Jewish Journal

Babs misses Obama at Kennedy Center

By Danielle Berrin

December 9, 2008 | 9:57 pm

Once a dedicated Clinton supporter, good ‘ol Babs now has eyes only for Obama. To her credit, the Democratic switch hitter had a ready endorsement for the President elect as soon as he won... read on

  • Free Clinic Fundraiser

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 8, 2008 | 5:35 pm

    What hard times?

    The economic recession proved no barrier to fundraising for The Saban Free Clinic among Hollywood’s elite on Nov. 24 at the Beverly Hilton. Among those who helped raise $1.3 million for the affordable health care clinic with four locations across the city were: CBS... read on

  • Roman Polanski wants sex charges dropped

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 4, 2008 | 3:10 pm

    You can’t get away with everything in Hollywood—-or can you? Just ask Roman Polanski, who absconded from the country over three decades ago when he was charged with drugging and then having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Despite her pleas to have the charges dropped and the licentious... read on

  • Irv Brecher, Oscar winner,  Marx Brothers writer, dead at 94

    By The Web Guy

    November 19, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” and creating the radio and TV series “The Life of Riley,” has died. He was 94.

    Brecher died of... read on

  • Sandler, Stewart, “Mad Men” creator make Forward 50

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2008 | 5:57 am

    The “Forward 50,” a list of prominent Jewish Americans compiled by the New York Jewish weekly has featured a whopping three Jews from the film and television industries. If this is the best they could do for their 2008 culture and media set, I’d like to know what other areas are... read on

  • Ratner not yet keen on “Conan”

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 14, 2008 | 1:16 am

    Thanks to a leak by producer Avi Lerner and premature reporting by the LA Times, the assumption that Brett Ratner would direct the “Conan” film franchise is just that—presumptuous and untrue.

    Sort of. Apparently, budget negotiations are still being hammered out and Ratner insists... read on

  • “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin on his agent Ari Emanuel

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 14, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Last week, when Rahm Emanuel was appointed Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, interest in his brother, Hollywood ‘superagent’ Ari Emanuel, surged. I spoke with Aaron Sorkin, one of Emanuel’s most loyal clients and creator of “The West Wing” from his nest at the Four Seasons in New York.... read on

  • Brett Ratner [and] the barbarian

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 11, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    Hail the conquering hero: Brett Ratner, Hollywood’s young, commercial director du jour will take on yet another blockbuster franchise.

    Out to prove he is more than his playboy image, Ratner, whom I determined is a startling dichotomy between frat-boy and filmmaker in my recent... read on

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