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Saturday, May 31

People

¢ Hollywood star fits Ford to a T ¢ Gumbel to co-host new PBS show ¢ Ozzy makes it a family act

Concorde roars out of Paris

Passengers dined on caviar and foie gras Friday as the Concorde, the world's fastest and most luxurious passenger jet, flew from Paris to New York for the last time.

'Stars' provide comedy for a good cause

Conan O'Brien and a pack of "Saturday Night Live" talent join forces on "Night of Too Many Stars" (7 p.m. today, NBC), a comedy-variety benefit for the Autism Coalition. Dana Carvey returns as "The Church Lady" to ladle out some tough love to Macaulay Culkin and "The Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli.

Streisand files suit for image control

Barbra Streisand is suing an aerial photographer and his associates for $10 million, claiming pictures they provide to others of her Malibu home and property violate her right to privacy.

Friday, May 30

Review :: 'Finding Nemo'

Great movies for kids often begin with a dead mother. Think of "Babe," "Bambi" and "The Bear," to name three touching pictures in which animals grow up without a mom's wisdom and love. "Finding Nemo" belongs in that company.

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People

¢ Jolie, Thornton officially no more ¢ Prince William enjoys 'normal' life ¢ A.G. to help Franklin investigation

ABC bets on family-friendly Friday fare

Next fall, ABC will return to its TGIF formula with four family-friendly sitcoms anchored by the returning "George Lopez" at 7 p.m. and "Life with Bonnie" at 8:30 p.m. Two new shows, "Back to Kansas" and "Hope & Faith," will join the block.

Top speller: Studying makes a difference

A 13-year-old eighth-grader from Dallas nailed "pococurante" -- meaning indifferent or nonchalant -- to win the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Thursday, May 29

KAN Film Festival

Matchbox Twenty and Sugar Ray conjure past successes

Remake of 'Italian Job' has plenty of drive

Don't worry about a certain racing sequel coming out next weekend, "The Italian Job" is the real definition of "fast and furious."

New 'Amazing Race' features quirky teams

Have I been asleep for the past three years? I seem to remember the first "Amazing Race," but how did we get to "Amazing Race 4" (7 p.m., CBS)? Seriously, these shows are proliferating faster than "Chucky" movies.

'Bruce Almighty' fans give God a call

Phone number in movie reaches families, church, radio network

A lot of mortals who happen to share God's telephone number -- or at least the one He uses in the new movie "Bruce Almighty" -- have spent days now taking calls from curious dialers, snickering cranks and desperate souls.

Sony's new Playstation 2 hybrid (PSX): Update

Doherty said Sony's rivals would be hard-pressed to come up with versions of the PSX because neither Microsoft nor Nintendo possesses Sony's consumer electronics and game resources. (An update on yes

Doherty said Sony's rivals would be hard-pressed to come up with versions of the PSX because neither Microsoft nor Nintendo possesses Sony's consumer electronics and game resources. (An update on yesterday's breaking news.)

Study: Action video games improve visual perception

Who says video games are a waste of time?

Who says video games are a waste of time?

Musicians don't deserve lackluster Bottleneck crowd

You had to feel a bit sorry for the bands Tuesday at The Bottleneck. Where were all the scenesters?

People

¢ Paul McCartney's wife pregnant with couple's first child ¢ Not much ado about a wedding ¢ Bono, Clapton take part in Pavarotti fund-raiser ¢ Houston finds greatest home of all

Wednesday, May 28

Reality show contestants vie for 'Fame'

TV goes into recycling mode once again as dozens of singers, dancers and performers vie for Debbie Allen's approval on the new entertainment "reality" series "Fame" (7 p.m., NBC).

Posthumous pardon sought for comedian Lenny Bruce

Here's a six-letter word rarely associated with the late comedian Lenny Bruce: Pardon.

New documentary helps take Lawrence hip-hop off sidelines

Just a few years ago, Lawrence was a rock town. Period. Sure, there were those with hip-hop visions, but they weren't to be found on flyers nor on stage. Not yet.

Sony announces new Playstation

Record DVDs, pause TV and play PS2 games on this new machine

Record DVDs, pause TV and play PS2 games on Sony's new machine

People

¢ The show goes on ¢ On the royal 'A list' ¢ 'Saks, Lies and Videotape' ¢ Ivy League honor

Bravo network to match gay men in dating show

The Bravo cable network is going where no television dating show has gone before: matchmaking gay men.

Tuesday, May 27

Story may be over for 'Reading Rainbow'

In a plea for the life of "Reading Rainbow," host LeVar Burton returned to a familiar setting: the stage where he picked up the PBS show's seventh Emmy Award for best children's television series.

People

¢ 'Today' showcases 'Idol' banter ¢ Houston gets spiritual in Israel ¢ Arnold eyes governor's office ¢ Minnelli has bad break in Italy

Sega considering merger offer from Electronic Arts

This could be the biggest "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" story in video game history.

This could be the biggest "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" story in video game history.

'Almighty' tops 'Matrix' sequel

The Jim Carrey comedy "Bruce Almighty" reigned at the box office in its opening weekend, taking in $86.4 million and easily surpassing "The Matrix Reloaded" as the No. 1 movie of the Memorial Day weekend.

Whoa, dude, get to know the real Keanu

"Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) milks the mania over "The Matrix Reloaded" with a one-hour profile of actor Keanu Reeves. Apparently there is more to the handsome, press-phobic actor than eye-candy. But it's hard to tell from this glowing profile.

Monday, May 26

Columbine-style film tops at Cannes

Van Sant movie loosely based on shootings

Director Gus Van Sant's "Elephant," a disturbing film loosely based on the Columbine shootings, won top prize Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Willie Nelson show draws Clapton, Costello

Country music's favorite outlaw and red-headed stranger celebrates his 70th birthday with the all-star concert special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin"' (8 p.m., USA). The veteran singer-songwriter is joined by performers and admirers from several generations and many musical genres.

