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Scorsese’s new gangsters thrive

Jack Nicholson performing a film scene while wearing a dildo doesn’t sound like a drama. It doesn’t even sound like a thriller. Well, it might thrill some people. But believe it or not, that’s the case in Martin Scorsese’s new gangster drama/thriller, “The Departed.” Co-star Matt Damon told “The Temple News” about his interesting first day on set with Nicholson.…

Garth Brooks meets Jay-Z

Lucas Carpenter does what so many young musicians find themselves doing these days: He checks up on his MySpace account. “MySpace is a Godsend,” Carpenter said in a recent telephone interview.…

What’s cookin’ With Bri?- Vegan eats can also be tasty treats

Cheesecake without the cream cheese? Grilled chicken without real chicken? Definitely sounds crazy, right? The fact is, recipes without meat or dairy don’t have to taste like soggy cardboard anymore. Vegan and vegetarian chefs around the globe have created recipes that stay within their dietary boundaries, but don’t skimp on taste.…

Give in to the urge to splurge

Pinching pennies can be exhausting when you are nowhere near the coupon-clipping stage in your life. So don’t be afraid to treat yourself – and your date. Perhaps it’s another birthday, an anniversary or simply a way to show the person you care about that you’re willing to drop $30 on a miniature dessert platter.…

In ‘Retrospect,’ vintage is back

When people hear the word “vintage,” they either associate it with classic, one-of-a-kind finds or with used junk. But today, the world of secondhand shopping isn’t so black and white. Philadelphia has a wide selection of vintage stores that sell top fashions.…

Movie Review – The Departed

RATING: 5/5 If it doesn’t feel right to laugh at a film with blood splattered on every wall, don’t see “The Departed.” But if you believe that comedy, violence and intense thrills can co-exist in one film, then read on.…

Bringing flicks back to W. Chester

The third annual West Chester Film Festival kicks off Oct. 6, and the event’s public relations director, John Cigler, promises some big changes for this year’s festivities. “We added three workshops run by industry professionals and received more entries from around the country and around the world that are fantastic,” Cigler said.…

Award-winner Haddon’s second helping no slump

There are a myriad of pitfalls associated with following up an exceptional first novel. For a newly-established author, early success opens up diverging path after diverging path, each one fraught with danger.…

Redefining artistic freedom

“I think these sculptures are visual clues that enable us to decipher things that are deeper or hidden,” said Eva Avidar, referring to some of the pieces that comprise her many exhibitions.…

Ancient Art of Tea

We had to take off our shoes at the door of the shofuso, so it took some time to get used to the smell of all those feet shuffling across the tatami mats.…