Jewish Journal

Simon Wiesenthal Center honors uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer

By Danielle Berrin

May 24, 2012 | 5:03 pm

From left: Rabbi Marvin Hier; Jerry Bruckheimer; Emily Procter; Jeffrey Katzenberg; Ron Meyer; and Rabbi Meyer May, Wiesenthal Center executive director.

The Museum of Tolerance held its annual National Tribute Dinner last week at the Beverly Hilton, with hundreds turning out to see the museum confer a humanitarian award on producer Jerry... read on

  • Because we Cannes, Cannes, can’t?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 23, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Because Cannes becomes the center of the film universe each year for ten days, the tales that trickle from the Croisette tend to be somewhat inflated, even inflammatory.

    Last year, Lars Von Trier stole the show with some off-the-cuff sympathy for Adolf Hitler. A grain of salt, or... read on

  • Self-Love for Y-Love

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 23, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Self-actualization can be such a drag.

    Just ask the African-American “ex-Chasidic” rapper Yitz Jordan, known to fans as Y-Love, whose religious journey clashed with his human journey when routine bouts of racism and homophobia dented his dignity.

    One time, while praying at the... read on

  • It’s finally clear why I saw ‘Titanic’ nine times

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2012 | 10:21 pm

    It took Daniel Mendelsohn’s discursive and insightful essay on the enduring appeal of the Titanic story for me to realize that it wasn’t my raging teenage hormones that drew me back to the Riviera movie theater over and over again (even if tickets were just $3.75). Rather, it was my... read on

  • Are European actresses more sensual than American ones?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    A few weeks ago when I was interviewing playwright Iddo Netanyahu about his first produced play “A Happy End”, he made an admiring comment about the lead actress he cast, Czech-born Zuzana Stivínová and her “European sensuality”. This, he said, added depth and enigma to her role.

    ... read on
  • Palme d’Or for ‘Amour’?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    There’s big buzz coming out of Cannes for Michael Haneke’s latest film, “Amour”, an ode to enduring love.

    “There wasn’t a dry eye in the Lumiere for Michael Haneke’s absolutely brilliant ‘Amour’,” The Wrap.com’s Sasha Stone reported. “No coughing, no walkouts”—something unheard of... read on

  • Gabby Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly on marriage after assassination attempt [Q & A]

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 20, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Tomorrow, at their annual National Tribute Dinner, the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance will present a Medal of Valor to former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. The ceremony will take place May 23 at the Beverly Hilton and... read on

  • Mark Zuckerberg ties the knot

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 19, 2012 | 10:35 pm

    It’s certainly been a shavua tov (a good week) for Mark Zuckerberg, who in the past two days has officially shed bachelorhood and acquired billions.

    On Friday, Zuckerberg took the 8-year-old Facebook public for the market price of a $100 billion.

    On Saturday, Zuck announced—on... read on

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