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Nolan's Pop Culture Review, 2003!
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NEW COLUMNS:
La Floridiana
Movie Review
Ashley's Hollywood
Digital Divide
Plastic People
Matt's Rail
Mike's Rant

FINAL EDITION
On the CF Homepage:
Florida Filmmaker Update

New Schlockarama! --
"Slugs: The Movie"

  Number 160  (Vol. 4, No. 16). This edition is for the week of April 14--20, 2003.
This issue of Nolan's Pop Culture Review is dedicated to the memories of Barbara Castellano, 1933--2003 and Bruce Canova, 1919--2003

Art Wars

Plus...

 Deaths in the family

  And...
  explaining Ashley Lauren's Hollywood


As soon as I saw the following two newspaper clips from last Saturday's Tampa Tribune (4-12-03), I knew I wanted to do a feature about it in the PCR. Why? Because true believers, this is exactly what I'm talking about!! Observe...
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Articles clipped from the same day's Tampa Tribune seem to suggest a dichotomy of opinion on the importance of supporting the arts. See feature at right for more.
The first item is "Author: Creativity Energizes Economy", by Tribune writer Dave Simanoff, from the Money Sense section, front page.

Seems an economic researcher, lecturer and author named Richard Florida (I like him already), has written a book titled Rise of the Creative Class in which he calls for government, business, and arts leaders to stoke the local economy by encouraging development of "a diverse, exciting community where people have freedom and support to be creative."

I'm certainly with him there! Florida, who was born in New Jersey (ha ha) teaches economic development at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Florida developed his theories after observing a technological start-up company move to Boston from Pittsburgh to take advantage of the "much larger information technology labor pool there." Challenging his then pre-conceived notions he said, "The people weren't moving to the jobs. The jobs were moving to the people."

From that 1994 incident, Florida noticed two trends: that businesses were becoming more dependent on its "creative class" (intellectuals and artists) and that those people wanted to live in an area "where they felt accepted, inspired, and where they could succeed in business." (Italics mine.) Wonderful stuff.

Imagine my shock as I continue to ruffle through the paper and just two sections later, in the Metro section, front page, I see the headline, "Bill Strips Millions From Art Funding" (by Tribune writers Allison North Jones and Kurt Loft). You can read a little of it in the jpeg clipping I've provided, but in a nutshell, state lawmakers have raided the arts trust fund, eliminating it in a panic move to balance the state's budget. About $5 million would be stripped from Hillsborough County alone. Already I'm thinking "Of course....in case of emergency, dump art." Reading further, however, it becomes evident that this is a move designed to bring back "tax-free holiday" (to non-FL residents: in two of the last three years, the gov't set aside some time in the summer where sales tax is suspended mainly for back-to-school items. It was not followed last year due to budget constraints.) If enacted, the tax-free day(s) would cost the state $29 million in lost revenue--or about as much as the art budget, voila!

Typical heated exchange: Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart asks pointedly if the arts are important enough to receive funds at the expense of the Medically Needy program for low-income retirees. (Don'tcha love when they tug at your heartstrings like that?) Chris Doolin, former secretary of the Florida Arts Council shot back, "I'd vote for both, they're both important. But what I wouldn't vote for are nine days of a sales-tax holiday!" If I was there: "HOW ABOUT ATTACKING THE G&*DAMNED SPORTS' BUDGETS?!?!?!?! OH NO, CAN'T DO THAT!" (I'm still simmering over the vote that brought in Raymond James Stadium under the auspices of "more money for police and schools"---don't get me started.--N)

Just last night (Tuesday, as I write this) fellow PCR columnist Terence Nuzum and I engaged in one of our most heated and loud debates as we've ever had over this very thing. Terence played devil's advocate "defending" the government's position. I held my own, but what came out was a little shocking. Terence believes that the gov't believes that the arts aren't worth supporting because there's no art talent in the area worth supporting! This feeds a vicious cycle of the arts community feeling abandoned, so they move to where they will be appreciated, one of the larger, culturally-oriented cities (New York usually comes up first). As more and more artistic talent moves out of the area, the dearth of talent becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: there's no art community to support. And then, as author/teacher Richard Florida notes, other cities benefit from our ex-residents.

