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  • Did Hollywood Heil Hitler?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 26, 2013 | 11:38 am

    In a twisted tale that could be called Confessions of a Nazi Scholar comes a shocking revelation that Hollywood’s association with Hitler’s Third Reich may have been much closer and more collaborative than previously known.

    According to a new book by historian Ben Urwand, a... read on

  • Millepied mum on Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 25, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    Benjamin Millepied wasn’t as daring as Miriam with her timbrels when he accompanied L.A. Dance Project, the experimental dance troupe of his creation, to a performance at American Jewish University on June 16.

    Following the unique double-bill with another local company,... read on

  • Can dance maverick Millepied make it up to L.A.?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 12, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    Of the many upbeat ways to describe the dance culture in Los Angeles — “hungry,” “pioneering,” “innovative,” “risk taking” — it is probably best characterized as striving. Even the most enthused of local enthusiasts admit there is something unrealized about the dance scene here,... read on

  • How Jeffrey Katzenberg responds to being bullied

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 29, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    The most telling anecdote in Andy Kroll's prolific piece on Jeffrey Katzenberg's "Kingmaker" status in Democratic politics actually comes from Kim Masters's book on Michael Eisner, "The Keys to the Kingdom" and took place long, long ago when Katzenberg was just 26.

    Back then he... read on

  • Brett Ratner’s million dollar penance to the Academy

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 29, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Producer/director Brett Ratner has made amends with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a $1 million commitment to their Oscar museum capital campaign.

    "Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of... read on

  • The Great Gatsby’s Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 23, 2013 | 5:48 pm

    F. Scott Fitzgerald proclaimed his distaste for Jews with his clichéd portrait of gangster Meyer Wolfsheim in his Jazz Age opus “The Great Gatsby.” The crucial but peripheral character is never described in detail, save for an upfront declaration that he is “a small, flat-nosed... read on

  • Judd Apatow and Marc Maron bond as Jews and men

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2013 | 9:43 am

    They were just two Jewish boys kidding around.

    “Not since Passover have there been so many people here,” writer/director/producer Judd Apatow announced to a full house at the Saban Theatre last week, there to see Apatow foist his comedy colleague Marc Maron into the hot seat for... read on

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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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