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  • Another Jewish Idol in Didi Benami?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 18, 2010 | 5:58 pm

    Didi Benami, a 23-year-old singer/waitress from Knoxville, Tennessee is the first Jewish woman to make it to the top 12 on “American Idol.”

    Born to a family of Israelis, Benami is not the first Jew to snag the spotlight on America’s most popular show—both Elliott Yamin and Adam... read on

  • What’s Ivan Reitman doing with Natalie Portman?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 18, 2010 | 5:37 pm

    Directing her next film, of course!

    According to Variety, producer and director Ivan Reitman will direct Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in a romantic comedy currently called “Friends With Benefits.” 

    Production begins in May and release is set for next January, which already... read on

  • How Auschwitz, “X-Men” and its Jewish director changed comics

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 18, 2010 | 5:16 pm

    Director Bryan Singer, who is credited with launching the “X-Men” film franchise did so with an unexpected Jewish twist: he set the opening scene of a comic book adaptation at Auschwitz.

    It’s the last place you’d expect to find emotionally tortured mutants with superpowers, but the... read on

  • Ben Stiller’s Greenberg

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    Before the “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Parents” franchises made Ben Stiller one of the biggest comic superstars of his generation, the actor played the dramatic lead in a riveting independent film, “Permanent Midnight,” based on Jerry Stahl’s memoir of battling... read on

  • Adam Lambert’s tight fashion sense

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 15, 2010 | 1:37 pm

    Wow, Mick Jagger is so jealous right now.

    I can’t decide if Adam Lambert should be called Lady Magaga —to evoke some strange lovechild of Madonna’s goth phase and Lady Gaga’s propensity for wearing sharp objects—or if he should just be Lady McLambert. Either way, it’s quite a costume. The new drag.

  • Corey Haim’s down and dirty Jewish side

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 11, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    When I first heard that actor Corey Haim died of a prescription drug overdose this morning, I was struck with sadness. And then five minutes later, utter frustration: another young talent self medicates his way through Hollywoodland and winds up “accidentally” killing himself.

    ... read on
  • Ben Stiller’s Jewish Bluish Oscar moment

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 8, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    Julie Gruenbaum Fax finds the Hebrew in Na’vi with this fun spin on Ben Stiller’s Oscar “Avatar” spoof. And by the way, this was probably the Sascha Baron Cohen toned-down, Jewed-up replacement skit. James Cameron couldn’t possibly be offended; unless he knows Hebrew.

    From Bloggish:

    ... 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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