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Arts & Entertainment

Albums

Various Artists 50 First Dates Soundtrack This soundtrack to Adam Sandler's latest movie recruits a number of today's pop, rap and reggae artists in an attempt to put a modern spin on 13 '80s love song classics, but succeeds only in destroying the music of a decade.

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Get into the groove

@Street Text:I try to make it funky," Philadelphia singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Brenner tells Street over a cup of coffee in Old City.

by TAMI FERTIG

You can't touch this ... without seven pairs of gloves

Badass. This movie is simply badass. When was the last time you heard of actors filming on the side of a mountain with 100 mph winds and ice crusting on their faces?

by HANNAH WURZEL

Editor's picks

Tami Fertig: Smokey Robinson Smokey is Motown. Listening to him sing those timeless love songs in that easy-on-the'-ears voice of his, I almost consider paying the $5 billion dollars to see him play live at Trump Plaza --the Atlantic City venue that caters to the octogenarians of New Jersey.

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It was a man's man's man's world

Getting punched in the face really hurts. Doing it for a living is brutal and difficult. Yet both are easier than taking a no-name boxer to the championship, especially as a woman. In Against the Ropes, chick flick diva Meg Ryan breaks out of her stereotypical role to play boxing's most prolific female coach, Jackie Kallen.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Albums

Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder At any given Incubus show, a concertgoer could run into a vicious teenage headbanger, a 30-year-old, beer-drinking male and an 11-year-old girl enamored with Brandon Boyd's exposed abs.

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50 Chances to get with Drew Barrymore

What's that saying? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" Director Peter Segal surely had that motto in mind when he once again teamed up Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their latest romantic comedy, 50 First Dates. Veterinarian Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a ladies' man known to date women who are on vacation, thereby avoiding any form of commitment.

by LEAH COLINS

That was a crazy game of poker

Backstage at the Electric Factory, the quintet known as O.A.R., all clad in blue jeans and assorted rock 'n' roll t-shirts, could easily be mistaken for a group of college kids -- the same crowd that makes up the majority of the band's fanbase.

by JAMES SCHNEIDER

Editor's picks

Tami Fertig East River Pipe "Times Square Go-Go Boy" The man behind East River Pipe, F.M. Cornog, has suffered from alcoholism, an emotional breakdown and homelessness -- in New Jersey.

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Lamp desk spotlight On: Eric T. Miller

Name: Eric T. Miller Position: Editor & Publisher of MAGNET Magazine Recent Cover Stories: B.R.M.C., Interpol, Tom Petty, Wilco, Stephen Malkmus More information: www.magnetmagazine.com What Eric Says: What is MAGNET Magazine? I always like to describe it to my parents, for instance, as a magazine about a bunch of bands you've never heard of.

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Sex bomb, sex bomb, you're a sex bomb

After all, an orgasm is better than a bomb," quipped relieved director Bernardo Bertolucci about the release of an uncut version of his highly provocative film to U.S.

by MATS OLSEN

Review: Miracle

When a story wraps up with an inspirational fairy tale ending, many can't help but gag. Still, in 1980 those same gaggers joined the nation in celebrating the United States Olympic hockey team's victory over the seemingly unbeatable Russian squad.

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Review: The Fog of War

Never answer the question asked of you. Answer the question you wish was asked of you," Robert McNamara says with a hint of a grin towards the end of The Fog of War, a documentary on the infamous Secretary of Defense.

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Review: The Triplets of Belleville

Sick of Phil Collins songs and cute animal sidekicks? Sylvain Chomet's bizarre new full-length cartoon, The Triplets of Belleville, follows the story of an atypical French family: Champion, a lonely boy-turned wraith-like cyclist, his club-footed, industrious grandmother, Madame Souza and their obese dog, Bruno.

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Errico and Co.

It's 3 p.m. on a Sunday, and Mike Errico is at Penn Station in New York City waiting for the train home.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Charlize theron's golden globes

The Golden Globe Awards have always been somewhat of a mystery. Handed out by the enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association to reward accomplishments in both film and television, the Golden Globes' primary function has typically been as a reasonably accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations and, eventually, the winners.

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Hawaiian Wipeout

In the opening scene of George Armitage's The Big Bounce, Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) quips, "For a long time, I've been walking down the road of life with my two best friends, bad luck and bad choices." Both of them have led Wilson and the star-studded cast down to Hawaii on a terrible remake of an already awful 1969 film based on a novel by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty). Ryan, the wild-haired surfer rebel and petty criminal, is fired from his construction job for smacking his British foreman with a baseball bat (take THAT, you cricket-lovin' fool!). Ryan is set loose in Hawaii, thanks to a pardon from the District Judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman). He returns to breaking and entering and befriends the sinister -- yet scantily clad -- Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster). Nancy and Ryan collaborate to steal $200,000 from Nancy's lover and Ryan's former boss, Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise). Ray's slimy personal assistant, Bob Rogers, Jr.

by COREY HULSE

Don't You Forget About Simple Minds

Out of the spandex-loving, big-haired days of the '80s came the Rat Pack, cheesy movies and bands like Simple Minds.

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Still representing Montreal

You were hanging out on St. Catherine Street?" Hamelin replies when Street mentions our encounter with a Chilean prostitute in Montreal.

by KEVIN LO

Best of 2003

2003 was a great year for music. Despite issues within the industry over file-sharing, album sales and the future of the business, the albums released last year put all that aside and really dove into the work.

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