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2013-07-25T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
July 25, 2013 12:00 am

Natalie Portman to direct 1st film in Jerusalem

Israeli film officials say Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will direct her first feature film, based on an autobiographical novel by celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz. Yoram Honig of the Jerusalem Film Fund and a publicist for the film said Wednesday that Portman wrote the screenplay and will also star in the movie as Oz's troubled mother. They say Portman is to arrive in Israel in October to cast local actors. The movie will be filmed in Jerusalem in early 2014. It's not decided if the film will be shot in Hebrew or English. Honig's fund is providing $400,000. The movie is based on Oz's 2002 autobiography, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," about his youth during Israel's founding years. The publicist spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the project. AP

Money embezzled from violinist for Dave Matthews

A Virginia man who was a personal assistant and financial manager for Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from the musician. Getty Andrew Rothenberg, who had been friends with Tinsley for about two decades, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville, court documents showed. Rothenberg, 39, was initially paid $50,000 a year to pay Tinsley's personal bills and expenses and direct investments for him. He also handled various personal and financial arrangements for Tinsley's wife, court documents said. Rothenberg's salary was later increased to $60,000. Rothenberg routinely padded the bills and took the excess money for personal use from 2009 through 2012. He also withdrew cash from several accounts controlled by Tinsley, wrote checks to himself and accessed lines of credit established in Tinsley's name. In one transaction Feb. 21, 2012, Rothenberg obtained $45,596. Rothenberg faces up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17. AP

Actress Futerman and twin sister co-writing memoir

Actress Samantha Futerman is collaborating on a book about her improbable discovery that she had an identical twin. Futerman, whose credits include the TV series "The Big C" and the film "Memoirs of a Geisha," has a deal with G.P Putnam's Sons. She will work on the book with Anais Bordier, the adopted daughter of a French family whose friends had seen Futerman's movies and swore that the actress and Bordier looked exactly alike. Bordier learned that she and Futerman, who grew up in New Jersey, were born in the same town in South Korea on Nov. 19, 1987. She contacted Futerman earlier this year through Facebook and the women discovered in May they were indeed twins. "Our incredible twist of fate can lift one to rejoice that anything is possible, and the biggest boundaries in life are the ones we set for ourselves," Futerman said in a statement issued by Putnam, a division of Penguin Random House. AP

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