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  • Obama to Hollywood: Help!

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 9, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    When you need an image boost, who better to turn to than Hollywood, the grandest disseminator of idealized imagery in the world?

    Governments, dictators, politicians and political causes the world over have historically turned to the power of media and the arts to help spread their... read on

  • An awkward moment for Howard Stern

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    A pirated copy of J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” has been leaked onto the web and the little watermark at the top right indicating who the DVD had belonged to reads: H. Stern, according to a report at Deadline.com.

    Oh Howard, you little rascal.

    Piracy is a serious, recurring problem for... read on

  • Kanye West and his fetish with Jewish foes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    I wonder if Kanye West has read Mein Kampf. My guess is that he hasn’t, because if he had, he probably wouldn’t liken himself to Hitler.

    But that is just what he did during an appearance at the U.K. music festival Big Chill this past weekend, when the rapper ranted: “I walk through... read on

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  • Babes in Oscarland? Brett Ratner to produce 84th Academy Awards

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 5, 2011 | 10:56 am

    It was announced yesterday that sybaritic director Brett Ratner will produce the next Oscar telecast alongside veteran TV producer Don Mischer.

    It is a deliberately diverse duo: Ratner is the forty-something director of action fare like “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” while... read on

  • Inspired, overwhelmed, unstoppable: Israeli artists meet Hollywood heavyweights

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 3, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    From this week’s paper:

    A point of pride within the Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership is the annual Film and Television Master Class, a weeklong seminar that pairs emerging Israeli creative talent with Hollywood “masters” — a handful of big names from the major networks, talent... read on

  • Miranda July on sex and Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 2, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    I had a hard time with “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” I remember walking out of the theater, which I rarely do, and not because I hated the film but because I made the mistake of seeing it with my mother and sister and they hated the film. It was too edgy and downtempo and weird.... read on

  • Rachel Weisz brings down the bad guys in ‘The Whistleblower’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 2, 2011 | 10:53 am

    When choosing roles, Rachel Weisz is less interested in making bank than breaking the bad guys. Her next starring role is in “The Whistleblower” in which she plays a police officer hired to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia amongst the wreckage and aftermath of civil war.... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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