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  • 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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  • From Hollywood to Hashem: Observant Jews in Tinseltown

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 17, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    Leading a religious life may be the toughest job in Hollywood. Almost everything about the business – from the power lunches to the endless work schedule to the idolatry of ratings and box office – seem antithetical to traditional Judaism. Leave it to LimmudLA to find two... read on

  • Lionsgate’s Mixed Message

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2009 | 3:31 am

    A week ago, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer ignored the predominant mood in Hollywood and chose to boost industry morale with optimism.

    He delivered an assured and upbeat address to the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) who were assembled in Las Vegas for... read on

  • Roman Polanski’s Plea Denied

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 3, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Still suffering for his art, director Roman Polanski’s plea to have his 30-year old sexual misconduct case dropped was denied yesterday by Los Angeles Superior Court. Polanski’s appeal relied upon new evidence revealed in the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,“... read on

  • SAG Goes to War…With Itself

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 3, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    All I want to know is: who’s buying the movie rights to the SAG drama?

    The latest development in the SAG ordeal has president Alan Rosenberg filing a restraining order against fellow guild members. He’s trying to prevent the higher-ups who voted to oust national executive director... 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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