People

¢ Giuliani says 'I do' (again) ¢ D'oh! 'Simpsons' creator honored ¢ 'Laverne & Shirley' actress gets star on Walk of Fame ¢ Streep challenges graduates

Sunday, May 25

Arts notes

¢ Central Jr. High students turn trash into treasure ¢ Drama: EMU Theater to have auditions today ¢ Music: Lawrence's Rowan starts Heart of America season

Arts notes

¢ Conductor returns to Sunflower Music Fest ¢ Youth theater to offer summer workshops

Luciano Pavarotti to return to Met in Puccini's 'Tosca'

Luciano Pavarotti plans to return to the Metropolitan Opera in March 2004 for three performances of Puccini's "Tosca" that are being billed as his farewell to the house in staged opera.

Hope cheered military

In the sprint of 1941, when Bob Hope was invited to perform his radio show for airmen at March Field in Riverside, Calif., he was reluctant. He had never done the show outside an NBC studio, and he wasn't sure how the GIs would react to his humor.

Bob Hope approaching 100

Celebrations galore to mark the occasion

One hundred years ago on May 29, a son named Leslie Towns Hope was born to a stonemason and his wife in the London suburb of Eltham. The boy grew up to become the most American of comedians: Bob Hope.

Art of the Prairie gallery to feature work of Lawrence natives, brothers

Lawrence natives Doug and Barry Coffin will show their contemporary American Indian paintings and sculptures at Art of the Prairie, Bill Kurtis' new gallery in Sedan, in June.

Exhibition honors graduating seniors, retiring art teacher

The Lawrence High School seniors whose art is hanging through the end of May at Roy's Gallery have a lot to be proud of. Their paintings, ceramics, sculptures, drawings and mixed media pieces are getting exposure in a professional art gallery for the first time, an event most hope portends their future in the world of art.

Students paint masterpieces on unlikely canvas

You can bet Diego Rivera's "Girl With Lilies," Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and Johannes Vermeer's "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" have never been exhibited anywhere near a garbage can. Their grandeur earns them primo spots at the best museums in the world.

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'Moon Over Manhattan' lacks plot, but delights

If "Moon Over Manhattan" were a play, it would be a farce. If it were a food, it would be a light-as-a-breeze souffle. But it's a book, and a deliciously funny one that belongs in your beach bag this summer.

The perfect setting for a murder mystery

When Harlan Coben looks around his hometown, with its sprawling soccer fields and perfect lawns, he sees more than just another New Jersey suburb. He sees the perfect setting for a murder mystery.

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Steel beauties

Like metallic jewelry, sculptures accent downtown

Myles Schachter's newest sculpture is an artistic insurrection. The monumental steel and cast iron piece, called "Digital Overload," towers above the sidewalk in front of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. One hundred eighty bits of binary code spill out of the center of a metal-doughnut form at its pinnacle.

News shows announce guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

'Gunsmoke' star first for Trail of Fame

An effort to capitalize on Dodge City's western history will be set in stone when actor Dennis Weaver becomes the first inductee in the Trail of Fame.

McCartney rocks Red Square

Musician relishes first Russian concert

Paul McCartney kept the Russians waiting. Until the demise of the Soviet Union. Then more than another decade. And finally an extra 20 minutes Saturday.

People

¢ 'Lizzie' breaks up with Disney ¢ Jackson ¢ Doubles, anyone? ¢ Ike turned away from Japan

Saturday, May 24

Cable dramas provide weekend substance

Oscar winners Maggie Smith and Chris Cooper star in the superior cable drama "My House in Umbria" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO), smartly adapted from a novel by William Trevor. After a terrorist attack on a passenger train, the eccentric romance writer Emily Delahunty (Smith) invites her fellow survivors to convalesce at her villa. Each of them -- an elderly Englishman (Ronnie Barker), a young German man (Benno Furmann) and Aimee (Emmy Clarke), a mute and traumatized 8-year-old American -- has lost loved ones in the blast. Emily invites them, in part, because she had no one to lose.

6News video: Art a la Carte

Arts editor Mindie Padget reports on this weekend's activities.

Eastwood's Cannes film tells 'adult story'

Clint Eastwood's new movie focuses on a trio of tortured characters: a sexual abuse victim, a cop whose wife left him and a reformed criminal whose old instincts come back when his daughter is killed.

B.B. King wins top blues award for fifth straight year

B.B. King won Entertainer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year at the 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

People

¢ Needle-wielding designer sued ¢ 'Jackass' busted in Sweden ¢ McCartney back in former USSR ¢ Band plans benefit for climber

Friday, May 23

Prestige of Peabodys finally graces television medium

At last, a medium the Peabodys have done much to elevate is returning the favor with some coast-to-coast face time.

Stossel takes reins on '20/20'

Journalist and professional contrarian John Stossel joins Barbara Walters as permanent co-anchor on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC) beginning tonight.

People

¢ Giuliani plans return to Gracie ¢ Einstein now found online ¢ 'Bachelor' couple planning ahead ¢ Witherspoon not going for 'sexy'

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Thursday, May 22

Popular mechanics

Former MTV buzz band Nada Surf reclaims momentum after years away from the limelight

Popularity almost cost Nada Surf its career. More specifically, it was the song "Popular." The hit single, which featured spoken lyrics culled from an Eisenhower-era dating manual, had just the right mix of irony, angst and catchiness to become an MTV staple during 1996. But it also painted the Brooklyn-based trio as something of a one-hit wonder -- and, in many people's minds, a one-trick pony.

Carrey enjoys playing God in 'Bruce Almighty'

What if God was one of us / Just a slob like one of us ... Finally, there's an answer to the lyrics posed in Joan Osborne's annoying song "One of Us." And star Jim Carrey is the one to thank/blame.

Lawrence music fans move into Pink House

Though Lawrence's downtown area is filled with bars and venues that host live music, a group of Kansas University students and local residents have decided bringing bands into their living room is more exciting.

Ruben wins 'Idol' by slim margin

Ruben Studdard, a mammoth man with dimples and an infectious smile, is the new American Idol.

