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  • Nora Ephron directs Meryl Streep in Julia Child biopic

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    It’s hard to decide which Nora Ephron is most famous for:

    a) beginning her career by impugning the integrity of famous feminists, her alma mater Wellesley College and her employer at The New York Post

    b) writing the most defining romantic comedies of her day (i.e. “Sleepless in... read on

  • A happy ending for SAG?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    If my story on SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg didn’t make it clear, let me be frank: The Screen Actors Guild engenders a political malice in its leadership that could rival any competitor in Washington. The downside is that SAG lacks the political savvy that actually gets things done.... read on

  • A new Woody Allen movie: Starring Larry David

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    Not since The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy has America been so ripe for the ribbings of a new comedy team. Next week’s Tribeca premiere of “Whatever Works,” a film that unites Woody Allen and Larry David—two of the zaniest, brilliant and... read on

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  • Phil Spector convicted of 2nd degree murder

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    For a time, Phil Spector was considered one of the most successful producers in rock and roll history. Though he produced some of the most effervescent music of his generation—the Ronettes “Be My Baby,” the Crystals “Da Do Ron Ron,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’... read on

  • In bloom: Israeli actresses

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    Like many dreamers across the globe, a slew of Israeli stars are abandoning stable careers in Israel for bigger dreams in Hollywood.

    This isn’t exactly new. The whole history of Hollywood is peppered with infusions of ethnic talent. Nearly every actor who achieves onscreen success... read on

  • Are her Jewish days over? Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson split

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 8, 2009 | 5:39 am

    One look at the cover of US Weekly and you’ll understand why Lindsay Lohan needs God more than ever.

    Lohan’s girlfriend of two years, deejay Samantha Ronson of a Long Island Jewish family, broke off the relationship earlier this week. The two women had been living together in the... read on

  • Shirly Brener, not just an actress

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 7, 2009 | 4:48 pm

    With 43 credits to her name, you’d assume Shirly Brener is busy as an actress.

    And that would be true: By the end of 2009, she’ll have starred in 11 films, one of which, she is also producing. Her impressive Hollywood resume is probably why Esquire magazine just named her one of... 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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