Pal­trow pledges to im­prove waste dis­posal

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - SHOW­BIZ SCHMOOZE LARA LEW­ING­TON

COULD GWYNETH PAL­TROW’S very gen­er­ous do­na­tion to a food char­ity last week­end have some­thing to do with dis­sat­is­fac­tion with her chametz-dis­posal ar­range­ments? The mac­ro­bi­otic Hol­ly­wood star gave al­most £40,000 to the Food Bank for New York City — a char­ity which dis­trib­utes free food to hun­gry New York­ers — at a celebrity-stud­ded ben­e­fit event. “I’ve been think­ing about all the crap my chil­dren eat and how much food we throw away. We have to do bet­ter,” she told guests.

When it comes to celebrity do­na­tions, few can top Bar­bra Streisand. The singer has given a whop­ping £2.5 mil­lion to the CedarsSi­nai Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Los An­ge­les for the hospi­tal’s women’s heart ed­u­ca­tion and re­search pro­gramme. “Women need to be ed­u­cated about fe­male car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and the med­i­cal com­mu­nity must be pro­pelled to­wards change. Just like with breast can­cer, the im­pe­tus must come from women,” she says. We would be tempted to say “Gwyneth, eat your heart out”, if it wasn’t in such bad taste. the for­mer Bev­er­ley Hills 90210 star seems pretty chuffed about. “I’m a huge fan of gays. They love me; I love them. They con­sider me kind of a gay icon.” She has said of her latest

Con­tin­u­ing the Pe­sach theme, Cap­tain James T Kirk of the Star­ship En­ter­prise, aka ac­tor William Shat­ner, is the nar­ra­tor on Ex­o­dus: An Or­a­to­rio in Three Parts, a CD telling the Pe­sach story re­leased by the Jewish Mu­sic Group in New York. Shat­ner says his Jewish­ness had no bear­ing on his de­ci­sion to get in­volved with the project, al­though he does have fond mem­o­ries of tra­di­tional, al­beit long, seder nights as a child in Canada. Th­ese days, he en­joys a “more mod­ern” seder at his daugh­ter’s house, fea­tur­ing “plenty of English” and tak­ing “a lit­tle less time than the old­fash­ioned ones”.

Tori Spell­ing may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but she has cer­tainly suc­ceeded in achiev­ing a mas­sive gay fol­low­ing — some­thing which movie, Kiss The Bride, that the gay theme “was prob­a­bly one of the top things that made me want to do the movie”. In the flick, Spell­ing’s fi­ancé has a fling with a male friend from high school.

Bob Dylan has been awarded a “spe­cial ci­ta­tion” Pulitzer Prize for his “pro­found im­pact on pop­u­lar mu­sic and Amer­i­can cul­ture marked by lyri­cal com­po­si­tions of ex­tra­or­di­nary po­etic power”. It is the first time a rock star has achieved the ac­co­lade, as his­tor­i­cally Pulitzer judges have favoured classical mu­sic. What next, we won­der? A No­bel prize for Elvis, per­haps?

Only a cou­ple of years back, Kiss front­man Paul Stan­ley — he of the elab­o­rate stage make-up — an­nounced his in­ten­tions to quit the mu­sic busi­ness. Now it seems the rocker — born Stan­ley Eisen — has changed his mind. “The band has never been bet­ter. The fact is, we did do a farewell tour and by the end of it I re­alised that the only thing I wanted to say farewell to was a cou­ple of mem­bers, and that the band should con­tinue.” Man­u­fac­tur­ers of mas­cara can breathe a sigh of re­lief.

She may be about to break up with her hus­band, ac­cord­ing to the tabloids, and has on­go­ing is­sues with recre­ational sub­stances, but Amy Wine­house is still break­ing records in the mu­sic in­dus­try. The 24-yearold has be­come the first artist to be nom­i­nated twice for Best Song in the Ivor Novello Awards. That’s on top of the five Gram­mys she won ear­lier this year. And they say her life is in a mess. Lara Lew­ing­ton is the Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

Gwyneth Pal­trow: throw­ing it all away

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