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  • What Miley Cyrus really wants is a spanking

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Miley Cyrus really, really wants us to know something: she f----s.

    Her Me-So-Sexy show-and-tell at MTV’s Video Music Awards was the least sophisticated display of youthful sexual prowess in recent memory (and considering the venue, that’s saying A LOT).

    It did, however, provoke... read on

  • Joshuah Bearman’s hard road to Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 31, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    “SO SORRY,” writer Joshuah Bearman e-mails after he forgets about our interview. “I’ve stood up someone exactly twice before, and have been stood up a couple times too, and it’s terrible. I could still meet, if you aren’t peeved …”

    A year ago, Bearman might have made the same... read on

  • Judd Apatow and Marc Maron bond as Jews and men

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2013 | 9:43 am

    They were just two Jewish boys kidding around.

    “Not since Passover have there been so many people here,” writer/director/producer Judd Apatow announced to a full house at the Saban Theatre last week, there to see Apatow foist his comedy colleague Marc Maron into the hot seat for... read on

  • Oscar’s big Jewish joke

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    In what seems like an annual compulsion, the writers of The Oscars telecast routinely include jokes about Jews to remind everybody in the industry -- and everybody watching – that Jews indeed “rule” in Hollywood (whatever that imprecise measure of power means).

    But for some in... read on

  • Aaron Swartz: martyr or mascot?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Anyone just tuning in to the sensation created by Aaron Swartz’s death might easily think he’s the Internet’s Joan of Arc.

    Last month, the 26-year-old prodigy programmer, activist and blogger hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was a “wizardly” figure, according to The... read on

  • Girls and government win at the Golden Globes

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 14, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said it early when they declared: “This was a great year for women,” which they promptly followed with a cutting, sisterhood kind of joke.

    In an oblique reference to the Academy’s snub of Kathryn Bigelow, the director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler... read on

  • 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

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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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