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44 The Martial Artistry of David Carradine
He's a veteran of over 100 films, but it was his role as Caine in TV's chop-socky classic "Kung Fu" - in which he dispensed Eastern philosophy along with a healthy dose of butt-kicking - that made David Carradine a legitimate pop culture icon. In Kill Bill, director Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited cinematic tribute to the martial arts thrillers of his youth, Carradine revisits familiar ground as the mysterious title character. Unlike his most well-known role, however, Carradine the man is more inclined to live life to the fullest than to engage in rigid self-discipline - and that includes his love for good cigars.
BY MICHAEL J. LEVINE
COVER PHOTO BY CHARLES BUSH

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38 Football's Global Gameplan
For most of the world outside the U.S., "football" means soccer. That's a perception the NFL hopes to change, as a growing interest in this all-American sport has begun to surge in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. With a talented crop of non-American players coming of age, it may not be long before football has its own version of Ichiro or Yao Ming... and an international stage on which to showcase its stars.
BY JAY GREENBERG
50 Prime Time Primer
James Caan in a casino, John Goodman and Gary Cole in the Oval Office, Ron Silver in the porn business, and Joey Pants on the right side of the law - these are just a few highlights we found while exploring prime time TV's vast wasteland to find this season's must-see shows for the discerning, entertainment-starved male. Plus, we get up close and personal with cigar-loving stars from "The Mullets," "Boston Public," and "24."
BY MARK BERNARDO
59 Nicaragua Rising
Surviving a gauntlet of political strife and environmental disasters, the cigar industry of Nicaragua has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide market. Innovators like Padron, Perdomo, and Plasencia have made this Central American nation one of the world's fastest-growing cigar producers, combining the region's ideal tobacco-growing soil and conditions with a healthy dose of Cuban-style tradition and old-fashioned entrepreneurship.
BY TED HOYT

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