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    The Truman Show: The Shooting Script
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (June, 1998)
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    Editorial Review

    Jim Carrey is getting smarter and smarter. The crude, rich clown took far less than the $20 million he could have gotten in order to star in Peter Weir's film The Truman Show, which made the covers of Time and Entertainment Weekly as "The Year's Best Movie." Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man whose entire life has beena hit TV docudrama without his knowledge. This screenplay (by Gattaca author Andrew Niccol) is requiredreading, and the 35 good-quality color stills from the film in the photoalbum at the center of the book are nicely laid out with helpful,intelligent captions.

    But The Truman Show: The Shooting Script also offers something not found in theaters: the back-story to the script, written by director Weir, who has never been weirder. It was so important to the creation of the movie that Weir actually hired Harry Shearer to help create a "mockumentary"--a documentary on the making of the movie. The mockumentary was scrapped, though a few scenes wound up in the finished film; what Weir gives you here is the whole prequel, "A Short History of The Truman Show." It tells how Christof (played by Ed Harris in the film), a promising, idealistic, Oscar-winning documentarian concerned with homeless people, conspired with shady ex-NASA operatives and the terrifying Omnicam Corp. to create a fake town full of actors and imprison the unsuspecting child Truman Burbank in it by messing with his head. For instance, they made Truman afraid of water so that he wouldn't swim away from his "home." It's a trip--and it just might provide a peek into certain dark crannies of the mind of Oscar-winning director Peter Weir. Just because you've seen The Truman Show, you don't know everything in this book. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Script satire and TV satire
    What a great "mockumentary" of the ultimate reality show.Full-color photographs and a satire treatise on the history of the Truman Show complement a truly brilliant script.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    This is one of the greatest movies ever, mostly because of the brilliant script. It is pretty touching, creative, emotional and it really makes you think about how privilegded you are with your own privacy.
    Christof tries, or better say he still did, to create a „perfect world" for Truman. A life, without any real emotions and "the best human actors". But the movie shows that a life without any emotions, including sadness, fear or pain, could never exist.
    But nevertheless, sometimes I was wondering, how realistic und plausible it seems. You begin to ask yourself what if this all happens to you!?
    I think this movie is open to many interpretations, which is what makes it so interesting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Filling in the holes...
    As this is a review of this particular book, I won't spend time going into the details of how much I loved the movie, how I found it to be an allegory for life itself, how I nearly started a master's in Literature to be ableto write a thesis on it, or why I think some of the creepiest moments inHollywood can be found in this brilliant movie. Instead, I will recommendthis book, because it gives the reader some background details on Trumanthan help explain some of the more obscure scenes in the movie.Inaddition, the reader gets to see where Carrey made changes to the wayNiccol had originally pictured the film, and how these changes helped bringthe movie to greatness.The book is also handy to have around the housewhen the VCR is broken. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557043671
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - Direction & Production    2. Film & Video - General    3. Film & Video - Screenwriting    4. Movie/Tv Tie-Ins    5. Performing Arts    6. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    7. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    About a Boy: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script)
    by Newmarket Press
    Paperback (01 December, 2002)
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    Isbn: 1557045712
    Sales Rank: 476162
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - General    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Movie/Tv Tie-Ins    4. Performing Arts    5. Pop Arts / Pop Culture   


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    The Birdcage: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny w/extra treats
    Birdcage's screenplay has a couple scenes that are written differently than in the movie--but reading them is just as funny as watching the movie itself.The written structure is wonderful. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557042772
    Sales Rank: 257702
    Subjects:  1. Cinema/Film: Book    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Performing Arts    4. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    5. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    Igby Goes Down: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts)
    by W. W. Norton & Company
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 2002)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Discover the meaning of life... or whatever.
    "Igby Goes Down" is the sort of first movie that most directors dream of -- cast of stars (Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillipe), sharp polished story, and just enough surreality to keep it from being dull. This warped coming-of-age tale is shown in its original screenplay format here.

    Igby has flunked out of virtually every prep school his elite, rich family has sent him to. Now he's being sent to military school -- but he has no intention of staying. So he flees to the heart of New York, living in the loft where his godfather's mistress lives and hanging around with a beautiful college bohemian called Sookie. But Igby's life begins to unravel when his secret is found out, and Sookie falls in love with his brother.

