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MOVIES: Opening today, "Finding Neverland" (PG-13 starring Johnny Depp) and "Christmas With the Kranks" (PG); coming Dec. 10, "Ocean's Twelve"; Dec. 17, "Lemony Snicket Unfortunate Events" (PG, Jim Carrey as evil Count Olaf) and "The Aviator" (PG-13, Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes); Dec. 22, "Phantom of the Opera" (PG-13) and "Meet the Fockers" (PG-13).

NEW ON VIDEO/DVD: Arrived Tuesday, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "The Terminal" and "Sleepover"; coming Tuesday, "Spider-Man 2," "Hero" and "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" (golf movie starring Jim Caviezel); Dec. 7, "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Dodgeball"; Dec. 14, "I Robot," "Princess Diaries 2" (boxed set) and extended version DVD of "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King."

THEATER: Through Sunday, the Rockettes in Radio City Music Spectacular, Shea's Performing Arts Center; Dec. 3-19, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Theatre of Youth; Jan. 4-9, "The Producers," Shea's; Feb. 24-April 3, "Disney's the Lion King" at Shea's.

CONCERTS: Tonight at 6, Standard of Living, Molotov Cocktail Inc., Poor Friend Me, Stage Crew, and the Vision Serpents (benefits Food Bank of Western New York, $5 with nonperishable food item), Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park, 356 Hertel; Saturday, 2 p.m., Battle of the Bands (Drawback, Pyrolixious, Global Dissent, Lobotomy, Wide of the Mark, The Disease, Now in Stores, The City Creeps, In August, Led Astray), Xtreme Wheels; Dec. 17, Kissmas Bash, HSBC Arena.

On TV: Nickelodeon airs a Nick News Special Edition: "Living with AIDS: A Story of Three Kids" at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday.


Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and folks are gathering up the necessities like potatoes and cranberries and, of course, the bird. Forget all that. We're trying an all-liquid version of the traditional fare this year, care of Jones Soda Co.

Jones Soda has thoughtfully collected a limited-edition holiday pack, filled with five flavors usually found on your Thanksgiving plate. Included are: Green Bean Casserole Soda, Mashed Potato & Butter Soda, Turkey & Gravy Soda, Cranberry Soda and, for dessert, Fruitcake Soda. On the plus side, it's all vegetarian and has no calories or carbs. On the negative side, you're drinking soda that's supposed to taste like meat. Kitsch factor? Oh yes.

Get your holiday pack at Target for $15.95 (a portion of sales goes to Toys for Tots) or online at -- and taste the weirdness for yourself.


We don't know about you, but with colder days upon us, we think staying inside sounds like a good plan. So gather your friends around the fireplace, drink some hot cocoa and pull out one of the best board games we've seen in a long time: "Hubbub: The Game of Sound, Mind & Body." Here's the deal: You play in teams (minimum of two people per team) and the object is to collect three different colored rings on your playing piece by competing in three fun sub-games.

In "Calling All Players," players have 45 seconds to list everything they can think of within a category (such as "bad habits"); teams get points for every answer everyone has in common. During "Three Perfect Words" players have to guess a one-word answer before time runs out by guessing off of three clues. "Cliche Cafe" is where teammates guess the cliche while you act it out using pantomime and sound effects. The game has a sinister side -- the "Twists & Turns" deck, which can either quickly advance a team or set one back. Find Hubbub ($29.99) at toy and game stores nationwide, or order online at


With the holidays right around the corner, we're already thinking about cards to mail and gifts to send to friends and family. Wrigley's has come up with a refreshing new twist on the holiday card: Instead of warmest holiday greetings alone, you also get some cool gum -- five packs, to be exact.

The card is actually a box surrounding the five-stick packs. On one side, there's a flap where you can include a message. From there, all you have to do is seal it, put three 37-cent stamps on it and drop it in the mail. The cards come in three styles: Juicy Fruit, with a picture of Santa on the front; Winterfresh, which pictures a snow globe; and Doublemint, featuring some holiday lights. The cards go for $1.99 each at food, drug and retail stores nationwide.


"People look at me and know I aspire to have great things in life."

-- Rapper Jay-Z, in People.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers