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L.A. Jews on their Obama schmooze

By Danielle Berrin

May 28, 2010 | 5:38 pm

A prominent cohort of American Jews were at the White House yesterday for President Obama’s Jewish Heritage celebration—and the L.A. contingent was well represented by some of the city’s... read on

  • Is Valerie Plame Jewish?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 28, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    The new Sean Penn/Naomi Watts movie “Fair Game” is a dramatic retelling of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.  Now we all know Plame as the one-time CIA agent whom Bush administration officials outed as a way to get back at her husband, Iraq War whistleblower Joseph C.... read on

  • Who will replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 27, 2010 | 3:12 pm

    The future of “American Idol,” once the most watched program in America, hangs in the balance with the departure of Simon Cowell.

    The sharp-tongued British judge who helped bring the ‘Idol’ franchise to the U.S. was—along with the wannabe pop stars—the show’s main draw. His... read on

  • Weinsteins’ Miramax dreams turn to dust

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 25, 2010 | 2:06 pm

    What seemed like an imminent sale is now a failed negotiation for Walt Disney Co. and the Weinstein brothers.

    Disney officially ended talks over the potential $625 million deal that would bring Miramax back under the control of its founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, thanks to some... read on

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  • L.A. leaders to attend White House reception for Jewish Heritage Month

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 25, 2010 | 4:31 am

    Even though the White House won’t divulge the guest list for this Thursday’s Jewish Heritage Month reception, the names of the chosen few are slowly leaking out—and many of them are based in Los Angeles.

    So far, we’ve learned that Rabbis David Wolpe and Sharon Brous will attend the... read on

  • Not so pretty in pink: fashion campaign starring Hitler sparks outrage in Italy

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2010 | 1:19 pm

    Note to fashion designers: using Hitler in your ad campaigns—even in a “tongue-in-cheek” way—doesn’t go over well with the public.

    From the UK Telegraph:

    The 18ft high posters of the Nazi leader advertise a line of clothing for young people and adorn street corners and bus stops... read on

  • Libyan dictator’s son forks up $100 million to work with Jewish producer

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2010 | 10:10 am

    Crazy things happen in Cannes: Saadi Gadhafi, the middle son of the Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has agreed to spend $100 million backing Matt Beckerman’s film fund with a slate of 20 films over five years, reports Sharon Waxman at TheWrap.com.

    Beckerman, a 33-year-old former... read on

  • In Hollywood, being a JAP is a good thing

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 20, 2010 | 2:25 pm

    Remember in elementary school when being called a “JAP” was an insult? Well in Hollywood, being spoiled and snobby is an asset that can make you famous. And one group of producers has it in mind to create a show about—you guessed it—Jewish American Princesses.

    The other day ... read on

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