    Burr Steers certainly had a good thing going when he wrote "Igby Goes Down." It's a bit hard to follow if you haven't watched the film, since the movie has only a vague sort of plot. But Steers keeps it interesting with lots of witty dialogue and intricate details (he even describes what kind of shirt Sookie should wear in one scene). It's hard to believe that this was his first screenplay -- the end result is that polished.

    That isn't to say that the screenplay really comes alive by itself. Without the vibrant sullenness of Kieran Culkin, Igby seems a lot less interesting and sympathetic, and Ollie seems much less cold without Ryan Phillipe's deadpan performance. And there are some scenes (like a freakish dream Igby has about Mimi) that never made it to the screen.

    Adding to the interest is a series of black-and-white stills from the movie, and some production notes at the back. The notes include the origins of "Igby Goes Down," information on Steers, and what the actors have to say about their characters. It makes for interesting reading.

    Lovers of teen rebels will probably like "Igby Goes Down," and people who loved the film will enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at the screenplay and production.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Script + Stills + Notes
    Nice movie. This book has the script (118 pages), a few pages of black and white stills, and the production notes. There's also a two page intro by the film's writer/director, to tell you what it's about, in case you don't get it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557045720
    Sales Rank: 656273
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - Direction & Production    2. Film & Video - General    3. Film & Video - Screenwriting    4. Performing Arts    5. Performing Arts/Dance    6. Pop Arts / Pop Culture   


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    American Beauty: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    "I read the screenplay and nearly fell out of bed. I thought I better meet him quick before someone else read it."--Kevin Spacey

    Actors and critics alike have praised Alan Ball's first feature film screenplay, which tells the off-kilter story of a midlife crisis suffered by Lester Burnham (played by Spacey). For fans of the film's dialogue--and there will be many--the screenplay allows Ball's words as well as the film's inventive imagery, from flying rose petals to a dancing plastic bag, to be savored.

    Unfortunately for those wanting the inside scoop, this text is not the original shooting script but rather the screenplay of the final cut. But the script is so impressive, that's a minor quibble. The accompanying notes from Ball and director Sam Mendes are quite insightful, hinting at a different original ending and revealing Ball's odd inspiration for his idea: the tale of Joey Buttafuoco. Ball's TV background has made him an expert technical writer, and this book would serve as a great template for the fledgling screenwriter. It includes 20 black and white photos and a cast list. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great companion to the movie!
    I loved the film, American Beauty.It is, quite simply, my favorite movie of all time!This screenplay is just as captivating as the movie...Because, in many ways, it is the movie!Alan Ball's script is really what made American Beauty the film that made jaded American moviegoers stand up and say "Thank you!"We can only hope that future filmmakers are taking note...Simply put, it is destined to become a treasured piece of modern Americana. :-)

    3-0 out of 5 stars ***** for the text, * for production values of the book
    If you have seen the movie, and were deeply touched by it, as seems inevitable, owning this screenplay is definitely worthwhile. Without having to put on the DVD, you can relive particular moments by just leafing through the pages. Alan Ball's script won multiple awards, and rightly so: it is a masterpiece of dramatic writing, merging the comical, the tragic and the spiritual in ways rarely seen in present day (American) film.
    Yet this book isn't all it could, and in my view should, have been. It really offers very little besides the literal text of the final movie version (including some of Annette Bening's and Kevin Spacey's improvisations). Other film scripts I own include in-depth information about genesis, casting, production etc., loads of good still and behind-the-scenes photography, as well as discarded scenes and earlier versions of scenes. None of that here, even though several parts of the film were drastically altered during the filming. There is a 2-page intro by Mendes that adds nothing to the information contained on the DVD, if you own that; and the same goes for the even shorter afterword by Ball (who, on the DVD commentary track, isn't able to get a word in edgewise with Mendes, and so remains something of an enigma). Then there are a few grainy black and white stills that are an insult to the brilliant cinematography of the movie - and that's it. For makers of a film so ostentatiously concerned with the relativity of material things, it does seem like a rather cheap way to squeeze some extra bucks from it...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Today is the first day of the rest of your life?
    Today is the first day of the rest of your life?

    Yes.The amazing capability that we have to surprise ourselves and the surrounding life makes you to take control of every moment that you live. Live larger.

    Lester has this capability. He never died . He just smiled. before taking a pause.