People

¢ Lighting up sparks furor ¢ Goodall wins Spanish honor ¢ Dylan documentary due ¢ Plaintiff claims bad rap

Movie executive's rise is 'Kid' stuff

If you love movies and the larger-than-life characters who create them, don't dare miss "The Kid Stays in the Picture" (8 p.m., HBO), a 2002 documentary based on producer and studio head Robert Evans' tell-all biography. Narrated by Evans, "Kid" recalls his improbable and rapid ascent from garment industry executive to Hollywood actor to Paramount Pictures executive producer. When Evans took over Paramount, it was ranked ninth among Hollywood's fantasy factories. After acquiring and producing "Rosemary's Baby," "True Grit," "Love Story," "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," "Chinatown" and "Paper Moon," among others, it was the No. 1 studio, and a major revenue source for the mammoth Gulf + Western conglomerate.

Jackson, Brooks & Dunn win country awards

The two most successful artists at the Academy of Country Music Awards continued their winning ways Wednesday, with Alan Jackson capturing album of the year for "Drive" as well as a video honor and Brooks & Dunn being named top vocal duo.

Wednesday, May 21

S.C. pardons James Brown

James Brown had plenty of reason to feel good on Tuesday as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state.

People

¢ Licensed to marry ¢ Vandross vigil conducted ¢ First prize: April Lavigne ¢ Kennedy Center honors Tomlin

'American Idol' will be crowned tonight

With the exception of the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards ceremony, tonight's conclusion of "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) will probably be the highest-rated prime-time show of the year. Its hype and buildup certainly rank right up there with the annual football classic.

Prime time less racy on network channels

Major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox -- are showing less sexual content on television, particularly during the first two hours of prime time, a TV watchdog group said Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 20

The Eudoras :: Drinkin' whiskey and surfin' Kansas-style

Just a few years into the Eudoras' prime -- back circa 1996, as guitarist Jon Harrison and drummer Bill Colburn recollect -- the Lawrence surf band's rough-and-tumble shows caught up with them.

Review: 2 Skinnee J's rock Lawrence

The smoke swirled in the lights overhead, and the crowd erupted as 2 Skinnee J's made its way on the stage.

'Street life' books attract young readers

Jose Perez wasn't interested in books as a child. They were boring, hard to understand. They didn't speak to him the way rap and hip-hop did.

So much good TV tonight, so little time

If you only watch television one night this year, you'd better tune in this evening. It's easily the most exciting and over-programmed night of the year.

People

¢ Oprah extends her show ¢ Singer arrested for drugs ¢ Bachelor makes his choice ¢ New Jersey seeks band aid

Monday, May 19

Review: Game Boy Advance - Golden Sun: The Lost Age

Bigger and better than the first Golden Sun? Our review.

Bigger and better than the first Golden Sun? Our review.

Glover latest under fire for political views

Celebrities shunned for antiwar stance

"Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover is the latest celebrity facing an icy brand of national pride that puts the pinch on public figures who question American foreign policy.

Martha Stewart movie no blue-light special

Is Martha Stewart a witch, a crook or a business genius? Based on a best-selling business profile by Christopher Byron, the TV movie "Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart" (8 p.m., NBC) has the ripped-from-the-tabloids feel of a hatchet job. But the film ultimately lacks the nerve to turn "Martha" into an over-the-top howler.

People

¢ 'Matrix' sequel breaks record ¢ 'Eight Is Enough' star pleads no contest to DUI charges ¢ Former first lady awarded ¢ Donahue raises controversy with commencement speech

Sunday, May 18

British historian touts benefits of Britain's empire

It was 20 years ago that Niall Ferguson first stuck his neck out for the British Empire. He spoke at the Oxford Union, the debating society where Great Britain's budding politicians try to make their careers.

'Terminator 3' gets early buzz at Cannes

When you're the world's most famous cyborg, there's no need to bring your movie along to make a fuss at the Cannes Film Festival.

Miramax will fund 'Fahrenheit 911' film

Michael Moore tackles Bush, bin Laden

"Bowling for Columbine" director Michael Moore, who called President Bush a "fictitious president" in his controversial Oscar acceptance speech, has landed a deal with Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films to make a movie that is likely to generate even more heat for the documentary filmmaker.

Pulp art reflects America's past

A group of American women is herded into a California concentration camp under a soldier's watchful eye. The Japanese flag waves from a pole.

Down Beat recognizes sax quartet

When it comes to winning competitions, Kansas University's Saxophone Quartet I is hitting all the right notes. The student group has won its third Down Beat magazine Annual Student Music Award as best classical instrumental chamber music group, under the direction of Vince Gnojek, professor of saxophone and woodwind division director.

Whitney Museum of American Art buys print suite by KU professor

The Whitney Museum of American Art has purchased a 12-print suite of lithographs, "Yellow no Same," by Roger Shimomura, distinguished professor of performance and painting at Kansas University.

Lawrence wind quintets call it quits

Manager, horn player in ubiquitous ensembles is worn out

Members of the Lawrence Woodwind Quintet have been blowing their horns and wind instruments since about 1969. Their sister group, CottonWood Winds, has been around for some 15 years.

'Good Faith' is 'real' good stuff

Jane Smiley's stories compelling, true to life

Because Jane Smiley's new novel, "Good Faith," is set in the 1980s and is populated by a bunch of small-town guys on the cusp of an enormous real estate deal, two things seem certain from the get-go: The good times will be great while they last, but the good times never last long.

People

¢ Racial comments get Nugent removed from future gig ¢ Martin offers efforts of 'Silencio' ¢ White shows his staying power ¢ 'Satanic Verses' author ready to change the subject

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London exhibition explores da Vinci's fascination with grotesque, sublime

Leonardo da Vinci strove for perfection in his art -- perfect beauty and perfect ugliness. An exhibition drawn from the Royal Collection explores the Italian master's lifelong quest to capture the human form -- warts, wrinkles, blemishes and all -- at its most exact and expressive.

'Sage of Concord' was born 200 years ago this spring

Concord is a town for walking, for circling the narrow trail around Walden Pond, or stepping past the graves of Sleepy Hollow, or loafing along the landmarks of Monument Square, with its pillared churches and flat-brick civic hall.

