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HYPE

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Movies: Opening Friday, "Glitter" (semi-biographical film about Mariah Carey).

New on video: Today, "Spy Kids" (pint-size James Bonds rescue their parents) and "Someone Like You" (romance starring Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman); next Tuesday, "A Knight's Tale" (Heath Ledger jousting).

Concerts: Friday, HSBC Arena, Backstreet Boys.

TV: The cable channel FX will start airing the first season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" nightly at 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, starting this Monday.

Other: Today to Sunday, "Guys and Dolls," Shea's; Sept. 26 to 30, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, HSBC Arena.

STAR STRUCK
Move over, Dawson, you've got competition.

The WB and Clean & Clear are sponsoring a contest that could make you the next big star on a WB show. (Well, maybe.) Basically, you grab a video camera and tape yourself and a friend acting out an actual script from a WB show. Then you send in the tape and wait to be discovered. If you're chosen, you'll win a trip to Los Angeles, a walkon part on a WB show and a meeting with the WB casting department. (At which they'll surely recognize your talent and create a whole new show just for you!) The contest is open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 24 and runs until Oct. 10. Check out www.cleanandclear.com or www.thewb.com for more details.

CHEAP RIDE
Applying to college this year? We've got a book you'll want to get your hands on -- "How to Go to College Almost for Free," by Ben Kaplan (HarperResource, $22). Kaplan, 23, must know what he's talking about: Known as "The Scholarship Coach," he won more than two dozen scholarships (nearly $90,000) and graduated from Harvard a few years ago, totally debt-free.

His book tells you how to find scholarships, how to wow 'em with your essays and applications, and how to get around pesky obstacles like not-so-great test scores. The book is well-organized and easy to read (unlike a lot of the textbooks you'll read once you get to college). Look for it in bookstores or online at www.amazon.com or www.bn.com.

CUTIE PIE
We're suckers for anything in adorable packages, so it should come as no shock that we've fallen for Too Faced. It's a line of makeup that combines the latest in cosmetic technology with cute packaging.

The best thing about Too Faced is they've got the basics (glamorous eye shadows, moisturizing lipsticks, oil-absorbing powder) and the not-so-basics (Kitty Glitter to add a little shimmer and shine, a two-sided foundation stick that lets you blend your own shade, and scented lip gloss in a ring!). Too Faced has fans you may have heard of -- Madonna wears their Pixie Dust nail lacquer, and Drew Barrymore loves their Marcia Marcia Marcia lipstick. But you don't have to headline your own world tour to jump on the Too Faced bandwagon -- most of the products in the line go for under $20. Check out www.toofaced.com for stores or to order.

SQUEEZE IT
Just when we thought they had thought of everything when it comes to toothbrush mechanics, Reach has a new brush on the market. This one's called Squeeze -- you squeeze a little button in the middle of the handle to move the angled head. That way, none of those molars hiding in the back of your mouth get missed when you're sleepily brushing before school. Check out Reach Squeeze this fall at drugstores and supermarkets, for about $4.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I look at acting as a job. It's a profession. You get paid. That's it."

--Jason Lee, most recently seen in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," on his chosen career, in Talk magazine.

-- Knight Ridder

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