    AMAZING BEAUTY. That's what I can write about this movie and the writer. ... Read more

    Isbn: 155704404X
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - Screenwriting    2. Performing Arts    3. Plays    4. Pop Arts / Pop Culture   


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    The Ice Storm: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series Book)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars sentences that make you swoon
    i don't understand why exactly, but rick moody seems to make some readers angry.the characters are unlikeable, they say.the sentences are too long.does reading nabakov make the same readers angry?maybe they stumbled onto the ice storm expecting something else, something safe.ignore them.
    rick moody taps into the part of the world you only notice when you're really looking.he's funny and he's sad and i would hang out in this book forever, because the way the characters see things makes total sense to me.
    "Blundering into the kitchen, he felt sure that it would always be this way, this blunt little diorama of a life with its cessation of miracles would never change--except that it would get worse."

    4-0 out of 5 stars A well-written, not-nice story
    In the late fall of 1973 I was a twenty-nine-year librarian in Dallas, cheering on the downfall of Richard Nixon and learning to write book reviews. As Moody says, it was a very, very different time -- so different I doubt anyone under thirty-five can even imagine it. No call waiting, no cable TV, no AIDS or HIV, no laser printers, no CDs, no Reagan Revolution. The names Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin still meant something. We knew who Rose Mary Woods was, too. But still, New Canaan, Connecticut, was a very different place from north Texas. That fall, Benjamin Hood and his wife, Elena, took the final step toward the break-up of their shaky, unhappy marriage. Wendy Hood, age fourteen, was becoming known as a slut, though she wasn't a bad kid and it wasn't entirely her fault. Her brother, Paul, wasn't having much fun as a seventeen-year-old preppie, either. It was the year the key party came to the upscale suburbs. None of the characters in this painful-to-read novel are particularly likable. You might feel sorry for them, at least some of the time, but you wouldn't particularly want to spend time with any of them, or at least I wouldn't. But Moody keeps you reading, wondering how they're going to screw themselves up next. Making an engrossing story out of unpleasant people and distasteful situations isn't easy, but he manages it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
    I feel that while it's useful to compare novels to films, it's wrong to just say that one or the other is better. So my review will be simply based on what I thought of the novel.

    I liked Moody's writing style, especially the straightforward depictions of topics that are often somewhat muted in literature, such as sex and drugs. Though some parts of it seemed slow and artificial, overall it presented an interesting picture of the life of a troubled family in the 70s. I think it provides a good example of a family dealing with a crisis and avoiding breaking apart by keeping closer together. I would recommend the novel to those willing to experience some disturbing and thought-provoking moments. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557043094
    Sales Rank: 934051
    Subjects:  1. Cinema/Film: Book    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    4. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    Magnolia: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series Book)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 2000)
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    At three hours long, Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia qualifies as an epic, with a broad scope of characters whose lives become entwined over the course of a day in the San Fernando Valley. Despite its vast canvas, though, this is probably one of the most intimate epics you'll ever experience, because Anderson and his cast of actors delve into their characters so deeply that you feel you instantly know them. Anderson's screenplay of Magnolia is similar--a few pages in, you'll be hooked by the story and the characters. Numerous critics have derided Anderson's talents as a screenwriter while praising him to the skies as a director, but the screenplay for Magnolia shows a filmmaker at work with a keen eye for character development and a penchant for both brilliant monologues and amazingly deft one-liners. And unlike most published screenplays (which bill themselves as a "shooting script" but are in reality just a transcript of the finished product), this screenplay is truly the working script, complete with typos and scenes that didn't make it into the final cut of the film. Reading the screenplay, you'll see Tom Cruise's scenes with Jason Robards become more fleshed out, more scenes from Cruise's motivational workshop on "Seduce and Destroy," and most significantly, a subplot involving whiz kid Stanley Spector and the mysterious character known as "the Worm," who pops up only briefly in the film. Also included are some stunning color photographs and a great interview with Anderson, where you'll find out who gave him the idea of the rain of frogs, which character in the film is his favorite, and why he used a game-show milieu for a large part of the film. Truly a companion piece to the movie, a testament to the vision of a filmmaker, and, as Anderson puts it in his introduction, "an interesting study of a writer writing from his gut." --Mark Englehart ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent film but the script????
    I have to say when I first read the script I was kinda of disappointed because there are changed lines in it like the scene where Frank meets his father for the first time its almost completely changed but I'm not mad its cool reading stuff from what Anderson wrote first But disappointing there are so many great stuff that are in the film but not in the script thats why I'm disappointed. Its a very well done script but changed.

