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  • Carl Icahn’s Designs on Lionsgate

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    A potentially explosive power struggle is brewing over at Lionsgate films where billionaire investor Carl Icahn is scooping up shares of the financially troubled company. Icahn’s ownership of the mini studio has rapidly increased from 4% in October 2008 to 14% as of February 2009.... read on

  • Woody Allen Signs ‘Slumdog’ Star

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Woody Allen famously loves women. But as the historic record would show, his relationship to them in life is a bit more complicated. Likewise, his depiction of them on screen—whether neurotic or smoldering—is also fraught.

    It could be argued that Allen’s female characters are women... read on

  • The War Is Over for ‘Waltz’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    Orit Arfa, an Israeli journalist/aspiring actress attended the official “Waltz With Bashir” Oscar party where a disappointed Ari Folman spoke to reporters:

    Waltz With Bashir is a movie the expresses filmmaker Ari Folman’s hatred for war, but it felt like a war zone of the spirit... read on

  • Elton John’s Oscar Party, AIDS and Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 5:20 pm

    Every year, Sir Elton John hosts an Oscar party/AIDS benefit that along with the Vanity Fair party and The Governors Ball is one of the most coveted tickets in town. The $3,500-per-plate price tag supports The Rocket Man in raising millions of dollars for AIDS research: In 2008, his... read on

  • After the Oscars

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    I was just thinking about something Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch said to me
    over lunch at Greenblatt’s Deli a few weeks ago.

    “Events like the Oscars get so much attention because they’re one off the few national experiences that are left,” he said.

    It’s a simple statement but a... read on

  • Predictable Oscar Picks

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2009 | 8:04 pm

    The Carpetbagger, who is today’s preeminent Oscar guru (since he is both funny, a good writer and employed by the New York Times) posted his choices for top honors and I can’t say I’m surprised. Below see my comments on some of his best bets.

    Best Picture
    “Slumdog... read on

  • Two Lovers

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2009 | 4:33 pm

    I came out of the film “Two Lovers” the other night and didn’t know what to feel. My confusion was only partly related to the film; after two straight weeks of being on deadline (and a frenzied weekend at LimmudLA) I was feeling I might lose my mind and the movie gave me relief.... 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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