Jewish Journal

Oscar opens up: Cameras, candor and Sacha Baron Cohen

By Danielle Berrin

February 27, 2012 | 1:55 pm

Billy Crystal and his wife Janice at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood Feb. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

The year of Hollywood celebrating itself reached its apotheosis at the 84th annual Academy Awards, as the films, stars and telecast paid tribute to cinema’s enduring legacy.

Introducing... read on

  • Breakfast with George Clooney

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Days before their annual Oscar fundraiser, “The Night Before” party, The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) trotted out board chair Jeffrey Katzenberg and newest board member George Clooney for an intimate media breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Private Polo, a brightly... read on

  • Yo, L.A. Times: You forgot to mention most academy voters are part of a minority group

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 21, 2012 | 10:57 am

    An L.A. Times survey on the demographics of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences found that a majority of its 5,765 members are “overwhelmingly” white males. The article reporting the findings of the survey, based on interviews with 5,100 academy... read on

  • Whitney Houston’s daughter is NOT the story

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 21, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Media coverage surrounding the death of the pop star and singing sensation Whitney Houston could be described, at best, as schizophrenic. One moment a nation weeps for a lost and beloved singing legend; the next they decry her drug abuse, poor choice of marital partner and public... read on

  • Hollywood celebrates ... Itself

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Everyone likes an ego boost.

    In Hollywood, merely a few months ago, critics and commentators were lamenting the lost luster of movie magic.

    In a blunt commentary last November titled “Film Is Dead? What Else Is New?” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott put it this way: “It... read on

  • Her brother’s keeper: Letty Aronson is Woody Allen’s younger sister and producer/gatekeeper

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Woody Allen couldn’t care less about the Academy Awards. The 23-time nominee, mostly in the directing and writing categories, notoriously disapproves of the contest between creative works, eschews the ceremony and usually learns of its results from the following day’s New York... read on

  • Is silence golden? An Interview with ‘The Artist’s’ Michel Hazanavicius

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Elie Wiesel was once famously asked whether Judaism has a tradition of silence. “Yes,” the author and Holocaust survivor answered. “But we don’t like to talk about it.”

    Silence, of course, is paramount in the Jewish tradition. It is believed that during the time of the Temple,... read on

  • Connie Sawyer: The world’s eldest working actress

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 15, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    It's matzah ball soup and brisket for lunch the afternoon I meet Connie Sawyer, likely the world’s oldest working actress, at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills. Sawyer, who was born in November 1912, is soaring into her 100th year with youthful enthusiasm. She is already... read on

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