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HYPE

WHAT'S HAPPENING
MOVIES: Opening Friday, "The Bourne Supremacy" (PG-13, Matt Damon) and "Catwoman" (PG-13, Halle Berry); July 30, "Thunderbirds" (PG, Bill Paxon, futuristic space adventure); Aug. 6, "Little Black Book" (PG-13, Brittany Murphy, Ron Livingston romance); Aug. 11, "Princess Diaries 2"; Aug. 13, "YuGiOh (G); Aug. 20, "Without a Paddle" (PG-13, Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard go on a canoe trip trying to find stash).

NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Big Bounce"; coming Tuesday, "Hellboy," and "The Whole Ten Yards"; Aug. 3, "13 Going on 30" and "Hidalgo"; Aug. 10, "The Prince & Me"; Aug. 24, "Ella Enchanted"; Aug. 30, "The Passion of the Christ."

CONCERTS:

Tuesday, Caverners Beatles tribute (free), Tuesdays in the Park, Lewiston Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Josh Groban, Darien Lake

July 27, Linkin Park, KoRn, the Used, Darien Lake

Aug. 1 to 4, Kingdom Bound (Third Day, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline), Darien Lake.

Aug. 10, John Mayer with Maroon 5, Darien Lake

Aug. 18, Warped Tour (Good Charlotte, Taking Back Sunday and more), Darien Lake

Aug. 19, Clay Aiken, Erie County Fair

Aug. 22, Sarah McLachlan, HSBC Arena

Aug. 27, Slipknot, Darien Lake.

Sept. 4, Klear, Last Conservative and Juliet Dagger, Lafayette Square (free)

Sept. 4, The Donnas, Gateway Park, the Tonawandas

Sept. 14, American Idol tour (John Stevens), HSBC Arena.

Oct. 10, Metallica, HSBC Arena.

OTHER:

CANAL FEST: Through Sunday.

MOBILE SKATEPARK SERIES: July 29-Aug. 1, Niagara Action Dome, 4333 Porter Road (next to the high school), Niagara Falls.

ERIE COUNTY FAIR: Aug. 12 to 22.

A GREAT GAME: SPIDER-MAN 2
"Spider-Man 2" from Activision is one of the best games I have ever played. The game sells for $49.99, is rated E for everyone and is on all major video game consoles (Ps2, XB, GC, GBA) The game is somewhat like "Spider-Man the Movie, The Game," but some huge differences put it light years ahead of its predecessor. This time around web-slinging is more realistic: When you are swinging around, you need to be by something, like a building or light post, for Spider-Man's web to grab hold of. Another cool aspect is you get a "spider sense," allowing you to slow things down, perform different moves, and see things that you wouldn't normally catch in regular game play. Probably the coolest thing about this game, is that it is open-ended. What this means is that you can actually go down to street level and walk anywhere in New York City. You can run around as Spider-Man, his alter-ego Peter Parker, or help stop random crimes, be it the jewelry store being robbed or the old lady getting her pursed snatched. You can also do some sightseeing, going to places like the Empire State Building, Chinatown, even Ground Zero.

The storyline mostly follows the movie, with the addition of a few subplots. Characters like Black Cat, from the comic books, and a few different villains are introduced as well. This game will not disappoint, whether you are a hardcore comic book Spider-Man fan, or the casual gamer.

Rating: 4 of 4 stars.

-- Chris Michel, Niagara Catholic Class of 2004

SKINCARE SIMPLIFIED

Ladies, we have enough stuff to bring to the beach. (Tankini? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Beach towel and magazines? Check, check.) We don't need to be weighed down with all our skincare products as well.

That's why we just love Sonia Kashuk. Her new Tri-Active Cleanser ($9.99) is sure to simplify your daily routine. The three-in-one is perfect to keep your skin happy -- and it's definitely easier than hauling tons of tiny bottles and tubes. For even more combo power, grab a tube of Kashuk's Hydro-Tint SPF 15 ($11.99) that gives you a hint of color and protects against those nasty UVA and UVB rays. Kashuk's Professional Skincare line is available at Target stores nationwide.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"My mission at the Mobil station was to become the best squeegee in the land -- it's part of the full service. I have long arms, and I thought, I'm going to show them art in motion: one full swipe, corner to corner. I never let a single drop remain."

-- Musician John Mayer, on his early years when he worked as a gas station attendant, in InStyle magazine.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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