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Brett Ratner [and] the barbarian

By Danielle Berrin

November 11, 2008 | 7:55 pm

Hail the conquering hero: Brett Ratner, Hollywood’s young, commercial director du jour will take on yet another blockbuster franchise.

Out to prove he is more than his playboy image,... read on

  • Ari Emanuel is a superagent—on TV and in real life

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 11, 2008 | 4:44 pm

    Up until Rahm Emanuel was offered the Chief of Staff position in Barack Obama's cabinet, his younger brother Ari, the cantankerous Hollywood talent agent, was considerably better known. Most famously -- or perhaps infamously -- Ari Emanuel is said to be the inspiration for the... read on
  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue... read on
  • Katie Couric at Friars Roast: ‘Palin’s wardrobe is worth three hookers and a pony’

    By The Web Guy

    October 27, 2008 | 1:00 am

    From a New York Jew . . .


    By Eddy Friedfeld

    Al Roker served as Roastmaster at this year's Friars Club Roast of his "Today Show" co-host and friend Matt Lauer and opened with similarities between Lauer and Sarah Palin: "Both spend $150,000 on clothes; both got screwed by Katie... read on
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  • Mr. Blackwell—born Richard Selzer —dies at 86

    By The Web Guy

    October 21, 2008 | 9:21 pm

    Mr. Blackwell, whose annual "worst dressed" list turned him into a household name, has died. He was 86.

    He had been in failing health and died Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from an intestinal infection, according to his publicist, Harlan Boll.
    ... read on
  • Jewgrass star Mare Winningham had ‘amazing’ Yom Kippur

    By The Web Guy

    October 17, 2008 | 10:02 pm

    Mare Winningham spoke with Ron Kaplan of the New Jersey Jewish News last week, and said she ” . . . was still on a high from davening and fasting the day before.

    “You’re catching me at a good time, because I’ve done no wrong; I’m clean,” she said. “We had an amazing Yom... read on

  • Hollywood’s top 12 Jewish hotties?

    By The Web Guy

    October 12, 2008 | 11:41 pm

    Here’s a list from Scandalist:

    o Maggie Gyllenhaal
    o Scarlett Johannson
    o Kate Hudson
    o Amanda Bynes
    o Michelle Trachtenberg
    o Natalie Portman
    o Mila Kunis
    o Sarah Silverman
    o Winona Ryder
    o Brooke Burke
    o Selma Blair
    o Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Pretty good list, I think.

    It’s just missing one name— JewishJournal.com contributor Orit Arfa.

  • Was Roman Polanski treated unfairly?  BBC documentary says yes

    By The Web Guy

    October 10, 2008 | 11:41 pm

    “A BBC film sheds startling new light on the underage sex case against the director,” writes David Gritten in the Telegraph:

    In any list of globally famous public figures for whom it’s hard to summon sympathy, Roman Polanski would rank high. The brilliantly talented film director, who... 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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