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Randi Zuckerberg: Silicon Valley Girl

By Danielle Berrin

February 27, 2014 | 3:38 pm

Randi Zuckerberg speaks at the Jewish Federation's Lion of Judah luncheon in Los Angeles. Photo by Marvin Steindler Photography

Sibling relationships have been fraught and competitive since the dawn of time.

Cain and Abel, the Bible’s very first siblings, set the gold standard for rivalry when Cain slew Abel in... read on

  • The black Holocaust: Will America re-examine its shame?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    There is a scene in “12 Years a Slave” when the white plantation owner Epps, played by Michael Fassbender, discovers that his prized “Queen of the Fields,” a slave called Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), is missing. Out on an errand, Patsey returns hours later, airy and unassuming,... read on

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman and the mortal coil

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 18, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    With its gleaming jewels, movie star smiles and fluttering fabrics, the Academy Awards is no place for real sorrow or despair. The Oscars exist as a fantastic otherworld, an ethereal fantasy of greatness where achievement means everything and winners are hailed as gods.

    But this... read on

  • Deconstructing Dylan and Woody by way of ‘Annie Hall’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    There’s a scene late in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” where the two protagonists, Alvy and Annie, are both on their respective therapists’ couches, trying to sort out their love life. 

    “How often do you sleep together?” Alvy’s therapist asks, getting to the all-important question.

    ... read on
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  • Dylan Farrow tells her painful story about Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 1, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    "The message that Hollywood sends matters," writes Dylan Farrow in a wrenching New York Times Op-Ed recounting a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, filmmaker Woody Allen.

    Farrow, a 28-year-old writer and artist, is speaking out for the first time about... read on

  • After Oxfam-SodaStream-Superbowl SCANDAL, Scarlett Johansson sticks with her team

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A Hollywood actress. An endorsement deal. And an international imbroglio. It’s a field full of plays and the Superbowl hasn’t even started yet.

    When Scarlett Johansson signed a multi-year, worldwide endorsement deal with the Israeli company SodaStream, pivoting around a seductive... read on

  • Soda goes pop! And Scarlett Johansson

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 29, 2014 | 8:19 pm

    Blood bubbles is the new blood libel.

    That’s the going description of the fizzy liquid produced by SodaStream International, a company that manufactures a home carbonation device in the occupied West Bank and whose creators are Israeli.

    Earlier this month, The New York Times... read on

  • This is what an actress looks like

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 28, 2014 | 9:54 am

    The drama kid in me thinks this is just brilliant. Meryl Streep reads a recipe, a traffic report and a Wikipedia entry as instructed by Ellen, who commands her to role play "sexy," "woman in labor" and "annoyed teenager."

     

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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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