'Les Miz' legacy lives on at Rocky Hill High School

It's the big, first-act finale of "Les Miserables," and director Liz Daigle is urging her cast of young French revolutionaries onward.

Whitney Museum director resigns

Maxwell Anderson, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, will step down in the fall after five years in the post, citing differences with the board.

Arts notes

¢ Put the wool away for the spring season ¢ Know the skin problem to find the best solution ¢ Finding swimsuits to suit all shapes

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence author to hold natural writing retreat ¢ Diverse acts on tap for Mulvane Art Fair

Arts notes

¢ LHS student accepted to national arts camp ¢ K.C. Singers to perform justice-inspired concert ¢ Exhibit reveals plan that shaped K.C. ¢ Lawn party to start Topeka Jazz Festival

Arts notes

¢ 'Words on Canvas' calls for written entries ¢ University Theatre sale to help build third stage

Arts notes

¢ Author to appear at Uptown Theater ¢ A few child-rearing books for your personal library

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence artist wins People's Choice Award ¢ Residents asked to recall past city celebrations ¢ Guided tour planned of downtown sculptures

Producer bids fond farewell to 'The Glums'

Camerson Mackintosh closes "Les Miserables" after 16 years, 6,680 shows

Cameron Mackintosh will bid "adieu" today to his Broadway production of "Les Miserables," but the British producer says the imminent departure of a musical fondly known as "The Glums" has not got him down.

French designer's corset included in Classique fragrance

Jean Paul Gaultier's famous corset makes a shiny appearance as part of his Classique fragrance. Gaultier is the French-sailor-shirt-wearing designer who achieved pop culture prominence in 1990 when Madonna wore one of his underwear-as-outerwear dresses.

Saturday, May 17

Brady sweeps Daytime Emmy talk awards

'As the World Turns' wins top soap

Wayne Brady, who took over Rosie O'Donnell's time slot across much of the country and her role as a breezy entertainer, won two Daytime Emmys for his rookie talk show Friday.

Miniseries abridges Hitler's formative years

When I was a child, I was hooked on Classics Illustrated comic books. They condensed great books like "Great Expectations" and "Caesar's Conquests" into "Superman"-size portions.

People

¢ Gates, Brokaw skip out on bill ¢ A kinder, gentler Ventura debuts ¢ It's a girl for 'Pretty Baby' star ¢ Jackson seeks secret deposition

Reunion show among weekend offerings

Lawrence natives Billy and Tim Ebeling reunite this weekend to play their first joint gig in years at Stu's Midtown Tavern, 925 Iowa. Here's a look at what else is going on:

Friday, May 16

Review :: 'Down With Love'

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Lawrence's Ebeling Brothers reunite after years spent abroad

There's no shortage of brother acts in the music biz. Something about this familial bond helps to weather the bumpy rides that go hand in hand with the occupation. But even this union is put to the test when separated by distance ... especially if it's 8,000 miles.

Ensemble's mix shakes Bottleneck

The elite members of the bare feet and Birkenstocks crowd on Wednesday night were at The Bottleneck, shaking it to Zuvuya -- or, more accurately, Zilla.

Country music icon June Carter Cash dies

June Carter Cash, the Grammy-winning scion of one of country music's pioneering families and the wife of country giant Johnny Cash, died Thursday of complications from heart surgery. She was 73.

Daytime stars go nocturnal for Emmys

Wayne Brady is host of the Daytime Emmy Awards (7 p.m., ABC), live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Stars of daytime talk shows, soaps, game shows, home improvement and decorating shows, cartoons and kiddie fare will give and receive statuettes.

People

¢ Fleiss' ex-fiancee faces charges ¢ Berry breaks arm in filming ¢ Madonna suit may be dismissed

Review: Gamecube - Ikaruga

A phenomenal shooter, although short.

A phenomenal shooter, although short

Thursday, May 15

'Matrix' sequel offers odd mix of action and lectures

There's a moment in "The Matrix Reloaded" when rogue Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) realizes the dozens of personal clones he has created aren't enough to defeat the heroic Neo (Keanu Reeves). "More!" the stone-faced villain howls, summoning a hundred or so new copies of himself to the epic battle. One can picture Andy and Larry Wachowski, the writing-directing team behind the "Matrix" franchise, constantly uttering this same word while crafting the sequels. "The Matrix Reloaded" is all about "more."

The Matrix Reloaded :: What if the Prophecy is true?

Notes as released by the studio

CBS schedules 7 new shows

Top-rated CBS will make some bold changes in the fall, moving two of its most popular shows and adding seven series, including three crime-fighting dramas to a schedule already heavy with them.

People

¢ An 'SNL' homecoming ¢ A Texas legend ¢ No evil intention ¢ Pumped up on video games

U.S. films have smaller role at this year's Cannes festival

The Hollywood touch may be a bit lighter at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with a lower-key lineup of American films and only one big studio showcasing its movies.

Several shows conclude seasons

The FBI drama "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS) wraps up a remarkable first season tonight. Remarkable? OK, "Trace" is not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it is still the first hourlong drama to take on "ER" and not only survive, but thrive in its competitive time slot.

Wednesday, May 14

Review :: 'The Matrix Reloaded'

Wire review #3

Virtual reality has come a long way since 1999, when "The Matrix" first infused quasi-philosophy with outrageously stylized action. That monster hit came wrapped in ribbons of emerald-green computer code that governed the lives of a determined band of resistance fighters clad in awesome black-leather dusters. It had the look, it had the moves. The sequel blows all that away.

Review :: 'The Matrix Reloaded'

Wire review #2

The scene arrives well over an hour into "The Matrix Reloaded," and it embodies everything that is wrong with the movie -- and everything that is fabulous about it.

