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  • “Belle du Jour”—Nice Jewish Girl

    By JewishJournal

    November 17, 2009 | 8:53 am

    It’s official, the mysterious English prostitute Belle du Jour is Jewish… and somehow the real life woman, a cancer researcher named Brooke Magnanti, credits (is that the word?) her Jewish background for leading her to become a high-priced call girl. This from The Daily Mail:

    In a... read on

  • ‘Twilight: New Moon’ smashing advance ticket sales records

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 16, 2009 | 12:44 pm

    If you’re not in on the “Twilight” phenomenon, get with it! Because you might not understand the huge significance of a bestselling series written by a stay-at-home mom/first time author (with scripts penned by a Jewish screenwriter) becoming the biggest global franchise since “Star... read on

  • Director Jon Turteltaub goes Greenpeace

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 13, 2009 | 3:30 pm

    Here’s a weird move by “National Treasure” director Jon Turteltaub: he’s going green—and I don’t mean box office green. In fact, quite the opposite.

    The Jerry Bruckheimer-beloved director will take on a bigscreen project about the history of the Greenpeace movement, Variety... read on

  • ‘They’re kosher vampires’ says ‘Twilight’ screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 11, 2009 | 10:30 pm

    Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of “The Twilight Saga,” is 6 feet tall with straight blonde hair, a pale complexion and a long, slim nose. Not exactly the most ethnic mien imaginable.

    “I don’t look particularly Jewish,” she says sheepishly, half wondering why she’s... read on

  • Big Spender Nic Cage blames losses on (Jewish) money manager

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 4, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    Actor Nicholas Cage reportedly owes the government $6.3 million in back taxes, but instead of ponying up, he’s blaming his money manager.

    Cage is suing Samuel J. Levin, his former business manager, who he claims encouraged the purchase of “numerous highly speculative and risky real... read on

  • Rabbi Schmuley to rescue Jon Gosselin

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 30, 2009 | 4:10 pm

    Jon Gosselin is moving from the dog house to a house of God, thanks to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

    The embattled reality star of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” is seeking spiritual guidance from “Rabbi Schmuley” as he is known in Hollywood circles, and who counseled Michael Jackson before Jackson... read on

  • Taylor Swift’s Swastika Shock

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 29, 2009 | 8:11 pm

    Everyone’s in a tizzy over a photo of Taylor Swift dancing next to a dude sporting a swastika.

    Last weekend, Swift attended singer Katy Perry’s birthday paint party where guests splattered their clothes with various words, squiggly lines and symbols. Somehow, the squeaky clean... 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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