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VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot plays Hatikvah backstage

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June 23, 2014
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In the midst of a jamming session backstage in Las Vegas, Guns and Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal  started to play “Hatikvah” on his acoustic guitar.

Guns and Roses were last in Tel Aviv two years ago, where they played in front of 10,000 fans.

According to Times of Israel,

“After the 52-second acoustic rendition of the tune had ended, Thal pulled out his hamsa amulet, which he wore around his neck. The good-luck symbol was a present from Israel, he said, adding that he was “open to the possibility” that the amulet would bring him good fortune.”

“The power of ‘belief’ is something real. It’s a beautiful gift from a friend, and the kindness of this gift on its own is strength for the soul,” he said.

Read more at Times of Israel.

Celeb sightings: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones in Israel

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June 23, 2014
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Spotted last Thursday: Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones celebrating their son’s bar mitzvah in the holy land.

The couple was seen in Jerusalem, where they toured the city, temple mount, and holy sites. After which, sources explain, Catherine Zeta Jones considered converting to Judaism. Can you blame her?

Read more at Times of Israel.

Israeli to produce next ‘Star Wars’ films

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June 23, 2014
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Ram Bergman named producer for two of next three episodes in epic space saga, to be directed by longtime collaborator Rian Johnson.

He was born and raised in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion but is soon traveling to outerspace – in the movies at least.

Israeli producer Ram Bergman, who has become a rising star in Hollywood in recent years thanks to his production of a series of high-quality films like “Looper” and “Don Jon,” has been chosen to produce two of the next three episodes in the “Star Wars” saga, American media reported over the weekend.

 

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” the film opening the latest trilogy in the epic space series, is shooting in London with the stars of the original trilogy, under the direction of J. J. Abrams, who helmed “Lost”, “Super 8″, and the “Star Trek” reboot.

Abrams, a successful Hollywood director, was expected to direct the next episode in the new and highly anticipated trilogy, but the Deadline Hollywood blog revealed over the weekend that the Walt Disney Studios, which hold the rights to the space saga, had decided that the next two episodes would be written and directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Looper”).

Johnson is considered one of the most prominent directors in the American independent film industry and all his films have been produced by the Israeli Ram Bergman.

The Walt Disney Company was likely impressed by the success of “Looper,” a science fiction thriller starring Bruce Willis, which was produced with a modest budget and generated more than $176 million around the world, and decided that Johnson and Bergman were ready to move up in Hollywood.

Bergman, 45, traveled to the US after completing his military service and gradually became involved in the world of film production. His decision a decade ago to produce a small independent film called “Brick” based on a script written by Johnson, who was a completely anonymous director at the time, boosted both his and Johnson’s careers.

These days, Bergman is producing actress Natalie Portman’s first film as director, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which is based on a 2002 book by Israeli writer Amos Oz and was shot in Jerusalem several months ago.

 

 

VIDEO: It’s about time those Pixies came to Israel!

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June 18, 2014
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The American band was scheduled to play in Israel four years ago, when they cancelled their show last minute.

It was only last night, when the Pixies performed their very first show at the Rock N’ Roller Festival in Israel.

The Pixies were said to have rocked out for 33 consecutive songs.

Audience members describe the band to be focused throughout the whole show, and never once did they stop to say hello or thank you. Now that’s determination!

The Pixies opened the show with their song “Bone” and finished with their signature hit “Where is My Mind.”

Check out a clip of the Pixies in Israel below:

Gal Gadot says stop the terror and #BringBackOurBoys

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June 17, 2014
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Israeli celebrity, Gal Gadot, takes a break from posing for the camera to throw her support behind the three young Israeli boys who were kidnapped a few days ago, their families, and country.

Gal expresses her concern and support through the small yet greatly influential gesture of tweeting #BringBackOurBoys followed by a short and sweet blurb.

Furthermore, Gal’s Facebook post demonstrates one of the many things individuals can do to show their support during these unfortunate circumstances.

It’s only one simple, but also meaningful click away, #BringBackOurBoys.

Israeli supermodel… more like role model joins campaign to end sexual violence

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June 16, 2014
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Last Wednesday, Bar Rafaeli joined the #TimetoAct campaign along with some other female role models, like: Vivian Westwood, Bonny Wright, and Cara Delevingne, to end sexual violence in conflict.

Other influencers, such as: Angelina Jolie, play a large role in ending sexual violence, as seen by her speech at London’s Four-Day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: “ “It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. There’s nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power.”

Similar to Angelina Jolie, Bar Rafaeli will join the panel of strong female leadership and take action against such issues like sexual violence.

 

 

Recently, Bar Rafaeli has teamed up with British Ambassador, Mathew Gould, to produce an op-ed against the use of rape as a war weapon:

This has for too long been left unmentioned. Rape in conflict is so brutal, so harrowing, that it has been easier not to talk about it. Yet we need to talk about it. It destroys whole communities and ruins the lives of far too many, women and men, boys and girls.
The sheer scale of the evil should have shamed us into action long ago. For example, an estimated 20,000-50,000 women were raped in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, but fewer than 50 cases have gone to court. During the brutal 14-year civil war in Liberia, the World Health Organization estimates between 61% and 77% of women in that country were raped.
You might ask what this has to do with us. And you might ask what it has to do with you. We hope you won’t, but will rather add your voice to the tidal wave of voices from around the world saying “it’s time to act.”

This is a global problem, and it needs a global response. We know that the world is capable of agreeing that even during war, certain actions are unacceptable, and illegal. We have come together in the past to ban cluster munitions and chemical warfare. We must now remove sexual violence from the list of acceptable practices in wartime.

This is that day this happens. In London, dozens of the world’s leaders are joining together to do something about it. Representatives from over a hundred countries are gathering for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. It is a groundbreaking event with one aim: For the world to express with force and clarity that the use of warzone rape is unacceptable and illegal, and that those who use it will be brought to justice.

The magnitude of the horror can seem overwhelming, and the challenge of stopping it too difficult. But British Foreign Secretary William Hague started this campaign with Angelina Jolie because they believe foreign policy has got to be about more than just dealing with urgent crises and issuing communiqués – it has to be about improving the condition of humanity.

We hope the global summit will create so much momentum that we begin to shatter the culture of impunity, so that in the future, any man with a gun in any conflict zone will think twice before ordering or committing rape.

We are all too aware that sitting together around a table and talking about the problem doesn’t solve it. So the summit will agree practical solutions that all the countries participating can get behind.

For example, the UK will launch an International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict. This will help investigators preserve evidence after an attack, improve the chances of prosecution later, and protect victims from further trauma.

Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict – because a clear international framework of law, deterrence and accountability makes it impossible.

We are proud that Britain and Israel have together endorsed the UN Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and is joining the global push for action in London this week. On Thursday, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will also join her counterparts from around the world to say as one: It’s time to act.

:: YNetNews.com