The Matrix :: Where to find the hardware to pull off sci-fi's coolest look

Red pill: Downloading 'Matrix Reloaded'

E3: Sony announces new handheld system

New "PSP" to be Game Boy competitor

New "PSP" to be Game Boy competitor

People

¢ Chong busted for glass ¢ Garner files for divorce ¢ Not enough Dylan fans ¢ Presley plays overseas

WB's 'Creek' runs course

May sweeps shifts into high gear with overlapping season enders and series finales. "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB) wraps up its last season with a two-hour episode set five years in the future.

Comedies are central to ABC, NBC fall lineups

ABC will revive its "TGIF" Friday night lineup this fall and hopes to similarly revive its fortunes by airing more comedies than any of its broadcast rivals.

E3: Xbox and PS2 - Price drop is official

Effective immediately, both systems have dropped to $179.99

Effective immediately, both systems have dropped to $179.99

Tuesday, May 13

'The Matrix' gets 'Reloaded,' and there's more to come

"At its heart, it's a love story," says Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays Trinity. "At the core of it is the idea of what it really means to be human," says Keanu Reeves, who plays Neo. "It's about choices," says Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Niobe.

Review :: 'The Matrix Reloaded'

Wire review #1

For all of its cosmic ideas and much-imitated special effects and kung fu moves, "The Matrix" (1999) was a relatively contained story about a man who plunges into a new world and discovers his great, innate powers. Neo (Keanu Reeves) was Alice down the rabbit hole, Dorothy out of Kansas, Luke Skywalker finding his destiny and Superman moving faster than a speeding bullet and leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

People

¢ Everybody loves cash ¢ Networks renew Daly's contracts ¢ Old flames rekindled ¢ Give Peace Corps a chance

Book: JFK, intern had fling

New biography suggests many affairs, health problems kept under wraps

Word that President John F. Kennedy was involved with a teenage intern adds to his reputation as a skirt chaser. Kennedy also has been linked with mob moll Judith Exner, Mary Pinchot Meyer and Marilyn Monroe, among others.

Cop dramas highlight child abuse

Viewers in search of back-to-back bummers are in luck. Tonight's episodes of "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS) and "NYPD Blue" (9 p.m., ABC) unfold with surprisingly similar themes and story lines.

British guitarist transcends musical genres

After more than three decades of recording and touring, singer/songwriter Richard Thompson has built a loyal fan base. That was apparent at Saturday's Liberty Hall concert.

Monday, May 12

Growing up the Hardaway

'Born Dead' trio gives bloody baby new life

Midway into recording their third album, the Hardaways developed a saying to describe their recording process. "We'd get to the 50th take and say, 'Let's kill this baby,'" said lead singer and guitarist Jeff Ferrell. "The song is your baby and you love it, but after 50 takes you start to hate it. You want it to be done." The saying stuck, and after playing around with various connotations - "'Pregnant With A Dead Baby' didn't work," explained drummer Andy Bricker - the Hardways found a fitting title for their third album: "Born Dead."

NBC rehashes story of 'Three's Company'

The latest in a long series of back-stabbing, back-story, backstage time-wasters, "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company"' (8 p.m., NBC) attempts to recreate the tension on the set of the infamous '70s jiggle-TV smash.

People

¢ Swimsuit model Jenna wins 'Survivor: The Amazon' ¢ 'X2' retains top box-office spot ¢ Lewinsky offers opinion on parent-child privilege ¢ McCartney offers golden oldies in historic setting

Allusions aplenty in 'Matrix' movies

Fans can enjoy homage to pop culture

As the legend goes, when Andy and Larry Wachowski first talked with producer Joel Silver about their next project after the thriller "Bound," they showed him the 1995 Japanese anime film "The Ghost in the Shell" and told him they wanted to make a live-action version of the film.

Sunday, May 11

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Book notes

¢ Independent vendors sponsor book crawl ¢ Book event to celebrate desegregation of military ¢ New Clancy book due out in August ¢ New push for 'Prey'

Arts notes

¢ Area artists paint mural on Emporia building ¢ Kansas Arts Commission extends award deadline ¢ Camerata Lawrence to play museum concert

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Columnist tallies trends in looks, life and love

It's gooey, glittery, cheap, bouncy and kind of obnoxious. What more could you ask of a new hot plaything?

Summer's swimsuits: wading into sea of color

The best beach days are sunny and bright, but don't be surprised to see a rainbow from your sandy perch. Swimsuits in both primary and pastel colors are riding a new wave of popularity as the basic black suit, a long-time favorite, moves a bit into the background.

Group unveils plan to reopen arts center in New Jersey

A newly formed group has developed a plan to reopen the John Harms Center for the Arts.

Abandoned printing factory becomes home for contemporary artworks

The old Nabisco printing factory seemed a natural home for the oddly delicate bulk of Richard Serra's steel creation, "Torqued Ellipses." The three sculptures, along with a fourth spiral called "2000," fit perfectly into the factory's former train shed.

Las Vegas casino magnate buys Cezanne, Renoir works

A self-portrait by Cezanne that has not been publicly displayed for more than six decades was sold at an auction to Las Vegas casino mogul Stephen A. Wynn a day after he nabbed a Renoir at another auction.

Pair of Goyas found by accident fetch $4 million

Two small paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya that caught an art expert's eye by chance have been auctioned for $2 million apiece.

Guided by their science cousins, art museums offer hands-on thrills

At a walk-in workshop next to the Corning Museum of Glass, high school teacher Denise Miller pinched and pulled a glob of molten glass with foot-long "tweezers" to create a flower-shaped vase.

From Opryland to off-Broadway: Jason Petty resurrects Hank Williams

It's pure Hank Williams: that lonesome, desperate gaze, tinged with equal parts charm and chilling menace; that stoned stagger, that irresistible twinkle in the eye.

British writer's historical novels catching on in the United States

You almost expect to hear the thunder of charging cavalry or the crackle of muskets as you approach Bernard Cornwell's house in this quiet Cape Cod town.

Lawrence native makes career in theater

Kevin Kuhlke goes from newspaper boy to playwright, actor, director and head of prestigious New York drama program

Since leaving Lawrence 30 years ago, Kevin Kuhlke has ran the gamut in the world of theater. Now chairman of the undergraduate drama department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Kuhlke has been an actor, director, teacher and playwright.

