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Portman promotes film in Hebrew
She didn't make it to Israel as part of the publicity campaign for her latest film, but that didn't stop rising Hollywood starlet Natalie Portman from promoting the action thriller, V for Vendetta, in Hebrew.
In an interview broadcast earlier this week on the HOT 3 program Good Evening with Guy Pines, the Jerusalem-born actress explained to the entertainment reporter her take on the film's controversial portrayal of political violence and her reasons for not voting in last month's Israeli elections.
The daughter of an Israeli doctor, Portman studied Hebrew as an undergraduate at Harvard University and took graduate courses at Hebrew University in the fall of 2004. The actress, who met with Pines at a press junket in London, starred in Israeli director Amos Gitai's Free Zone last year, and told Pines she'd like to make more films in Israel. A 2005 Oscar nominee for her supporting role in Closer, Portman spoke cautiously during the interview, with Pines at one point correcting the 24-year-old star's grammar.
Madonna to skip Israel after all
Her website says she plans to "turn the world into one big dance floor," but Israel, it turns out, isn't on the guest list. After weeks of rumors that Madonna would appear in Israel as part of her upcoming Confessions Tour, the singer released a list of tour dates earlier this week that didn't include Israel - or any other part of the Middle East. The tour, set to kick off May 21 in Los Angeles, includes 14 stops across the US and Canada, plus additional dates in western Europe and Japan. Israeli media had spent several weeks before the announcement handicapping the odds the singer would include Israel as part of her tour, which would follow the singer's personal tour of Israel in 2004 as part of her ongoing study of Kabbalah. Also on the list of places excluded from the tour itinerary was Detroit, the singer's hometown. "For the second time in as many tours," the Detroit Free Press reported, "Madonna appears to be skipping the motherland."
Traveling human rights exhibition
The Israeli branch of Amnesty International officially opened an exhibition honoring the organization's work around the world Saturday in a ceremony at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. The show, "Between Light and Darkness," features 70 posters and banners from Amnesty International campaigns across the globe, including the organization's efforts on behalf of women's, children's and gay rights, and against the death penalty. The exhibition will continue at the Cinematheque until April 17 and will then travel to cities throughout Israel, with an emphasis on development towns. Admission will be free at each exhibition venue.