Wineanu — Hol­ly­wood’s new glam­our cou­ple

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features - LARA LEW­ING­TON

WThings are im­prov­ing for the tal­ented yet tor­tured singer Amy Wine­house. She is be­lieved to be back on track for record­ing the new Bond movie theme with pro­ducer pal Mark Ron­son. The pair have put their dif­fer­ences be­hind them and made up at the Ivor Novello Awards where Wine­house tri­umphed. When Ron­son was ques­tioned on the 007 tune, he quipped, “If I talk about it [Bond ac­tor], Daniel Craig will whack me in the eyes.” INONA RY­DER IS re­port­edly dat­ing Keanu Reeves. The Girl In­ter­rupted star, who was born Wi­nona Horowitz, is said to be get­ting friendly with Reeves on the set of their new movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. “They spend a lot of time in each other’s trail­ers and they are also al­ways hug­ging on the set,” a source has told an Amer­i­can mag­a­zine. “The chem­istry is re­ally elec­tric.” Show­biz ob­servers are hop­ing the re­la­tion­ship is suc­cess­ful — not least be­cause they have coined a classy name for the cou­ple. For­get Brangelina, please wel­come Wineanu.

Nigella Law­son has con­fessed to ban­ning cam­era­men from film­ing her bot­tom. “No one’s al­lowed to shoot my bum un­less it’s out of fo­cus,” she de­clares. “Not if they want me to be nice and feed them.” The curvy celebrity chef may have been re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing cook­ing sexy, but she clearly hasn’t al­ways been that con­fi­dent in her­self. In a re­cent in­ter­view, she also ad­mit­ted to not en­joy­ing grow­ing up as the daugh­ter of for­mer Chan­cel­lor Nigel Law­son, and that it was only when she started at Ox­ford Univer­sity that she came out of her shell, “I was al­ways quite shy, but I got lib­er­ated.” Al­though not when it comes to her rear end, ap­par­ently.

Google co-cre­ator Sergey Brin has been talk­ing about what be­ing Jewish means to him. “I think prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant thing is the back­ground — of just hav­ing gone through hard­ship and be­ing able to sur­vive and thrive. I think that’s at the core of the Jewish ex­pe­ri­ence.” Af­ter a few ques­tions on how im­por­tant it was that he mar­ried some­one of the faith, he be­came con­cerned that his an­swer, “there are lots of great women — both Jewish and nonJewish alike”, may have of­fended his wife, so was keen to clar­ify. “Can I go back to the Jewish wife ques­tion, just in case you print a quote and my wife reads it? I mar­ried her be­cause I love her, not be­cause she was Jewish,” he stressed.

Shock­ing, but ac­tress Joan Collins has turned 75 — and her toy-boy hubby, 43-yearold Percy Gib­son, threw a sur­prise bash for her to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion. The lav­ish party, where she is said to have danced till dawn, took place at mil­lion­aire en­tre­pre­neur Si­mon Reuben’s villa in the south of France. The birth­day “girl” ar­rived with her beau to what she be­lieved were just some predin­ner drinks, but she was greeted by all her friends who had man­aged to keep sh­tum about the party. The for­mer Dy­nasty star said: “Now I know why all my friends have been ig­nor­ing me for the past two weeks.”

Steven Spiel­berg has been pre­sented with one of France’s high­est cul­tural hon­ours by be­ing made an of­fi­cer of the French Le­gion of Hon­our. The coun­try’s Pres­i­dent, Ni­co­las Sarkozy, awarded the leg­endary di­rec­tor with the ac­co­lade at the Elysée Palace. Sarkozy ac­knowl­edged Spiel­berg’s “en­tirety” of work, but said it was his doc­u­ment­ing of the Holo­caust and do­ing his bit to aid the Dar­fur re­gion of Su­dan that had

earned him the award. What a nice boy Neil Di­a­mond is. The vet­eran singer has re­vealed that he once con­sid­ered chang­ing his name be­cause he thought Di­a­mond wasn’t sparkly and glam­orous enough. But the star de­cided against the move be­cause snub­bing the fam­ily name would break his grand­mother’s heart. Aah! Just as well, re­ally — one of the al­ter­na­tive names he was con­sid­er­ing was the very Hol­ly­wood Noah Kamin­sky. Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

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Wi­nona Ry­der: “The chem­istry is elec­tric”

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