Museum studies students get real-world experience

Class mounts full-fledged exhibit on tight deadline, shoestring budget

They weren't at all sure it would work. After all, planning for most museum exhibits begins at least a year in advance, sometimes two or three. And though budgets are tight, $400 is a serious shoestring.

People

¢ Nicholson stands up to ref ¢ Cruise says goodbye to Kiwis ¢ McMahon wins mold lawsuit ¢ Nelly begins bone marrow drive

News shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

'Late Night' breaks mold with clay animated episode

Here's the dirt on Conan O'Brien: His show has been remodeled in clay. In the grand tradition of "Celebrity Deathmatch" and "Wallace and Gromit," NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" has been transformed into clay animation for an episode that will air Thursday night.

'Three's Company' movie tells tales

Movie focuses on tension with Suzanne Somers

The 1977 debut season of the bawdy comedy "Three's Company" was all hugs, kisses and cheering studio audiences.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence painter hangs Kentucky show ¢ Area photographer to give Fields Gallery talk ¢ Free State Symphony to recognize seniors ¢ El Dorado art shows make call for entries ¢ Agricultural Center features wood artist

Saturday, May 10

Mom's the word in comedies

Happy Mother's Day! Cable celebrates the occasion on Sunday with marathons and other programming stunts.

Six typing monkeys no match for Shakespeare

Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce the prose the likes of Shakespeare.

Eminem won't allow Weird Al video parody

Eminem may poke fun at himself in videos, but he doesn't want "Weird Al" Yankovic doing it.

People

¢ Tommy Lee's case dismissed ¢ Wayward wallaby wrangled ¢ Nothing compares to God ¢ Not-so-amazing adult stunt

Friday, May 9

Best bets

Former 007 collapses during stage performance

Roger Moore, the suave star of seven James Bond movies, was recovering in a hospital Thursday after collapsing during a Broadway performance.

Tour offers New York history of hip-hop

Imagine Yoko Ono directing sightseers through the Dakota. Or Elvis leading a tour of Tupelo.

'Murder' indulges in touch of the blarney

Detective novelist Jessica Fletcher returns in the TV movie "Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle" (8 p.m., CBS). Angela Lansbury's well-known character travels to Ireland when she's named in the will of Eamon Byrne (Peter Donat), a man she met decades earlier. Eamon's last testament is a muddled affair. For, in addition to money and property, he has left his heirs clues to a treasure hunt. But, he insists, they'll only find the prize if they cooperate with each other.

Comic book author wins national acclaim

Lawrence's Jai Nitz earns Xeric grant

"The best comics that have ever been produced are coming out right now," says Jai Nitz. "If you compare a comic book today -- artistically, story-wise, from the paper it's printed on to the aesthetic of the product itself -- to a comic that was produced 10 years ago, today's stuff blows it out of the water."

People

¢ Vandross still in critical condition ¢ Rosie returns to print ¢ Drug court graduation hits home ¢ Depardieu crashes motorcycle

Thursday, May 8

'A Mighty Wind' sings familiar tune

Rabble-rouser Michael Moore may have cornered the market on commercial documentaries, but Christopher Guest has established an equal rep with mockumentaries. The writer-director has played crucial roles (behind and in front of the camera) in three of the funniest phony docs ever made. Now his latest piece endeavors to position itself alongside the holy trinity of "This is Spinal Tap," "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman."

Revivals expected to dominate Tonys

"Gypsy" and "Nine." And what about "La Boheme"?

Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament Announced

Tourney to be held in Lawrence and is open to all.

Tourney to be held in Lawrence and is open to all

People

¢ Royals expecting first child ¢ Townshend listed as sex offender ¢ Timberlake takes TNT job ¢ Brain-surgery diet suits comedian

Fox offers canine beauty pageant

Does a dog from New Jersey know that she's from New Jersey? And if she did, would she care? No, I'm not turning this into a philosophy column. I am just trying to make sense of "The First Annual Miss Dog Beauty Pageant" (7 p.m., Fox). John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld") is host of this four-legged competition, with a little help from Jillian Barberie.

Wednesday, May 7

Show to benefit music programs

Ryan Pope is standing up for music education by performing to the beat of his own drum.

People

¢ 50 Cent's money problems ¢ Buttafuocos to divorce ¢ Inspiration in the neighborhood ¢ New look for a living legend

'West Wing' decline continues

There was a time, not that long ago, when "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC) was the "can't miss" drama on network TV.

NBC scraps summer reruns

Anyone planning to catch up on episodes of "Frasier" and "The West Wing" after Memorial Day won't find them on NBC's prime-time lineup for part of the summer, as the network intends to load up on unscripted series as an alternative to traditional rerun doldrums.

Elton John, Bernie Taupin sink teeth into new project

No capes, no crosses and definitely no tap-dancing vampires. Longtime musical collaborators Elton John and Bernie Taupin are planning to bring "The Vampire Lestat" to Broadway, and they promise a production free of gothic excess.

Import Review: Soul Calibur 2 - PS2, Gamecube, Xbox

...the fighting is pure brilliance and renders all other serious fighters archaic.

...the fighting is pure brilliance and renders all other serious fighters archaic.

Game consoles may drop price soon

Gamecube, Xbox and Playstation 2 may drop $50 each

Gamecube, Xbox and Playstation 2 to drop $50 each

Tuesday, May 6

In second year, Tribeca tries to establish identity

A combination of pain, passion and hometown pride inspired Robert De Niro and his business partner, Jane Rosenthal, to organize the first Tribeca Film Festival after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

People

¢ More than just a 'Friend' ¢ Life after NBC ¢ Norris' series plans not sunk ¢ Pilot charts new territory

PBS puts twist on reality concept

"Warrior Challenge" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings), takes men culled from the ranks of servicemen and fire and police officers, and transports them back to the distant past to learn how Romans, Vikings, knights and gladiators lived, ate, slept and fought.

