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A rare interview with Woody Allen

By Danielle Berrin

June 14, 2012 | 5:00 pm

Woody Allen. Photo by Wikipedia/Colin Swan

I don’t know how she did it, but the Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Dodes got a one-on-one with Woody Allen. The young reporter met with the press-shy filmmaker last week at his New York... read on

  • ‘The Tools’: Spirituality for screenwriters

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    There’s a surprising new cure for writer’s block circulating among Hollywood’s elite. But, shhh, don’t tell, God is much more effective when disguised as a “higher force,” a less-loaded term for a religion-phobic environment. 

    At least that’s the way a pair of Hollywood... read on

  • Bashar al-Assad’s secret weapon

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    Beauty compels us to do crazy things—like fall in love or leave our spouse or get plastic surgery. It has mystical powers that elevate distraction into an art, whereby beholders get lost on surfaces, lose all self-awareness and proceed to ignore or deny more deeply held truths. As... read on

  • Yoni Netanyahu: The heart and mind of a hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    The Talmud teaches that mourning does not begin until the first piles of dirt are thrown upon a grave. So it must follow, then, that a person’s death is the final act of their life. Certainly this was so for Yoni Netanyahu, a beloved Israeli military commander and the eldest son of... read on

  • Letter from the Negev: Desert Wine

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2012 | 10:57 pm

    In the bible, the desert can be a frightening place.

    It is redolent of wilderness and wandering, confusion and lack. The prophet Jeremiah calls it “a land of deserts and of pits… a land of drought and of the shadow of death… a land that no man passed through, and where no man... read on

  • Letter from Tel Aviv: Borders and boundaries

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 2, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    Before I left for Israel a few days ago, the wonderful quote by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl popped into my head: “Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

    From the skies, only natural borders exist. After take off, California quickly... read on

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center honors uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 24, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    The Museum of Tolerance held its annual National Tribute Dinner last week at the Beverly Hilton, with hundreds turning out to see the museum confer a humanitarian award on producer Jerry Bruckheimer, an entertainment industry titan best-known for expensive blockbuster franchises such... read on

  • Because we Cannes, Cannes, can’t?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 23, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Because Cannes becomes the center of the film universe each year for ten days, the tales that trickle from the Croisette tend to be somewhat inflated, even inflammatory.

    Last year, Lars Von Trier stole the show with some off-the-cuff sympathy for Adolf Hitler. A grain of salt, or... 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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