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  • Stephen Chbosky: filmmaker of conscience

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    Last week I attended a pretty wicked writers workshop at USC where the novelist and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky gave an unofficial two hour master class on writing for film and television. Much of it focused on Chbosky’s breakout hit, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” a novel he... read on

  • Movie nostalgia for Lansing and Landau at Israel Film Festival’s opening night

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    A coterie of strapping and stylish Israelis gathered at the Writers Guild of America Theatre on April 18 for the opening night of the 27th annual Israel Film Festival, which doled out honors to the former head of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing, and the actor Martin Landau.

    ... read on
  • Should Anthony Weiner get a second chance?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 16, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    In a pointed and deeply personal profile by Jonathan Van Meter for the New York Times Magazine, former congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin offer an account of life from the "post scandal playbook" -- that is, from the trenches of their private life following... read on

  • The shame of silence

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 12, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Yesterday I spent the day at Milken Community High School reporting on the Righteous Conversations Project, a group that pairs teens and Holocaust survivors for intensive one-on-one dialogue.

    In recounting their survival stories, survivors often say that egregious acts of silence... read on

  • At least one person is defending the ‘top rabbis list’

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Rabbi Michael Rose Knopf has written a defense of the Newsweek/Daily Beast rabbi list for the Huffington Post in which he basically makes the argument that since the list honors ‘influential' rabbis and not ‘best' rabbis -- even though it is called ‘top' rabbis (definition: the... read on

  • No place like home: Salvador Dali, Victor Hugo, Paris and the Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 7, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    I had dinner with a friend last night who told me there is no excuse for the infrequency of my blogging as of late (though I do have excuses; he just wasn't interested in hearing them).

    "Just post little things," he urged. 

    So in the spirit of maintaining constancy in light of... read on

  • Roger Ebert’s religion

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Roger Ebert, the legendary film reviewer, has died at age 70 of cancer. His decade-long battle with papillary thyroid cancer began in 2002 and ultimately robbed him of his ability to speak, eat or drink.

    Despite the life altering setback, Ebert worked tirelessly through the... read on

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