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  • 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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  • A happy ending for SAG?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    If my story on SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg didn’t make it clear, let me be frank: The Screen Actors Guild engenders a political malice in its leadership that could rival any competitor in Washington. The downside is that SAG lacks the political savvy that actually gets things done.... read on

  • A new Woody Allen movie: Starring Larry David

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    Not since The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy has America been so ripe for the ribbings of a new comedy team. Next week’s Tribeca premiere of “Whatever Works,” a film that unites Woody Allen and Larry David—two of the zaniest, brilliant and... read on

  • Phil Spector convicted of 2nd degree murder

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2009 | 10:29 pm

    For a time, Phil Spector was considered one of the most successful producers in rock and roll history. Though he produced some of the most effervescent music of his generation—the Ronettes “Be My Baby,” the Crystals “Da Do Ron Ron,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’... read on

  • In bloom: Israeli actresses

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    Like many dreamers across the globe, a slew of Israeli stars are abandoning stable careers in Israel for bigger dreams in Hollywood.

    This isn’t exactly new. The whole history of Hollywood is peppered with infusions of ethnic talent. Nearly every actor who achieves onscreen success... read on

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