Jason Schwartzman

As Max Fischer, the prep-school enthusiast in Wes Anderson's Rushmore, newcomer Jason Schwartzman not only has to carry the film, he has to hold his own against no less a force of comedy than Bill Murray. Schwartzman does both beautifully, and in the process turns Max into the most fantastically authentic teenager to grace the movies since Malcolm McDowell machine-gunned a swath through if . . . . It's the screen debut of the year. (Manohla Dargis)

photography by TED SOQUI

Black Eyed Peas

Razzle-dazzling backup singer Kim Hill caught everyone's eye during a recent House of Blues set by the sweet soul-jazz hippie-hopping Black Eyed Peas, whose debut CD, Behind the Front — with its roots reaching back to Marvin Gaye by way of New York's Native Tongues and L.A.'s Pharcyde — was the bomb. (Kateri Butler)

photography by LARRY HIRSHOWITZ

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