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WATCH: Alicia Keys congratulates Idan Raichel on MTV prize

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November 5, 2014
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American R&B singer surprises Israeli musician with special video in honor of MTV Role Model Award. ‘You are an incredible human being and you inspire me all the time,’ she tells him.

Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel was in for a very pleasant surprise Saturday night after winning the prestigious MTV Role Model Award for his great success overseas in the past year.

American R&B singer Alicia Keys surprised Raichel with a video which was screened during the MTV Israel award ceremony at Jaffa’s Theater Club , in which she congratulated “my friend Idan” for “all the incredible work that you do.”

The Israeli musician received the award for the Idan Raichel Project’s world tour in the Far East, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

“This is an amazing, amazing award,” Keys said in the video, “which is what you are. But really what you are is just an incredible human being who bridges cultures and promotes tolerance, which there’s nothing more important than you and your mission and your work. So congratulations because you inspire me all the time.”

Raichel’s cooperation with Keys began when he was a guest at her concert in Israel. The professional ties between the two grew stronger as they performed live alongside Palestinian musician Ali Amir-Kanoon in front of 70,000 people at New York’s Central Park.

The Idan Raichel Project received the MTV Role Model Award for representing Israel around the world and for its collaboration with a long list of international artists, including India Arie, Andreas Scholl, Patrick Bruel, Marta Gómez, Farka Touré and many others.

The MTV Israel Music Awards ceremony was produced in cooperation with the international MTV network and hosted by former MTV Europe presenter Jason Danino-Holt and model Nataly Dadon.

:: YNet

Bar Rafaeli wins International Model honour

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October 29, 2014
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Bar Refaeli reaffirms her supermodel status by winning the International Model honour at German InTouch Awards.

The Israeli model stunned the crowd in a monochrome number as she accepted her award in Germany today.

According to the Daily Mail, “in high spirits, Bar greeted onlookers with a warm smile while showing off a pair of nicely toned legs before sashaying into the Port Seven venue at the German city’s Media Harbour.”

Read more at the Daily Mail.

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

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October 20, 2014
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Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing.

Paramount and MGM’s retelling of the tale will film in Europe early next year and is set for a February 2016 release date, The Hollywood Reporter said. The film is both a remake of the Charlton Heston-starring movie, which won 11 Oscars, and an adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Keith Clarke wrote the script for the remake with a rewrite by John Ridley.

Gadot has a number of projects in the works including the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which she will play Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. also announced plans for Gadot to star in a Wonder Woman spin-off movie, set for release in 2017.  The Israeli beauty also appears in Justice League Part One, also set for 2017.

Gadot recently wrapped filming Triple Nine with Kate Winslet and Criminal with Ryan Reynolds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

:: Algemeiner

NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

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October 15, 2014
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday.

Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.”

When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said it was “not my decision” and that he had “no idea.”

According to the report, the Israeli journalists also asked the Olympic gold medalist several questions about Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who was Maccabi’s coach for six years up until last season. After answering a few of the questions, James said, “You guys know the new coach more than I do. I’ve only been with him for a couple weeks.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 on Sunday in the preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

:: Algemeiner

Richard Gere to shoot a movie in Israel

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October 14, 2014
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Good news: actor Richard Gere has signed on to shoot a movie in Israel with Israeli director Joseph Cedar.

While there is not yet much information on the movie, we do know it is expected to be titled “Oppenheimer,” and will also included Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi.

Read more at Times of Israel.

British pop legend Robbie Williams to play Israel

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October 7, 2014
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Robbie Williams, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, is expected to arrive in Israel for the first time in the spring of 2015.

Pending any last-minute surprises, the British singer will perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park or at the Ramat Gan Stadium in early May.

As first reported by Yedioth Ahronoth, Williams held advance talks with several agents in Israel and has now reached an agreement about the show. He is expected to sign a contract with producer Gad Oron or with Guy Besser and Shay Mor Yosef of BlueStone Productions in the coming days.

With an amazing number of hits and after selling close to 80 million albums and singles worldwide, 40-year-old Williams is known as a great performer.

The Stoke-born singer began his career at the age of 16 with British boy band Take That, which became a huge success around the world. In 1996, he left the group and launched his solo career. A year later he released his first album and quickly rose to fame. He began cooperating with songwriter Guy Chambers, and the two released one hit after another.

Williams’ iconic song “Millennium” from the album “I’ve Been Expecting You” was released in September 1998 and topped the charts around the world.

His next albums were hugely successful too with hits like “No Regret,” “Angels,” “Feel,” “Rock DJ” and “Somethin’ Stupid,” which he performed with actress Nicole Kidman.

His career went into somewhat of a decline in the late 2000s as he battled with addiction. But after rejoining Take That for a few years, he released a new album in 2012 and launched a highly successful world tour.

:: YNet.com