    See Magnolia first and then read the screenplay.

    Matt

    5-0 out of 5 stars Operatic
    In the bonus features of the Magnolia DVD, Julianne Moore calls the screenplay she's been reading for the last few minutes operatic, with big emotions that require sincerity to work. "Otherwise they wouldn't sound true," Moore says. That earnest praise is on display in PTA's astonishing cinematic masterpiece, but the film works so well not only because the director ensured sincere emotions from his actors, but because scope and power were already there in the script. PTA as a screenwriter , in my personal view, is more attuned with the charisma of cinematic medium than PTA the director. This screenplay, unconventionally, verbalizes the complex mechanics of a shooting script in advance, so here you will find everything on how the camera ought to maneuver, symbolic layers ought to be folded--from most superficial to the most arcane written out in advance--and it's a pity that not all of those details find their realization in the movie. The script is therefore more illuminating in terms of visual storytelling than even the movie by itself. When held next to one another, each one points out to the dissonances between the realm of the imagined and the realm of the possible. Magnificently grandiose, operatic screenplay--I recommend it to every moviegoer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gold
    Anderson is brilliant and this is a great screenplay to buy for anyone interested in screenwriting and/or directing.The story, or stories, are so compelling that the suspense is there even when you read this book.Good stuff, good times. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557044066
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - Screenwriting    2. Magnolia (Motion picture)    3. Performing Arts    4. Plays    5. Pop Arts / Pop Culture   


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    Pieces of April: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
    by Newmarket Press
    Paperback (September, 2003)
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    Isbn: 1557046042
    Sales Rank: 289747
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    The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great in depth exploration
    As a rule, don't buy shooting scripts if you want to write a screenplay.Shooting scripts are finished products.

    That said, screenwriters can learn from this exploration of the classic movie (yes, folks, it is a classic, it's been shown a billion times on TNT), by reading the deleted scenes (my personal favorite is one about the publicity of Warden Norton's prison-to-work scheme, in which Heywood, played in the movie by William Sadler, gets his best and sharpest lines for someone who's supposed to be the dunce of the movie), the storyboards, the explanations of which scenes were kept, etc.

    And for people who just love the movie, it's a must-own.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great buy for any film student or "Shawshank..." lover
    As Frank Darabont says in the introduction of the book, who else would buy the screenplay unless they really want to know more about the film? Sticking to that idea, Darabont has given the film student/buff, and those who simply love the movie, a real treat with this book. Not only does it contain the screenplay, it's the screenplay (I emphasize) AS IT WAS WRITTEN BEFORE FILMING. He's published it exactly as he wrote it when he adapted it from King's novella. I point this out because, as Darabont himself points out in the intro, so many screenplays that are thrown out by merchandise wizards are nothing but the finished movie transcribed. And really, what good is that to someone who wants a deeper knowledge of the film?
    Not only does he give us the original screenplay, he gives us a scene-by-scene comparison of the screenplay vs. the finished film, and why things got changed/added/left out. This, in particular, says a lot about Darabont to me. This is a man who wants to use his work not only to be what it is (a GREAT film), but to educate as well. This book inspires. He includes storyboards, as well (including a storyboard for a deleted scene- oh, goody, goody!) and introductions by both himself and Stephen King, and a summarizing bit of advice to budding filmmakers and screenwriters. I devoured this book in short time (one night), lol, and found myself going back to the film to compare and analyze- if you don't do the same after reading it, I'll eat my foot.. okay, maybe not. But something drastic, I warrant you. If you are at all inclined to learn about filmmaking, writing, or even if you just love "The Shawshank Redemption" (which is what lead me to the book in the first place), this is a real must-have. It's worth the price alone just to read what he had to say about filming Freeman's scene walking through the field after discovering Andy's message. Trust me. By the way, fellow "Shawshank..." lovers are welcome to ...discuss it. Enjoy this book, everyone. It's a real find. And I'm SO glad I chose to buy it. The ONLY reason I give it four stars as opposed to five is because, personally, I would have liked to have seen more storyboards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't get any closer than this...
    This is a truly fantastic piece of work!!! If you really enjoyed the movie, and is fascinated by the art of filmaking, this book is for you. More than just the script of the film, the analysis by Frank Darabont takes to a totally different level and perspective. It actually makes you think like a Director.Other than this, just being in the production yourself... This is a true making-of The Shawshank Redemption, that is totally worth the price. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557042462
    Sales Rank: 60421
    Subjects:  1. 1947-    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Film and video adaptations    4. Hope springs eternal    5. King, Stephen,    6. Performing Arts    7. Performing Arts/Dance    8. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    9. Screenplays    10. Screenplays Of Specific Films    11. Shawshank redemption (Motion p    12. Shawshank redemption (Motion picture)    13. King, Stephen   


