Jewish Journal

  • Jerry Seinfeld is Back…to Reality

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 26, 2009 | 8:11 pm

    Jerry Seinfeld and jokes about marriage is a near perfect amalgam of Jewish comedy. He broadcasted such humor for nine years on his hit TV series “Seinfeld,” though, I’m willing to bet that his humor has sharpened a bit in the 11 years since he quit television, got married and has... read on

  • Winslet’s Oscar: Was it the Holocaust or Harvey Weinstein?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2009 | 5:30 pm

    I’ve wondered here if Kate Winslet was nominated for “The Reader” (a film, I admit, I found drab) over her superior performance in “Revolutionary Road” because Academy voters have some strange, ancestral penchant for Holocaust drama. But alas, I failed to consider the alternative:... read on

  • Carl Icahn’s Designs on Lionsgate

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    A potentially explosive power struggle is brewing over at Lionsgate films where billionaire investor Carl Icahn is scooping up shares of the financially troubled company. Icahn’s ownership of the mini studio has rapidly increased from 4% in October 2008 to 14% as of February 2009.... read on

  • Woody Allen Signs ‘Slumdog’ Star

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Woody Allen famously loves women. But as the historic record would show, his relationship to them in life is a bit more complicated. Likewise, his depiction of them on screen—whether neurotic or smoldering—is also fraught.

    It could be argued that Allen’s female characters are women... read on

  • The War Is Over for ‘Waltz’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    Orit Arfa, an Israeli journalist/aspiring actress attended the official “Waltz With Bashir” Oscar party where a disappointed Ari Folman spoke to reporters:

    Waltz With Bashir is a movie the expresses filmmaker Ari Folman’s hatred for war, but it felt like a war zone of the spirit... read on

  • Elton John’s Oscar Party, AIDS and Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 5:20 pm

    Every year, Sir Elton John hosts an Oscar party/AIDS benefit that along with the Vanity Fair party and The Governors Ball is one of the most coveted tickets in town. The $3,500-per-plate price tag supports The Rocket Man in raising millions of dollars for AIDS research: In 2008, his... read on

  • After the Oscars

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    I was just thinking about something Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch said to me
    over lunch at Greenblatt’s Deli a few weeks ago.

    “Events like the Oscars get so much attention because they’re one off the few national experiences that are left,” he said.

    It’s a simple statement but a... read on

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