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Arts & Entertainment

Ben Affleck Down in Flames

Ah, the heyday. Shakespeare in Love had just come out, and every girl in my fifth grade class was obsessed with marine biology.

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The Grateful Dead meets Picasso

Originally J. Leto and his brother's side project, 30 Seconds to Mars has recently gained a reputation in its own right.

by CLAIRE STAPLETON

Indie rock that you can happily gyrate to

It is not often that a band produces something truly unique. Almost every successful indie group today somehow derives its sound from Morrissey or Bowie or even Byrne.

by ALEXANDRA CHAN

Watch me watch

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! pioneers the documentary "concert film" as a democratic and participatory medium.

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

Teen films

On spring break, somebody suckered me into sharing a bed with a bronchitis-ridden travel partner and, as you might guess, I started feeling the symptoms a few days into the trip.

by JON LEVIN

A Penn band you actually want to hear

Penn's very own the Pale Nimbus knows something is missing from this university's campus. And so do their fans.

by AMANDA JASSO

Trouble in Taradise

For the alpha male, nothing is more appealing than a perpetually inebriated blonde who's drunker than a Mississippi sheriff and looser than a Playboy Bunny.

by GREG MORAN

She's the man

Street sits down for a round table interview with She's The Man stars Amanda Bynes, Robert Hoffman, Laura Ramsey and Channing Tatum. Any hookups on the set?

by STEPHEN MORSE

Turn the stereo up

Since their 1991 debut, Stereolab has functioned as one of the most influential -- if under the radar -- bands of the pseudo-pop electronica circuit.

by GABRIEL CRANE

It's Smokin' Hot

Jason Reitman's Thank You for Smoking depicts the plight of Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), a propaganda-spouting cigarette industry mogul whose dubious business ethics haunt his tender relationship with his 12-year-old son.

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

The hills are alive

Did you know that nuclear weapons are bad? No, really -- not only do they kill innocent people, but they also mutate people who then go on to kill other innocent people.

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Night Shift blues

If you loved Night Watch two years ago, you're in for a treat with Night Watch 2. This Russian sci-fi/thriller/fantasy/action flick will surely knock your socks off... if you don't pass out from all the gory blood-stained battles first.

by STEPHEN MORSE

Fear of Walking Fear of Walking Fear of Walking

Our country is obsessed with the mafia. Something about organized crime appeals to us despite a disapproval of the lives they lead.

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Philly Rockers Fight for Visibility

"The last time we were out on tour was two or three years ago. We've actually just been recording this album, and watching the children.

by GABRIEL CRANE

Running scared...

Street recently met up with actor Paul Walker and director Wayne Kramer to interview them roundtable style about their new movie, Running Scared. Street: The film, Running Scared, is quite violent.

by JANICE HAHN

Not all british rock stars are created equal

Hopping the pond makes for strange bedfellows. Though the Subways had an early U.S. breakthrough this fall on that great cultural arbiter, The O.C., a February release date has lumped their debut with the latest wave of British musical exports.

by ALEX JACOBS

Processed cheese

Richard Cheese The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese If this is your first listen to Richard Cheese, be forewarned: too much Cheese may result in massive indigestion, and upchuck reflexes may ensue.

by AMANDA JASSO

Almost Stars

Several years ago, three members of the orchestral pop band Stars smoked pot in New York's Central Park and were arrested by an undercover cop.

by LISA TAUBER

Bend it like Beckman

Karen Beckman arrived at Penn only one year ago and she is already making waves. She teaches a new class called "Women and Film," which shows "the range of work that women have done -- not just feminist filmmaking -- but work from early cinema done in the 1890s and early 1910s." The class syllabus explores a variety of women directors, from controversial Nazi propaganda filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, to avant-garde filmmakers like Maya Deren.

by STEPHEN MORSE

FreedomLand Rings

Racial tension is sometimes a cop-out for filmmakers, a way of increasing dramatic tension while diverting the audience's attention away from poor casting.

by EMILY LASKY

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