Manu Chao 101

In Europe and Latin America, Manu Chao is huge, but in the United States, he's still more of an underground sensation. In case you haven't heard of him yet, here's a quick rundown on the man and his music:

Born: Jose-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961, in Paris.

Lives: Between Barcelona, Paris and Brazil, but he spends most of his time traveling the world.

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PvD Goes Cuban

German producer/DJ/dance music artist Paul Van Dyk, universally known as PvD,
is back with a new album, In Between, out now. Renowned for his
innovative trance sound, the globetrotting PvD, who this year alone remixed
tracks for both Depeche Mode-"Martyr" and Justin Timberlake-"What Goes Around",
picked Cuba as his inspiration and set it as the breathtaking backdrop for all
the album's artwork. The result? A PvD you've never seen before-one who sips
Mojitos, smokes Cohibas, and rocks Guayaberas. We have to confess, we're loving

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Q&A with Carlos Santana

The next time the government raises the national threat level to Orange,
Carlos Santana is the guy it should recruit to tell everyone that it's gonna be
all right. Soft-spoken and deeply spiritual, he seems more guru than rock

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This Year's Oscars Least-Watched in Past Twenty Years

Looks like seeing Javier Bardem in a tux wasn't reason enough for many
Americans to tune into the Oscars this year. The Academy Awards telecast on ABC
was the least watched in over twenty years. The decline in viewship might have
had something to do with the fact that many A-list celebrities were notably
absent from the show—no Salma & Francois or Brangelina
on the red carpet this year—and were replaced by the likes of Miley Cyrus
and The Rock. Wow. When even Hollywood's biggest night can't draw out the

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Diddy Wants J. Lo's Twins to Wear Sean John Baby Clothes

They don't call him the king of self-promotion for nothing: Sean "Diddy" Combs announced on the Oscars red carpet that he's planning on sending ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez a bundle of Sean John baby clothes for her twins. Call us cynical, but we're pretty sure the thought of Jennifer's babies being snapped by paparazzi in their Sean John gear crossed his mind. Still, we can't hate on him too much, considering all the nice things he has to say about his ex.

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Hollywood's Dark Secret

"There's sort of an accepted myth [in the film business]," Will Smith told the Birmingham Post in 2005, during a press junket for his film Hitch, "if you have two black actors—a male and a female—in a romantic comedy, people around the world don't want to see it. So, the idea of a black actor and a white actress comes up—and that's a problem in the US." The solution, Will concluded, while revealing a bit of insider Hollywood racism?


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Soda Stereo: The Sound and the Fury

One die-hard Soda Stereo fan wants you to relive the magic of hearing
the Argentine rock gods reunited for an unforgettable night—one of their three
(you read right: only three!) Stateside appearances. The band played two
concerts in Miami this week and one in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Cerati and the boys are now headed to Peru, before going back home to
wrap up the historic 2007 tour in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.

By Winston Romero

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Your Oscars Cheat Sheet: Reviews of All Five Best Picture Nominees

Still haven't seen this year's Oscar nominees for Best
Picture? Shame on you! Luckily, we've come up with the perfect cheat-sheet so
you won't embarass yourself in front of your movie-buff friends. Here are our reviews of the films nominated for Best Picture:


No Country for Old Men


There Will Be Blood

Michael Clayton

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Movie Review: <i>Atonement</i>

The first half of Ian McEwan's novel, on which this movie is based, is such a
tour de force about the power of language, imagination and jealousy, that
reading it, you hope whoever does the inevitable film version will get it right.
And director Joe Wright does. Set during a single day at an English country
mansion in 1930s, that crucial scene centers around a young girl (newcomer
Saoirse Ronan) who witnesses something her preteen hormones just don't
understand: she sees her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and the

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