Jewish Journal

  • One to Watch: Executive Nicky Weinstock

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 13, 2009 | 2:53 pm

    Introducing Nicky Weinstock, a lesser known Hollywood executive with an impressive resume and proven writing talent.

    The Harvard-graduate turned Hollywood exec has an unusually diverse background: According to the Huffington Post, he was a book editor at Random House, a teacher in... read on

  • David Mamet to write remake of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 12, 2009 | 6:40 pm

    From Variety:

    Disney has acquired the rights to film a new version of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  The film will be written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet.

    Mamet will use the famed diary, and the original play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, to tell the story of the young jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis in the an attic in Amsterdam. Mamet brings his own original take on the material that could re-frame the story as a young girl’s rite of passage.

  • Quentin Tarantino: ‘Hollywood’s Jewish Avenger’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 11, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Inglourious Basterds” is the ultimate Jewish revenge fantasy. In it, a band of physically intimidating American Jews, led by Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine go on a Nazi killing spree that turns the brutality of the Holocaust onto its perpetrators.

    The... read on

  • How I Succeeded in Hollywood by ‘Mad Men’s’ Matt Weiner

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 11, 2009 | 7:52 pm

    Approaching it’s third season, “Mad Men” can be counted as one of the most captivating shows on television. There’s hardly a newsstand in town without a January Jones magazine cover, a Jon Hamm profile or an interview with the show’s creator Matt Weiner. Plus, the show is nominated... read on

  • Interview with a basterd

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 7, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    I’m off to interview Lawrence Bender, producer of “Inglourious Basterds” and Quentin Tarantino’s longtime collaborator.  More on this producer/political activist/ballet dancer later, but for now, here’s a pic from the cast of “Inglourious Basterds” from last May’s Festival du Cannes.

  • ‘Sex and the City’s’ Kristin Davis entangled in controversy over Israeli cosmetics endorsement

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 6, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    They say no good deed goes unpunished as in the case of “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, who was dropped from her role with a human rights group because of her endorsement deal with the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava. Oxfam International, an organization that fights global... read on

  • Top Crazy Basterd Moments from Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2009 | 1:31 pm

    The “Inglourious Basterds” in Quentin Tarantino’s lushly-photographed World War II epic are a posse of blood-splattering Jewish-American soldiers turned Nazi slayers. These Reservoir dogs-of-war, led by Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, lend levity (and gore) to Tarentino’s... read on

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