This goes too far, of course, there is PLENTY of good art, writer and filmmaker talent in this commuity, and I reminded Terence that my whole raison d'etre is to discover and promote same. His rejoinder was something to the effect that without a credible, big deal success story coming from the Florida arts community, the gov't will have little incentive to maintain a large budget for it. As we became mutually enraged, we eventually crashed at an impasse: my faith that the talent is there, it just needs to be discovered and promoted. Versus Terence's despair (shared by many) that Tampa--and Florida--is just not culturally mature enough ever to grow to world-class status as an art center. Tourism center, yes, demonstrably where the dollars are, along with sports god knows, but not much else.

Well, whatever. I plan to stay in my dream world where things are moving and shaking more than ever before for the art/music/film sector, and thank the recent festivals for getting attention for us. The final irony, and I hate to give this credit, but what kind of world do we live in where the freakin' Bucs are more responsible for bringing us much-needed positive attention than our own civic leaders?

(You can read the original Tribune articles in their entirety online, and I encourage you to do so, by going to www.tampatrib.com and entering the headline titles in the search engine. Unfortunately, it'll cost you $1.95 for the privilege of reading past the first paragraph of the resulting articles, which is why I'm not bothering to include direct links to them.)

Deaths in the family
In the preview page for this week's PCR, I noted the dedication of this issue to the late Barbara Castellano. I was horrified to discover just before upload I never dedicated any issue of PCR to my late uncle, Bruce Canova, who passed away only about a month ago. Though I am not all that close to my family (black sheep and all) I consider this to be an unforgivable oversight, so to right this wrong I am modifying the dedication to include him also.
   Bruce Canova was one of three brothers born to Oscar Nolan Canova over 80 years ago. My father, Nolan, and sometime later, Bruce and Bert, "fraternal" twins. My father passed away in 1985 at the age of 74. Bruce passed on just a month ago at 83. Bert, also 83, is still with us. I made mention of this to a few close friends but didn't announce it here. Weird, huh? I can talk about everything else but my own family. The whys and wherefore will all go into that book I'm writing someday. Anyway, my brother and I attended a family reunion New Year's Day 2003, a rare thing for us, but now we're grateful because it was the last time the family was together with Bruce while he was alive. My brother and I attended the funeral service following his passing.
   Because of chronic feelings of alienation from blood-kin, I've grown more attached to several "adopted" families over the years. Among the very most important, and earliest, was the Castellano family in the late 70s. I met Corey at an Andromeda Society meeting when he was only 13 years old, 26 years ago this summer. He was supported in his fan and artistic endeavors by his parents Leo and Barbara. Leo passed away several years ago, but his impact on Corey was profound.
   His mother Barbara Castellano was an incredibly supportive woman who became a "den mother" to most of "the gang". Looking back, I don't know how she and Leo put up with my psychotic ass in the early years, but they never failed to make me feel wanted and welcome. I've never gotten over that. When I started my band and drafted Corey to be my drummer, it was in their kitchen at their home in Seminole Heights that we held practice. And I mean for years! Matt Drinnenberg and Mike Smith were there for a lot of that before they left for the army, and when they came back, we continued at the new house in Palm River! Barbara's patented fried chicken and potato salad were often served, which became a ritual--it wasn't a complete band practice without it. I went over for dinner and hung out with the Castellanos for most of the late '70s and beyond.
    As has been documented in these pages, Corey went on to become a world-class special-effects make-up artist working on motion pictures around the globe. I've had the irreplacable experience of seeing him grow up and out from his humble roots in Seminole Heights.
   Barbara did live long enough to see Corey's first-born, Nicholas, to the age of three. She helped baby-sit, and loved that kid with all her heart. She would call me in the middle of the afternoon for no other reason that to talk about "the baby".
   Barbara Castellano suffered a massive stroke two Sundays ago from which she fell into a coma and never recovered. She passed away last Thursday, the 10th, at the age of 70. Her organs were donated and Barbara was cremated. The funeral service was Monday, the 14th.
   Special note: I learned at the funeral that Barbara's donated liver has already saved the life of a total stranger, a man who was dying without it. A poetic ending, Barbara was a nurse most of her adult life, that she helped someone after she died. She will be sorely missed.


