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Philadelphia Pop Culture

Philadelphia’s underdog attitude has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers, writers and musicians. Philly resident M. Night Shyamalan found the city to be his muse, filming offbeat blockbusters including "The Sixth Sense" here. Other cinema classics filmed in the City of Brotherly Love include "Witness" (where 30th Street Station is instantly recognizable), the tear-jerker "Philadelphia," starring Tom Hanks and Denzel  Washington, and, of course, the Rocky film saga centered around the scrappy boxing icon. More recent flicks include "Law Abiding Citizen" and Robert De Niro’s "The Dark Fields." Beginning in 1957, “American Bandstand” called 46th and Market home, making the city a beacon for musical talent, and churning out hit-makers like Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Darren. Other Philly-bred artists include jazz legend John Coltrane, punk rockers the Dead Milkmen, the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, and hip-hop moguls The Roots. The city has also been home to famous authors including Benjamin Franklin and Edgar Allen Poe, but Jennifer Weiner’s chick-lit novels, like the book-made-movie "In Her Shoes," may be a bit fresher on people’s minds.