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  • No place like home: Salvador Dali, Victor Hugo, Paris and the Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 7, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    I had dinner with a friend last night who told me there is no excuse for the infrequency of my blogging as of late (though I do have excuses; he just wasn't interested in hearing them).

    "Just post little things," he urged. 

    So in the spirit of maintaining constancy in light of... read on

  • Roger Ebert’s religion

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Roger Ebert, the legendary film reviewer, has died at age 70 of cancer. His decade-long battle with papillary thyroid cancer began in 2002 and ultimately robbed him of his ability to speak, eat or drink.

    Despite the life altering setback, Ebert worked tirelessly through the... read on

  • To be or not to be: The story behind Newsweek/Daily Beast’s top rabbis list

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 1, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Pardon the delay; I should have blogged this weeks ago when the Jewish Journal ran a cover story on the Newsweek/Daily Beast top rabbis list but at the time I was traveling and doing my darndest not to blog while on vacation. After that it was Passover and it seemed fine to let it... read on

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  • Philip Roth — still (a)roused

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 28, 2013 | 8:49 am

    The camera opens on a frazzled Philip Roth.

    He is futzing with the horseshoe of hair he has left, rubbing his face and furrowing his unruly brow as a look of supreme unease settles over his face. For a man who recently announced his retirement, he seems a bit stressed. And for a... 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

  • Academy’s doc night focuses on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2013 | 10:28 am

    When did Michael Moore anoint himself the broker of Middle East peace?

    I wondered this as I sat in the audience during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Celebrates Docs” night on Feb. 20, as an evening that began with laudatory reverence for “nonfiction... read on

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,... 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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