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  • Aaron Swartz: martyr or mascot?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Anyone just tuning in to the sensation created by Aaron Swartz’s death might easily think he’s the Internet’s Joan of Arc.

    Last month, the 26-year-old prodigy programmer, activist and blogger hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was a “wizardly” figure, according to The...

  • Israel Film Festival and Hollywood: A match made in Heaven

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    By now it has become a celebrated fact that the Israeli creative industry is in the throes of a modern renaissance. This makes the annual Israel Film Festival — set to roll out the red carpet for its 27th year next March — a gift to Los Angeles and its two-week film program an...

  • Is Caitlin Moran the next Nora Ephron?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 18, 2012 | 9:05 pm

    As if there will ever be another Nora Ephron. But I did hear the comparison made earlier today during a review of British author Caitlin Moran’s new book, “How To Be A Woman,” a bestseller in her native UK described by The New York Times as “part memoir, part philosophical rant, part...

  • Letter from Tel Aviv: Borders and boundaries

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 2, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    Before I left for Israel a few days ago, the wonderful quote by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl popped into my head: “Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

    From the skies, only natural borders exist. After take off, California quickly...

  • The elusive essence of Jew-ness

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 2, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    More than two decades after Neal Gabler published his magnum opus, “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood,” audiences haven’t tired of hearing about Hollywood’s Jewish history. On Feb. 28, the author returned to the topic at Temple Israel of Hollywood, alongside a...

  • Breakfast with George Clooney

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Days before their annual Oscar fundraiser, “The Night Before” party, The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) trotted out board chair Jeffrey Katzenberg and newest board member George Clooney for an intimate media breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Private Polo, a brightly...

  • Elizabeth Taylor: Tales from the Jewish Crypt [VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 24, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    It’s no surprise that after someone passes, many and various stories of their life begin to surface—stories that haven’t been uttered in ages, stories almost forgotten, if not for the moribund trigger that whisks them back into the light.

    So yesterday, when I awoke to the news...

  • Charlie Sheen: Anti-semite or just pissed-off drug addict? [UPDATED, VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2011 | 8:04 pm

    Charlie Sheen had some very nasty things to say about his showrunner, Chuck Lorre, which hours ago, prompted CBS to cancel the remaining season of “Two and a Half Men.”

    The news has sent shockwaves throughout the industry—not only because Sheen made recent headlines about a return...