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Carl Icahn’s Designs on Lionsgate

By Danielle Berrin

February 25, 2009 | 3:45 pm

A potentially explosive power struggle is brewing over at Lionsgate films where billionaire investor Carl Icahn is scooping up shares of the financially troubled company. Icahn’s ownership... read on

  • Woody Allen Signs ‘Slumdog’ Star

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    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 neurotic or smoldering—is also fraught.

    It could be argued that Allen’s female characters are women... 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

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  • 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

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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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