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  • The ‘Twilight’ of movie magic

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    It was supposed to be cozy and comforting to loll in bed on a gloomy, rainy Sunday reading the NY Times. Why must A.O. Scott depress me?

    The Harvard-educated NY Times film critic has in essay in today’s paper declaring what I already know and feel (at least most of the time): “Film... read on

  • Federation takes Hollywood to the holy land…again

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Every year major Jewish organizations spend a ton of money (or charge a ton of money) to bring Hollywood groups to Israel.

    At the moment, two separate delegations—one comprised mainly of television actors and the other, directors—are traveling through Israel as part of the Jewish... read on

  • Mac Miller and a generation of Jewish hip-hop

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2011 | 9:57 am

    Earlier this week, the 19-year-old “white Jewish rapper” known as Mac Miller reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with his debut album,  “Blue Slide Park.” According to ABC News, the album sold 144,487 copies during its first week of sale, and prompted the high-praise... read on

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  • Demi and Ashton and the dirty word DIVORCE

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 17, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Last night the writer Joan Didion addressed a large crowd gathered at Vibiana for the Los Angeles Public Library’s ALOUD series about her newest book, “Blue Nights.” It’s not a memoir (Didion hates the term - “it’s soft”) but a meditation of sorts on the the death of her... read on

  • NBA Cavalier Omri Casspi a slam dunk for Israel

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 15, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Omri Casspi is done waiting around for the NBA season to start. Haaretz reports that he has signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team amidst the lockout between NBA owners and the basketball players. 

    Casspi previously played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings and was... read on

  • An Afghanistani and Mel Gibson…sounds like the Maccabees

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Mel Gibson, the infamous Jew-loving actor/director/producer auditioned Azita Ghanizada for a role in his upcoming movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.  Or he just wants to date her since the meeting took place over dinner and photos on TMZ include Gibson moving in for the kiss. ... read on

  • LeBron James gets slammed at Ohio Jewish Community Center

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    Pro-basketball star LeBron James filled in for a team at the Mandel Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Cleveland, Ohio at the last minute and not surprisingly crushed his opponents.

    But after the game, James got slammed by a sandwich shop worker located within the JCC who reacted to... read on

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