Jewish Journal

Woody Allen Signs ‘Slumdog’ Star

By Danielle Berrin

February 24, 2009 | 5:00 pm

Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

Woody Allen famously loves women. But as the historic record would show, his relationship to them in life is a bit more complicated. Likewise, his depiction of them on screen—whether... read on

  • The War Is Over for ‘Waltz’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    Orit Arfa, an Israeli journalist/aspiring actress attended the official “Waltz With Bashir” Oscar party where a disappointed Ari Folman spoke to reporters:

    Waltz With Bashir is a movie the expresses filmmaker Ari Folman’s hatred for war, but it felt like a war zone of the spirit... read on

  • Elton John’s Oscar Party, AIDS and Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 5:20 pm

    Every year, Sir Elton John hosts an Oscar party/AIDS benefit that along with the Vanity Fair party and The Governors Ball is one of the most coveted tickets in town. The $3,500-per-plate price tag supports The Rocket Man in raising millions of dollars for AIDS research: In 2008, his... read on

  • After the Oscars

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    I was just thinking about something Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch said to me
    over lunch at Greenblatt’s Deli a few weeks ago.

    “Events like the Oscars get so much attention because they’re one off the few national experiences that are left,” he said.

    It’s a simple statement but a... read on

  • Predictable Oscar Picks

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2009 | 8:04 pm

    The Carpetbagger, who is today’s preeminent Oscar guru (since he is both funny, a good writer and employed by the New York Times) posted his choices for top honors and I can’t say I’m surprised. Below see my comments on some of his best bets.

    Best Picture
    “Slumdog... read on

  • Two Lovers

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2009 | 4:33 pm

    I came out of the film “Two Lovers” the other night and didn’t know what to feel. My confusion was only partly related to the film; after two straight weeks of being on deadline (and a frenzied weekend at LimmudLA) I was feeling I might lose my mind and the movie gave me relief.... read on

  • From Hollywood to Hashem: Observant Jews in Tinseltown

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 17, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    Leading a religious life may be the toughest job in Hollywood. Almost everything about the business – from the power lunches to the endless work schedule to the idolatry of ratings and box office – seem antithetical to traditional Judaism. Leave it to LimmudLA to find two... read on

  • Lionsgate’s Mixed Message

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2009 | 3:31 am

    A week ago, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer ignored the predominant mood in Hollywood and chose to boost industry morale with optimism.

    He delivered an assured and upbeat address to the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) who were assembled in Las Vegas for... read on

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