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Oscar’s big Jewish joke

By Danielle Berrin

February 25, 2013 | 4:58 pm

"Ted" and Mark Wahlberg present an award during the 85th Academy Awards

In what seems like an annual compulsion, the writers of The Oscars telecast routinely include jokes about Jews to remind everybody in the industry -- and everybody watching – that Jews... read on

  • Academy’s doc night focuses on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2013 | 10:28 am

    When did Michael Moore anoint himself the broker of Middle East peace?

    I wondered this as I sat in the audience during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Celebrates Docs” night on Feb. 20, as an evening that began with laudatory reverence for “nonfiction... read on

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,... read on

  • Jack Paley: Celebrity chef

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 1:20 am

    When Hollywood wants to throw a dinner party, Jack Paley often gets the call. The veteran chef, who primarily works solo, is known to have cooked for a vast array of entertainment titans and Internet tycoons, including Oprah Winfrey, Google co-founder Larry Page and actress Gwyneth... read on

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  • The film projectionist you wish you knew

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 7, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    The most famous man in Hollywood whom you’ve probably never heard of is 97-year-old Charles Aidikoff.

    For nearly 50 years, Aidikoff has been operating a private screening room where filmmakers, Academy members and even studios can show their work to small, invitation-only... read on

  • Amy Ziering’s visible war against military rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2013 | 11:53 am

    On a rainy Saturday night in January, a small group of leaders from the worlds of entertainment, media and philanthropy gathered at the home of billionaire businessman Ron Burkle to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War.”

    For 97 minutes, the room was still.... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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