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Ethan Alter

(www.ghostworld-themovie.com) This low-key site perfectly encapsulates Crumb director Terry Zwigoff’s new film. Daniel Clowes, creator of the Ghost World comic book, designed the site and endows it with the same acerbic wit and haunting fascination with the offbeat that grace the movie and his original stories. Clowes’ illustrations, an eclectic library of songs from the film (including a Hindi pop number), and amusing video clips (one portrays him as a temperamental diva) make the site – like the film – a welcome departure from the ordinary.

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The Jet Set

Owning a private jet may be the ultimate status symbol. But unless you’re John Travolta, who wants to deal with the nitty-gritty, like maintenance and pilot training? Enter NetJets, a ”fractional ownership” program conceived by Executive Jet, Inc., that guarantees participants a plane at their disposal without the hassles of ownership. Customers purchase shares in a specific jet, which translate into the number of hours they plan to occupy the aircraft (a one-quarter share, for example, equals 200 hours per year, and so on).

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Hot Location

Once an overlooked cousin to production hotbeds Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal earned major face time in the recent Frank Oz-directed heist flick, The Score. Since then, the metropolis has played host to the upcoming Katie Holmes-Benjamin Bratt thriller Abandon and the latest Jack Ryan adventure The Sum of All Fears, starring Ben Affleck. WHY HERE? Dedicated crews and excellent production facilities top the list of reasons for braving the cold winters. Better still, the city functions as a convincing stand-in for other locales; in Fears it doubles for both Baltimore and Vienna.

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Green Stuff

With $247 million in the bank so far, Shrek seems like the last ogre to need an endorsement deal. But that hasn’t stopped the green giant (voiced by Mike Myers in the hit film) from lending his visage to Heinz’s EZ Squirt Blastin’ Green ketchup line. (Shrek currently appears on about a million bottles, while his fetching costar, Princess Fiona, adorns Traditional Red bottles.) According to Michael Mullen, spokesperson for Heinz North America, the special-edition ketchup is flying off supermarket shelves: ”It’s become part of the movie paraphernalia.

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In The Black

Good grooming isn’t exactly what comes to mind when describing Jack Black, one half of the musical act Tenacious D and the scruffy scene-stealer from High Fidelity and Saving Silverman. But then, Emily Dalton and Curran Dandurand weren’t channeling the celeb when they created Jack Black grooming products for men. The line, available at getjackblack.

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Why Halle Berry went topless in ''Swordfish''

Halle Berry

It may be 2001, but action maestro Joel Silver (”The Matrix”) is making movies like it’s 1989. The Über-producer’s latest extravaganza, ”Swordfish,” starring John Travolta and Hugh Jackman (”X-Men”’s Wolverine), marks a return to the bullets ‘n’ babes formula that made him one of the most successful and reviled producers in Hollywood. Like such Silver staples as ”Lethal Weapon” and ”Road House,” the R-rated ”Swordfish,” which opens June 8, is chock full of explosions, car chases, and an ample amount of female nudity.

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Zit's About Time

DECEMBER 20, 1996 Scream, Kevin Williamson’s ironic take on slasher flicks opens. It ends up grossing $103 million and spawning two sequels.

FEBRUARY 4, 1997 Spice, the first album from Euro-sensations the Spice Girls lands, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard chart.

MARCH 10, 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer sinks her teeth into the fledgling WB.

MAY 1997 Hanson’s ”MMMBop” becomes the unofficial summer ‘97 anthem. (Countdown to awkward phase begins.)

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Zit's About Time

DECEMBER 20, 1996 ”Scream,” Kevin Williamson’s ironic take on slasher flicks opens. It ends up grossing $103 million and spawning two sequels.

FEBRUARY 4, 1997 ”Spice,” the first album from Euro-sensations the Spice Girls lands, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard chart.

MARCH 10, 1997 ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sinks her teeth into the fledgling WB.

MAY 1997 Hanson’s ”MMMBop” becomes the unofficial summer ‘97 anthem. (Countdown to awkward phase begins.)

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