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Ron Howard’s Beard

By Danielle Berrin

January 21, 2009 | 4:39 pm

I have a confession: I’m watching this video thinking, ‘Ron Howard looks cute in a beanie.’ I can’t help it. There he is, gabbing about Barack Obama and the “death of cynicism” and all... read on

  • Obama’s People Hail From Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 20, 2009 | 9:16 pm

    Only President Obama’s celebrity could outshine his most ardent Hollywood supporters. Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Jay-Z, JLo and Beyonce are just a few of the stars who fled the nation’s capital for today’s historic inauguration. And they weren’t the only ones: an estimated two... read on

  • Day Five at Sundance:  Jim Carrey Kisses Ewan McGregor

    By Larry Mark

    January 20, 2009 | 5:45 pm

    By Larry Mark

    As moths are drawn to the flame, celebrities are drawn to the cameras.  Sundance usually provides the necessary flashbulbs, but this year, the media is in Washington D.C. And so, the word here in Park City is that most celebrities have left Utah and flown East for the... read on

  • Day Four at Sundance:  Hollywood Shabbat

    By Larry Mark

    January 18, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    By Larry Mark

    As sundown came to Sundance on Friday evening, I prepared to trek over to the local synagogue, Temple Har Shalom, now ensconced in a beautiful new building, complete with a theater for Sundance’s use.  It was the weekend of parshat Shemot, the start of the Book of... read on

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  • Day Three at Sundance:  Prickly Jews and Shabbat With Matisyahu

    By Larry Mark

    January 17, 2009 | 9:19 pm

    By Larry Mark

    My Friday at Sundance began with the premiere of “William Kunstler:  Disturbing the Universe,” a documentary by his two youngest daughters, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. William Kunstler was one of America’s most loved, and to many, the most hated, civil... read on

  • Day Two at Sundance:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Opening Night Jew

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    By Larry Mark

    The Sundance Film Festival 2009 opened on Thursday night with an Australian clay animation feature, “Mary and Max,” written and directed by Adam Elliot, a Sundance veteran and Oscar winner for best animated short in 2004.  “Mary and Max” features the voices of... read on

  • Day One at Sundance: Schmoozing With Robert Redford and Spike Lee

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 12:57 am

    By Larry Mark

    Greetings from Park City, Utah, where I arrived for my seventh (or is it my eighth?) visit to the Sundance Film Festival.  I can’t keep track of how many years I have come, but neither, apparently, can Robert Redford, the festival’s founder.  Speaking at the... read on

  • “Talk, don’t shoot” - Ari Folman’s Antiwar Film

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 13, 2009 | 8:06 pm

    Ari Folman’s animated documentary film, “Waltz With Bashir” is making headlines—and not just because it’s a darn good piece of filmmaking. As Deborah Solomon points out in her interview with Folman, the doc smacks of irony: Folman’s soi desant “antiwar movie” is doubly resonant if... 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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