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Terminator 3


Fasten your seatbelts: The Terminator is back.

The new model has lots of upgrades, lots of new powers and some interesting new shapes. These changes lead to surprising plot twists and some funny lines. But the best part of Terminator 3 remains the old formula: one long, exciting chase scene.

Fans of the Terminator series know the recipe well by now: a relentless, all powerful cyborg is sent back from the future by its machine masters to kill the young John Conner as part of a plan to exterminate the human race. Each time, fragile human beings must find the resolve and ingenuity to escape the terminator, with doomsday hanging in the balance.

The recipe is so familiar that Terminator 3 contains in-jokes and occasionally pokes fun at itself, building on themes and expectations from past Terminator movies. There are some humorous moments that would not have appeared in the earlier movies, such as the indignant motorist in the path of destruction who wants to complain about his dented fender, or the scene where the muscular Schwarzenegger is mistaken for a male stripper.
The chase scenes in Terminator 3 are a little more clever and a lot more expensive. But their timing is perfect. The director establishes his credentials right from the start with a truck chase that is a carefully orchestrated hurricane of destruction. This is a wildly entertaining movie and should do well at the box office, but it has some significant flaws as well, most noticeably in the plot, which disappoints at important points in the story. However, plot flaws are not likely to discourage the hard core Terminator fans.

Parents who have seen previous Terminator movies know exactly what they will be getting with Terminator 3: profanity, a lot of good-natured violence, edge-of-your-seat car chases and some mighty scary robots. There is a minimal amount of nudity in brief scenes, but both are shot from a distance and heavily shadowed.
Families who see this movie should talk about how we weigh the risks of technology.

Families who enjoy this movie will also enjoy the first two and other sci-fi movies with themes of machines that become aware, including "The Matrix" and "2001."

Review by Moviemom

Kristanna Loken

It's a rare feat when a beautiful blonde gets the chance to knock around a seasoned action veteran such as Arnold Schwarzenegger onscreen, but with the release of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, former model Kristanna Loken takes full advantage of the opportunity; and she looks good doing it. Born the daughter of a former actor/writer turned organic fruit farmer and a onetime model in Ghent, NY, Loken spent most of her early years studying dance and riding horses. Encouraged early on by her mother to pursue a career in modeling, the young beauty stepped before cameras for the first time at the age of 15. Landing a contract with Elite soon thereafter, it wasn't long before the girl began to eye an acting career. Getting off to a solid start with a recurring role on the popular soap opera As the World Turns in 1994, Loken went on to appear in such TV series as Pensacola: Wings of Gold and Mortal Kombat: Conquest before graduating to features with the 2000 action film Gangland. Subsequently appearing in the following year's Academy Boyz, she continued to turn up on the small screen in numerous episodes of the popular series Philly. Although Loken's status, to this point, had remained a relatively low-key affair, it was her casting as the villainous T-X in the eagerly anticipated sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003 that found her gaining instant worldwide recognition. Beating out such heavy contenders as the buff Joanie Laurer (formerly known as WWF star Chyna), Loken eagerly accepted the opportunity to relentlessly pummel Schwarzenegger as few could claim.

Charlize Theron

Born August 7, 1975, in Benoni, South Africa, Charlize is a dancer, stunning model, and star actress. Charlize experienced a thoroughly rural upbringing, born and raised on the Benoni farm. Her hard working parents, who owned both a road construction company and a farm, instilled genuine family values in her. At age 6, young Charlize began studying ballet, a pursuit that would command her attention throughout her adolescent years. Whenever she was not dancing, she devoted her free time to a consuming passion for American movies. Her early exposure was at a drive-in theatre that was a 45-minute drive down the road from the family farm. Charlize was able to convince her parents to purchase a VCR, and her dreams of acting began to emerge. Charlize's particular favorite was Tom Hanks in the romance "Splash", which caused the wide-eyed teenager to develop a huge crush on the hunky Hanks.

Moviegoers were first introduced to the seductive charm of Charlize Theron in her feature film debut, MGM's 2 Days in the Valley. Starring with James Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Jeff Daniels, it was the bizarre story of what happens to the lives of ten people in the San Fernando Valley who cross paths over 48 hours. Theron played Helga, Spader's partner and love interest, who can't get enough of the danger that surrounds her. Even among an ensemble cast, Theron gave a standout performance.

Charlize's study of ballet landed her at a school for the performing arts in Johannesburg, where she sat in on drama classes. As a result of this casual interface, the stunning teenager stumbled upon a modelling contest, which she entered and won. To her surprise, an Italian fashion scout viewed her at this contest, and offered her a modelling contract in Milan. Charlize was met by only moderate success on the runways of Milan, and was unable to land any serious major modelling contracts.

Charlize grabbed at an opportunity with an American magazine that flew her to New York for a photo shoot. She later told one interviewer, "I went, did their job, and never made it back to the airport. I was just too thrilled to be in New York." On her own in New York at age 18, Charlize found herself continually intimidated by the city's maze of towering skyscrapers, and the inclement winter weather in the Big Apple. Falling back upon her dance training, she found a spot in the Joffrey Ballet, which proved short lived. Her childhood passion was abruptly ended when a career ending knee injury forced her to fall back on modelling.

