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  • UPDATE: Christian Dior designer fired over anti-Semitic slurs [VIDEO]

    March 1, 2011 | 9:31 am

    British fashion designer John Galliano was fired by the Christian Dior fashion house after harassing a couple using anti-Semitic and racist slurs.

    Galliano’s firing as chief designer for Christian Dior was announced Tuesday, just days after he was suspended from Dior.

    Galliano’s...

  • Fashion and Hitler [VIDEO]

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 1, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Video has recently surfaced of Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano saying “I love Hitler,” and allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks at a Parisian cafe that prompted at couple to call the police.

    Huh?

    What prompts such behavior? So now, after having his picture flashed...

  • Top Five DOs and DON’Ts at the OSCARS

    By Misha Henckel

    February 27, 2011 | 11:05 pm

    1. DO be impeccable, appropriate, and delightful. Colin Firth, always understated, accepting for Best Actor, “I have a feeling my career has just peaked.” You just can’t help rooting for him.

    2. DON’T get too excited and lose control of yourself. Spontaneity is important but...

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  • Lessons from “Black Swan”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 6, 2011 | 9:09 pm

    I saw “Black Swan,” Saturday night. As I left the theatre, I felt like throwing-up, and wondered, What would possess Darren Aronofsky to make this film!

    It is the story of a ballerina, who loses her mind in her obsessive drive for perfection, a mother’s smothering love as she...

  • Top 5 Life Lessons from the Golden Globes

    By Misha Henckel

    January 17, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    Don’t be afraid to speak the truth – Ricky Gervais for calling everyone, especially the Hollywood Foreign Press, on their s***. Some people may not be liking him right now, but I thought he was fantastic (well, for the most part), and made the show interesting.

    Don’t be...

  • Natalie Portman to wed

    December 30, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Actress Natalie Portman, who is expecting her first child, announced she will marry the baby’s father.

    The Israeli-American actress, 29, is expecting the baby with her fiancée, New York Ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, 33, according to an announcement her...

  • Golden Globes 2011:  The Jewish nominees

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 14, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    “The King’s Speech”—which today snagged seven Golden Globe Awards nominations, the most of any contending film – is the brainchild of British screenwriter and nominee David Seidler, whose flight from the Nazis and Jewish family trauma partly inspired the movie.  Other...

  • Natalie Portman and the psychology behind ‘Black Swan’

    November 29, 2010 | 3:54 pm

    When Natalie Portman cracked open the script for “Black Swan,” the saga of an ambitious ballerina’s mind-blowing nervous breakdown, she instantly understood where her character was coming from.

    It’s not that Portman has any personal experience with mental illness. In fact, the...

  • Natalie Portman and the psychology behind ‘Black Swan’

    November 29, 2010 | 3:54 pm

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  • Live from Sundance:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt With Tattoos

    By Larry Mark

    February 1, 2010 | 5:35 pm

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is best known from his years as a teen actor on TV’s “3rd Rock from the Sun,” as well as the romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer” (now generating Oscar buzz), but he has been acting in films and commercials since growing up Jewish in Sherman Oaks, the son of...

  • Day One at Sundance:  Live From Park City

    By Larry Mark

    January 21, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    My flight from New York City to Utah for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was overbooked and very bumpy.  Betty Davis was nowhere in sight.  Unlike yesterday’s U.S. Airways Express flight from NYC to Kentucky, on which the pilot became worried about a Jewish teenager wearing...

  • Portman + Kunis = Sapphic ballet action

    By Adam Wills

    August 25, 2009 | 7:51 pm

    Director Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler”) might as well go to Vegas and put money down on fanboys lining up in droves to see his ballerina thriller “Black Swan” ... that is if a rumor about the script pans out.

    Natalie Portman (“Star Wars,” “V for Vendetta”) and...

  • Hollywood’s top 12 Jewish hotties?

    By The Web Guy

    October 12, 2008 | 11:41 pm

    Here’s a list from Scandalist:

    o Maggie Gyllenhaal
    o Scarlett Johannson
    o Kate Hudson
    o Amanda Bynes
    o Michelle Trachtenberg
    o Natalie Portman
    o Mila Kunis
    o Sarah Silverman
    o Winona Ryder
    o Brooke Burke
    o Selma Blair
    o Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Pretty good list, I think.

    It’s just missing one name— JewishJournal.com contributor Orit Arfa.

  • Stripping for HaShem, Heeb-style

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 26, 2008 | 4:50 am

    It’s safe to say that something unprecedented and never before attempted in the history of Judaism took place at “Heeb Storytelling” on Sept. 23: During her 7-minute Jewish stand-up routine, writer Emma Forrest performed a burlesque strip-tease to Craig Taubman’s L’cha...

  • Natalie Portman honored at Venice Film Festival for humanitarian work

    By The Web Guy

    September 1, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    VENICE— Natalie Portman has been honored with the first Movie for Humanity Award at the Venice Film Festival, according to news reports.

    Portman, 27, is the first recipient for the award, given to film artists devoted to humanitarian causes. As part of the special accolade, she also...

  • Images, memories and sounds paint vision of my Israel

    By Natalie Portman

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    This is the second in a series of weekly columns celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary, leading up to Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    Israel is...

    Where I was born. Where I ate my first Popsicle and used a proper toilet for the first time. Where some of my...

  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

  • Milos Forman directs Natalie Portman in ‘Goya’s Ghosts’—film melds art tour and history

    By Tom Tugend

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Milos Forman's last American film, "The People vs. Larry Flynt," came out in 1996, so we've waited a long time for the next work by the Oscar-winning director of such classics as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "Ragtime."

    With "Goya's Ghosts," Forman has made a film...

  • N for No-Nonsense Natalie

    By Amy Longsdorf

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Natalie Portman has probably populated more fanboy fantasies than anyone this side of Jessica Alba.

    Besides presiding over the recent "Star Wars" films as Queen Amidala, she plays a bald, beautiful and badass revolutionary in "V For Vendetta," opening March 17, the latest film from...

  • Portman’s Fight

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A month before the release of her new film, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," Natalie Portman tackled a more terrestrial conflict: defending Israel.

    The Jerusalem-born actress -- who plays Darth Vader's squeeze Padme Amidala -- objected in her Ivy League college newspaper...

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