Monday, May 5

'Everwood' tackles abortion storyline

"Everwood" (8 p.m., WB) wades into controversial territory with an episode devoted to a teenager's pregnancy and her father's insistence that Dr. Brown (Treat Williams) perform her abortion. While cynics might deride this as a "very special" "Everwood" episode designed to get attention and ratings during sweeps, the show's creators have produced a fairly intelligent hour of television that deserves attention.

On the bubble

Shows like NBC's 'Ed' wait to hear about renewal

This is the week that Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, executive producers of NBC's "Ed," find out if their creation died with a kiss or whether the romance will continue.

People

¢ Mutants rule box office with 'X2' ¢ Prince in New York state of mind ¢ King's ransom for his writings ¢ Hunter Thompson weds

Sunday, May 4

Lynch to conduct last gig of season

John Lynch, KU director of bands, will conduct his final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the KU Wind Ensemble joins with the KU Choirs for a Lied Center performance.

KU bands director takes baton in stride

John Lynch puts 'creative stamp' on program during first year

You might say Kansas University bands director John Lynch is hardheaded. At his first away football game last fall, a member of the visiting team's color guard accidentally whacked him on the skull with a flag pole.

What are you reading?

Coming-of-age story has dash of intrigue

Awe, excitement, love and heartbreak are universal themes in any coming-of-age story. The transition from adolescence into adulthood can be unpredictable and its natural dramas have made for many good books.

Author chronicles addiction

'A Million Little Pieces' recounts Frey's first days in rehab center

For a man who once fell off of a fire escape and crashed to the pavement below, writer James Frey looks pretty good.

Colorado nature writer finds roots in Kansas prairie

Mary Taylor Young chronicles journey home in 'Land of Grass and Sky'

Mary Taylor Young likes to say she's from where the prairie ends and where it begins. The naturalist and writer dwells in Castle Rock, Colo., a Denver suburb in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where the shortgrass is the last prairie stand before the craggy mountains jut skyward.

'Monologues' a hit at Lied Center

Viva vagina! Try leaving "The Vagina Monologues" without feeling that bold sentiment. The Eve Ensler production is at the Lied Center this weekend, and the three actresses who give voice to the often-too-silent topic of female sexuality and its most obvious conduit -- the vulva -- deliver a stellar performance.

People

¢ Love: Need bassist, 'no boys' ¢ Poll: Shatner Beatles cover worst ¢ Ben and Jen buy island getaways ¢ Bull Durham' stars still plan visit to Baseball Hall of Fame

News shows' guest lineups announced

Guest lineup for today's TV news shows:

Reporters name sources in Smart case leaks

Two reporters fired for working with the National Enquirer on an Elizabeth Smart story revealed their law enforcement sources to avoid legal action against them by the Smart family.

Memorial draws thousands to honor life of Mr. Rogers

About 2,000 friends, celebrities and strangers gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of Fred Rogers, the television pioneer whose "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has been watched by generations of children.

Fields Gallery discussion to feature photographers

Area photographers Wally Emerson and Chris Kilmer will discuss their artwork in a gallery talk titled "Divergent Views" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fields Gallery, 712 Mass.

Bookstore

Arts notes

Lawrence color guard places in competition The Lawrence Unity Color Guard finished in second place at the Mid Continent Color Guard Championships April 5 in Springfield, Mo. It was Unity's first appearance at the competition. The group, formed last fall, consists of 10 members from Lawrence High School, Free State High School and Southwest Junior High School. Pictured here are front row, from left, Britany Saylor and Devon Brieta, middle row, from left, Linda Green, Sarah Guerich, Candace Coleman, Kodi Goodrich and Stephanie Batten and back row, from left, Jenny Green, Emily Willis and Sarah Hillyard. The Mid Continent includes groups from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Illinois. Unity competed primarily against colleges from Missouri and independent groups from Illinois. Unity finished 2.05 points behind the champions from Northwest Missouri State University. Brad Simon is director of Unity. Other instructors are Greta Danner, Shelly Henderson and Jane Vachal. Summer Youth Theatre to hold late-May auditions The Lawrence Arts Center is gearing up for another summer of expanding children's imaginations while teaching them the art of theater. Auditions for the center's Summer Youth Theatre are May 18. Tryouts for children in grades 4-7 are from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Auditions for children in grades 8-12 will be from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students should prepare a two-minute monologue and 16 bars of a Broadway song. Materials for tryouts are available at the Arts Center, 940 N.H. Children in kindergarten through third grades don't need to audition. June programs will perform "Jump & Jive: Swing and Do-Wop Songs," "Charlotte's Web" and "Funny Girl." July programs will perform "The Poems of Shel Silverstein," "Bye-Bye Birdie" and "Macbeth." To enroll, call the arts center at 843-ARTS. Arts Commission awards community arts grants Ten Lawrence organizations will split $5,383 in grant money awarded by the Lawrence Arts Commission for its 2003 Community Arts Grants. Awardees were selected based on proposal clarity, budget accuracy and financial need, benefit to the community and value as an art project. The grants are intended as start-off money for projects or special community art-related ventures with a particular focus on encouraging the arts in the Lawrence community. The recipients are: ¢ The University Theatre, $550. ¢ Music Access, $283. ¢ The Vintage Players of Lawrence Community Theatre, Inc., $700. ¢ Douglas County Rape Victim-Survivor Service, $550. ¢ The Bowery Dancers, $550. ¢ Lawrence Committee for the Advancement of the Visual Arts, $550. ¢ Lithography Press repairs for artist use, $550. ¢ East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn., $550. ¢ Lawrence Children's Choir, $550. ¢ 2003 Lawrence Poetry Series, 219 Press, $550.

Modern composer uses digital delay to produce works

Ingram Marshall's home studio, painted blood red, is crammed with electronic equipment: a computer, eight-track recorder, several keyboards, a synthesizer, mixers and amplifiers.

High-powered flying fist adds twist to 'Rayman 3'

Ho-hum. Another platform title for the PlayStation 2. Before you doze off, however, make sure you give "Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc" from Ubi Soft a try. It's a gorgeous addition to the decade-old Rayman line, with tight gameplay, lots of color and excitement, and a few new tricks for the limbless wonder.

