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  • The Occupy movement hits Hollywood—at Fox Studios

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 21, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Hundreds of protesters overtook the sidewalks outside 20th Century Fox Studios on Pico Boulevard and Motor Avenue to protest what they consider objectionable practices being carried out by Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, News Corp. “Occupy Fox Studios” was timed to coincide... read on

  • East Side Jews enact do-it-yourself Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 19, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    They call themselves “East Side Jews,” this group of young (and young-ish) artists, writers and self-proclaimed hipsters who crave Jewish community and culture; maybe the occasional, spiced-up Jewish ritual; but not necessarily a Torah service — or a rabbi.

    On the Shabbat... read on

  • Ryan Gosling flick ‘Drive’ headed to Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 19, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    I was so disappointed after I saw this movie because I really liked it (a Cinerama Dome viewing helped), and had wanted to write about it, but the only Jewish angle I could come up with was, ‘Ryan Gosling is gorgeous.’ So that wouldn’t work. But now, thanks to “Drive” producer Marc... read on

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  • Silly, silly Susan Sarandon: Who you callin’ Nazi?

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    Last weekend, at the Hamptons Film Festival in Sag Harbor, the actress Susan Sarandon referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘Nazi’.

    During an onstage interview with actor Bob Balaban, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarandon mentioned she had sent the Pope a copy of “Dead Man... read on

  • Remembering Sue Mengers: Lonesome legend

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    The superwoman, superagent Sue Mengers, a Hollywood legend not just in her own time but for all time, died last weekend at around age 80. As Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who broke the news of Mengers’s death, noted: no one knew how old she really was.

    “Wikipedia has her age... read on

  • ‘The end of an era’: Clintons, Katzenberg, Pelosi pay tribute to Edie Wasserman

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 17, 2011 | 11:04 am

    “I’d like to put you all at ease,” said Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, founder of the Skirball Cultural Center in the opening moments of a memorial tribute to the late Edie Wasserman, who died last August at age 95. “I’ll not be repeating my high holiday sermon today.”

    One week... read on

  • The wisdom Steve Jobs had for Aaron Sorkin

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 14, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Fear of failure is something with which most human beings struggle.

    Even greatness is not exempt from defeat. Which is one of the reasons I was struck by Aaron Sorkin’s reminiscence of Steve Jobs in last week’s Newsweek, which illustrated, more than anything else, how even great... read on

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