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  • When it comes to Israel, Hollywood is smarter than most American Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 10, 2010 | 11:26 am

    No doubt two years from now we’ll be watching Steven Spielberg’s – or some other director’s - version of the flotilla debacle. This film will be provocative, widely hyped and amply written about. But what will it say? It’s hard to tell considering Hollywood’s deafening... read on

  • Top Jewish moment at the MTV Movie Awards: Scarlett and Sandra kiss

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 8, 2010 | 10:24 am

    I’m not sure why MTV insists that two female stars kiss at their movie awards every year, but lo and behold, they do.

    It all began with Britney and Madonna and their kiss heard round the world, and continued this year with Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock, a special treat for... read on

  • Israeli producer Noa Tishby responds to the flotilla crisis

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 3, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    I met Noa Tishby a few weeks ago at the Israeli Leadership Council’s annual fundraising hoo-ha at The Beverly Hilton. She was a vivacious presence, fiercely outspoken and obviously beautiful, with matte red lipstick lining her powerful mouth. Though she’s not a household name, Tishby... read on

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  • Chris Rock asks, ‘Is Jon Stewart a Jewish comedian?’

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 1, 2010 | 2:44 pm

    Chris Rock isn’t Jewish, but he certainly talks about Jews quite a lot.

    Just before I interviewed him for The Guardian last month, he appeared on Bill Maher’s show and talked about his childhood. At Maher’s probing, he recalled the traumas of his high school experience, having been... read on

  • L.A. Jews on their Obama schmooze

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 28, 2010 | 5:38 pm

    A prominent cohort of American Jews were at the White House yesterday for President Obama’s Jewish Heritage celebration—and the L.A. contingent was well represented by some of the city’s most accomplished Jews, including Rabbis David Wolpe and Sharon Brous, Jumpstart co-founder Shawn... read on

  • Is Valerie Plame Jewish?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 28, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    The new Sean Penn/Naomi Watts movie “Fair Game” is a dramatic retelling of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.  Now we all know Plame as the one-time CIA agent whom Bush administration officials outed as a way to get back at her husband, Iraq War whistleblower Joseph C.... read on

  • Who will replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’?

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 27, 2010 | 3:12 pm

    The future of “American Idol,” once the most watched program in America, hangs in the balance with the departure of Simon Cowell.

    The sharp-tongued British judge who helped bring the ‘Idol’ franchise to the U.S. was—along with the wannabe pop stars—the show’s main draw. His... 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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