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Mandy Patinkin for Prime Minister 

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September 4, 2014
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Recently on The Colbert Report, Jewish actor and comedian Mandy Patinkin announced his candidacy for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

While some individuals are amused by this idea, Patinkin stands by it: “I am going to enter myself to be possibly elected as the new prime minister of Israel,” Patinkin told Colbert in what sounded like a serious tone. Ultimately, he said, the duo “might calm the region into, on occasion, laughing at itself.”

At a time like this, Patinkin could be on to something… maybe Israel could use a better sense of humour?!

Vote Patinkin.


The Beach Boys are Surfin’ to Israel

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September 3, 2014
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Undeterred by recent Gaza conflict, legendary American rock and pop band will perform at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.

The legendary Beach Boys band will arrive in Israel this winter for one performance at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 29.
Producer Gad Oron has confirmed that he recently signed a contract with the American band, which will perform in Israel without one of its founders, Brian Wilson, but with another founder, Mike Love, alongside Bruch Johnston, Tim Bonhomme, Scott Totten, Randell Kirsch, John Cowsill and Jeff Foskett.


The Beach Boys concert is expected to include the band’s greatest hits. Ticket sales will begin soon, with prices starting from NIS 390 (about $109).

The Beach Boys band was founded in 1961 by brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend from school Al Jardine. Their music was pure fun and was initially based on texts inspired by surfing, sea, cars, the California beaches and women, not necessarily in that order. The tunes were catchy, the harmonies were beautiful and the band rose to fame very fast.

Their first album, “Surfin’ Safari,” was released in 1962, and in the following years they bombarded their fans with albums filled with hits.

In 1966, the music industry held its breath when The Beach Boys released its 11th studio album, “Pet Sounds,” which redefined the worlds of rock and pop, influenced many bands and artists, including The Beatles, and is considered one of the best albums in the history of popular music.

The Beach Boys have released 29 studio albums so far (the latest one two years ago), which have sold some 350 million copies, making them the most successful American band of all times. In 1988, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 it received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Israeli Designer for the New Hunger Games Movie

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September 2, 2014
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Alon Livné dress worn by central character in latest in four-film franchise; Livné also favored by Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Alon Livné is well-known to Israeli fashionistas as a first-place winner of the local Project Runway, but his talent and hard work have since won him a place training at Alexander McQueen in London, and now one of his designs takes center stage in the new Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay.

In the trailers and print promotion for the third film in the smash hit franchise, Johanna Mason, one of the newer main characters, can be seen clad in an all-white dress created by Livné.



The Israeli designer, who also worked for iconic designer Roberto Cavalli before going it alone, is also a favorite of pop divas Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The dress seen in the movie is from Livné’s Spring-Summer collection for 2014.


Dress from Alon Livne's 2014 spring/summer collection (Photo: Alon Livne online)

Dress from Alon Livne’s 2014 spring/summer collection (Photo: Alon Livne online)

The first two films in the four-movie Hunger Games franchise, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland, have raked in a combined total of more than 1.5 billion dollars at cinemas worldwide.

The franchise is based on the wildly popular book trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins.


Jon Stewart: I’m Not Anti-Israel

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September 2, 2014
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Daily Show host jokes off claims of anti-Israel bias before launch of debut film: ‘There’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself – being Jewish isn’t one of them.

Promoting his debut film Rosewater, which is set to premier later this month, Daily Show host Jon Stewart spoke about the fighting in Gaza, why Iran thinks he’s a Mossad agent, and why Israel was never an option for the film’s location – despite it being set in Iran.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Stewart – born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz – defended his comments on Gaza saying “I’ve made a living for 16 years criticizing certain policies that I think are not good for America. That doesn’t make me anti-American. And if I do the same with Israel, that doesn’t make me anti-Israel.”

During the operation, Stewart used the Daily Show to criticize the “asymmetrical” nature of the fighting between Hamas and Israel, and poked fun at Israel’s policy of warning Gazans before attacks on civilian centers – known in Israel as ‘knock on the roof’.

“(Israel warns) Gaza’s residents of imminent bombing with a smaller, warning bombing, an ‘amuse-boom,’ if you will. And then at that point, what are Gazans supposed to do?! Evacuate to where? Have you f—ing seen Gaza? Israel has blocked this border. Egypt blocked this border. What are they supposed to do? Swim for it!?” Stewart said at the time.

As the Hollywood report aptly noted the piece set off a “flurry of counterattacks” from pro-Israel hawks, some of which slammed Stewart as a self-hating Jew.

“Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them,” Stewart told the Reporter.

“So when someone starts throwing that around, or throwing around you’re pro-terrorist, it’s more just disappointing than anything else… If there is something constructive in what they’re saying, hopefully I’m still open enough … to take it in and let it further inform my position. But I’m pretty impermeable to yelling. As soon as they go to, ‘Your real name is Leibowitz!’ that’s when I change the channel.”

Rosewater – Stewart’s first film both as a director and screenwriter – tells the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist that was arrested after the covering the controversial 2009 Iranian elections. Bahari’s arrest also took place and was at least partially facilitated by his appearance on the Daily Show, and clips of the segment were reportedly used in his interrogation by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

As can be imagined, Iran is not thrilled with the movie, which takes a very critical view of the controversial reelection of then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and has already begun to attempt to discredit Stewart.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iran’s state-run media already has dubbed the film “anti-Iranian” and “ultra-formulaic” and says it was funded by the “Zionist lobby” which it described as Stewart’s “masters,” including, but not limited to the “Jewish family Pritzker.”

Stewart shrugs off the comments, saying “The suggestion is that the CIA and Zionist lobby funded this… I guess I’m still waiting for the money.”

When asked why Israel was never considered as a possible location, despite its recent popularity in foreign productions, Stewart responded that “You’ve already got a Jewish guy directing it. They’re already putting out seven-minute pieces, the Iranian press, that I’m a CIA and a Mossad agent. So the last thing we want to do is add fuel to that.”


Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak in Israel

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August 27, 2014
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Earlier in the week, we reported that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would be in Israel to speak at a conference on education.

During his visit, Wozniak toured communities in Israel near the Gaza border, which he called “one of [his] best experiences [he's] ever had.”

While visiting Jerusalem, Wozniak noted: “had a good time visiting Jerusalem and Gaza Strip today. If Israel did not react, the rockets would continue anyway. If Hamas halted rockets, Israel would not attack them. Peace.”

The technology legend also visited the offices of Israeli startups. On the topic of tech, Wozniak admits that he’s heard amazing things about tech in Israel, and has bought great products from Israeli companies, including the pocket printer.

Check out a video of Woz discussing his time in Israel here.

:: Israel 21C

Israeli Musicians, Seymour Stein is looking for you!

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August 25, 2014
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Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones, Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv, an annual conference for the music industry in Israel.

Tune In Tel Aviv is billed as Israel’s international music industry conference, and takes place Nov. 19-23. Over 50 local artists will be showcased for global bookers, agents and labels. In addition to handling keynote duties, Stein hopes to find a new artist to sign.

Stein told the Jerusalem Post that he’s been hearing about “all the fantastic music coming out of Israel these past years; and I truly look forward to seeing for myself the best artists which [Israel] has to offer. I would love to sign another Israeli act.”

Read more at Billboard.com.