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  • Spielberg’s year? ‘Lincoln’ nabs 12 Oscar nominations

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2013 | 8:33 am

    Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," a film about the passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, garnered the most Academy Award nominations of any film this year, including Best Picture as well as nods in three major acting categories, achievement in directing for Spielberg and... read on

  • The Torah of Les Misérables

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 9, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    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 Kanefsky, a liberal-minded Orthodox rabbi in West Los Angeles. "[A]lthough Jean Valjean’s fall and... 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

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  • Acting Offline, African-Americans Pressured Stevie Wonder to Drop FIDF Gig

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 6, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    When Stevie Wonder backed out of a planned appearance at a Dec. 6 gala to benefit the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), the reasons given for his decision were varied.

    Many news articles focused on the thousands of signatures on a letter and online petitions urging... read on

  • Near silence after Stevie Wonder cancels FIDF performance

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 4, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    An unusual silence has blanketed the circumstances leading up to music icon Stevie Wonder’s canceled performance at the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. 

    The 25-time Grammy winner was set to appear for an... read on

  • Bill Maher on Israel, uncut and uncensored

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Earlier this week, I asked political commentator and comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to weigh in on the outcome of the 2012 election and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Below is the uncut, uncensored interview in which he talks about America's... read on

  • Did Stevie Wonder succumb to Israel haters?

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Pop music icon Stevie Wonder has cancelled his performance scheduled for the Dec. 6 FIDF Gala in Los Angeles saluting IDF Soldiers. The event is sponsored by philanthropists Haim and Cheryl Saban.

    The 25-time Grammy winner was to appear for an expected 1,200 FIDF supporters,... 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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