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  • Day Two at Sundance:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Opening Night Jew

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    By Larry Mark

    The Sundance Film Festival 2009 opened on Thursday night with an Australian clay animation feature, “Mary and Max,” written and directed by Adam Elliot, a Sundance veteran and Oscar winner for best animated short in 2004.  “Mary and Max” features the voices of... read on

  • Day One at Sundance: Schmoozing With Robert Redford and Spike Lee

    By Larry Mark

    January 16, 2009 | 12:57 am

    By Larry Mark

    Greetings from Park City, Utah, where I arrived for my seventh (or is it my eighth?) visit to the Sundance Film Festival.  I can’t keep track of how many years I have come, but neither, apparently, can Robert Redford, the festival’s founder.  Speaking at the... read on

  • “Talk, don’t shoot” - Ari Folman’s Antiwar Film

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 13, 2009 | 8:06 pm

    Ari Folman’s animated documentary film, “Waltz With Bashir” is making headlines—and not just because it’s a darn good piece of filmmaking. As Deborah Solomon points out in her interview with Folman, the doc smacks of irony: Folman’s soi desant “antiwar movie” is doubly resonant if... read on

  • ‘Waltz with Bashir’ Wins Coveted Golden Globe

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Israel’s “Waltz with Bashir” won the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film on Sunday evening, solidifying its frontrunner status to take home Israel’s first Oscar at next month’s Academy Awards.

    The edgy, animated film about a traumatized veteran trying to recover his memories... read on

  • Why we should care about the actors’ strike

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 8, 2009 | 6:56 pm

    Israel is at war with terrorists. The U.S. economy is headed for the deepest economic depression since 1929, and, a few weeks ago, Bernie Madoff swindled $50 billion from investors who trusted him, crippling families, foundations and non-profit organizations around the world. This in... read on

  • Joel Stein hates Torah (but loves that Jews run Hollywood)

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 6, 2009 | 8:23 pm

    I like Joel Stein. He makes me laugh. But I seriously question the motive for his recent column “How Jewish is Hollywood?” in which he facetiously declares that Jews unequivocally and absolutely control the media. And that, well, “as a proud Jew,” he’d like to keep it that way.

    ... read on
  • Poor Hollywood?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2009 | 12:44 pm

    As last Friday’s LA Times pointed out, even Hollywood – the emblem of glamour and excess – cannot avoid the economic slump. It is expected that more layoffs will follow recent job cutbacks across all media, from networks to studios to smaller independent outfits. Not to... 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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