Jewish Journal

Can Arnold Schwarzenegger save Washington politics?

By Danielle Berrin

September 27, 2012 | 2:28 pm

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reacts to a question during the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium. Photo by Gus Ruelas/Reuters

Can a Hollywood action hero save Washington politics?

That seems to be the aim of former California “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who last week launched the new Schwarzenegger... read on

  • Politics, gender and Jewishness loom large at Emmys

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 23, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    In a high stakes election season in which a slow moving economy has dampened national spirits, the 64th Annual Emmys telecast proved that television has a sense of humor about itself. 

    As the actress Julianne Moore put it when accepting an Emmy for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in... read on

  • Hillel Tigay: The Rock Cantor

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 19, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    This article was updated October 9: It’s 9 p.m. on a Thursday night at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, a state-of-the-art recording facility normally leased to musicians such as Mick Jagger or John Fogerty, or lately, Adele; artists whose grandeur requires the... read on

  • High Hollywood Treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 16, 2012 | 9:02 am

    “Fundamentally, your job is not that different from my job,” screenwriter Alex Litvak told a room full of rabbis assembled at American Jewish University for the annual High Holy Days conference sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

    While most of the 165... read on

  • A filmmaker’s stunt implicating Jews heard ‘round the Middle Eastern world

    by Danielle Berrin and Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2012 | 11:39 am

    UPDATE (Thurs Noon): There was something fishy from the start of a bizarre story linking violent riots in Egypt and Libya to a controversial "Muhammad" film said to be the work of filmmaker Sam Bacile, an L.A. based Israeli American who claimed he raised money for the film from... read on

  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November... read on