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Charlie Sheen: ADL's antisemitism claim untrue and malicious

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Actor Charlie Sheen has accused the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of libel after the organisation’s national director called the actor’s remarks about his Jewish manager “borderline antisemitic”.

The star, known for the now on-hold series Two and a Half Men, has been the subject of media gossip in recent weeks for increasingly erratic behaviour, including alleged drug use and violence.

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Hollywood star for Israel conductor Zubin Mehta

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) conductor Zubin Mehta’s five-decade career has been marked by his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr Mehta was joined by colleagues, as well as his wife Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas, when he became the 2434th recipient of a star on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard.

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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.

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Steven Spielberg may make WikiLeaks, the movie

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Steven Spielberg may make a film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

DreamWorks, the film studio co-founded by the Jewish director in 1994, has bought the rights to a book about the organisation by a former senior WikiLeaks executive, according to showbiz website Deadline.

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John Galliano sacked by Christian Dior

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Christian Dior has sacked John Galliano in the wake of his antisemitic rants in a Paris café, effective immediately.

Dior’s Jewish chief executive Sidney Toledano described Mr Galliano’s behaviour as “odious".

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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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