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  • Ephemera

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2012 | 6:20 pm

    I'm not sure a Hollywood blog has any business writing about Yeats but I came across the most wonderful poem. And I've seen a fairly good movie about Keats, "Bright Star" (with the wonderful, wonderful Ben Whishaw), so I'm hoping an artistic concern with one poet might extend to... read on

  • Madonna’s Malala strip-stunt

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 26, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    I've always considered myself a Madonna fan. When I was growing up I admired her sexual courage, her unapologetic pushing-of-the-envelope. It made a lot of sense in an atmosphere of confusion and repression surrounding women's sexuality in America. 

    But her recent stunt,... 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

  • 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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