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  • Roman Polanski’s Plea Denied

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 3, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Still suffering for his art, director Roman Polanski’s plea to have his 30-year old sexual misconduct case dropped was denied yesterday by Los Angeles Superior Court. Polanski’s appeal relied upon new evidence revealed in the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,“... read on

  • SAG Goes to War…With Itself

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 3, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    All I want to know is: who’s buying the movie rights to the SAG drama?

    The latest development in the SAG ordeal has president Alan Rosenberg filing a restraining order against fellow guild members. He’s trying to prevent the higher-ups who voted to oust national executive director... read on

  • 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 Tinseltown is in danger of economic desiccation. Yet, even while economists predict that things... read on

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  • 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

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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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