Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in the Holy Land

Hollywood touched down in Israel last week when Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin arrived to begin shooting for part of the second season of the Showtime series Homeland.

The hit show, which earned high praise from critics, is based on an Israeli TV series called Hatufim, or "kidnapped," which tells the story of IDF soldiers in captivity.

Following her last visit to Israel, Danes told talk-show host Conan O'Brien that Tel Aviv was a real "party town," adding that Israelis live stressful lives, but they clearly know how to "blow off steam."

Patinkin had some more serious business to do in the Holy Land. The actor, who sings in Yiddish and has written about Jewish culture, took time out of his film schedule to address activists at a Peace Now conference in Jerusalem. Patinkin sits on the board of the American branch of the left-wing NGO.

He was quoted as saying that he wants his grandchildren "to be able to have hummus with their neighbours in Hebron."

Ah, hummus...Isn't that what really matters in the Middle East after all?

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