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The Torah of Les Misérables

By Danielle Berrin

January 9, 2013 | 1:16 pm

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. Photo by Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

So what if the Les Mis cast of characers are thoroughly Christian and utterly French -- there's still Torah to be found in Victor Hugo's epic tale of redemption, writes Rabbi Yosef... read on

  • A Hollywood guide to the Israeli election

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 9, 2013 | 11:33 am

    My friend Omri Marcus, a writer and content creator based in Tel Aviv has written a clever "TV Guide" of sorts to Israeli politics. It's a fun little map of Israel's copious and distinctive political parties -- with commentary TV buffs will know and understand.

    "Here is a news... read on

  • Herman Wouk, ever faithful

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 8, 2013 | 11:19 am

    In his review of Herman Wouk’s latest book, “The Lawgiver” Julian Levinson writes in the Jewish Review of Books about a genre he calls the “Jewish Hollywood novel.” Included in this canon he counts various works from Leon Zolotkoff’s 1932 novel “From Vilna to Hollywood” to... read on

  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture debate obscures bigger issues (Part 2)

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    [Read part I here]

    The Oscar-hopeful film “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the ten-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, has been the source of intense debate over its depiction of American use of torture.

    Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, the film’s director and screenwriter Mark Boal have both... read on

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  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture debate obscures bigger issues

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 7, 2013 | 11:22 am

    With Academy Award nominations just days away, the Oscar-winning team that includes director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal continue to endure harsh ignominy for their portrayal of torture in the Oscar-hopeful movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

    Over the past year and a half,... read on

  • Even in Hollywood, Noah’s Ark survives a flood

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    In retrospect it was a gross misnomer and an audacious assumption to call the Titanic “unsinkable.” But in theory, the notion that such a designation should apply to a water vessel is rather basic and logical, and can probably trace its origins to the biblical story of Noah.

    When... read on

  • Judd Apatow’s big Jewish (Journal) moment

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Judd Apatow's latest flick, "This is 40" is a comic meditation on marriage and family and arguably his most personal film yet. It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, as well as his two daughters, Maude and Iris, and in a strong supporting role, his Jewish heritage.

    In fact, there is a... read on

  • The Elon Gold standard

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 19, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    INT: Cigar Bar, Melrose Avenue. A cold afternoon in early December. A young-looking comedian sits alone, intensely focused, furiously typing through a cloud of smoke and eating a tuna sandwich.

    Oh, please don’t start with: ‘He was eating a tuna sandwich,’ ” Elon Gold says, half... 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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