Announcements
Florida Folk Hero Gus Perez reports filming scenes for "Not Another Student Film", starring Gus, as an is he? or his he not? mad scientist. The production is taking place at Full Sail Film School in Orlando. Gus says he's still black and blue from a fight scene staged that "looks just like Frankenstein" whatever that means! The film is scheduled for release about 3 months from now.
Filmmaker Joel D. Wynkoop hasn't been resting on his laurels either! Gus was tapped to play the serial-killer in Wynkoop's production of "Slasher Weekend". Altho Gus plays the masked serial killer, he says he "has a lot of lines". Okkaaaaaaayyy..... can't wait to see that!
And Michael Chomick of Salt Creek Artworks has been recruited to supply some artwork to Gus's upcoming werewolf movie. Andrew Vingo (Raging Bells) may also have some artwork present.

Cypress Gardens may have a new lease on life if the state can be convinced to turn it into state park. The incredibly positive reaction the "Save Cypress Gardens" campaign is getting and the deluge of emails in the state offices has them pondering the possiblility of historic landmark status. The subtle irony is The Gardens began life as a public-works project during the Depression. Keep your fingers crossed it may yet survive as a state park!

Even as I was defending Ashley Lauren this week from her detractors I was caught in a case of eating crow myself: trying to be a good coach, in a private email I accused her of too much copy-and-paste content which I feared she got from other websites, and that we can't be doing that here. I gutted her Catherine Zeta Jones bio and re-wrote some of it to make it seem less so. I felt about two inches tall when she wrote back to say she didn't copy anything, she's just a huge fan and she wrote it all herself. I publicly apologize to Ashley for doubting her myself, and have since restored the missing parts to "Hollywood".
NEXT WEEK'S "Hollywood": Ashley responds to her critics!




La Floridiana
This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
The Continued Death of Beauty and Grace in Our Skies, in our Waters and in Florida........ The Skies Above Us--The Retirement of the Anglo-French Concorde........ The Skies Above Us--The Retirement of the Boeing 727........ The Waters Below Us--Manatee Trust Fund to be Raided by Legislators Acting on Behalf of Developers and Boaters........ Beauty and Grace Part I--The Arts........ Beauty and Grace Part II--The Death of Cypress Gardens........ La Floridiana" Writer's Double Life Exposed!........ Clyde Butcher Update........Put Some Passion Into Your Life with that Good Ole Time Religion........ Don't Forget the Birds of Prey!........Here Comes that Insurance Man Again-- the Death of Duck Tours........ Special dedication.... ................Click here for more.

Matt's Rail
This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
Re: Barbara Castellano --
IN MEMORIUM

Ashley Lauren's Hollywood
This week's issue
Hollywood by Ashley Lauren
This week, Ashley looks at the career of CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

Movie Reviewmovie review
This Week's Movie Review:

"Anger Management"  reviewed by Michael Smith

The Digital Divide
This week's issue
The Digital Divide by Terence Nuzum
The White Stripes: Elephant
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: The Secret Of Elena's Tomb E.P.
Plus.....NEWS! ................Click here for more.

Mad Matt
This week's issue
Mad Matt's Plastic People by Matt Cerrato

THE CASE FOR MEGO TOYS!

Mike's RantMike's Rant
This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith
MOM C ........ THIS WEEK'S ISSUE ....... WHAT'S IN A NAME? ........ PASSING ON ........ CONGRATULATIONS .... ................Click here for more.


Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.
Nolan,
Re: Ashley Lauren's Hollywood in the PCR (debuting in last week's issue --N): When did we become the Enquirer? Hope Jacko and Robert Blake's lawyers don't read the PCR. It's one thing to be funny, it's another to be insulting or downright mean. As Leonard Maltin found out, it's very bad financially to even imply that someone looks like or is a drug addict. Maybe it's just me, but I honestly think this brings down the quality of what you have worked so hard for. Just my opinion. Personally I think it blows!

Number One, I don't ever recall Michael Jackson being confused as to his gender. Is the guy weird? Sure. And I'll be the first to write something about him dangling his kid off a balcony or his nose, but unless I know something no one else does, I'm not going to put in writing that Michael Jackson wants to be a woman or even thinks he is. And Robert Downey, Jr. has been clean for almost 2 years as far as I know. It's one thing for you to say to me in a conversation that you THINK Robert Blake murdered his wife, it's another to put in print that he shot her in the middle of the street! [Jay] Leno can get away with ending a joke about someone lurking around a crime scene with, "Hey, does anyone know where O.J. was?" Since OJ was found "not guilty" in a court of law, for us, or any publication, to refer to him AS a murderer, or to even imply that he is one, is libelous.

