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  • Deconstructing Adam Lambert

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 24, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    The endless analysis of this season’s “American Idol” just won’t taper. A mere three days after the Season 8 finale, the country is still rapt with curiosity as to why the innocuous Kris Allen won the title over offbeat Adam Lambert. Much of the press (including this guilty writer)... read on

  • Adam Lambert: too edgy for ‘Idol’

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2009 | 3:09 am

    The opening moment of American Idol’s finale was dripping with irony.

    Considering that this was the most culturally polarized competition in the show’s history, it was amusing that finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen were both dressed regally in white. This of course... read on

  • Rabbi at the Canneas Film Festival?

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 20, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    by Rabbi Mendel Schwartz

    As my plane entered its final approach over Nice Airport, all I could see was spectacular, crystal turquoise water. Further along the horizon were the beautiful mountains and the glistening French Riviera.

    I was off grabbing a cab from the airport to the... read on

  • Jenji Kohan: Smoking the Stereotypes

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 20, 2009 | 10:03 am

    Unlike most Hollywood writers, Jenji Kohan got her creative education at the family dinner table, where there was a subtle, but largely predetermined, genetic imperative to write. On any given night, those present included her Emmy-winning writer father, her acclaimed novelist... read on

  • Spielberg to produce Martin Luther King biopic

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 19, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    The relationship between Blacks and Jews had a foundational impact on the civil rights movement. So it makes sense that when Martin Luther King Jr.‘s family finally decided to hand over intellectual property rights to Hollywood, Tinseltown’s most high-minded Jew would helm the... read on

  • Can Adam Lambert win American Idol?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 18, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    Even his talent is working against him: Last Tuesday after Adam Lambert, the edgy rock singer from San Diego turned in yet another shattering performance on “American Idol,” Simon Cowell issued a caveat to the show’s 25 million viewers.

    “It’s very easy to assume that you’re going... read on

  • Barbara Streisand’s ex kisses and tells

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 17, 2009 | 10:59 pm

    Don’t you just love it when vengeful ex-boyfriends bitter about getting dumped decide to soil a woman’s virtue? It’s so high school. No, it’s so Hollywood.

    But unless you’re Barbara Streisand and your angry ex has signed a $700,000 book deal designed to smear you in the tabloids,... 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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