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    Black Hawk Down: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
    by Newmarket Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Like you're watching the movie all over again.
    It's a great book. Everything is in exact detail as the movie. As I read, I picture the scene in the movie and I feel like I'm watching the movie all over again.It was written word for word, scene by scene.It even includes still photos and a full cast description of each character. It was everything I thought it would be. It was definitely worth the wait since ordering this book before it was even published. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1557045305
    Sales Rank: 253260
    Subjects:  1. 1934-    2. Aidid, Mohammed Farah,    3. Army    4. Army.    5. Drama    6. Film & Video - Screenwriting    7. History    8. Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1    9. Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993    10. Performing Arts    11. Performing Arts/Dance    12. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    13. Task Force Ranger    14. United States    15. United States.    16. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    The People Vs. Larry Flynt: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
    by Newmarket Press
    Paperback (01 October, 1996)
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    Isbn: 1557043051
    Sales Rank: 981028
    Subjects:  1. Drama    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Flynt, Larry    4. Movie/Tv Tie-Ins    5. Performing Arts    6. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    7. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    Man on the Moon: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script)
    by Newmarket Press
    Paperback (01 May, 2000)
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    Isbn: 1557044007
    Sales Rank: 972021
    Subjects:  1. 1949-1984    2. Cinema/Film: Book    3. Drama    4. Film & Video - Screenwriting    5. Kaufman, Andy    6. Kaufman, Andy,    7. Performing Arts    8. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    9. Screenplays Of Specific Films   


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    NEC 515 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
    by Nokia
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $319.99
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    Features

    • Large Color Display with 162x216 pixels (65,536 colors)
    • Phone supports WML, cHTML (i-Mode), and xHTML (WAP 2.0) wireless Internet
    • Quad-band GSM world phone is one of the first capable of roaming on virtually all GSM networks in the US and abroad
    • Phone book can carry up to 500 contacts
    • Comes with polyphonic ringers and other customizable features

    Asin: B0000AZVTI
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    PalmOne Tungsten T3 Handheld
    by PalmOne
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    Kicking the technology advances up another notch, the Palm Tungsten T3 delivers a professional, sleek alternative to bulkier Pocket PCs that's chock-full of productivity enhancing and information sharing applications. Improvements over the T2 include a full-screen mode when the bottom casing is slid open, a bevy of enhanced display options, compatibility with Java applets, larger internal memory, and an easier to access status bar.

    First, just the technical facts:

    • Palm OS 5.2.1
    • 32-bit, 400 MHz Intel XScale processor
    • 64 MB internal RAM, with 52 MB usable for applications and file storage (an improvement over the T2's 29 MB usable RAM)
    • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
    • Secure Digital memory card expansion slot
    • 4.3 (closed) x 3.0 x 0.66 inches, 5.5 ounces

    The T3's Stretch Display
    Overall, the Tungsten T3 isn't that much smaller than the Zire 71, but it does feel nicely compact in the hand and its larger navigation button is easier to manipulate with just your thumb. However, the "wow factor" comes into full force when you slide down the bottom of the T3's case to reveal the full screen mode. And it gets even better. The standard "silkscreened" Graffiti input area (so-called because its icons and borders are printed onto the screen's glass) is now replaced by a digital version, which can be hidden to reveal an even larger screen. We found this useful when writing long notes in Memos and viewing an expanded daily calendar view. You don't actually need the Graffiti writing area to input data into notes or Calendar items. With the Full-Screen Writing preference turned on, you can write Graffiti characters anywhere on the screen (you'll even see an outline traced on the screen as you write). But the crowning display enhancement is the ability to rotate the screen to landscape view, which was especially handy when viewing downloaded movie trailers (using the included Kinoma video player). If you're left-handed, you can change the orientation in landscape view so that the status bar and Graffiti input area are more accessible to your own orientation.

