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Corey Feldman: why wasn't Corey Haim in Oscars tribute?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

The childhood best friend of the late teen star Corey Haim has criticised the organisers of the Oscars for leaving him out of a memorial montage at Sunday’s ceremony.

Corey Feldman, who co-starred with Corey Haim in Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys when they were both teenagers, said the decision had been a failure on the part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Natalie Portman: as a Jew, I'm disgusted by Galliano

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

The Oscar winning Israeli actress Natalie Portman has disassociated herself from Dior’s chief designer John Galliano following fresh revelations about the designer’s attitude towards Jews.

Despite her position as the face of the Miss Dior Cherie perfume, Ms Portman said she was “deeply shocked” by the allegations about Mr Galliano’s behaviour.

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Three Israelis among rising New Zealand quake death toll

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Two more Israelis have been confirmed dead a week after the New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by a devastating earthquake.

The death toll from the quake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, has climbed to more than 150 with the discovery of the bodies of two tourists from the Israeli town of Rehovot.

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Dior's Galliano wants honour back after second 'antisemitic' slur

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano is planning to meet the woman who accused him of an antisemitic rant in a Paris café.

The British couturier’s lawyer, Stephane Zerbib said Mr Galliano would attempt to settle the matter with Geraldine Bloch and restore his reputation in a meeting tomorrow.

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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.

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Natalie Portman wins Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Natalie Portman has won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Jerusalem born actress was honoured for her performance in ballet drama Black Swan, gaining another trophy to add to her recent Golden Globe and Bafta.

A heavily pregnant and tearful Ms Portman, wearing a burgundy dress by Rodarte, said on accepting the award: “I am so grateful to get to do the job I do.”

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Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler win Oscars for writing

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Two Jewish writers have triumphed at this year's Oscars.

Aaron Sorkin picked up his first Academy Award for The Social Network, although he failed to mention the film's inspiration - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg - in his acceptance speech.

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Dior suspends John Galliano after antisemitism row

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

Fashion house Dior has suspended its chief designer John Galliano after he was arrested for allegedly making anti-Jewish comments.

Dior's chief executive Sidney Toledano, who is Jewish, said Mr Galliano would be relieved of his responsibilities until after the results of an investigation into the incident.

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John Galliano arrested for alleged antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano has been arrested in Paris after allegedly making antisemitic remarks.

French police officials told AFP that the British designer was taken into custody for “minor violence”.

Mr Galliano, the chief designer for fashion house Dior, was said to have accosted a couple while they were eating at a café in Paris’ Marais district.

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Schindler's List? I wondered what uncle Oskar did

February 24, 2011

The letters and photos of a young Oskar Schindler have been discovered by a relative who had no idea that "Uncle Oskar" had saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews.

The correspondence was found by the daughter of Schindler's cousin, Emilie Tyrolt, who emigrated to America before 1920 and exchanged letters with the young Oskar.

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