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  • 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

  • Boo hoo, I’m beautiful

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    When Daily Mail columnist Samantha Brick wrote a whiny essay on the downsides of being attractive, the blogosphere laid it on like a ton of bricks.

    “I am sorry, but this woman is not even remotely attractive,” a commenter named Alex, from New York City, wrote. As if beholders... read on

  • From Sundance to Jerusalem

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 11, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Alesia Weston, associate director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, where she has worked for the past nine years, will take over as executive director of the Jerusalem Film Center, known in Israel as the Cinematheque, in June. During her tenure at Sundance, Weston... read on

  • Appropriating Anne Frank

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 11, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Holocaust fatigue has given way to Holocaust farce.

    Like when an extant Anne Frank is found hiding in a modern-day attic in Shalom Auslander’s novel, “Hope: A Tragedy.” But, beware. The bright, wide-eyed heroine we met in a World War II-era diary is now a decrepit, angry old... 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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