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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... 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

  • Amy Winehouse’s ideal rehab: Vacation

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 6, 2009 | 1:04 pm

    For Amy Winehouse, city life is just too much.

    Back in London, there are bar brawls to get in, a convict husband to divorce and assault charges to address in court. It’s enough to make you want to escape to a Caribbean island, like St. Lucia, where the singer has spent most of 2009... read on

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  • Peter Bart, ‘Variety’ Editor-in-Chief Pushed Out

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 6, 2009 | 3:47 am

    Of course the trade itself handled Peter Bart’s Variety demotion with the most charity.

    The headline, a soft: “Peter Bart gets new Variety role.’” Though the subhead was more revealing: “Tim Gray to oversee news wing.”

    Earlier tonight, the industry’s most prestigious trade reported... read on

  • Madonna’s Kabbalah-backed fundraiser missing millions

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 3, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    Call her “Esther” or Madonna and still, the high priestess of Jewish mysticism is wading in troubled waters.

    This morning, the Malawian government rejected Madonna’s petition to adopt a second Malawi-born child. The ruling judge said he felt the 4-year-old child, Chifundo “Mercy”... read on

  • Scarlett Johansson ads to her resume

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 2, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    Ever wonder how Scarlett Johansson, a beautiful, but unremarkable talent, became the perfect post-millennial movie star?

    Her film career is only partly responsible. While her turn in “Lost in Translation”—the Sofia Coppola film that made her—was Johansson’s finest moment on screen,... read on

  • Brett Ratner: Mini Media Mogul

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 26, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    My old friend Brett Ratner is in the news yet again.

    Only this time, it’s not as the “billion-dollar director” or “Hollywood playboy” we’ve come to know so well; it’s for something entirely different, something very un-Ratner like.

    Book publishing.

    Which is a surprising choice... 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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