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HYPE

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Movies: Opening Wednesday, "Solaris" (PG-13, George Clooney in sci-fi action); "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights" (animated Hannukah tale), "Treasure Planet" (PG, sci-fi animation of "Treasure Island," with a song from John Rzeznik) and "Extreme Ops" (PG-13, Devon Sawa stars, extreme sports and terrorists collide); Dec. 13, "Star Trek: Nemesis"; Dec. 18, "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." New on video: Released Tuesday, "Ice Age" and "Men in Black II,"; coming next Tuesday, "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and "Lilo & Stitch"; Dec. 10, "K-19: The Widowmaker" and "Stuart Little 2"; Dec. 31, "XXX."

New CDs: Released Tuesday, Sum41 "Does This Look Infected?," Jennifer Lopez, "This Is Me...Then," Kelly Osbourne, "Shut Up," 3LW, "Naughty or Nice."

Concerts: Tonight, the Sheila Divine, Buffalo State; next Wednesday, Saves the Day, with Ash, Kind of Like Spitting and Circle and Square, Showplace; Dec. 5, Kissmas Bash, HSBC Arena; Dec. 5-6, Lowest of the Low, Tralf.

Other: "My Fair Lady" through Dec. 15, Kavinoky Theatre; Dec. 6 to 28, Agatha Christie murder mystery "The Mousetrap," Studio Arena Theater; Dec. 10 to 22, "Mamma Mia!" (musical), Shea's.

A GOOD READ

David Klass, author of last year's excellent "You Don't Know Me" and movie screenplays for "Kiss the Girls" and "Desperate Measures," offers another good yarn about high school life in "Home of the Braves" (Farrar Straus Giroux, $18). Star of our story is Joe Brickman, a decent guy who finds himself losing the girl next door to a soccer whiz from Brazil who has plenty of attitude and a cool sports car. Joe, a blue-collar type who sticks up for his nerdy friend "Mouse" against a tribe of bullies, is a sympathetic character as he grapples with questions of class and identity, wondering if he is doomed to follow in his father's footsteps as owner of a car wash, with no thought of going to college or ever leaving his hometown.

- Jean Westmoore

CHANGE OF PACE

The thing about American Eagle's new fragrance, Aura, is that it's always changing. One minute, it smells sweet and fruity, a little like strawberries and grapefruit. The next minute, it's more floral, with a touch of rose. We guess the whole concept of change is what Aura's creators were going for, since they packaged the scent in a bottle decorated with interchangeable colored rings, so you can match the bottle to your mood (or your outfit).

With hits of magnolia blossom, jasmine, violet and cedar wood, Aura is one of those go-anywhere fragrances that works just as well for pizza with the gang as it does for a night out with your special guy. Aura is $25 for a 1.7-ounce spray, at all AE stores and www.ae.com.

COOL KIT

You've been dumped. Jilted. Dropped like a bad habit.

We've been there, and here's our advice: Get over it. Easier said than done, right? Wrong. All you need is the Original Dump Kit, the fastest way to get over a bad breakup (besides a gallon of ice cream and good chick flick, of course).

The ingenious little box, conceived and created by a woman who's been there herself, is filled with everything you need to bounce back. Inside, you'll find: A Stick-It-To-Him voodoo doll, so you can torture your ex; a "Dear Jerk" sample letter, ready for you to personalize; a "Snap Out of It" wristband, to remind you to get on with your life; a bull's-eye and dart; Wash-Your-Hands-of-Him soap; and a pin that declares "Stop me before I date again!"

Pick up a kit for yourself or a jilted pal for about $12 at www.dumpkit.com. (And while you're there, log on to the site's message board and share your misery with others. You'll feel better in no time.)

WEB SITE OF THE WEEK: GET CRAFTY

There's more to crafting than Martha Stewart. You can meet a slew of hip young crafters at Get Crafty www.getcrafty.com a Web site dedicated to DYI (do-it-yourself projects) that are cheap, fun and easy.

Get Crafty is a community where crafty types share their projects, like macrame belts, pillowcase skirts and underwear made from T-shirts. Most projects require inexpensive materials, often stuff you can find lying around the house. The site's contributors do a great job of explaining each craft, often including step-by-step photos and links to related sites or other resources. The site has more than crafts. The "Thrift" section has articles on how to haggle at a thrift shop, hold a clothes swap and reuse your trash. The "Eats" section features easy, yummy recipes you can make yourself. And if you don't think you're up to making these crafts yourself, buy cool handmade goods in the Get Crafty store. (You could tell people you made them yourself, but that would be cheating.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I got three gerbils when I was little. I was nuzzling (one of them) because I was only 3, and she bit my nose and wouldn't let go. She was just dangling off my nose."

- Actress Christina Ricci, on the worst holiday gift she's ever received, in Entertainment Weekly.

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