Jewish Showbiz News
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-01
A street corner in New York's East Village has been renamed in honour of the late punk pioneer Joey Ramone.
Joey Ramone Place is on the corner of Second Street and Bowery Street, and is close to CBGB, a club where The Ramones played some of their earliest shows. The band, who hailed from the Queens district of New York, formed in 1976 and notched up a string of hits in the late 70s and 80s including Baby I Love You and Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. Joey Ramone, whose real name was Jeffrey Hyman, died of cancer in 2001 aged 49.
Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has become a father again at the age of 54, after his third wife Kitty Aldridge gave birth to a 9lb 9oz daughter, Kitty Aldridge, on November 25. "Katya and Kitty are doing fine and everyone is delighted with the new addition to the Knopfler household," a spokeswoman for the couple said. The couple already have a five-year-old daughter, Isabella, while Knopfler has 16-year-old twin boys, Benjamin and Joseph, from a previous marriage.
Rachel Stevens' actor boyfriend has criticised the raunchy new image she has adopted since she launched her solo career. Former Holby City star Jeremy Edwards said, "Rachel's a really good singer and I worry that her image will overshadow that. But the suits seem to think that they know what they're doing, so we just have to go along with it." Stevens unveiled her new look after S Club split earlier this year; she has since scored a top three hit with Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, and recently released her debut solo album, Funky Dory.
A senior Rabbi in the US has urged cinemagoers not to boycott Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion Of Christ. After viewing a rough cut, Rabbi A James Rudin, the American Jewish Committee's senior adviser on interreligious affairs, said that the film should be used for educational purposes, to show people how the death of Jesus has been used to fuel anti-Semitism.
Happy Birthday this week to: Actor Ben Stiller, seen most recently in The Royal Tenenbaums and Zoolander (38 on November 30), film director Woody Allen (68 on December 1)