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  • William Morris Endeavor merger makes Hollywood history

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 28, 2009 | 4:53 pm

    After months of speculation, William Morris Agency and Endeavor have announced their merger—a union that makes Hollywood history. Together, the century-old talent agency and the young, boutique upstart will become a formidable competitor with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the... read on

  • Slumdog stars in love—and in Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 27, 2009 | 8:27 pm

    Movie sets have always been ripe breeding grounds for romantic relationships. Part of Hollywood’s grand allure is that its history is studded with fantastic romances—Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall—though... read on

  • Is Larry David upset about the William Morris-Endeavor merger?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2009 | 4:30 pm

    Looks like the long talked about merger between William Morris Agency and Endeavor is finally happening, after rumors swirled for months.

    According to the L.A. Times, “Driving the merger is a punishing economic climate in which fewer jobs for actors, directors and writers and a... read on

  • Get your ‘fifteen minutes’: Q&A with publicist Howard Bragman

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2009 | 2:28 pm

    Among Hollywood’s most sought-after publicists, Howard Bragman, 53, has a celebrity clientele that includes Stevie Wonder, Ricki Lake, Mischa Barton and Ed McMahon. In 1989, he founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli Public Relations and Marketing (BNC), which became one of the premier PR... read on

  • Ron Howard defends “Angels and Demons” against Catholic protests

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 22, 2009 | 3:33 pm

    Ticking off religious groups when you make a movie about religion is de rigueur in Hollywood.

    The latest religious riff is between Catholic League president William Donohue and director Ron Howard, who are sparring over Howard’s movie “Angels and Demons.” In response to Catholic... read on

  • Zac Efron: Not just nice, he’s a gorgeous Jewish boy

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2009 | 9:08 pm

    If I were 13, I’d probably be swooning over Zachary David Alexander Efron. There would be photos of his heart-melting face plastered all over my bedroom (the way it was for Russell Crowe) and I’d have devoted countless diary entries to my unrequited love for him, hoping upon hope... read on

  • Nora Ephron directs Meryl Streep in Julia Child biopic

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    It’s hard to decide which Nora Ephron is most famous for:

    a) beginning her career by impugning the integrity of famous feminists, her alma mater Wellesley College and her employer at The New York Post

    b) writing the most defining romantic comedies of her day (i.e. “Sleepless in... read on

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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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