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Arts & Entertainment

Adams' song

Prepare to dance in your undies again -- the Madonna of alt-country is back and louder than ever. With his first official follow-up to the critically acclaimed Gold, Ryan Adams has managed to successfully re-invent himself.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Quick Flicks

Love Actually Directed by: Richard Curtis Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson Rated: R 3 out of 5 stars Love Actually not only has eight times the characters of a typical love story, but eight times the Christmas spirit!

by 34TH STREET

You've come a long way, baby

The Bridge: Cinema de Lux opened its doors on Nov. 8, 2002, and after a year of operation, the theater has come a long way from the chaos that surrounded its opening weekend.

by JOHN CARROLL

Movies we were too prudish to see

Back in the day, John Holmes was the biggest -- and therefore the best -- in the biz. "Johnny Wadd" starred in more than 2000 adult productions and reportedly bedded more than 10,000 women over the course of his career -- including his wife. Probably the only guy who might really have been hornier than Ron Jeremy, he was well-endowed.

by YONA SILVERMAN

Amateur Porn

The name Vertical Horizon may not seem familiar at first, but their breakthrough single "Everything You Wanted" was a radio and MTV staple.

by JACLYN EINIS

My life sucks, too

Ann's life seems to fit the perfect formula for misery. She's 23, works a dead-end job, lives in a trailer with her two young daughters and husband, puts up with a tired and cynical mother and has a jail-bird for a dad. So, when Ann (Sarah Polley) finds out that she has cancer and only has two or three months left to live, she realizes her life has to change.

by JANICE HAHN

No soap radio

After seeing the trailer for Radio, one might think that the film is some sort of amalgam of Remember the Titans and The Waterboy. "This is actually the anti-Waterboy. We tried to get as far from that sort of film as possible," says director Michael Tollin. Loosely inspired by a true story, Radio follows a mentally challenged black man who, thanks to the efforts of a high school football coach, becomes a beloved member of the community in a small town in South Carolina.

by DAVID MORGAN

She's an indie rocker

Judging by all of the successful shows at the Troc, TLA, North Star and First Unitarian Church, it's obvious that indie rock is alive and well in Philadelphia.

by ETHAN FIXELL

Just Beat It

They have me on a short leash here," Cedric Bixler says as he tugs on his microphone cord for extra slack.

by KEVIN LO

Gwyneth Paltrow is overrated

Anyone looking for a movie about Sylvia Plath, the poet, should skip this rendition. The working title for this movie (Ted and Sylvia), would have been much more appropriate, since it is basically a summary of the tumultuous relationship between Plath and fellow poet Ted Hughes.

by EUGENIA SALVO

My life is a movie...

In honor of not winning the lottery this week, Street took a little time to find out what the movie of your life would be about.

by 34TH STREET

A Family Affair

If families who pray together stay together, then families who act together must contract together, because in Hollywood, not only do individuals get typecast -- sibling sets do, too.

by YONA SILVERMAN

Review: The Station Agent

In Thomas McCarthy's Sundance winner, the first time director/writer quirkily tackles the issue of dwarfism. This indie flick revolves around the budding friendship of three misplaced souls.

by 34TH STREET

Dirty Jerz

E-Town Concrete epitomizes Jersey music - they've been perfecting their mix of hip-hop and metal since 1995, long before rap-rock hit mainstream.

by ZACH SMITH

Where Are My Chucks?

Highly anticipated doesn't even begin to describe sentiment towards The Strokes' new album, Room On Fire. This being only their second effort, the hype that surrounds these five New Yorkers has been working harder than a crackhead on speed.

by EUGENIA SALVO

Review: Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin is a moderately effective flashback biography, worth seeing for Cate Blanchett's curious performance (one part fearlessness, two parts foolishness) as the titular expos‚ journalist. Guerin, Ireland's most recent martyr, jeopardized her family and lost her life for the cause of improved anti-drug legislation.

by 34TH STREET

Caught red-handed

Gray Davis, Recalled Governor of California -- The public relations nightmare that came about after the RIAA sued a twelve-year-old girl forced the Industry to refine their suing strategy.

by 34TH STREET

Reviews

Runaway Jury is a film about a landmark gun trial set in New Orleans. Plotwise, juror Nick Easter (Cusack) uses his influence and his girlfriend (Weisz) to sway the jury and blackmail lawyers on both sides.

by 34TH STREET

Peppermint Patti

Street sat down with Patti Smith at her October 9 performance at the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her show at the ICA.

by ROSS CLARK

Anthony Hopkins is a black man

If you've waited your entire life to see Anthony Hopkins play a black guy, your time has come at last.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

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