    The T3 includes the familiar suite of Palm applications (Calendar, Contacts, Memos, and Tasks) as well as a number of third-party software title (ranging from Acrobat Reader to RealOne Player for listening to digital audio). Calendar has been given an Outlook-friendly makeover, adding an Agenda view that consolidates all of today's appointments, tasks, and new e-mails. With full-screen mode on, Calendar's month view now displays smaller calendars for the previous and next months.

    Bluetooth wireless functionality is built in, and the Tungsten T3 still includes the BlueBoard and BlueChat for sharing information with other Tungsten users. For Web communication, Palm includes VersaMail and WebBrowser Pro, both of which can be used along with a Bluetooth phone. Additionally, VersaMail can access a corporate e-mail account, including Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino servers.

    Java has also now entered the Palm OS arena, expanding the application development opportunities. The T3 comes with a few sample applets (including a periodic table that would be handy at our local pub's trivia night), but we'll have to wait for more development before Java becomes a full Palm OS tool.

    Our only complaint, design-wise, is the placement of the Voice Memo button, which as been placed toward the top of the left side of the case, below the on/off button on the top panel. When turning on the device, our left hand's thumb continually triggered the Voice Memo app when attempting to turn on the T3. Note that you can also turn the T3 on by pressing one of the application buttons surrounding the Navigator, or by sliding the bottom case open. Overall, the Tungsten T3 is a Palm powerhouse, blending its traditional information management strength with new multimedia and connectivity functionality (both wired and wireless). It's about as perfect a personal productivity agent for professional settings as it gets. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Crisp, bright color screen
    • Fast processor, ample internal memory, and expansion slot to boot
    • Digital Graffiti input area can be hidden for full screen display
    • Screen can be rotated to landscape view
    • Access to corporate e-mail and Bluetooth wireless connectivity

    Con:

    • Voice Memo button gets in the way of turning on and off
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    Features

    • What's in the box: Handheld device; Palm Desktop software, including Documents To Go and Adobe Acrobat for Palm OS; all basic utilities such as Calendar, Contacts, Tasks., etc.
    • Palm’s new breakthrough Stretch Display
    • Device slides open to reveal a 320x480 display with 50% more viewing area
    • Ultra-fast 400MHz Intel XScale processor and 64MB of internal memory
    • Wirelessly access email, dial phone numbers, send text messages and connect to the Internet

    Asin: B0000DBJJT
    Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player    3. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA, Electronic Organizer)    4. Palm Connected    5. Handheld (Hand Held)   


    Sponge Bob Me Dium Plush
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    Sales Rank: 7339


    SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom
    CD-ROM (03 November, 2003)
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $19.99
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    Features

    • Crazy maneuvers like Tongue Boarding, Underwear Bungee Jumping
    • 10 huge 3D environments to explore
    • For 1 player
    • Help Spongebob and friends stop Plankton's evil plot to take over the world
    • 3 playable characters: SpongeBob, Patrick or Sandy

    Asin: B0000AHRPM
    Sales Rank: 292
    Subjects:  1. Classics (Classic)    2. Retro    3. Video Games    4. PS2 (PSX2)    5. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    6. Playstation2 (Play station2)   


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    Magic 8 Ball: SpongeBob SquarePants
    by Sababa Toys
    Toy (11 November, 2002)
    list price: $9.99
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    Editorial Review

    For those of you who didn't grow up in the era when every kid had one, the Magic 8 Ball is a fortune-telling device shaped like an oversized billiard ball and filled with some unidentifiable dark liquid. You ask it a yes-or-no question, "Does Jenny in my English class think I'm cute?" Then you shake the ball and see what answer shows up in the window, written on the side of a plastic die. This is a SpongeBob-themed Magic 8 Ball, meaning that it's imprinted with a SpongeBob logo and gives some answers that sound nautical, such as "Aye Aye, Captain." Sure, it's nothing earth shattering, but it does provide the same harmless diversion as the original Magic 8 Ball. --David Stoesz ... Read more

    Features

    • The SpongeBob Squarepants Magic 8 Ball!
    • This Special edition Magic 8 Ball Game is completely customized.
    • Ask it life's questions, shake it and then turn over the SpongeBob Magic 8 Ball for your favorite SpongeBob-ism answers.
    • SpongeBob magic 8 ball has lots of your favorite nautical nonsense!
    • Such phrases as: "Aye, Aye Captain" "You're my hero"

