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Arts & Entertainment

Pootie tang and pokemon

Street: Could you tell us a little about how the Video Library started? Attiba Royster: I'm not sure exactly -- I only started this job about four years ago -- the store has been around before me.

by JANICE HAHN

Hip-Hop meets hardcore

Two years ago, P.O.S. was pulling water-shutoff notices from his door. One year later, he was touring the U.S.

by LAURA AMANN

Comfort for the cold

The long stretch between winter and spring breaks is arguably the worst time of the year. The holidays are over, it's cold and dreary and few people around here brave the outdoors without a Burberry scarf and pants tucked into their Ugg boots.

by 34TH STREET

Many Seamen

In Annapolis, James Franco plays Jake Huard, a shipyard worker who joins the U.S. Naval Academy.

by EMILY LASKY

Nanny diaries

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire are just a few of the "nanny" movies that have thrilled us, made us laugh and made us cry.

by STEPHEN MORSE

Jada Pinkett Smith gets jiggy with wicked wisdom

You may know her as Will Smith's wife, or as the actress in such films as the Matrix Reloaded and Madagascar, but Jada Pinkett Smith is reinventing herself as the frontwoman of the new, aggressive rock band Wicked Wisdom.

by AMY STAROSTA

Light up a 'Match Point'

Woody Allen's new film, Match Point, is a departure from his recent string of less-than-stellar comedies.

by DUSTIN ROSEN

Scary new world

The scenery in The New World is very pretty. The trees are pretty, the water is pretty, the sun is pretty.

by EMILY LASKY

That guy

David Koechner is one of those actors who is perfectly content playing "policeman number two." Though he's not usually on the screen for more than a couple of minutes, he manages to garner up a small, but well-deserved laugh.

by 34TH STREET

2006 music preview

On Tour in Philly: February 10-11: Wu-Tang Clan at the Electric Factory February 16: Common at the House of Blues, Atlantic City March 4: Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers at the Electric Factory April 6: Coldplay at the Wachovia Center Albums to be Released: Belle & Sebastian -- The Life Pursuit, February 7 After having teamed up with producer Trevor Horn (Tatu) for 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, the band returns to its usual producer, Tony Hoffer, for this much-anticipated album, which is said to have a '70s influence.

by 34TH STREET

Don't stroke their ego

In 2001, with the release of the Strokes' first album, Is This It, critics predicted that they would be the leaders of a new era of rock and roll, and for a while, they were right.

by LAURA AMANN

Scarlett fever

Match Point was a departure from The Island -- I thought you were going to go action on us.

by DUSTIN ROSEN

Best Albums of 2005

And you thought music was dead. It's been a pretty good year for music, with some disappointments along the way, but if anything, 2005 indicated that good bands just keep getting better.

by 34TH STREET

By your powers combined, I am Captain Communism!

Salt of the Earth has the distinction of being the only film blacklisted by the United States government.

by COMRADE COREY

Albums

Vlad and Joe Who Let the Kulaks Out? Everyone says that neo-Russian folk duo Vlad and Joe is just a novelty act.

by 34TH STREET

Fomenting the groove

When Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara was captured in Bolivia and summarily executed by the Bolivian army, he never dreamed that a Penn a cappella group would name themselves in his honor.

by OMRADE JON

Better red than dead

A bold cinematic statement of rebellion, Warren Beatty's 1981 Hollywood masterpiece Reds challenges mainstream political thought on every level.

by COMRADE JEFF

Ruthless Dictator Turned Director

The People's Republic of Street Film recently sat down for a conference call with the man, the myth and the legend, Fidel Castro, to talk about werewolves, dominos and his upcoming musical production Springtime for Castro. The following interview was edited for maximum happiness, equality and pro-state sentiment. People's Republic of Street Film: Fidel, comrade, bubelah, what can we look forward to from the state-run media in the upcoming holiday season? Cuban President Fidel Castro: Well, comrade, I have some exciting new projects coming up from the Ministry of Propaganda.

by COMRADE COREY

Criminal injustice

Documentarian Jessica Sanders' film After Innocence follows the lives of nine wrongfully convicted prisoners who, after years of false imprisonment, are released with the help of newly introduced DNA evidence.

by JON GUTMAN

Wild ride

Two years ago, a car making an illegal turn struck 19-year-old Community College of Philadelphia student Melody Gardot as she peddled through Old City on her bicycle.

by JON LEVIN

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