For his annual movie guide, Leonard Maltin reviewed a drug-related film that starred a post "Father Know's Best" Billy Gray. Maltin, and I'm paraphrasing, praised Gray's performance, but noted he was probably just playing himself since he had at one time been a drug dealer. Unfortunately, Billy Gray was NEVER a drug dealer. He had spent some time in jail for marijuana possession, but that is the extent of it. Not only were all copies of the book recalled, but the publishers paid out a 6-figure settlement and Maltin had to include a printed apology in later editions of his book.

And as for the column being similar to what I write in Mike's Rant, I try to keep the majority of my "Hollywood" info to upcoming projects and items I think are interesting to our "class" of readers.....basically geeks like us. Even tho I know she's a kid, I found her items to be gossipy, mean-spirited and, just on a professional level, poorly written. And yes, if I felt like it, I could list birthdays and babies every week. In fact, if you recall in some of the first Rants, I did do birthdays. But then I saw that EVERY newspaper in the world did the same thing and I want us to NEVER be confused with every other publication. I will, on occasion, mention a birthday of a favorite celebrity of mine (every November 10th you KNOW there will be a Roy Scheider mention). But I try not to write the obvious!

I honestly believe that including this type of column only brings down the quality we have all worked for the past few years! You're the boss so it's your call, and I will respect your decision. However, you must know how much I want this to be a success for you, and I wouldn't want ANYTHING to hurt the PCR.

Mike [Smith]

Mike, I appreciate and prize your candor, as I do all PCR's writers. Not surprisingly, I don't agree with all your assesments, BUT, as a cautionary move, I went back to Ashley's column looking for libelous talk. I have since changed "Robert Blake shooting his wife" to "[allegedly] shooting his wife", I modified the Robert Downey, Jr. reference from "can't stay out of rehab long enough to finish a series" to "couldn't stay out.." as well as a note that he's improved. As far as Jacko, I think what Ashley meant was every plastic surgery makes him look more feminine and more white. Many think he looks a lot like his sister LaToya and there was talk he was obsessed with looking like Diana Ross! I think this is all Ashley was alluding to. There was no OJ accusation. She wrote "How am I a [Hollywood] insider? Well, if I told you than I would have to kill you. Just kidding, a little OJ humor for you." That is hardly more than a mild, even confusing reference. Leno could've said it. About somebody "looking like a drug addict" was the line regarding Reese Witherspoon's husband "Ryan Phillippe. Their daughter Ava is 3. Personally, I think Ryan is a nut ball and looks like a drug addict." There followed a line about asking Robert Downey Jr. for tips raising a kid while on drugs which I have since removed.
There is some mild overlapping of topics covered by The Rant, but nothing I even noticed at first because you're both writing for two different kinds of audiences. Adults who read The Rant have a history Ashley and her group can't possibly identify with. And I've been criticized for giving a rat's ass about her demographic at all.
So you did do some good here. But I also think there's been an over-reaction in fandom just a tad bit and I want to remind everyone Ashley's only 18 and writes like an 18 year-old-girl, a market we don't normally serve, but I wanted to give her a chance (actually, a second one). Are they unimportant? Read on...---Nolan


Nolan,
Bravo, to you and the gang (the "Buckaroo Banzai" of the new millennium?), on the latest PCR. (Of course, calling us the "Buckaroo Banzai of the new millenium" is the highest compliment you could possibly pay me! I'm moved.--Nolan) As always, a reliable staple in the world of fandom.

