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14 NAVIGATING CUBA Will Radio help Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. get back in tune?…The new Joe Millionaire’s Euro-bashing…It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World turns 40…Style Sheet: Uma’s Kill Bill tracksuit…The 5-Year Plan: Jeremy Piven…Hot Sheet…The Shaw Report…Monitor.
30 IN JON WE TRUST With an Emmy win and an eminently mockable election season ahead of it, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is the reigning voice of fake news. BY BRUCE FRETTS
38 THE PATRIOT ACT Is the flag-waving, rabble-rousing, pot-toking, beer-swilling country superstar Toby Keith really as mean as he looks? BY CHRIS WILLMAN
42 WHO’S AFRAID OF ANNA FARIS? Well, nobody, it seems. The 26-year-old star of Scary Movie 3 is proving to be such a natural at comedy that…she’s almost frightened by it herself. BY MISSY SCHWARTZ
44 FREAKS OF NATURE Jackass vets Pontius and Steve-O invade the animal kingdom on Wildboyz, MTV’s bid to keep one of its biggest franchises alive. BY GILLIAN FLYNN
49 THE MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.
51 MOVIES In the Cut and Beyond Borders; also Radio, Elephant, The Singing Detective, Brother Bear, Prey for Rock & Roll. Plus: Ask the Critic.
59 DVD & VIDEO The Looney Tunes Golden Collection; also Directors Label, The Hired Hand, Taken. Plus: Whale Rider’s Keisha Castle-Hughes.
63 TELEVISION Joan of Arcadia; also The Bachelor. Plus: What to Watch.
71 MUSIC The Strokes’ Room on Fire; also Mandy Moore, Van Morrison, Anthony Hamilton. Plus: Shins frontman James Mercer on the indie life.
76 BOOKS Toni Morrison’s Love; also Ruth Rendell, Richard Bausch, Anne Rice, Louis Bayard, John Boorman. Plus: Alex Ross’ heroic art.
80 PERSONAL TECH Shoot and score with four picture-perfect digital cameras.
10 MAIL Kill Bill; The Sandman; Stephen King.
83 STUPID QUESTIONS This week with…Jason Priestley.
ON THE COVER Jon Stewart photographed for EW by Matthias Clamer in New York City on Oct. 13, 2003
”I do one number for the military, and all of a sudden, I’m the
”I do one number for the military, and all of a sudden, I’m the flag-waving redneck,” Keith says about his biggest hit single Which I dig, you know…I dig being the flag-waving redneck”