Jewish Journal

One hour with Elliott Gould

By Danielle Berrin

May 3, 2012 | 5:04 pm

I heard that the day you read for the part of “Dorfman,” screenwriter Wendy Kout had a rather animated freak-out over meeting you. Are you used to that by now?
Oy vesmir. Wendy is very... read on

  • L.A. story: ‘Dorfman’ screenwriter pens a love letter to her city

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 2, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    “I would like to share the story of how ‘Dorfman’ came to be, in the very location where our mini-miracle occurred,” screenwriter Wendy Kout e-mailed last week. She insisted on meeting at the tiny block on Industrial Street, a revitalized strip in the Los Angeles Downtown... read on

  • Fish out of water: An evening with Arab-Israeli writer Sayed Kashua

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 27, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Last night, UCLA’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies hosted Arab-Israeli (or Israeli-Arab, or Palestinian-Israeli, or quite simply) writer, Sayed Kashua to discuss his unusual career as “an Israeli Arab who writes in Hebrew.”

    Kashua is the author of three... read on

  • Music moguls to artists: Don’t boycott Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 25, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    On a recent Tuesday, a group of 30 leading music executives, talent agents and entertainment lawyers gathered for lunch in the downstairs conference room at the law offices of Ziffren Brittenham in Century City. Together, the group represents the likes of Lady Gaga, Celine Dion,... read on

  • Is it wrong to be funny about Anne Frank?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 19, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I got a strange email in the middle of the night from one Dan Bloom, a freelance writer who says he’s living in Taiwan. He asked if I could blog about an open letter he posted on TheWrap.com asking comedian Ricky Gervais to refrain from joking about Anne Frank.

    Last week, Gervais... read on

  • Should ‘Girls’ just get married?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    A recent spate of pop culture depictions of vapid, loveless sex has some convinced feminism has failed.

    William Bennett, a CNN contributor and the author of “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood” has decided he is an authority on women.

    On the “disheartening and... read on

  • The Endless Madness of Mel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Mel Gibson makes a strong case for the return of a Hollywood blacklist.

    Not what bears the name today, an insider online database of coveted unproduced screenplays, but the blacklist as it was mid-20th century, a politically charged ignominious register of the do-not-employ.... read on

  • Fifty Shades of Oh So Good

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 16, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    The best part of Katie Roiphe’s Newsweek cover story about the popularity of the book Fifty Shades of Grey and what it reveals about female sexual desire, which is otherwise full of bright insights and ideas, comes in the very last paragraph.

    Pondering why so many millions of... 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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