Israel may not have had a film in the game this year, but for one Israeli in the industry Oscars 2014 will indeed be a year to remember.
Niv Adiri, from Kfar Vitkin in central Israel, was one of a team of four sound engineers who picked up a golden statuette on Sunday night for his work on the multi-award winning “Gravity.”
The technologically ground-breaking sci-fi blockbuster stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts stranded in outer space when their space station is destroyed in a freak debris storm.
“It was a perfect evening,” Adiri told Army Radio on Monday morning. It is an honor to hold that statue. When I heard my name, I couldn’t believe it. I cannot describe the feeling.”
“The movie is so different and so unique, that it gave us a certain edge,” he told the radio. “In space there is no sound so that made my work a little different… the sound needed to add to the movie in a different way.”
“It’s like a dream,” he said, “but apparently it’s real.”
Adiri won the Best Sound Mixing Oscar along with colleagues Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro. The team also picked up the British academy award, the BAFTA, for his work on the movie.
“Gravity” took home a total of seven Oscars on Sunday night, including the Best Director award for Alfonso Curaon.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli has been selected by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of its 25 most legendary supermodels.
The legends, who include Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Tyra Banks, Petra Nemcova, Rebecca Romijn, Carolyn Murphy and Christie Turlington, in addition to Refaeli, are featured in a special shoot in the magazine’s 50th Anniversary issue.
If you thought Gal Gadot would settle for her new international actress title, you got another thing coming. Shortly before she begins shooting her role as Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman,” which will hit the screens in 2016, the Israeli beauty is already playing in the big girls’ league.
AskMen magazine’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women list for 2014 has provided further proof that Gadot is the next big thing.While other hot names were left out, the Israeli star made it to the honorable 39th place.
Gadot came in one place before sex bomb Sofia Vergara, who settled for the 40th place, and beat Miranda Kerr (46), Sandra Bullock (57) and Katy Perry, who only made it to the 90th for some reason.
The first place went to “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, who is the most desirable woman alive according to the website. The bad girl of the world of pop, Miley Cyrus, ranked 99th.
Other notable women on the list include singer Taylor Swift in the 30th place, Jewish actress Mila Kunis in the 26th place, Barbadian superstar Rihanna in the 19th place, Israel supporter Scarlett Johansson in the 16th place and pop star Beyoncé in the 11th place.
And in case you’re wondering, Bar Refaeli did not make it into the list this year. After ranking 19th in 2011, 51st in 2012 and 62nd in 2013, the Israeli supermodel was completely lefty out this year. Maybe next time.
Teenage Israeli actress Odeya Rush has gone from acting alongside Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges to landing a lead role in a new film starring Jack Black, entertainment news site The Wrap reported.
Rush and Black will star in an adaptation of “Goosebumps,” a series of scary children’s novels by American author R. L. Stine.
Black has signed on to play Mr. Shivers, an author forced to hide from his own scary creations, while the 16-year-old Rush will play his monster-fighting niece, according to The Wrap. The film is being directed by Rob Letterman.
Rush recently wrapped filming on “The Giver,” a sci-fi film adapted from a 1993 book of the same name that stars award-winning actors Streep and Bridges.
In the last couple of years, she has also acted in the Disney film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “We Are What We Are,” which screened at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals last year.
The Wrap reports Rush is attached to play Jesus’ mother, Mary, in a forthcoming biblical movie slated to co-star Ben Kingsley and Julia Ormond.