UK news

Slumdog sequel snapped up by Paul Raphael

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

A Jewish producer is hoping his next film will be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire – with good reason.

Paul Raphael, the son of writer Frederic Raphael, who won an Oscar for his 1965 screenplay of Darling, has acquired the rights to the second novel by Vikas Swarup.


Melanie Phillips 'smeared' over Breivik's manifesto

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Journalist and commentator Melanie Phillips has criticised crude smear tactics after she was linked to the man behind the Norway massacre because he had quoted from her in his "manifesto".


Nick Griffin re-elected as leader of fractured BNP

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

The leader of the far right British National Party has been re-elected by a narrow majority.

Nick Griffin won nine more votes than his opponent, MEP Andrew Brons, in what the BNP called "a contest between two party heavyweights".


Amy Winehouse funeral set for Tuesday

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse is to be buried today at a private ceremony in London.

Her family were given permission to go ahead with the funeral arrangements following a post-mortem examination.

The Jewish singer’s parents have said they want to give their daughter a Jewish burial. It is understood to be taking place at Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green.


Amy Winehouse's body released for funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse's parents were told they could make arrangements for her funeral, after they identified the body and a post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday afternoon.

After a brief post-mortem, including a toxicology screening, at St Pancras coroners' court, assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway said she would issue an interim death certificate.


Amy Winehouse death: post-mortem planned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

A post-mortem examination into the death of Amy Winehouse is expected to take place later today.

The Winehouse family is understood to be planning a Jewish burial as soon as they are able for the star, who was 27 when she died.


Eastenders spot for Jewish actor Elliot Rosen

By Robyn Rosen, July 25, 2011

A Jewish actor with Down's Syndrome has landed his dream role as a character in Eastenders.

Elliot Rosen, 32, will play Craig Moon, the son of antiques dealer, Eddie, played by singer and actor David Essex, (long-lost brother of hot-tempered businessman Michael), on the BBC soap.


Mark Ronson pays tribute to 'sister' Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2011

Mark Ronson has paid tribute to singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her Camden flat on Saturday.

The DJ and producer, who collaborated with her on the 2007 song Valerie, was one of many celebrities to use Twitter to comment on the Jewish singer’s premature death.

He wrote: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me.


Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27.

The Jewish musician, whose hits included Rehab and Back to Black, was found in her Camden flat on Saturday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police said her death was unexplained.

The star, who won five Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello awards and several Brit awards, received critical praise throughout her career.


Oligarch's divorce sets legal record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

A billionaire Russian Jewish oligarch has agreed what is believed to the biggest divorce settlement in British legal history.

Boris Berezovsky will make a payout worth "hundreds of millions of pounds" to his former wife Galina.

The 64-year-old, a former business partner of Roman Abramovich, is one of the world's richest men.