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  • Hard times for Hollywood, just not at the box office

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 23, 2009 | 2:48 pm

    While the rest of the country has endured job losses and pay cuts, Hollywood box office has soared.

    Many in the industry will proudly tell you, “The movie business is recession-proof.” And if you measured by box office alone, that might be true.

    But Hollywood is cutting corners... read on

  • Steven Spielberg’s favorite flicks

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 19, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    If you haven’t yet seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s appallingly self-obsessed website known as “GOOP,” well, you must. It’s just too much fun when the Oscar-winning actress spouts sage-like advice about detox diets. And fancy Parisian hotels. And Mario Batali recipes.

    But there is one perk to... read on

  • Are Pitt and Portman hooking up?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 18, 2009 | 4:18 pm

    Love! Food! Sotheby’s auctions? That’s the basic premise of a soon-to-be film starring Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman, who championed the project.

    The rights to the fresh-off-the-presses book, “Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold... read on

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  • Esquire mag crowns 5 Israeli babes, from Bar Refaeli to Gal Gadot

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 17, 2009 | 8:21 pm

    The April issue of Esquire magazine establishes an entirely old, but newly realized fact: Israeli women are stunning.

    In honor of supermodel Bar Refaeli’s first Sports Illustrated cover, Esquire devoted their regular “Women We Love” feature to their five Israeli favorites.

    ... read on
  • From mafia to movie moguls: David Chase debuts miniseries on the creation of Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 17, 2009 | 2:00 pm

    Sopranos creator David Chase will write and produce a new HBO miniseries about the creation of Hollywood. The series, titled “A Ribbon of Dreams” comes from the Orson Welles metaphor, “A film is a ribbon of dreams.” The story focuses on two men from different backgrounds who rise... read on

  • Obama will talk to Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 17, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    That history-making Barack Obama is at it again with another historic “first.” As if becoming the first African-American president in U.S. history wasn’t enough, he will become the first sitting president—drum roll please—to appear on a late-night talk show. President Obama will hit... read on

  • Lindsay Lohan: From Jewish to Jail?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 16, 2009 | 10:50 pm

    Not exactly. The tabloid-clinging starlet who, weeks ago, was scouting synagogues in London for a rumored wedding to girlfriend Samantha Ronson (and who then announced she was converting to Judaism) averted an arrest warrant earlier today.

    According to the L.A. Times (whose reports... 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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