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Dignity at Auschwitz

By Danielle Berrin

March 19, 2014 | 3:52 pm

The entrance to Auschwitz I

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... 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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  • The black Holocaust: Will America re-examine its shame?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 20, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    There is a scene in “12 Years a Slave” when the white plantation owner Epps, played by Michael Fassbender, discovers that his prized “Queen of the Fields,” a slave called Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), is missing. Out on an errand, Patsey returns hours later, airy and unassuming,... read on

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman and the mortal coil

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 18, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    With its gleaming jewels, movie star smiles and fluttering fabrics, the Academy Awards is no place for real sorrow or despair. The Oscars exist as a fantastic otherworld, an ethereal fantasy of greatness where achievement means everything and winners are hailed as gods.

    But this... read on

  • Deconstructing Dylan and Woody by way of ‘Annie Hall’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    There’s a scene late in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” where the two protagonists, Alvy and Annie, are both on their respective therapists’ couches, trying to sort out their love life. 

    “How often do you sleep together?” Alvy’s therapist asks, getting to the all-important question.

    ... read on
  • Dylan Farrow tells her painful story about Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 1, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    "The message that Hollywood sends matters," writes Dylan Farrow in a wrenching New York Times Op-Ed recounting a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, filmmaker Woody Allen.

    Farrow, a 28-year-old writer and artist, is speaking out for the first time about... read on

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