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  • Amy Winehouse’s ideal rehab: Vacation

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 6, 2009 | 1:04 pm

    For Amy Winehouse, city life is just too much.

    Back in London, there are bar brawls to get in, a convict husband to divorce and assault charges to address in court. It’s enough to make you want to escape to a Caribbean island, like St. Lucia, where the singer has spent most of 2009... read on

  • Peter Bart, ‘Variety’ Editor-in-Chief Pushed Out

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 6, 2009 | 3:47 am

    Of course the trade itself handled Peter Bart’s Variety demotion with the most charity.

    The headline, a soft: “Peter Bart gets new Variety role.’” Though the subhead was more revealing: “Tim Gray to oversee news wing.”

    Earlier tonight, the industry’s most prestigious trade reported... read on

  • Madonna’s Kabbalah-backed fundraiser missing millions

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 3, 2009 | 6:09 pm

    Call her “Esther” or Madonna and still, the high priestess of Jewish mysticism is wading in troubled waters.

    This morning, the Malawian government rejected Madonna’s petition to adopt a second Malawi-born child. The ruling judge said he felt the 4-year-old child, Chifundo “Mercy”... read on

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  • Scarlett Johansson ads to her resume

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 2, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    Ever wonder how Scarlett Johansson, a beautiful, but unremarkable talent, became the perfect post-millennial movie star?

    Her film career is only partly responsible. While her turn in “Lost in Translation”—the Sofia Coppola film that made her—was Johansson’s finest moment on screen,... read on

  • Brett Ratner: Mini Media Mogul

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 26, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    My old friend Brett Ratner is in the news yet again.

    Only this time, it’s not as the “billion-dollar director” or “Hollywood playboy” we’ve come to know so well; it’s for something entirely different, something very un-Ratner like.

    Book publishing.

    Which is a surprising choice... read on

  • Tovah Feldshuh asks ‘What’s in a (Jewish) name?’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 25, 2009 | 11:13 pm

    Jews in Hollywood have long been changing their names to sound less…well, Jewish. Betty Joan Perske became Lauren Bacall; Isadore Demsky became Kirk Douglas; and Allen Konigsberg became Woody Allen—the list is quite long. For better or worse, the trend reflects that hiding identity... read on

  • Julia Roberts, better with age!

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 25, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    I simply don’t care that Julia Roberts isn’t Jewish—every woman should see this. I was ELATED to read this fantastic, life affirming, undermining of all horrible things about our beauty culture statement in the New York Times and I had to share. In A.O. Scott’s review of her new... 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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