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Yes, there have been a thousand parodies of “A Christmas Carol,” but one I had never heard of was a movie that came out last fall for about a nanosecond, the gentle satire “An American Carol.” From the director of […]

When I decided to do a list of top 10 Jewish movie characters, I got to #4 and then stopped. Jews and pop culture are my thing…why could I only come up with four, with one of them being Yentl?? […]

Okay, I promise (maybe) that this is my last post (or, one of my last posts) about “Twilight” for 2008. (Of course, as you know, 2008 ends Wednesday night, bringing a whole near year of possibilities…) I couldn’t resist mentioning this […]

“Slumdog Millionaire” has certainly made it to many end-of-the-year top 10 movie lists and even here at Idol Chatter there has been heaps of praise for its inspirational storyline.  So, when I finally braved yet another snowstorm to go see […]

The American Film Institute recently named its Top 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time. I wish there was an Academy Award for the Most Inspiring Film of each year. Here are 14 of my favorite inspiring films of all […]

Before I go listing my YA novel picks for 2008, I have one caveat: I am rather tired of the way people slap the word “spiritual” on everything including the kitchen sink, without really telling you what they mean by the […]

If you could give advice to Britney Spears to correct her mistakes in 2009, what would it be? How about Madonna, Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame, and, yes, even Sarah Palin? Idol Chatter blogger Esther Kustanowitz offers suggested resolutions to […]

A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Beliefnet co-founder and editor-in-chief teve Waldman to make note of my “Best Spiritual Read of 2008.”  One book clearly came to mind. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward book, though I’ve tried […]

George Clooney, one of the world’s sexiest men, is apparently a huge whiner when he doesn’t get his way. Does this make him any less sexy? View the following clip, featuring Richard Kind’s account of Clooney as one of the more […]

The New York Times has a story about Muslim punk rockers, the amazing life-imitates-art phenomenon of “The Taqwacores,” a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight.  They didn’t exist until Knight’s novel started circulating in the Muslim teen community. “This book helped me […]

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