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Planet B-Boy: Dance dance revolutions

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 Baby Mama: Fertile ground

Tina Fey's so hot right now that celebraticians -- those who calibrate star heat -- are already talking backlash. It would serve her right, too, since she's a woman who dares to be both funny and pretty, and we all know where that can lead. Actually, we don't know, because it doesn't happen very often, which may be why some of us have invested so much in Fey. She doesn't just act funny, she writes funny, she produces funny. >More
 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay: Taking the high road

Like a bag of pot left on your doorstep by a stranger, 2004's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle seemed to come out of nowhere. It had been a while since we'd had a decent stoner comedy, and this one had the added attraction of smashing our ethnic stereotypes about Asian Americans. >More
 Monster invades Madison! Eric Lim previews Zero Trooper-F

Aliens, monsters, and natural disasters have been leveling great cities on the big screen for decades, their depredations to some of our best-known landmarks a testament to filmgoers' continuous interest in spectacular destruction as well as to the ongoing development of special effects. A place called Greenside City that looks suspiciously like Madison gets this special treatment in the new movie Zero Trooper-F. >More
 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Abortion, totalitarian- style

I once talked someone who was very close to me into an abortion. She was between husbands, not for the first time, and she already had three kids, the oldest of whom was 8. I just didn't see how she could manage another child, so I did a sales job on her. I told her it was a simple procedure, that she'd be back to normal in a day or so, that she wouldn't burn in hell. I even set up her first appointment. >More
 The Wis-Kino 2008 Spring Kabaret kicks off with angst, popsicles, and war

Patrons of Sundance Cinemas catching a flick on Friday night were greeted with a selection of local films when Wis-Kino held the kickoff to its Spring Kabaret at the year-old moviehouse at Hilldale Mall. The short filmmaking and screening group has been keeping the spirit of independent and spontaneous cinema alive in Madison since its founding over five years ago, and was invited by Sundance to hold its annual spring celebration at the theater this weekend. >More
 Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?: Fact-finding mission

I remember, right after 9/11, when we were told that Osama Bin Laden, "the evil one," had holed up in a cave somewhere in Tora Bora. It seemed like only a matter of time before the most powerful country in the world tracked him down and brought him to justice. But here we are, nearly seven years later, and except when he decides to make one himself, there's no sign of the guy. >More
 Girls Rock!:I scream, you scream

"Hit it hard, like you're killing something," a counselor tells one of the drummers in Girls Rock!, Shane King and Arne Johnson's thrashing documentary about the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore. >More
 Music videos make for a party at the Wis-Kino screening in March

One of the most popular and best attended screenings for Wis-Kino each year is that featuring music videos. Local filmmakers respond with gusto to the optional theme, sharing everything from spoofs to short works set to tunes by Madison bands to more experimental twists on the concept. Due to ongoing winter weather headaches, this year's screening was rescheduled and the audience was thinner than usual. There were still fun music videos to be found there, though. >More
 Finding love and sex at the February screening for Wis-Kino

The record-breaking weather over this past winter played havoc on Wis-Kino, the short filmmaking group based in Madison. Heavy snows struck multiple screenings in the early part of the year, including its annual Valentine's Day-themed screening, originally scheduled for February 17. A storm derailed this original date, but that didn't stop the love or cinema as the screening was simply rescheduled to a later date. >More
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