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The Big Hurt: Bieber's scent, Foster the People's kicks, Dylan's smack, Tyler and Sara's tiff

Though our wee lad is scarcely old enough to develop a musky scent of his own, he's already prepping his second commercial fragrance.  
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 03, 2011
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

No matter how many books she sells, no matter how many billions the movies make, no matter what significance her huge success has for the future of Western culture, there's no excuse for Stephenie Meyer's terrible writing.
Blood simpletons: Eclipse needs a transfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Something borrowed

"Bride" stands tall as the leading lady at the Institute of Contemporary Art's current two-woman exhibit "A Meticulous Ferment," a five-tiered pastry of sculpture glittering with as much opulence, self-importance, and fragility as the title might suggest
Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: The Killer Inside Me

Jim Thompson might be the darkest of noir writers, but Michael Winterbottom's version of Thompson's 1952 novel reduces its mirthful nihilism to lurid unpleasantness.
A killer with nothing inside him
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Love Ranch

A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history rather than the more fact-based strategy that enriched Hackford'
"There's no business like ho business!"'
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 02, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 25, 2010
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Dare to be filthy

After a few tours, any rock act worth its decibels should be able to name a couple of its wilder shows with little effort, but Justin Tranter’s pick for most memorable Semi Precious Weapons concert sounds especially libertine.
Semi Precious Weapons celebrate partying and poverty
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Grown Ups

For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
Puerile adult humor ensues
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Jonah Hex

Think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West killed the Western?
Disfigured antihero shacks up with a prostitute
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Knight and Day

With a mischievous grin, Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) gazes into the distrusting eyes of June Havens (Cameron Diaz), who’s spent the last 18 hours drugged unconscious, and explains why she’s not wearing her clothes.
Cruise's creepiness only  adds to the role
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2010


Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  June 25, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010
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Bonnaroo 2010 (Saturday): [Photos] The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, and more

The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, Dawes, and Elmwood, live at Bonnaroo 2010
Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 12, 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 18, 2010
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Coming soon, unfortunately

Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010
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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010


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Review: Killers

As a CIA operative in Robert Luketic's spy thriller/rom-com, Ashton Kutcher looks strapping, if nothing else.
Did we ask to see Ashton Kutcher as 007?
By TOM MEEK  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Solitary Man

By the fourth time Michael Douglas wakes up hungover and shirtless on a sour double bed, we get it: he's old.
Let's just move on
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010
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Head games

One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010
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Into the weird

No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to pro
Welcome to our many small worlds
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 05, 2010


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Game Changer?(1)

For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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Shake Your Booty for a Bounty

Like in other businesses, family connections are important in filmmaking. Just ask Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas.
Dance for Your Supper Dept.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 04, 2010
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The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 04, 2010

Crossword: ''Smoothie Mix''

Add these acts together and blend
Add these acts together and blend
By MATT JONES  |  June 04, 2010
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Today’s Chevy

Already this summer we’ve seen Richard Pryor and Sylvester Stallone turn up in tailor-made celluloid, and now here’s Chevy Chase in a fashionable conveyance of his own.
Fletch is a midsize star vehicle
By HENRY SHEEHAN  |  June 04, 2010


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Stockholm syndrome

With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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Living the dream

Movie stars aren’t the usual Symphony Hall crowd, but last week, two dark-suited ushers swung open the doors of the Hatch Room and out poured Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones.
De Niro Pops Off Dept.
By LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010

Four to watch for

These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
From Cannes to the multiplex
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010