\Charlize's mother, who recalled her passion for cinema, suggested her intrepid daughter go to Southern California. Arriving in Los Angeles, Charlize checked into a low rent motel and spent the next two weeks wandering around town in an attempt to make connections. Charlize's big break came at a bank with the final check from her various employments in New York City. The bank teller refused to cash the check because it was drawn on an out-of-state bank, and Charlize threw an impressive tantrum.

Lucky for her, Hollywood talent manager John Crosby happened to be standing in line behind her. He helpfully explaining that she could cash her out-of-state check at any post office, and then asked if she were, perchance, an actress. Charlize, quite aggravated and somewhat flustered, replied that she fully intended to become one someday. Crosby, who earlier in his career had discovered Rene Russo at a Rolling Stones concert, offered her his card. Charlize, discovering that John Crosby was entirely reputable, got in touch with him, and he agreed to take her on as a client. It would be a sure bet that the uncooperative teller or bank manager would gladly cash Charlize's paycheques today.

Theron played Candy Kendall in the widely acclaimed and Oscar- nominated The Cider House Rules by Miramax, which was based on the novel by John Irving. The same year she starred in John Frankenheimer's -Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck. Next, Theron played Adelle in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance with Will Smith and Matt Damon.

Her current roles include Fox 2000's Navy Diver with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr., directed by George Tillman, Jr. In 2001, Theron can be seen in The Yards, Directed by James Grey (Little Odessa), the drama also stars Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway. Also to be released in 2001 are Sweet November and 24 Hours.

She has currently finished the remake of the 60's cult movie The Italian Job where she playes one of the daring thieves. She does all her own driving in the movie as do the others.

PC Game Review

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

The sign of a truly great expansion pack is when, having played it, you realize you could never go back to the original game. After all, truly great expansion packs don't just add new content--they add real depth, and fundamentally make the core game better. Blizzard Entertainment knows the drill when it comes to delivering these sorts of products. Last year's real-time strategy game was a very tough act to follow on any number of levels, and yet Blizzard has delivered a terrific, full-featured expansion for Warcraft III that makes an already outstanding game significantly more so.

If you enjoyed Warcraft III's single-player campaigns, you'll be pleased to know that The Frozen Throne offers at least as much if not more single-player material. The campaign picks up where Warcraft III left off, in the aftermath of the banishment of the burning legion. The renegade half-demon Illidan and the death knight Arthas are at the centre of the story, as both of these power-hungry characters are seeking to take control of a world already ravaged by conflict. You play the campaign missions linearly, just like in Warcraft III, starting with the night elf sentinels, then moving on to the remnants of the human alliance, and finally taking control of the undead scourge. There are more than two dozen sizeable missions in all.

The campaign missions offer remarkable variety from one to the next, and it's not a stretch to say that these represent the most skilfully designed single-player scenarios in any real-time strategy game to date. Recognising that many players have long since grown weary of the standard formula of having to build up a base, raise an army, and then attack an entrenched enemy, Blizzard accordingly included this formula in only a few of The Frozen Throne's campaign missions. Some of the missions grant you access to multiple armies, each charged with its own important objectives. Many missions feature clever variations on familiar strategies. Some limit the types of units you'll get, which may prompt you to develop a new-found appreciation for some of Warcraft III's less-intuitive strategies. All the missions are story-driven and seem plausible enough in the context of the game. The campaign packs in a lot of surprises, perhaps more so in the mission design than in the story itself, and it offers a significant challenge that will help bring you up to speed on some of The Frozen Throne's new gameplay additions.

The Frozen Throne adds three beautiful new types of environments that look even better than the original game's maps, several new units to each of the game's factions, and new abilities for some of the original units. Many of the new units are designed to counter particular strategies--specifically, to counter spellcasting units--and each faction's air force has also been bolstered by at least one new support unit. So while the night elves' faerie dragons or the humans' spellbreakers won't replace your frontline troops, adding a few of them to your army can make a big difference. In one of its most meaningful additions, the expansion also introduces a fourth hero character for each side, and these are featured prominently in the campaign--you'll gain an appreciation for most all their powers in the single-player mode and can then use these powerful troops in multiplayer matches. Though each of the new heroes is very likeable in its own right, the undead's crypt lord, which looks like an enormous stag beetle, is probably the most impressive. All the new units also sound great, and some have some very funny things to say when you click on them repeatedly.

Just like in Warcraft II, you'll have access to a troop transport, a destroyer, and a battleship. The naval combat is as simplistic as ever, but its inclusion is still a nice touch. More importantly, in some scenarios you can recruit a number of neutral heroes that normally aren't accessible to each faction. The four sides can also build a new type of structure from which they can purchase hero items, such as potions and magic scrolls, as well as items that are specifically useful only to their faction.

The Frozen Throne also features numerous gameplay balance adjustments and interface tweaks, though almost all of these are now available in a downloadable patch for anyone who owns the original game. Many units and buildings have lower costs than before, making the early part of a Warcraft III match go by even faster as you quickly muster a respectable force.

