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Among the highs and lows of pop culture in 2003, 'Queer Eye for the Staight Guy' debuts; police arrest the King of Pop; Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck bomb at the box office; Britney Spears and Madonna share more than music; 'The Return of the King' crushes the competition at the box office; and Outkast's Andre 3000 gets seriously funky.
Among the highs and lows of pop culture in 2003, "Queer Eye for the Staight Guy" debuts; police arrest the King of Pop; Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck bomb at the box office; Britney Spears and Madonna share more than music; "The Return of the King" crushes the competition at the box office; and Outkast's Andre 3000 gets seriously funky.

Economic difficulties did not upstage some success stories

With the threat of an Iraq war looming, and the economy lurching forward, cultural leaders braced themselves for bad news at the outset of 2003. (Boston Globe)
Movies
Year left us 'Spellbound' with 'Splendor,' 'Rock'
2003 was the year in which old genres became new again -- two high-seas movies? And both of them good ? (Boston Globe)
Filmmakers conjured real emotion in 2003
Many of the best movies turned the seemingly unpopular documentary into the year's most compelling and crowd-pleasing entertainment. (Boston Globe)
Small films got big notice at area festivals
Several notable local films were recognized with awards from area film festivals. (Boston Globe)
All features great and small
A handful of high-profile DVD releases lived up to their hype, but just as many of our favorites seemed to hit with comparatively little fanfare at all. (Boston Globe)
Year left us 'Spellbound' with 'Splendor,' 'Rock'
Music
A momentous time was had by most
From the blockbuster high of Bruce Springsteen playing Fenway Park to the nightmarish low of the West Warwick, R.I., club fire, it was an astonishing year in the world of pop. (Boston Globe)
A sonic shift sparks a much-needed youth movement
The trend toward attracting younger listeners was a pervasive part of the jazz scene in 2003. (Boston Globe)
Firsts for Harbison, finale for Haitink lead a glorious year
To choose the 10 best concerts of any given Boston season, from the thousands worth hearing, is a foolhardy enterprise. (Boston Globe)
A momentous time was had by most
TV
HBO's `Angels' climbed highest this year
You had to do some serious digging this year if you wanted to find the gold, or even the silver. (Boston Globe, 12/28/03)
HBO's `Angels' climbed highest this year
Theater/Arts
A changing of the guard at art museums
The building boom that has dominated the world of art museums for at least a decade took second place to major personnel changes this year, at least in the Boston area. (Boston Globe)
A hot scene's coolest exhibits
Boston just gets better and better as a place to see art, thanks to the explosion of galleries in the former warehouse building on Harrison Avenue. (Boston Globe)
A revitalized Boston Ballet among local legacies to celebrate
The dance year in Boston ended on a sad note. The Wang Center plans to evict the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker." (Boston Globe)
A strong year on local stages large and small
Theater is about surpise, and 2003 was a year in which local people, theaters, and organizations made you sit up and take notice. (Boston Globe)
A strong year on local stages large and small
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