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Ephemera

By Danielle Berrin

October 31, 2012 | 6:20 pm

I'm not sure a Hollywood blog has any business writing about Yeats but I came across the most wonderful poem. And I've seen a fairly good movie about Keats, "Bright Star" (with the... read on

  • Q&A with Argo’s Brandon Tabassi

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Actor Brandon Tabassi, 23 and raised in Massachusetts, won his first break playing a minor role in Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed “Argo,” about the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis. At a recent Shabbat dinner, Tabassi revealed that he has Iranian-Jewish roots and a snazzy resume... read on

  • Madonna’s Malala strip-stunt

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 26, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    I've always considered myself a Madonna fan. When I was growing up I admired her sexual courage, her unapologetic pushing-of-the-envelope. It made a lot of sense in an atmosphere of confusion and repression surrounding women's sexuality in America. 

    But her recent stunt,... read on

  • If Leonard Cohen were the messiah

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 25, 2012 | 11:32 am

    The world would still hold pain. As Tablet's Liel Leibovitz points out in this worthy read on Cohen:

    To go to a Doors concert was to stare at the lithe messiah undressing on stage and believe that it was entirely possible to break on through to the other side. To see Cohen... read on

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  • A fuss about ‘The Forsyte Saga’

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 25, 2012 | 10:18 am

    If I had seen “The Forsyte Saga” before I met Damian Lewis a few weeks ago, I might have followed him round the party all night. I would have asked him how he got so good at playing bad, or as the New York Times put it, "another repressed villain demented by love and loss."

    The... read on

  • Laura Ziskin: Breasts and blockbusters

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 24, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    At her memorial service in the summer of 2011, they called her “a mother in a man’s world.”

    It seems an apropos epitaph for the late producer, whose gift for making movies was fueled by the same bottomless ardor that marked her mothering. Ziskin wasn’t one of those women who... read on

  • Steven Spielberg overcomes his demons

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 23, 2012 | 10:47 am

    If you want to know what’s it like to be Steven Spielberg, there are three ways to intuit his psyche: 1) have a panic attack; 2) have a row with a parent; 3) feel shame over some aspect of your identity.

    Because, at least according to a recent 60 Minutes interview with Lesley... read on

  • The Other Son

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2012 | 10:37 am

    The film by French writer-director Lorraine Levy is the most moving tale I've seen about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent memory. It is not so much about the conflict, however, as the story it tells exists within it, illuminating the profound religious and geopolitical... read on

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