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Erika Milvy

The International Lyrics Server shut down

When the Swiss police raided the Basel home of Pascal de Vries Jan. 14, they weren’t looking for misappropriated Nazi gold or hidden bank accounts. What they were looking for — and eventually seized and confiscated — were the hard drives that held a database containing the words to tens of thousands of pop songs. The owner and operator of a hugely popular website called The International Lyrics Server (www.lyrics.ch), De Vries was threatened with charges of transgressing the laws of copyright.

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West Coasters unable to travel 3,000 miles for the Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh have a fine alternative in ACT’s revival of O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night — which won the 1957 Pulitzer — about one family’s early-20th-century psychic savagery. While the ghosts of Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards (who starred in the 1962 movie version) lurk off stage, the current cast, under the taut direction of Laird Williamson, inhabit the family’s distressing dynamic and make it their own.

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The 1999 Webby Awards

”I’m the king of the world… Wide Web!” crowed Colin Needham, accepting his third Webby award of the evening. Racking up two trophies for Amazon.com (Commerce and Technical Achievement) and one for the Internet Movie Database (Film), the IMDb/Amazon director may have overshot his allotted five-word acceptance speech, but he could have spoken for the Webbys themselves, which, since 1997, have grown in significance as fast as your PC has aged. On

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As in his current movie, Shakespeare in Love, writer Tom Stoppard toys with historical inaccuracies and artistic inspiration, this time in colonial India where an Indian artist (Art Malik) paints a portrait of a misbehaving British poet (Susan Gibney). Some 50 years later their unorthodox relationship is contemplated by the painter’s son (Firdous Bamji) and the poet’s sister (played with much mirth by Jean Stapleton). Meanwhile, a bumbling biographer (Ken Grantham) is in hot pursuit of the lively details of the poet’s life.

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Websites worth surfing

Movies

Mr. Cranky (www.mrcranky.com) Jason Katzman is the Mikey of movies: He hates everything. In fact, he rates films with grades like ”As good as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick” (What Dreams May Come) and the rarely awarded ”So god-awful that it ruptured the very fabric of space and time with the sheer overpowering force of its mediocrity” (The Avengers and Lethal Weapon 4). New films and rentals alike are raked over the coals. A-

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Tongue-tied when it comes to romance? Then let the ol’ impresario of love write a missive to your sweetheart or, alternatively, have him help you dump the jerk or jerkette. Just provide Cyrano Server a few words (adverbs, body parts, emotions, an item of clothing), select a style from a pull-down menu (steamy, surreal, and desperate are among the choices), and the man of letters with the infamous protuberance (actually a computer program sponsored by Nando.Net) will wax lyrical.

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