I very much enjoyed Will Moriaty's review of "Night of the Zombies". Unbelievably, that's one I've never seen (and I've seen lots of Italian gut-munchers in my time), so I was thrilled to get a fellow fan's perspective. I even learned something: New Wave wannabe Donnie Iris sings "Leah"? I'm quite the New Wave-head, yet I never heard of that performer or the song. Guess because I hadn't seen NOTZ (and I don't particularly like Elvis Costello, as I duck tossed tomatoes). Incidentally, I do own a copy of NOTZ on VHS (still shrink-wrapped in a plastic oversized glossy case!), but have not yet unwrapped it. (Caution: Will and I learned there's more than one movie by that name.--N) Hope to read more Schlockarama reviews in the future; I'm currently watching "Battle in Outer Space" (1960), directed by Ishiro Honda (director of the "Godzilla" films), wishing Dr. Paul Bearer was there breaking in as the movie plays. (Don't we all?--N)

Managed to actually get to the movies this week, seeing the postponed "Phone Booth". I agree with Michael Smith; it's one of the best "thrillers" of the year - probably THE best so far. Hope it's up for a best picture nod when the Academy Awards rolls around again next year. Just a few notes about the review: Mike mentioned that Kiefer Sutherland was "never seen"; actually he was, briefly, at the end of the film. In addition, Joel Schumacher's career started much earlier than films like "Falling Down" and "The Lost Boys". Back in '81 he directed the classic "Incredible Shrinking Woman" starring Lily Tomlin! In my opinion, Schumacher is beginning to make up for time-wasters like the Batman films, "Flatliners" and the aforementioned "The Lost Boys". Keep it up, Joel! Lastly, the contribution of horror legend Larry Cohen should be acknowledged; he wrote the screenplay. Cohen has had a venerable career, helming such classics as "It's Alive!" (+ the sequels), "God Told Me To" and not-so-classics "Full Moon High" & "The Stuff".

Any chance of PCR reviewing "House of 1000 Corpses" and David Cronenberg's "Spider"? (Yeppers!--N)

The other features in this weeks PCR are reliably noteworthy, particularly Mad Matt's homage to Sideshow's incredible horror action figures, Matt's FM update, and the Linda Harrison interview (Nova rocks!) (Thank you, yes she does, and did last issue--N).

On a critical note, we geekfans aren't particularly interested in Catherine Zeta-Jones' new baby or the surprise success of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". (Referring once again to the earth-shaking debut of Ashley Lauren's Hollywood, last issue.--N) I'd much rather read about what Barbara Steele and Roger Corman are up to. I get a little "spooked" when I perceive that types of media I enjoy (monster mags, movies, etc.) may get "contaminated" with content that doesn't really relate to the rest of the cherished work. For example, it's like having an '80s New Wave compilation CD featuring a band like "Bon Jovi"...contamination. No disrespect intended to the 18 yr.-old writer, I think it's great that a young person like her does the column. But does it belong in an online fan page that centers around UFO's, classic monsters, independent filmmaking, etc. is the question. I'd venture to guess that type of gossip is available in magazines like "People" and I suppose that's what most of the mainstream wants. I'd really be impressed if the writer was able to get the latest scoop on past or current cult stars, like John Carpenter, Ashley Laurence, Romero, Bob Burns, etc. I don't think anyone has done that before - did a gossip column about B-movie personalities. That would be tremendously cool! (Agreed--N)

BTW, I'm not suggesting that the column be yanked. Like I wrote, I'm impressed with Ashley's work in general - it shows a lot of initiative & talent for such a young girl. Not to mention a lot of people out there are no doubt genuinely interested in Hollywood gossip, it's just that personally, I am not. To be honest, I felt the same way about some of the past movie reviews on PCR, for example "Bringing Down the House", it's just that I think a review of such a mainstream flick like that (and similar films) doesn't belong on PCR. I also feel that the "celebrity machine" in Hollywood stands in the way of (and has been the cause of) sci-fi, fantasy and horror taking a back seat to dramas and comedies since the late 1980's, and the less info the media can convey about the J-Lo's, Julia Roberts, and George Clooneys the better. Yes, I'm still bitter about the fall of the late '70s/early '80s...we all need to pitch in and bring back the "Dawn of the Deads" & "Escape From New York's".

I was very saddened to hear about Corey's mom. Wish him the best for me.

I'm guessing Will Moriaty is going to spotlight the unfortunate closing of Cypress Gardens in La Floridiana (Yep! "La Floridiana, PCR #160"--N). Truly sad Florida's losing another institution.

Thanks again for a job well-done on the latest issue of PCR! Keep up the magnificence.

- Andy Lalino

Thank you, Andy! I appreciate the input as always.

