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Bill Maher: The confident blasphemist

By Danielle Berrin

April 2, 2014 | 10:48 am

Bill Maher / Photo by Janet Van Ham/HBO

At 2 p.m. on a balmy afternoon in  March, Bill Maher, the comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was just beginning his day. He’d only been awake... read on

  • What Hollywood moguls don’t do for Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

    I sometimes feel wistfully nostalgic for a Hollywood that no longer exists. I can’t pinpoint when it existed, or even describe it exactly — to define it would diminish it — but I can tell you that it flourished during a “golden age,” a classic era, and that it was impossibly dreamy... read on

  • Dignity at Auschwitz

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 19, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Care to spare a dime to save Auschwitz?

    That was the question posed to us last week when the government-appointed leader of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland visited our offices. For the last six years, museum director Piotr M.A. Cywinski and his team have been on a... read on

  • ICM Partners’ Chris Silbermann: The good kind of double agent

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 11, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    When it comes to entertainment industry archetypes, none is more disdained or suspect than the talent agent.

    Aaron Sorkin once described his agent, Ari Emanuel, to me as “a shark” – and meant it as a compliment.

    In a 2005 New Yorker profile of William Morris Agency’s... read on

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  • Brad Pitt the big winner on Oscar night

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

    “12 Years A Slave” won the Oscar for best picture, a resonant choice for a ceremony that feels more and more oppressive each year.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres did her daytime best to keep things “light,” after last year’s host Seth MacFarlane offended almost every gender, ethnicity,... read on

  • Randi Zuckerberg: Silicon Valley Girl

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 27, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Sibling relationships have been fraught and competitive since the dawn of time.

    Cain and Abel, the Bible’s very first siblings, set the gold standard for rivalry when Cain slew Abel in a field. Things barely improved from there: Jacob stole his brother Esau’s birthright; Joseph’s... read on

  • The black Holocaust: Will America re-examine its shame?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    There is a scene in “12 Years a Slave” when the white plantation owner Epps, played by Michael Fassbender, discovers that his prized “Queen of the Fields,” a slave called Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), is missing. Out on an errand, Patsey returns hours later, airy and unassuming,... read on

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman and the mortal coil

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 18, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    With its gleaming jewels, movie star smiles and fluttering fabrics, the Academy Awards is no place for real sorrow or despair. The Oscars exist as a fantastic otherworld, an ethereal fantasy of greatness where achievement means everything and winners are hailed as gods.

    But this... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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