Jewish Journal

  • Oscar Watch:  “The Hurt Locker’s” Mark Boal

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 25, 2010 | 12:18 am

    I met Mark Boal, the screenwriter and producer of “The Hurt Locker,” the day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences determined that he would be one of four producers to receive a statuette should the movie win best picture on March 7.  (Check out our full profile of Boal... read on

  • Yes, that’s David Beckham wearing a yarmulke

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    As Jews, we learn early on the importance of the grieving process and we respect it. Which is why it’s such an outrage that some unscrupulous opportunist photographed David Beckham mourning at his grandfather’s funeral.  So it is in absolute protest of this kind of exploitation that... read on

  • Oscar Buzz: The impact of “Inglourious Basterds” on the Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    My upcoming cover story in The Jewish Journal will examine the cultural impact of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” on the Jews.  It will be posted online this week, and appear in the print edition next Thursday.  I spoke with Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Rabbis David Wolpe... read on

  • Who knew ‘Shutter Island’ was a Holocaust movie?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2010 | 3:41 pm

    Just when you thought you were safe from Jewish content in a Marty Scorsese thriller starring Leonard DiCaprio, “Shutter Island” takes you to Dachau.

    Now, unless you read the Dennis Lehane novel upon which the film is based, it may have come as a shock that the weekend’s $40.2... read on

  • Steven Spielberg falls in love (with new film technology)

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    Some people think technology disables art, while others think it can create art. After completing his latest project, the internationally bestselling graphic novel “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” director Steven Spielberg has fallen into the latter camp.

    ... read on
  • Could “Inglourious Basterds” win the Best Picture Oscar?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 17, 2010 | 4:39 pm

    The word on the street is that Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” could upset Oscar frontrunners “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” for Best Picture. 

    According to The Wrap, “Tarantino has been making constant public and private appearances” doing press, parties and promotional... read on

  • A Hollywood Purim spoof on ‘Wolfman’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Last week I blogged about a Purim sketch show in New York created by a bunch of Hollywood comedy writers known as The Shushan Channel.

    Every year, this group of self-deprecating and comedic Jews uses the holiday as an excuse to poke fun at Jewish neuroses and gentile behaviors. The... read on

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