After I got several complaints about Ashley Lauren's Hollywood, I must say I'm at once both surprised and gratified to know the contents of this 'zine are taken so personally! This same type of column (Ashley's) ran two years ago and I heard nothing about it then. I never at any time stated or meant to convey that the PCR was only serving baby-boomers with a predilection for tacky sci-fi/horror movies. Oh sure, that's what happens MOST of the time, because that's the kind of geeky guy I am! But the term "Pop Culture" has a broader range than that, and I like to think the 'zine does, too. I say it in the banner, we also cover a little politics and mainstream television when appropriate. We've done mainstream and underground comics. But always for the pupose of commentary. That's what we do--we commentate!

I'm not changing course, and I haven't taken leave of my senses (well, actually of all the things I've lost in life I miss my mind the most, but I digress....). The subjects we've covered in here will continue to be covered just as vigorously as ever before. This Week's Movie Review will feature the latest opening of a major motion picture, whether it's genre-oriented or not. I think we provide a valuable, non-media-controlled service with that. If it IS genre-oriented, you can probably bet that more writers will review the same flick (as happened last year with Spider-Man, Jason-X, and Attack of the Clones). As I said in my last video, I'm even expanding the crazed fan frontier with an online store and an internet talk show, so this crazed fanboy ain't goin' nowhere!.

Although I included a too-brief intro in purple font above her first column, apparently nobody read it, so missed the fact that Ashley is a teenager and writes about teen topics---I thought she would provide a kid's perspective and I, for one, found it amusing, I wouldn't expect you guys to get into any of that, and I certainly didn't consider any of it libelous. No, we're not turning into the "Enquirer" or "People". But also consider this...

I've had three major writers drop out over the last 8 months to pursue other agendas and I confess to taking a look at diversifying to attract more writers/readers. Maybe to regain the editorial ball I dropped, "Hollywood" will be moved to its own page, and I'll be more vigilant about inflammatory content, but it will and should continue. Admittedly right now it's a little green, but as Ashley gets her writing chops down, her column will improve.

I'm glad Plastic People got off to a good start anyway!

Nolan


Nolan,
Hey, I ran across your site and saw there was a thing on there about our movie and Kim Kahana. (Re: The Filmmakers Update on the CF Homepage.---N)

Other Side Cinema (formerly Blood Cinema Entertainment) is bringing world renowned stunt man Kim Kahana to the TamBay Film and Video Fest. After the showing of "B-Movie: The Shooting of Farmhouse Massacre", which features scream queen Debbie Rochon, Kim Kahana and the crew of Other Side Cinema will have a 30-minute panel discussion of stunt safety in movies. A portion of "B-Movie" was shot at the Kahana Stunt Ranch in Groveland, Florida.

If you would like any additional information on Mr. Kahana or Other Side Cinema please visit the web sites below.

www.kahanastunts.com
www.othersidecinema.com

Mark [Terry]


Ashley, do what you do...

Andy Lalino, thanx...

Mike Smith, Roy Scheider??? hmmm...

MAD MATT


EULOGY FOR BARBARA CASTELLANO

Barbara Castellano was a big part of our old gang when we were growing up. I don't know how to put it in words...she was there for everybody. Heck, when we were all in the Andromeda Society, my dad was in Saudi Arabia working and my mom was going to pharmacology school at the same time. I could always hang out at the Castellano's or at Scott Gilbert and his folks' house. Good times.

Corey, I'm so sorry my friend, my prayers are with you. The best thing about Mrs. Castellano was that she didn't underestimate or discount anyone. She encouraged everyone. And, true to form, through ourselves and her support, we all followed our dreams (musicians, comic book artists, filmmakers, etc.) She was always happy to hear about our latest projects... The world lost a great person, and my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Richard Sousa



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"Mike's Rant" is ©2003 by Michael A. Smith    "Matt's Rail" is ©2003 by Matthew Drinnenberg    "La Floridiana" is ©2003 by William Moriaty    This week's movie review of "Anger Management" is ©2003 by Michael A. Smith    "Mad Matt's Plastic People" is ©2003 by Matt Cerrato    "Ashley Lauren's Hollywood" is ©2003 by Ashley Lauren Lewis    Add'l thanks to Mike Smith, Andy Lalino, Mark Terry, "Mad Matt" Cerrato, and Richard Sousa for their input in "Letters"      All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2003 by Nolan B. Canova

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