Jewish Journal

  • Blame Roman Polanski for why middle America doesn’t trust Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 30, 2009 | 10:20 pm

    When Hollywood’s biggest stars rushed to the defense of Tel Aviv after a boycott at the Toronto International Film Festival, it felt sweetly vindicating. But I can’t claim the same tinge of pride watching Hollywood lobby on behalf of Roman Polanski—an admitted child rapist.

    In a... read on

  • Does jail remind Roman Polanski of the Holocaust?

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 29, 2009 | 8:39 pm

    How did Roman Polanski, one of the world’s acclaimed directors—and a Holocaust survivor—become an international fugitive?

    At least he was one, until last Sunday, when Swiss authorities caught up with Polanski in Zurich and arrested him for a sex crime that occurred 32 years ago.... read on

  • Roman Polanski Arrested on 70s Rape Charge

    By Rob Eshman

    September 27, 2009 | 6:04 pm

    Swiss authorities arrested the film director Roman Polanski as he arrived at Zurich’s airport, paving the way for his possible extradition to the United States in connection with a 32-year-old sex case, reported today’s New York Times.

    Prosecutors in Washington, D.C. and Los... read on

  • Joan Hyler’s Miraculous Fight for Life

    By Rob Eshman

    September 24, 2009 | 6:21 pm

    Danielle Berrin—Miss HollywoodJew herself—wrote a beautiful and moving profile of talent manager Joan Hyler and her fight for survival following a horrific traffic accident.

    You can read the whole story here.

    Or here:

    At dusk on Friday night, Aug. 15, 2008, Joan Hyler was crossing... read on

  • L.A. Times praises ‘Hollywood Jews’ for ‘blacklist’ statement

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 17, 2009 | 1:34 pm

    Picking up on the Toronto controversy, Patrick Goldstein weighs in on the impact of the Federation ad.

    He writes on his blog, The Big Picture, that he’s “not a big fan of political action letter writing and protest ads,” because “too many celebrities either go whichever direction... read on

  • Federation ad signed by Hollywood stars to appear in Canadian newspaper

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 15, 2009 | 3:14 am

    Natalie Portman, Jerry Seinfeld, Sasha Baron Cohen, Lisa Kudrow, Ivan Reitman, Paul Reiser, Jason Alexander… the list of Hollywood celebrities supporting the Toronto International Film Festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv reads like a roster of Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winners. Many of the most powerful people in showbiz signed on to the following Federation ad which will run tomorrow morning in Canada’s The Global Mail.

  • Jane Fonda retracts support for Toronto’s Tel Aviv protest (sort of)

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 14, 2009 | 8:24 pm

    After signing a vitriolic protest letter against the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tel Aviv sidebar, Jane Fonda has issued a mea culpa. The self-proclaimed actress, activist and advocate writes in a blog for the Huffington Post that she “signed the letter without reading it... read on

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