October 23, 2008
How to make it as a Jew in Hollywood?
I think VideoJew Jay Firestone has outdone himself with this latest installment (above) to his guide to Los Angeles. Part Four focuses on making it in Hollywood, the surrogate Zion. The video includes Michael Bayesque special effects and Jay’s very own laugh track.
His tips include “getting arrested or following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson and create a video everyone wants to see.” Really, Jay, I’m disappointed. How could you not mention with Paris and Pamela the one and only Dustin Diamond? We knew him growing up as Screech, the geek-cum-creep whose resurrected his career—ehem—with his own sex tape. (Sorry, this knowledge is a holdover from the I contributed to at the LA Daily News.
In other Hollywood Jew news, Danielle Berrin has a fascinating cover story this week for The Jewish Journal about writer-director Brett Ratner, a former yeshiva boy gone sort of bad. Ratner’s narcissism and come-ons to a reporter are disgusting, but they make for good color. The most interesting dialogue, though, is between Ratner and “Bugsy” writer James Toback. Both are under the impression that Jews no longer control Hollywood. Here’s a bit:
Sony Pictures CEO and co-chairman, Michael Lynton, also is Jewish. Honestly, I’m not sure what Hollywood these two are talking about. Sure Laemmle and Thalberg and Wasserman are long since dead. But there are a lot of Jews still running the show in Tinsel Town. Not that there is anything wrong with that, Bill Donahue.
The rest of Danielle’s article can be read here.