Jewish Journal

Jenji Kohan: Smoking the Stereotypes

By Danielle Berrin

May 20, 2009 | 10:03 am

The cast of "Weeds." Photo courtesy of Showtime

Unlike most Hollywood writers, Jenji Kohan got her creative education at the family dinner table, where there was a subtle, but largely predetermined, genetic imperative to write. On any... read on

  • Spielberg to produce Martin Luther King biopic

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 19, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    The relationship between Blacks and Jews had a foundational impact on the civil rights movement. So it makes sense that when Martin Luther King Jr.‘s family finally decided to hand over intellectual property rights to Hollywood, Tinseltown’s most high-minded Jew would helm the... read on

  • Can Adam Lambert win American Idol?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 18, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    Even his talent is working against him: Last Tuesday after Adam Lambert, the edgy rock singer from San Diego turned in yet another shattering performance on “American Idol,” Simon Cowell issued a caveat to the show’s 25 million viewers.

    “It’s very easy to assume that you’re going... read on

  • Barbara Streisand’s ex kisses and tells

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 17, 2009 | 10:59 pm

    Don’t you just love it when vengeful ex-boyfriends bitter about getting dumped decide to soil a woman’s virtue? It’s so high school. No, it’s so Hollywood.

    But unless you’re Barbara Streisand and your angry ex has signed a $700,000 book deal designed to smear you in the tabloids,... read on

  • Sexless Marriage? Call Rabbi Shmuley

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2009 | 1:16 pm

    Trapped in a sexless marriage? Hang on one more television season—Rabbi Shmueley Boteach is coming to your rescue.

    HollywoodJew has learned that the “Kosher Sex” author is in the midst of filming a new reality series in which he helps three couples per episode deal with the fact... read on

  • Paula Abdul’s public addiction

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 11, 2009 | 5:44 pm

    Paula Abdul’s addiction confession to Ladies Home Journal was about as anticlimactic at “Star Trek” topping the box office this past weekend. There has long been speculation about Abdul’s potential drug abuse, because her primary role on “American Idol,” with its 25 million viewers,... read on

  • The problem with paparazzi

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 11, 2009 | 4:56 pm

    There is a young, blonde Paparazzo with spiky hair sitting next to me at The Coffee Bean and I want to yank his computer plug out of the outlet. He’s writing something about Marcia Cross, star of “Desperate Housewives”, whom he photographed with her infant child as they threw... read on

  • Adam Lambert dubbed ‘a rock god’ on Idol

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 6, 2009 | 3:44 am

    “Adam’s got pipes, you know?” mused the former Guns-n-Roses lead guitarist, Slash, on tonight’s American Idol.

    Still every bit the rock star, with long curly hair and dark aviators, you get the feeling Slash is hard to please. “He’s got so much range and it comes so... read on

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