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

Music news in brief
Though our wee lad is scarcely old enough to develop a musky scent of his own, he's already prepping his second commercial fragrance.  
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2011

Billboard's Rap Songs chart

The Big Hurt: Who charted?
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 05, 2010

Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Blood simpletons: Eclipse needs a transfusion
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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010

Something borrowed

Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
"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.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 29, 2010

Review: The Killer Inside Me

A killer with nothing inside him
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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 30, 2010

Review: Love Ranch

"There's no business like ho business!"'
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's Ray .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 30, 2010

The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 22, 2010

Dare to be filthy

Semi Precious Weapons celebrate partying and poverty
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.
By REYAN ALI  |  June 28, 2010

Review: Grown Ups

Puerile adult humor ensues
For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 24, 2010

Review: Jonah Hex

Disfigured antihero shacks up with a prostitute
Think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West killed the Western?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 24, 2010

Review: Knight and Day

Cruise's creepiness only  adds to the role
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.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 24, 2010

Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  July 03, 2010

Cinema paradisos

As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
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 cultural and historical enclaves of Boston itself.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 (Saturday): [Photos] The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, and more

Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 12, 2010
The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, Dawes, and Elmwood, live at Bonnaroo 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 14, 2010

Coming soon, unfortunately

Music you don't want
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 .
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2010

Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
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 give the trophy to her agent. Or perhaps as the actress whom Conan O'Brian said he would like to portray him if there's ever an HBO movie made about his life.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2010

Review: Killers

Did we ask to see Ashton Kutcher as 007?
As a CIA operative in Robert Luketic's spy thriller/rom-com, Ashton Kutcher looks strapping, if nothing else.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 09, 2010

Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

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

Review: Solitary Man

Let's just move on
By the fourth time Michael Douglas wakes up hungover and shirtless on a sour double bed, we get it: he's old.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2010

Head games

Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
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.
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2010

Into the weird

Welcome to our many small worlds
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 produce a chasing of microgenres into mazes of musical self-selection.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 10, 2010

Game Changer

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

Shake Your Booty for a Bounty

Dance for Your Supper Dept.
Like in other businesses, family connections are important in filmmaking. Just ask Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 02, 2010

The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
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.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2010

Crossword: ''Smoothie Mix''

Add these acts together and blend
Add these acts together and blend
By MATT JONES  |  June 03, 2010

Today’s Chevy

Fletch is a midsize star vehicle
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.
By HENRY SHEEHAN  |  June 04, 2010

Stockholm syndrome

Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2010

Living the dream

De Niro Pops Off Dept.
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.
By LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 26, 2010

Sweaty Palmes

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

Four to watch for

From Cannes to the multiplex
These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 26, 2010

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