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  • Peter Bart, ‘Variety’ Editor-in-Chief Pushed Out

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 6, 2009 | 3:47 am

    Of course the trade itself handled Peter Bart’s Variety demotion with the most charity.

    The headline, a soft: “Peter Bart gets new Variety role.’” Though the subhead was more revealing: “Tim Gray to oversee news wing.”

    Earlier tonight, the industry’s most prestigious trade reported... read on

  • Madonna’s Kabbalah-backed fundraiser missing millions

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 3, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    Call her “Esther” or Madonna and still, the high priestess of Jewish mysticism is wading in troubled waters.

    This morning, the Malawian government rejected Madonna’s petition to adopt a second Malawi-born child. The ruling judge said he felt the 4-year-old child, Chifundo “Mercy”... read on

  • Scarlett Johansson ads to her resume

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 2, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    Ever wonder how Scarlett Johansson, a beautiful, but unremarkable talent, became the perfect post-millennial movie star?

    Her film career is only partly responsible. While her turn in “Lost in Translation”—the Sofia Coppola film that made her—was Johansson’s finest moment on screen,... read on

  • Brett Ratner: Mini Media Mogul

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 26, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    My old friend Brett Ratner is in the news yet again.

    Only this time, it’s not as the “billion-dollar director” or “Hollywood playboy” we’ve come to know so well; it’s for something entirely different, something very un-Ratner like.

    Book publishing.

    Which is a surprising choice... read on

  • Tovah Feldshuh asks ‘What’s in a (Jewish) name?’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 25, 2009 | 11:13 pm

    Jews in Hollywood have long been changing their names to sound less…well, Jewish. Betty Joan Perske became Lauren Bacall; Isadore Demsky became Kirk Douglas; and Allen Konigsberg became Woody Allen—the list is quite long. For better or worse, the trend reflects that hiding identity... read on

  • Julia Roberts, better with age!

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 25, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    I simply don’t care that Julia Roberts isn’t Jewish—every woman should see this. I was ELATED to read this fantastic, life affirming, undermining of all horrible things about our beauty culture statement in the New York Times and I had to share. In A.O. Scott’s review of her new... read on

  • ‘Slumdog’ star heads to Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 25, 2009 | 4:00 am

    The sexy starlet of “Slumdog Millionaire” will kick start her newfound film career in Israel. In the month since “Slumdog” swept the 2009 Oscars with eight wins, Pinto has become Hollywood’s hot, new commodity. Woody Allen snagged her for his next film, an untitled project set in... 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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