Not only does it play better, but The Frozen Throne also looks and sounds just as excellent as Warcraft III did a year ago. The new units and map types are colorful, dynamic, and highly detailed. There's new music for all the factions, and the new tracks fit in well with the original themes. New intro and ending cinematics that are on par with the high-quality Warcraft III CG sequences bookend the campaign. The Frozen Throne also features an improved version of the world editor utility that gives scenario designers more and better options for creating complex and original new scenarios, in addition to straightforward skirmish maps.

The plot of the campaign is sufficiently epic, and the superb voice acting and memorable character designs effectively drive the story along.


































































When Upgrades Turn Downgrades

1. Who said WinXP doesn't crash? It does. In my PC in does.
A couple of weeks ago, a computer nerd talked me into installing XP over my Win98 that I refused to upgrade. The reason was simpleWin98 is buggy when it comes to connecting USB devises. And it won't properly interface with my tk 26000 worth digital camera.
Armed with a XP installer (that has a picture of Bill Gates standing in front of the Microsoft Office gateI mean you gotta call his office as Microsoft Office, right? Sorry for digressing. Bill Gates is holding the WinXP CD in the picture and the CD in his hand has the serial number!), I installed it finally. And what did I get? A slow machine. A Windows system that refuses some old software programmes. A Windows system that crashes when I run exactly the same programme which crashed Win98. To make the matter worst, I can't return to Win 98 because I deleted the backup folder to save my hard disk space. And the most horrible thing is that XP is less friendly to some of the games we buy from Eastern Plaza.
Other than good looks, XP offers connectivity better. But I still weigh Win98 higher because of the programmes I use were better performing in Win98.
So folks, watch out when you are upgrading your PC.
-Icarus. dsrising@gononet.com
2. When I play games online I communicate with my friends over Roger Wilco, a very reliable voice chat application. Last week I fired it up and it asked if I wanted to upgrade to a new version, which I did. The upgrade looked exactly the same as the previous version and, worse, prevented me from connecting with my friends. With a quick uninstall, reinstall, and decline of the offered upgrade, the chat lines opened up, and now all is well.
But this little incident illustrates the fact that not all upgrades are good. Winamp provides another example. Its version 3.0 release did away with attributes that made previous versions great, such as small application size and stability. Nullsoft realized the error of its ways and plans to put Winamp back on the path to righteousness. In the interim, Nullsoft still makes the 2.x version available for download.
Not all upgrades should be avoided. I made the jump to Windows XP and it runs well, now that I have configured it to my liking. But the moral of this story, if you can call it a moral, suggests approaching upgrades with caution, and keeping the previous installer file handy in case you want to roll back.
Do you have any tales of an upgrade gone bad? Let me know at newsletters@download.com.
- Wayne Cunningham, Senior Editor, CNET Download.com


Waltzing The Web

By Synergie

Things seem to be rather dim these days (too pessimistic?), well for me that is. Some are lavishing the end of exams extremely. It takes a lot of luck to be able to do that. I have a friend who took of for Calcutta the day after our exams ended. And boy, if I could show you his vindictive e-mails! How Calcutta had changed dramatically in two years, how good the pizzas tasted, how much more presentable and good looking the girls were and etc. He also gave a lingering description of how fantastic the sound systems were in the movie theaters- when he watched the full version of The Matrix: Reloaded and how he was sorry for us because we would either have to see it on pirated CD's or DVD's.
Anyway, speaking of pirated, as some of you may have noticed that in the tête-à-tête section of RS, The-GirlNextDoor has taken up a scuffle to end the rumors about the to-be-released Harry Potter sequel, which is indeed a very good step since it's causing so much stress on the minds of Potter fans. But, understandably, after the impact of The Sorcerer's Stone and the tension of The Chamber of Secrets- it's quite hard keep that burst of eagerness bundled up to find out what's gonna happen next to Harry and gang in The Goblet of Fire. Well, I've been doing some peeking and prying myself. With loads of websites springing up, here are the best official and unofficial ones as well:
The Official Site: www.scholatic.com/ harrypotter
After the Scottish Arts Council gave J. K. Rowling a grant to finish her first Harry Potter book it sold to Bloomsbury (UK) and Scholastic Books. So, evidently this site is apt to be rumor-free. Besides information about the book and an interview with the author this site also contains wizard trivia, quizzes and screensavers.
Where It All Began: www.bloomsbury.com/ harrypotter
This site is authentic in that it has surprises popping up every now and then. You have to enter using a secret password known only to wizards and witches everywhere. Then you get to find out all about the books, meet JK Rowling and join the Harry Potter fan club 'Howlers and Owlers' plus e-mail insults and compliments. And for those of you who couldn't quite capture the essence of what a Muggle is… don't worry, it's all explained here.
From White to Silver: www.warnerbrothers. com/harrypotter
How Harry Potter came to be a silver-screen star from a white-page character is a l-o-n-g story. It's all right here. You can also get all the information you need about the films- starting form the making to the goof-ups, to the gallantry effects. As I said before- it's all at your fingertips.
Well, next time I'll be here with digs for some dictionaries that may really come in handy. Adios.













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