Vol. 8 No. 39
Gate II: Shadows of Amn
In Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadow of
Amn, you face an uncertain future. You face a foe that toys with you at every
turn, a villain whose goals go beyond a quest for power and who threatens to use
a lost companion as a tool for unparalleled destruction. This is the pinnacle of
RPG design and it really does stand head and shoulders above the rest. It has a
huge world with a great story and tons of optional subplots. The character
creation system is full of all sorts of cool options and there are hundreds of
items and spells.
At The Movies
This is the story of a young
woman, Melanie (Reese Witherspoon), from a white trash background who
runs away from her husband and reinvents herself as a New York socialite. When
her Park Avenue boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey), whose mother is the mayor of
New York City,
proposes marriage, she returns home to tell her parents the good news and obtain
a divorce from her husband. In doing so, she is confronted with her past and
must choose between the men. Sweet Home Alabama has a heart, a conscience, and a
sense of humor. It might beat you over the head with all three, but it’s a
kind-hearted beating you won’t mind taking. Reese Witherspoon continues her
impressive string of films that ingeniously display her charms and, at times,
even her talents.
A fabulous Disney/Pixar
production that takes computer animation up to a new level as well as creating a
world of adventure for kids of all ages. Monsters Inc. is the world's largest
scare factory, a company town that derives its energy by nightly sending
monsters through the closet doors of kids' bedrooms to collect their screams.
The top scarer is Sully (voiced by John Goodman), a huge blue-green and
purple spotted hairball with horns. His sidekick is a one eyed green monster
named Mike (Billy Crystal). But one night, by accident, Sully admits Boo,
a young human girl into the monster world and because the monsters believe that
human children are toxic her presence threatens Sully's career and the monster
world's existence. So Sully and Mike must figure out a way to return Boo to the
human world, setting up all kinds of delightful mishaps and comic scenarios.
Throw in a nasty rival and a monster company conspiracy and you have a smash hit
for both the big and small screen.
Onetime Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi (who
replaced original and current singer Vince Neil for one album) has
rejoined former bandmate Nikki Sixx as rhythm guitarist for Cöckstar,
a new band that also features Tracii Gunns (L.A. Guns) and a
vocalist named London.
But don’t worry the Crue has not broken up,
are discussing a
with Ozzfest '03.
J.K. Rowling, creator of
teenage wizard and publishing blockbuster Harry Potter, has revealed that she is
pregnant, but reassured readers and investors that the next book in the
best-selling series is on the way.
Catherine Bell (J.A.G.)
joins Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in
Universal's comedy Bruce Almighty for director Tom Shadyac.
In-your-face party animal
Andrew W.K. is bringing his explosive brand of high-energy rock n’ roll to a
town near you. Check him out on his current Canadian tour, this is one act you
do not want to miss. Up and comers Danko Jones have the opening slot.
Jason Ritter (Swimfan)
has replaced Brad Renfro and will star opposite Monica Keena in
Freddy vs. Jason. Renfro's exit from the project was attributed to creative
Fans hoping to save the
Witchblade have cranked their efforts up a notch. Witchblade Central Station
launched an online petition earlier this year which now bears over 7000
signatures. Now, they've issued a press release encouraging fans to take the
campaign to the next level. Viewers are asked to write letters, send postcards,
sign an online petition, and email representatives and executives at Warner
Slipknot are tentatively
titling their forthcoming live DVD/VHS Disaster Pieces, which is due out on
November 26th through Roadrunner.
Sopranos costar Michael
Imperioli will take on diaper duty in Miramax's comedy My Baby's Mama.
American Idol finalist
Tamyra Gray is ready to go Public. The sexy singer is in negotiations with
Fox to take on an acting role in the network's Boston Public.
Disney's Monsters Inc. set a
record for first-day DVD and video sales, selling 5 million copies for September
17, beating out record debuts by The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
and The Lion King.
For the first time in its
52-year history, the Miss Universe Organization has fired the woman wearing its
crown. Oxana Fedorova, a 24-year-old Russian law student, was ousted four
months after she won the pageant. The first runner-up, Miss Panama Justine
Pasek, 22, will be crowned as her replacement.
Jesse Jackson says he's
pleased the producers of Barbershop have apologized for the film's barbs about
Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but still wants the
jokes cut from future DVD and video editions of the hit movie.
Courtney Love announced
that her lawsuit with the remaining members of Nirvana has been settled
and that a Greatest Hits album will be out by Christmas.
Harpo's Concert Theater in
actually ran out of beer during Black Label Society's performance. The
entire show was filmed for BLS's first-ever DVD release coming in 2003.
Pictures are moving forward with a sequel to "Gladiator," which won the best
picture Oscar last year, hiring scribe John Logan to pen a follow-up to
the Ridley Scott-helmed epic.
Adrian Monk will keep fighting germs and crime for USA Network for another
Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson,
infamous for ripping up Bibles and invoking Satan on stage, is showcasing
another side of his twisted mind with a Hollywood art exhibit dubbed The Golden
Age of Grotesque.
American trendsetter Calvin
Klein plied New York's fashion scene with a line of wispy, seductive
negligee-inspired crepe and satin dresses, one of more than 100 designers
unveiling collections for next spring.
Ever since 'NSYNC's Joey Fatone joined the cast
for "Rent" last month, ticket sales have doubled, to the tune of $100,000 more a
Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell
and wife Leighanne will be featured on Thursday's episode of psychic TV show
"Crossing Over With John Edward," during which Edward will connect
Littrell with a late childhood friend with whom he once shared a hospital room.
Green Day's Mike Dirnt was in hospital earlier
this week for surgery to deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - a degenerative
disease likely brought on through years of bass-playing. Dirnt is excepted to
recover in six to eight weeks.
The Dawson's Creek Halloween episode will have some fitting guests this year -
horror rockers The Murderdolls.
R. Kelly is facing charges of videotaping sex acts with a minor, but his
lawyers may be planning to put an unexpected twist on the case. Rumors are
circulating that R. Kelly's defense lawyers will argue that the man who appears
in the videotaped encounter is not their client, but actually his brother.
Toni Braxton is pregnant with her second child. The R&B singer, who had
her first child with husband Keri Lewis in December is due with her
second early next year.
Jennifer Lopez has denied the rumors she is two months pregnant with new
boyfriend Ben Affleck, but she is contemplating marriage one more time.