Jewish celebri­ties (and their fiancés) in the news

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Sir Alan Sugar fa­mously dis­likes con­tes­tants who are “liars, cheats and shmooz­ers” on The Ap­pren­tice — which is ex­actly why fa­mous funny lady Mau­reen Lip­man stands a good chance of win­ning the celebrity ver­sion. The star-stud­ded show, which will go out on BBC1 on March in aid of Comic Re­lief, is re­port­edly pit­ting Lip­man, 60, against EastEn­ders’ Ross Kemp, jour­nal­ist Piers Morgan, for­mer Labour spin doc­tor Alastair Camp­bell and comic Danny Baker on the boys’ team. She joins Girls Aloud star Ch­eryl Cole, come­di­enne Jo Brand, fash­ion­ista Trinny Wood­hall and foot­ball boss Kar­ren Brady on the girls’ side. Film­ing has al­ready be­gun, and ac­tor and friend of Madonna, Ru­pert Everett, has walked off the show af­ter not be­ing able to cope with the “ Big Brother­style men­tal­ity”. Our money’s on Mau­reen’s team. If any­one can get Sir Alan “You’re Fired” Sugar on side, it will be some­one who re­minds him of his mum. It’s a familiar con­flict. She wants a huge mar­riage cer­e­mony with 400-plus guests, and he’d rather have a no-frills wed­ding at the town hall. Spi­der-Man star Tobey Maguire and his wife-to-be Jen­nifer Meyer are at log­ger­heads over their up­com­ing nup­tials. Such is their an­tag­o­nism that the cel­e­brated jew­ellery de­signer, 29, and her 31-year-old fi­ancé are see­ing a ther­a­pist. The cou­ple, who have a two-month old daugh­ter, Ruby, want to work out cer­tain dif­fer­ences, such as the fact that she, as daugh­ter of movie mogul Ron Meyer, is from a rich back­ground and he isn’t. He’s a ve­gan and she is not, and — this one might mat­ter — she’s Jewish and he is Amer­i­can Ir­ish. They are re­port­edly see­ing renowned LA coun­sel­lor, Dr Sat-Kaur Khalsa, au­thor of Sa­cred Sex­ual Bliss. Al­though they have been en­gaged since April last year, the pair has yet to set a date for the wed­ding. We’ve all seen Sharon Os­bourne hang­ing out her dirty wash­ing to dry in hit TV show The Os­bournes, and now it’s the turn of rock leg­end and fel­low Jewish hell-raiser, Gene Sim­mons. Hav­ing al­ready been a hit in the US, his own re­al­ity-TV show, Fam­ily Jew­els, has now hit the UK small screen. The 58-year-old Kiss front­man and Rock School star, born Chaim Witz, is hop­ing the show, on satel­lite chan­nel Bi­og­ra­phy, will ap­peal to the Brits. Fam­ily Jew­els, aired on Mon­days at 10pm, fol­lows Sim­mons’ private life and his re­la­tion­ship with his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his longterm part­ner, for­mer Play­boy play­mate Shan­non Tweed, and two chil­dren, Nick and So­phie. Sounds like it might just out-shock The Os­bournes. The fa­mously private Bob Dylan has re­port­edly bought a £2.2m, 25-acre home near In­ver­ness, Scot­land. Us­ing their fam­ily name, Zim­mer­man, Dylan, 65, and his brother David bought Ed­war­dian man­sion Ault­more House, late last year. The US folk singer has ap­par­ently al­ready spent a week there. Since the leg­endary mu­si­cian, who was made an hon­orary doc­tor of St An­drews Univer­sity in 2004, once sang: “Well, my heart’s in the High­lands, I’m gonna go there when I feel good enough to go”, it looks like he has fi­nally achieved his dream. Sacha Baron Co­hen has landed an Os­car nom­i­na­tion — not for his per­for­mance as the hap­less Kazakh jour­nal­ist, Bo­rat, but for best adapted screen­play, which means he shares the plau­dits with “Team Bo­rat” — writ­ers An­thony Hines, Peter Bayn­ham and Dan Mazer. Also up for a gong are Alan Arkin, who was nom­i­nated for his role as Grandpa, the heroin-snort­ing, wom­an­is­ing fam­ily pa­tri­arch in Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine, and di­rec­tor Ari San­delfor his work on West Bank Story, a short film he de­scribes as “a lit­tle singing, a lit­tle danc­ing, a lot of hum­mus”. Cha­sidic reg­gae star Matisyahu has fi­nally re­solved his dif­fer­ences with for­mer man­ager and col­lege friend Ja­cob Har­ris of JDub records, af­ter they split last March. Matisyahu signed with Gary Gersh, the man­ager be­hind Nir­vana and fel­low Jews The Beastie Boys, a few days af­ter re­leas­ing his suc­cess­ful sec­ond album, Youth, last year. The reg­gae star re­port­edly phoned Har­ris and his part­ner Aaron Bis­man and told them: “I don’t know if you guys are old enough or have enough ex­pe­ri­ence.” The non-profit man­agers, who set up their com­pany to bring Jewish mu­sic into the main­stream, and who still had three years to go on their con­tract, were not best pleased. But hap­pily JDub re­leased a state­ment this week which said: “JDub Records and Matisyahu are pleased to an­nounce that they have am­i­ca­bly re­solved all dis­putes be­tween them. They wish each other well in the fu­ture.”

Mau­reen Lip­man: you’re hired

Tobey Maguire: nup­tials trou­ble

Gene Sim­mons: fam­ily man

Matisyahu: no more broiges

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