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Coen Brothers will make ‘Yiddish police’

By Danielle Berrin

February 12, 2008 | 4:09 pm

Hot, Jewish entertainment news is in and it involves three C’s: Coen, Coen and Chabon!

Defamer reports:

In what could be a dream match of creative team and quirky literary material, Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union for Columbia, a “noir-style murder mystery in which a rogue cop investigates the killing of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy who might be the messiah” set in a Jewish settlement in Alaska. (Are we allowed to get pre-excited about this one?)

Uh, most definitely!

  • David Rieff grieves for his mother

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 12, 2008 | 10:41 am

    His mother, Susan Sontag was a famous intellectual. But for a woman of uncommon intelligence, her pursuit of truth stopped short of her own mortality—and her grieving son, David Rieff was left to pick up the pieces: “I wanted to write about my mother’s dying in terms of her rejection... read on

  • A dancer’s dream

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 11, 2008 | 11:40 am

    Want a hot bod? Ilyse Baker has the secret and it’s got nothing to do with weight-lifting and treadmills. This is modern fitness for modern people, created by a gal who moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles to bring her beat to the entertainment capital of the world.

    Having danced... read on

  • More fuel from Sundance

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 8, 2008 | 10:15 am

    Local Jewish producer Greg Reitman won the Audience Award in the documentary competition at Sunday this year for his film “Fields of Fuel.” The film chronicles one person’s crusade to persuade our society to abandon gas-powered vehicles in favor of inexpensive, environment-friendly bio-diesel fuel.

    Here is Aaron Kemp interviewing Reitman at his Sundance headquarters:

    Many thanks to Aaron Kemp for his insightful commentary and entertaining video coverage of Sundance 2008 on behalf of The Jewish Journal Calendar Girls.

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  • VideoJew gets out the vote!

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 7, 2008 | 11:36 am

    The JJ’s reigning comic documentarian - Jay Firestone - hit the streets of Pico Robertson on “Super Tuesday” to discern the tide of the Jewish vote.
    Here’s the scoop on what Raphael Sonenshein dubbed the “Jewish Primary,” straight from the hood:

  • Carrots and comedy

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 6, 2008 | 4:11 pm

    Jay Firestone and I were invited to attend a benefit for Hillel 818, a newly formed collaboration between Pierce & Valley Colleges Hillel and CSUN Hillel. The 7 p.m. VIP reception, held on the second floor of the Laugh Factory, was a sweet affair, literally. I’m talking chocolate... read on

  • Is feminism dead?

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 5, 2008 | 1:56 pm

    I am a proud feminist but I’m feeling weary of women at the moment.

    For the first time in the history of our nation, there is a smart, qualified, viable female Presidential candidate in the race but instead of vehemently supporting her, women are deafeningly silent. Why?

    bell hooks... read on

  • Emma Forrest bares her soul

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 3, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    There was something about Emma Forrest’s vulnerability that drew me to her the first time I heard her read at Book Soup. She was wearing a purple mini and red lipstick, and she read a story about falling into deep lust with a tattoo artist.

    It was a germane taboo for a Jewish... read on

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