Jewish Journal

Poor Hollywood? Not $o Fast

By Danielle Berrin

February 2, 2009 | 7:33 pm

Every week there is more news that studios, agencies and production companies are tallying mounting layoffs. The assumption is that Hollywood has hit some choppy waters and the once flush... read on

  • MTV Courting Bar Refaeli to Host ‘House of Style’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 2, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    On the internet, the name Bar Refaeli is synonymous with “hottest Jewish girl alive.” Whether it’s true—or not—the notion that the Israeli supermodel is simply “hot” fails to acknowledge her other salient personality traits.

    To be fair, Refaeli is an uber-ambitious supermodel who... read on

  • All Eyes on Oscar Night, But Who Really Cares?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 2, 2009 | 12:49 pm

    Oscar night has always been a ritual for me. And frankly, I don’t care that last year’s ratings were so pitiful, ABC is probably regretting that they signed a broadcast contract through 2014. Or that Walt Disney is hesitating to renew its deal for foreign rights. And furthermore, it... read on

  • Brand New Night for the Oscars

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    When Sid Ganis hired Hollywood filmmakers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark to produce this year’s Academy Awards, Mark says Ganis was “open to new ideas.” But uninterrupted speeches? No cheesy opening monologue? A nightclub atmosphere? And a celebration of all 2008 movies, even the bad... read on

  • Jason Segel: From ‘Sarah Marshall’ to Swift

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    Last time we saw Jason Segel, he was pathetically stripped to his skivvies—OK, fine—absolutely threadbare, and desperately humiliating himself for love of a girl. That was the reckless and comic, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” which Segel wrote and Judd Apatow produced, and qualifies as... read on

  • Can ‘The Wrap’ Trump the Trades?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 29, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    Sharon Waxman makes no secret of her disillusionment with print journalism. So like everybody else, the former New York Times Hollywood correspondent is running to the net. On the homepage of her new entertainment website, The Wrap, that launched this past Monday and for which she is... read on

  • Alan Rosenberg Croons His Blues

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 29, 2009 | 3:17 pm

    Is this the emblem incarnate of sheer desperation? Reality entertainment? Tragicomedy?

    Desperate to unify SAG and renegotiate actor contracts (and thus far, failing quite miserably) Alan Rosenberg resorts to singing:

    And the lyrics, thanks to Sharon Waxman and her new site The... read on

  • Hannah Senesh Doc: Sorely Shallow?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 28, 2009 | 8:20 pm

    It had come eerily close to an Oscar nomination just a week ago, but then it flopped. “Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh” had the scent of promise emanating from every end: its heroic feminist narrative, a Holocaust-era backdrop and an all-female production... read on

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