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IN SHOW business there's always the danger of overexposure, which is what may be happening to Ninette Tayeb. After a couple of years of soaring popularity and sell-out performances, she may be heading for a fall. A recent concert that Tayeb was scheduled to give in Rishon Lezion along with Yoni Bloch, was cancelled four days ahead of the scheduled date when organizers realized that the sale of tickets was not only slow but embarrassing. Not so long ago there might have been less than a handful of tickets available in the week of the performance, but this time around only 54 tickets had been sold. Did a black cat cross Ninette's path, or was it simply an act of fate to remind her never to take success for granted?
THERE'S BOUND to be a full house tomorrow at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel School for Film and Television for the press conference of acclaimed Hollywood director David Lynch. The director is in Israel as the guest of the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa Cinematheques under whose auspices he will be sharing some of his know-how with some 2500 high school students from across the country who are pursuing courses in film and television. Lynch will be talking to them about creativity, cinema and meditation. Throughout the month of October the three Cinematheques will be screening Lynch's movies.
Lynch heads a foundation that has devised a special educational program for high school students. Best known for his surrealistic approach when making movies, Lynch's most recent production is not exactly a feature film, but a commercial for Gucci's new spring/summer fragrance. It is Gucci's first ever television commercial and will premiere in Europe at the end of October.
THE POWERS that be at the Israel broadcasting Authority were left with egg on their faces after it was discovered that the IBA's comptroller had been mistaken in a widely publicized assessment that Yehoram Gaon's production company had not lived up to its commitment for Channel One's gala Independence Day show. Gaon, smarting at the stain on his reputation, used his radio show on Israel Radio to explain the situation, a measure that further enraged the powers-that-be. Unless he apologized, they said, he would be suspended for three weeks. Gaon refused to apologize, and instead announced his resignation.
Further investigation after the rumpus proved that Gaon's side of the story had been the correct one, and a letter of apology was duly sent out. Gaon is too big a personality to sit and sulk, but the whole thing could have been settled a lot more amiably if someone hadn't been in a hurry to leak the erroneous comptroller's report to the media.
IN THE days when Dan Margalit was the founding anchorman for the program now known as Politika, one of his regular panelists was politician Tommy Lapid. Their mutual friend was Ehud Olmert. Although Margalit for many years did not believe the various aspersions cast against Olmert, the mounting allegations of corruption over the last year or two caused him to change his mind and to come out in print against his old friend. Lapid, who is also a journalist, and whose writings sometimes appear in The Jerusalem Post, came out in support of Olmert, which in turn caused Margalit to write a scathing attack against Lapid. As a result, Margalit has lost two of his close friends - but the sword play between Margalit and Lapid, both in print and on the electronic media, is no less entertaining than was Politika. There is one major difference, though. The gibes in front of the cameras were forgotten by the protagonists as soon as the show was over. The way things are at the moment, the gibes only serve to deepen the rifts.
USUALLY A warm person who preaches graciousness on her radio show, Judy Shalom Nir Mozes broke her own rule when she lashed out against supermodel Bar Refaeli for the unpatriotic remarks that she made in an interview with Yediot Aharonot. After berating Refaeli and interviewing veteran journalist Bruria Avidan-Barir, who knows both Refaeli and her mother Tzipi Levine, JSNM was still agitated. In the course of the interview JSNM made frequent remarks about Bar's stupidity. JSNM also interviewed Levine, who claimed that the interview in Yediot had been distorted - not by the journalist who interviewed Bar Refaeli - but by the editor, who Levine said, has always taken a malicious attitude to Bar for not supplying the tabloids with sufficient gossip. Levine tried to give examples of how quotes had been distorted, but JSNM, in a totally out of character display, was so angry that she would not allow her to complete a sentence.