Himalayan art gathered for exhibition

The majesty and holiness of the Himalayas have enthralled art curator Pratapaditya Pal for nearly 50 years, and he believes religious art from those mountains can be a shelter in a war-torn world.

'Look of Love' reunites Bacharach with lyricist David

When composer Burt Bacharach went on the road in 1968 with the tryout of the stage musical "Promises, Promises," he got pneumonia, barely avoided a nervous breakdown and suffered the taunts of producer David Merrick, known in theater as "the abominable showman."

Life of famous embedded reporter brought to stage

Martin Treat returned home from Vietnam in 1970, facing the anti-war sentiment of many Americans. Feeling rejected, he burned his uniform.

Lawrence Music Club highlights local events

In celebration of National Music Week, the Lawrence Music Club is recognizing a week of musical activities today through May 11 in Lawrence.

'V' is for vulva, not just vagina

Eve Ensler's 'Monologues' plays risky language game

"That's his penis, isn't it, mommy?" squealed a preschool girl pointing to a naked baby boy in the YWCA locker room. The mother, more amused than embarrassed by her daughter's unabashed curiosity, answered affirmative.

Exhibit features installation art

A defiant generation of artists in the '60s obliterated the traditional line between artist and spectator by creating installation art.

Santa Fe Opera hires its first music director

Alan Gilbert has been hired as the first music director of the Santa Fe Opera.

Ellison memorial unveiled in Harlem

Nine years after the death of award-winning author Ralph Ellison, a towering bronze sculpture honoring him and his extraordinary novel, "Invisible Man," was unveiled Thursday opposite his longtime home in West Harlem.

Arts notes

¢ Comics, sequential art focus of K.C. exhibition ¢ Kansas City journal calls for entries ¢ Free photo contest open to Lawrence residents ¢ Kansas City theater announces new season

Arts notes

¢ Neville Brothers to bring R&B sound to K.C. ¢ Jazz drummer to be host to clinic ¢ Folk dance group to perform in Topeka

Arts notes

¢ Movement's healing power focus of health event ¢ Bachathon to feature area musicians, dancers

Saturday, May 3

The '50s are nifty for May sweeps specials

Television returns to its mid-century roots with a biography of the medium's favorite comedienne, a reunion of America's favorite sitcom couple and a splendid reworking of a decadent drama from Tennessee Williams.

Da Vinci works now digital masterpiece

They look as alive as the day Leonardo da Vinci painted them: tasty cherries, ripe, red, ready to eat; crackle-fresh peas popping from their pods; a raspberry, so simple, so enticing.

People

¢ The wrong stuff ¢ Late star becomes asteroid ¢ Musicians plan own fusion ¢ Better late than never

Friday, May 2

Review :: DJNOTADJ, "Deep Roots In Shallow Ground"

DJNOTADJ has no problem telling you what they're not. Where they may run in to trouble is telling you what they are. Is DJNOTADJ an electronic act? Sort of. The band incorporates plenty of samples and programming into their music, but the foundation tracks are cut using live drums, bass and guitar instrumentation. The equation translates seamlessly into a live setting; a rarity among electronic artists.

What ever happened to Day on the Hill?

For the past several years, Kansas University students could be heard complaining that "Day on the Hill isn't what it used to be." Now students are simply complaining it "isn't." The annual music showcase elected to fold its tent this week, breaking a semester-ending tradition that dated to 1988. This year there will be no songs heard cascading over West Campanille Hill; no bands will be imported; no stages will be set up; and no monumental dent need be made in the Student Union Activities budget.

People

¢ Leno makes amends for joke ¢ Roth keeps intruder at bay ¢ Officer adds Indy to anthem sites ¢ Cojocaru makes his own style

Best bets

Williams refreshing, but lacks depth

Dar Williams' music is in no man's land.

Paint it Black

The Get Up Kids transform Red House into Black Lodge

The Get Up Kids have spent their career making records in Chicago, Los Angeles and even Bridgeport, Conn. So it seemed about time they should make one closer to home. What better way for the Lawrence/KC act to achieve this than by purchasing and renovating local landmark Red House Studios?

Bluegrass 'Losers' perform winningly

It wasn't hard to find a good seat Tuesday at Liberty Hall for Canadian bluegrasser Fred Eaglesmith and his band The Smokin' Losers. While the venue wasn't even half full (200, at best) you wouldn't know from the cheering that it was such a small crowd.

Friday night slots prove a dicey venture

I am a critic, not a soothsayer, so I don't make predictions. But if I did, I would never have put money on the survival or success of the freshman drama "Hack" (8 p.m., CBS). In tonight's season finale, Mike is still wrestling with his feelings about his ex-partner, Marcellus (Andre Braugher). Will Mike take the fall for a pal who may turn out to be crooked? Bebe Neuwirth returns in her role as Faith O'Connor for this season-ender.

Thursday, May 1

Hollywood goes where it's gone before

Record number of sequels, prequels are out this year

All good things must end, except in Hollywood, where pretty much anything that finds an audience the first time becomes ripe for a follow-up.

PBS exposes grim truth of overturned convictions

"Exoneration" is a powerful word. Over the past 10 years, hundreds of prisoners have been freed after DNA evidence cleared them of charges of rape, robbery and even murder. Some have even walked away from death row, but not before spending years and even decades behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The "Frontline" documentary "Burden of Innocence" on (8 p.m., PBS) examines life after release for a number of these celebrated cases. And what it reveals is disturbing.

Producers leaving 'West Wing'

Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning White House drama "The West Wing," is leaving the series after this season, he said Thursday.

Dixie Chicks draw sellout in U.S. return

Returning to their namesake homeland Thursday, the Dixie Chicks found that some wounds are soon forgotten. Or at least forgiven.

New Metal Gear Solid confirmed for Gamecube

New re-make not done by Konami

New Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes not done by Konami.

People

¢ Beautiful cover girl ¢ I pity the store ... ¢ Soul survivor ¢ Goodall work recognized