    Asin: B00006C29N
    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Board Games    3. Family Favorites    4. Party Games    5. Grownup    6. Wacky   


    Boyz N the Hood (2-Disc Anniversary Edition)
    by Columbia Tristar Hom
    DVD (02 September, 2003)
    list price: $27.94 -- our price: $22.35
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    Editorial Review

    John Singleton, at the age of 23, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut film, Boyz N the Hood. The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, and Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in his first starring role in a feature film. Gooding plays Tre Styles, a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His father, Furious (Fishburne), is divorced and living away from Tre and his mother (Basset), but he's still involved in Tre's upbringing, teaching him the values of right and wrong and responsibility. Meanwhile, Tre's childhood buddies Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube) are living their lives in terms of the epidemic of violence and poverty that has plagued their neighborhood. Ricky, a talented football player, strives to get a full athletic scholarship to college. If only his SAT scores were higher. Doughboy lives a life full of crime but still remains true to his friends. The obstacles that these three young men come across result in dire consequences, devastatingly avoidable and inevitable at the same time. Boyz N the Hood is a landmark film beyond its commercial success, presenting a portrait of South Central in the late '80s and early '90s as painted by Singleton (who grew up in that neighborhood), achieving accuracy and dramatic resonance in this story of at-risk youth. --Shannon Gee ... Read more

    Features

    • Color
    • Closed-captioned
    • Widescreen

    Asin: B0000A7W14


    $22.35

    Welcome to Collinwood
    by Warner Home Video
    DVD (08 February, 2005)
    list price: $14.96 -- our price: $13.46
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    Editorial Review

    A nifty little film about a gang of would-be crooks and a heist that goes awry. That probably sounds like a premise you've seen about a hundred times in the past few years, but Welcome to Collinwood rises above most other caper movies due to a strong script, clean and inventive direction, and above all an outstanding cast: Sam Rockwell (Galaxy Quest, Safe Men), William H. Macy (Fargo, State and Main), Isaiah Washington (Clockers, Out of Sight), Luis Guzmán (The Limey, Punch-Drunk Love), Jennifer Esposito (Summer of Sam, Shaft), Patricia Clarkson (High Art, Joe Gould's Secret), and several other great character actors have such chemistry, wit, and sheer talent that it's a pleasure to watch them scheme, wriggle, and woo each other through an elaborate plan that's doomed from the start. George Clooney also appears (and coproduced the movie). Smart and charming. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

    Features

    • Color
    • Closed-captioned
    • Widescreen
    • Dolby

    Asin: B0000897E8
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-comedy   


    $13.46

    Bad Boys / Bad Boys II
    by Columbia Tristar Hom
    DVD (09 December, 2003)
    list price: $39.95 -- our price: $35.96
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    Editorial Review

    Bad Boys
    Slick to a fault, this glossy action flick takes place in sunny Florida, where Martin Lawrence and Will Smith play two cops--one married with kids, the other a swinging bachelor. The two are forced to trade places to foil criminal mastermind Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo) who has stolen $100 million worth of heroin from a police lockup. Violent, illogical, and filled with wall-to-wall profanity, Bad Boys was the last film produced by the hit-making team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer before Simpson's untimely death, and marked the directorial debut of Michael Bay who followed up with The Rock. Bad Boys will be of interest to action buffs and fans of Téa Leoni, who makes one of her early screen appearances in the central supporting role. --Jeff Shannon

    Bad Boys II
    No one goes to a movie directed by Michael Bay for delicacy and grace; you go because Michael Bay (Armageddon, The Rock) knows how to make your bones rattle during a high-speed chase when a car flips over, spins through the air, and smacks another car with a visceral crunch. Bad Boys II fulfills this expectation and then some. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence may be mere puppets amid all this burning rubber and shrieking metal, but they actually provide a human core to the endless cascade of car wrecks and gunfights. Their easy rapport makes their personal problems--a running joke is Lawrence's attempts at anger management--as engaging as the sheer visual hullabaloo of bullets and explosions. The plot is recycled nonsense about drug lords and dead bodies being used to smuggle drugs, but orchestration of violence is symphonic. If that's your thing, then this is for you. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

    Features

    • Color

    Asin: B0000DKDUS
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-action/Adventure   


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