity and energy of their Israeli counterparts, are adapting that country's hit shows to US tastes.

In a report by entertainment trade paper Variety, Showtime president David Nevins cr

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Claire Danes on "party town" Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Hollywood star Claire Danes, who shot episodes of her new series Homeland in Israel - "it was standing in for Iraq" explains how she saw another side to Israel during her stay.

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