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  • ‘The Social Network’s’ Natalie Portman reference

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 30, 2010 | 4:17 pm

    There is a strange, subtle reference to Natalie Portman in “The Social Network” which I’ve been wondering about since I saw the movie. So I was delighted to discover that last week at an early screening of the film at Harvard, writer Aaron Sorkin explained it.

    Here’s what happens:... read on

  • Tony Curtis, Jewish Movie Star, Dies at 85 [VIDEO]

    By Hollywood Jew

    September 30, 2010 | 7:36 am

    Tony Curtis, one of the greatest stars of his generation, died today at the age of 85.

    Curtis died in a Las Vegas hospital of cadiac arrest, according to various news reports.

    Born Bernard Schwartz in Hells Kitchen New York, Curtis in his adult years embraced his Jewish heritage. ... read on

  • ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ director Arthur Penn dies at 88

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 29, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    Film, TV and theater director Arthur Penn died last night in New York of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

    Penn was a seminal figure in Hollywood, credited with transforming movies made in “good taste and moral clarity”, according to the NY Times obit, to an intense, stylized... read on

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  • Can Hollywood help Israel?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 28, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    If you want to pack a ballroom full of Jews, try this theme: Hollywood and Israel.

    It’s a relationship the Jewish community never tires of exploring, no matter how fraught or flimsy or confounding the connection.

    An event organized by the pro-Israel World Alliance for Israel... read on

  • ‘The Social Network’s’ other Jewish star: Andrew Garfield [UPDATED]

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 28, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    Who said Jewish actors had to look like Woody Allen?

    Andrew Garfield, the 27-year-old star of “The Social Network” is about to become something Jewish men have rarely been: a leading man.

    It’s a role that’s in high demand: The L.A. born, England-raised actor plays a central role... read on

  • The Social Network: Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook to get girls (just not Jewish girls)

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 28, 2010 | 10:30 am

    In the film “The Social Network”, writer Aaron Sorkin insinuates that one of the central drives in Mark Zuckerberg’s development of Facebook was the hot-blooded pursuit of women.

    A little embarrassed, Zuckerberg denies this. And to counter the claim, he has publicly promised... read on

  • “Boardwalk Empire’s” Michael Stuhlbarg

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    “Boardwalk Empire,” the new HBO series, included in its Sept. 19 premiere a scene of five mob bosses gloating about the money to be made in illegal alcohol. The time is the onset of Prohibition in early 1920, the setting a lavish private dinner party at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlantic... read on

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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