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Interview with a basterd

By Danielle Berrin

August 7, 2009 | 6:47 pm

Lawrence Bender, Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Quentin Tarantino

I’m off to interview Lawrence Bender, producer of “Inglourious Basterds” and Quentin Tarantino’s longtime collaborator.  More on this producer/political activist/ballet dancer later, but for now, here’s a pic from the cast of “Inglourious Basterds” from last May’s Festival du Cannes.

  • ‘Sex and the City’s’ Kristin Davis entangled in controversy over Israeli cosmetics endorsement

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 6, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    They say no good deed goes unpunished as in the case of “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, who was dropped from her role with a human rights group because of her endorsement deal with the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava. Oxfam International, an organization that fights global... read on

  • Top Crazy Basterd Moments from Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2009 | 1:31 pm

    The “Inglourious Basterds” in Quentin Tarantino’s lushly-photographed World War II epic are a posse of blood-splattering Jewish-American soldiers turned Nazi slayers. These Reservoir dogs-of-war, led by Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, lend levity (and gore) to Tarentino’s... read on

  • Is Adam Lambert’s sexuality getting in the way?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 4, 2009 | 7:43 pm

    First it was bras and panties, familiar tokens of affection in the world of music fandom. But this afternoon, things kicked up a notch when it was reported that Adam Lambert fans were hurling sex toys on stage during the singer’s performance.

    Lambert has been traveling the country... read on

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  • Leonard Cohen’s Israel show sells out in one day

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 4, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Three reasons I’m proud to be Jewish:
    1) Leonard Cohen
    2) Israelis have good taste in music
    3) He refused to cancel his concert in Israel despite protests
    4) In compromise, he decided the concert would benefit both Palestinian and Israeli peace activists

    Read more at Huff Post:

    ... read on
  • Emma Forrest makes Variety’s ‘10 to Watch’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 3, 2009 | 8:16 pm

    I gotta give a shout out to my gal Emma Forrest who turned a broken heart into sweet, sweet Hollywood revenge. Boyfriends beware! Her triumph came in the form of a screenplay, “Liars (A-E),” penned in just three days following a bad breakup with actor Colin Farrell (well at least... read on

  • Roseanne plays Hitler for Heeb magazine

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 3, 2009 | 2:23 pm

    Not too many people are laughing at Roseanne Barr’s portrayal of Hitler on the cover of Heeb magazine this month. Yet there she is: a real-life Jewish grandmother dressed as a “Nazi domestic goddess.” She even figured in the trademark Hitler mustache and swastika armband, and bakes a... read on

  • New Coen Brothers movie trailer: ‘The rabbi is busy!’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 3, 2009 | 1:35 pm

    The Coen Brothers have explored dark, strange territory in their films before, but never in such an overtly Jewish context. Their newest film, “A Serious Man” is a deeper prod into their heritage, a closer look at the community and customs that made for good jokes in The Big... 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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