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  • Look Out Pop Culture - I’m Writing a Book About You

    By Ilana Angel

    October 22, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    This blog is where I write about my take on pop culture and the people who are getting rich and famous for no apparent reason. From those who were once talented and are desperate to be in the spotlight again, to those who rise to fame by making a porn film which features them...

  • Stay tuned

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 1, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    Hi, my name is Zan and I’m a pop culture junkie. I can reliably name that show, movie, or song snippet and tell you who sings it, who she’s dating, who he’s rumored to be dating on the side. Television is my substance of choice: I grew up on Nickelodeon and Disney’s TGIF...

  • AUDIO: Al Jolson stars as ‘The Jazz Singer’—Lux Radio Theatre 1947

    By The Web Guy

    July 6, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    From The Radio Hall of Fame:

    “Lux…presents Hollywood!”

    These words introduced broadcast radio’s biggest and most important dramatic program. For two decades, The Lux Radio Theatre presented radio versions of movie attractions, current or coming, while the biggest names in...

  • Bipolar Express: ‘Idiot Box’ takes a trip

    By Nick Street

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rhoda, Mary, Laverne or Rachel would feel instantly at home in Donna Marquet's quirky-cute set for "The Idiot Box," a play currently at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. The cloying "anyplace and no place" flatmates in the big city vibe is spot-on for "The Idiot Box," a shrewd,...
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  • Cute, menschy boy bands make traditional tunes cool

    By Leah Hochbaum

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In June 2005, the Backstreet Boys released "Never Gone," an album filled not with the teeth-rotting pop confections of the group's youth, but with songs of a more adult contemporary style. To date, the disc has sold some 3 million copies -- huge numbers for most bands, but a far cry...
  • ‘Jews for Jihad’ Just for Starters

    By Amy Klein

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Go Ahead, Make My Shabbos!" No, it's not Clint Eastwood turning religious, but a slogan on a T-shirt and coffee mug at Jewschool store, a Web site offering cheeky sloganned goods like T-shirts, underwear, caps, pins and bags.

    The "Ghetto" tote, for example, which totes the...

  • ‘Fear of Unknown’ Enters Pop Culture

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday, as America commemorates the fourth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, films, television, plays and books are just beginning to grapple seriously with the phenomena of suicide bombings and terrorism.

    The lag time between a cataclysmic experience and its...

  • From Jew to Jewcy

    By Hal Niedzviecki

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last year was a big one for Jewish cool. Articles in The Forward; Time Out New York; conservative Candian newspaper, The National Post; and staid British dailies, The Times and The Observer all trumpeted the reinvention of Jewishness as hip and cool. Amalgamate the headlines of those...

  • Giants of the Small Screen

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Andy and Opie. Archie and Meathead. The Professor and Mary Ann. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. We can all thank Sheldon Leonard, Norman Lear, Sherwood Schwartz and Susan Harris, respectively, for bringing these people into our living rooms and the pop culture landscape.

    To some,...

  • A Gift From Santa’s Jewish Helpers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the sleeper hit "Elf," Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a lovable childlike oaf, raised by elves, who returns to New York to find his real father and spread Christmas cheer. It's a hip, witty, charming fairy tale that, like much of Christmas cinema, was created by Jews.

    "Apparently I'm...

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