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Selfie Spirituality

By Danielle Berrin

5 days ago

Alan Morinis

Alan Morinis was an accomplished film producer running a large, publicly traded communications company in Canada, when, one day, his house of cards crumbled.

“I was selling too many... read on

  • Two years a domestic slave: One woman’s story

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    Kanthi Salgadu lay shivering on the cold, hard floor of a West Los Angeles manse, locked in the room where she was made to sleep. She had no bed, just the meager comfort of two blankets that barely kept her warm. She was frightened in the dark, and her mind leapt like a hungry cat... read on

  • Bill Maher: The confident blasphemist

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    At 2 p.m. on a balmy afternoon in  March, Bill Maher, the comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was just beginning his day. He’d only been awake for three hours, though even that was unusual, since he rarely rouses before noon. “You’ll plug... read on

  • What Hollywood moguls don’t do for Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

    I sometimes feel wistfully nostalgic for a Hollywood that no longer exists. I can’t pinpoint when it existed, or even describe it exactly — to define it would diminish it — but I can tell you that it flourished during a “golden age,” a classic era, and that it was impossibly dreamy... read on

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  • Dignity at Auschwitz

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 19, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Care to spare a dime to save Auschwitz?

    That was the question posed to us last week when the government-appointed leader of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland visited our offices. For the last six years, museum director Piotr M.A. Cywinski and his team have been on a... read on

  • ICM Partners’ Chris Silbermann: The good kind of double agent

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 11, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    When it comes to entertainment industry archetypes, none is more disdained or suspect than the talent agent.

    Aaron Sorkin once described his agent, Ari Emanuel, to me as “a shark” – and meant it as a compliment.

    In a 2005 New Yorker profile of William Morris Agency’s... read on

  • Brad Pitt the big winner on Oscar night

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

    “12 Years A Slave” won the Oscar for best picture, a resonant choice for a ceremony that feels more and more oppressive each year.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres did her daytime best to keep things “light,” after last year’s host Seth MacFarlane offended almost every gender, ethnicity,... read on

  • Randi Zuckerberg: Silicon Valley Girl

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 27, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Sibling relationships have been fraught and competitive since the dawn of time.

    Cain and Abel, the Bible’s very first siblings, set the gold standard for rivalry when Cain slew Abel in a field. Things barely improved from there: Jacob stole his brother Esau’s birthright; Joseph’s... read on

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