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Arts & Entertainment

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

New Rules of the road

Labeled by some as the second-coming of supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, Harlem rap group the Diplomats have garnered the attention of the masses with their "pink movement." The group's leadoff man, Juelz Santana, has returned with his second solo album, What the Game's Been Missing!, backed by platinum plaque producing powerhouse Def Jam.

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Justice, 50 years later

In August 1955, a 14-year-old African American named Emmett Louis Till left Chicago to visit relatives in Money, Mississippi; during his stay he was killed for whistling at a white woman and became a catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement.

by YINKA NEIL

George clooney never saw an egg mcmuffin he didn't like

Good Night, and Good Luck director George Clooney produces and stars in the hot new political thriller Syriana, about the ins and outs of the global oil business.

by JEFF LEVIN

Go for the gold

Transamerica: Felicity Huffman plays a transsexual who discovers she has a son from when she was still a man.

by AMY STAROSA

Spreading the gospel of rock

On most days the First Unitarian Church seems like any of Philadelphia's religious congregational centers.

by TODD GRABARSKY

Walk this way

Coming on the heels of recent Hollywood biopics such as Ray and The Aviator comes Walk the Line, the heartwarming story of the man, not the legend, that is Johnny Cash.

by DYLAN MCGARRY

Peter Boyle, renaissance man

I just wanted to keep working," says Everybody Loves Raymond star Peter Boyle about his long and successful acting career.

by GREG MORAN

Sink or schwimm

This past week Street Film sat down with David Schwimmer at Philadelphia's Sofitel to discuss his college days, life after Friends and his role in the recently released Duane Hopwood. Schwimmer plays the title character in this comedy-drama, an alcoholic father whose life is unraveling before his eyes. How are you going about choosing roles in terms of differentiating yourself from the Ross character? I don't consciously look for roles that will differentiate me from Ross as much as I look at roles that will challenge me as an actor, and those are more likely roles that are different from that character.

by YONA SILVERMAN

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