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Hollywood Jew Blogger Defends Her Support For Miral

Hollywood Jew blogger Danielle Berrin took a lot of flack in the Jewish community for penning a couple of columns supportive of the new Julian Schnabel film Miral, which tells the story of a Palestinian girl. She recently took to YouTube to defend her take on the film and to answer some critical letters sent her way.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Jewish Journal Story Becomes Center of Miramax ‘Miral’ Ad Campaign

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Jewish Journal Story Becomes Center of Miramax ‘Miral’ Ad Campaign

Very interesting. Fighting back against allegations that its new film “Miral” is antisemitic, Miramax took out this ad in the “C” section of today’s New York Times, which includes the full text of a recent story by Jewish Journal “Hollywood Jew” writer Danielle Berrin. “Miral,” directed by Julian Schnabel and adapted from the novel of the same name by Palestinian author Rula Jebreal, has been under fire for daring to tell the story of a Palestinian girl living in the occupied territories. Berrin’s piece, published online last week under  the original title “Why can’t Jews handle ‘Miral’?” was audacious enough to ask “Why is it then that when a respected and talented filmmaker such as Mr. Schnabel says that he feels a personal Jewish responsibility ‘to tell the story of the other side’ he is reproved and not praised?”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

42265903-10094356.jpgFrom the X-Files: Patrick Kevin Day has five tips for Fringe, for of which we agree with (especially the admonition that the new show’s writers “Have a plan.” What we don’t abide is Day’s request that the show “Avoid the kissing stuff.” We love the kissing stuff. Pucker up, please!

aronofsky.jpgMickey Rourke Sounds Reasonable: We knew Patrick Goldstein‘s blog would yield delicious fruit: “Of course, Rourke remembers the encounter a bit differently. ‘I was sitting in a restaurant in the West Village that my friend Julian Schnabel turned me on to and this guy shows up, riding a bicycle, with this green helmet and an unbelievably dorky outfit. And I go, ‘That must be him. Darren Aronofsky–smart Jewish boy from Brooklyn.’ Rourke unleashes a derisive snort. ‘Darren has got to be the worst dresser on the planet. That outfit! He told me it was Prada, but all I could think was–he looks like a UPS delivery guy.’”

bzzolt.jpgThey’re Just Mad About Harry: With the delay of the latest Harry Potter release, “distributors have shifted several major fall releases — including the animated 3-D comedy ‘Bolt,’ the vampire thriller ‘Twilight,’ the James Bond adventure ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and the epic romance ‘Australia’ — to new dates in November, hoping to take advantage of the box-office void created by Harry’s departure.”

Sean Young–Drunk, Crazy and Cuter than Schnabel

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Luke Ford, self-styled moral leader, has some photos of Sean Young, taken last December. She looks pretty great for a crazy girl.

Since when is shouting at a self-important gas bag greaseball like Julian Schnabel such a faux pas? There was a time when Hollywood would celebrate such an act, rather than rush her off to the spin bin. Too bad Vikram Jayanti wasn’t her date.

If Schnabel had any imagination, he would have swooped down and done an Adrian Brody to shut her up.

And as a Gold Rush commenter points out, at least she didn’t glue his dick to his leg. (So what if it’s an urban legend? It’s still a great story.)

Why aren’t feminists leaping to defend Young’s speaking truth to power? Look at the video–Schnabel’s not so coherent himself.

She spoke for every woman in the room–all cinched in by Spanx, Choos, and a Wonderbra–when she urged the guy to get on with the godamned speech so they could go home.
Right on sister!

SAG Award Highlights: Young, Stunts, Freaks, Gays

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SAG Award highlights:

Sean Young swoops into town, and initiates Julian Schnabel into her own little club.

Oddly enough, she wasn’t recognized in the new Stunt category.

Josh Brolin thanks the Coen brothers, freaky little dudes that they are.

Cathy Horyn notices that all the stars look alike. The red carpet isn’t the catwalk, honey.

Beth Harris, writing for AP, makes the evening sound like a day at the unemployment office, with better lighting.

LogoOnline calls it The Most Glamorous Assemblage of Homosexuals and Prostitutes Ever.

Erica Jong’s Big Mistake: Suing Julia Phillips

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Erica Jong trashes Oscar-winning producer Julia Phillips without naming her in a HuffPo interview:

Fear of Flying had been taken over by a woman who was a drug addict, and who was not a director, but decided she wanted to direct it herself. And I sued to stop her, and get the rights back, and it cost me a fortune, and I didn’t win, and it really hurt me badly for the rest of my career.

Phillips might not have been a director, and she was a heavy drug user by her own admission, but she did produce Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Sting for which she won an Oscar. She had a deal to produce and direct at Columbia. Jong wraps herself in self-righteousness, invoking those arbitrageurs of all things moral, the French:

…the French have something called droit morale, where you can’t buy a book as if it were a sack of sugar, and take possession of it. The author of the book has to approve the movie that’s made from her book.

Which is why Julian Schnabel adapted a book whose author is conveniently dead.

Phillips got her own back, though, writing of Jong:

looks like Miss Piggy when her face is in repose

Phillips, who died in 2002, also said that Flying didn’t make it to the screen, due to Hollywood’s male-dominated power structure.

Last spring, rumors floated that Diane English was adapting the novel for Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Jong also gasses on about how swell things are in Europe for authors:

I think that our laws of intellectual property are not nearly as forward looking as what exists in Europe and exists in the Berne Convention

But she used to complain that she didn’t get royalties:

My books were huge bestsellers in Yugoslavia before the war,I would walk down the streets of Dubrovnik and people would yell, “Erica Yong, I love you!” But publishers went out of business. I never received a single zloty.

A zloty is the currency of Poland, and she probably didn’t get any of those, either.

DGA Nominates White Men, Variety Proclaims Diversity

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Someone at Variety must have gotten very low SAT scores to write this headline:

Diverse crowd for DGA nominations

about 6 white guys nominated for best director of a feature film:

Paul Thomas AndersonThere Will Be Blood
Joel Coen & Ethan CoenNo Country for Old Men
Tony GilroyMichael Clayton
Sean PennInto the Wild
Julian SchnabelThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Actually DGA president Michael Apted, another known white male, is responsible for the “diversity” theme, as he noted that the nominated films were a diverse selection without any major studio blockbusters, such as last year’s winner The Departed. But that’s not quite what the headline says, now is it?