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  • A fuss about ‘The Forsyte Saga’

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 25, 2012 | 10:18 am

    If I had seen “The Forsyte Saga” before I met Damian Lewis a few weeks ago, I might have followed him round the party all night. I would have asked him how he got so good at playing bad, or as the New York Times put it, "another repressed villain demented by love and loss."

    The... read on

  • Laura Ziskin: Breasts and blockbusters

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 24, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    At her memorial service in the summer of 2011, they called her “a mother in a man’s world.”

    It seems an apropos epitaph for the late producer, whose gift for making movies was fueled by the same bottomless ardor that marked her mothering. Ziskin wasn’t one of those women who... read on

  • Steven Spielberg overcomes his demons

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 23, 2012 | 10:47 am

    If you want to know what’s it like to be Steven Spielberg, there are three ways to intuit his psyche: 1) have a panic attack; 2) have a row with a parent; 3) feel shame over some aspect of your identity.

    Because, at least according to a recent 60 Minutes interview with Lesley... read on

  • The Other Son

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2012 | 10:37 am

    The film by French writer-director Lorraine Levy is the most moving tale I've seen about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent memory. It is not so much about the conflict, however, as the story it tells exists within it, illuminating the profound religious and geopolitical... read on

  • Jewish Entertainment Network: Members of the Tribe only

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 17, 2012 | 5:18 pm

    If this were any other crowd, the speaker wouldn’t dare dish so freely about Steven Spielberg.

    But in the odd cabinlike setting at Morrie’s Fireplace, the private AISH outpost on Pico Boulevard, film director Brad Silberling is among — well, if not friends — fellow Jews. Which is... read on

  • A missed opportunity to meet Brad Pitt

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 15, 2012 | 8:24 am

    Dear God, I gave up meeting Brad Pitt to attend a Shabbes dinner.

    I thought this was a wise thing to do (and no one can ever say I'm starstruck). However, even though I enjoyed a delicious meal, observed one of your eminent Ten, and got to drink a lot of scotch, I think I made a... read on

  • Justice shall you pursue

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 11, 2012 | 10:05 am

    With two long, draining wars on the decline, who wants to confront a third?

    In this one, the longest running and one of the most expensive in American history, our enemies are fellow citizens and the frontlines are our city streets. Yet this four-decade draconian fight is so... 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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