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Julianne Moore

Her three-minute performance as Harrison Ford's doctor colleague in The Fugitive was enough to convince Steven Spielberg to cast her--without an audition.

Julianne Moore spent the early years of her life in over two dozen locations around the world with her parents, a psychiatric social worker and a military judge. She finally found her place at Boston University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in acting from the School of the Performing Arts. After graduation, she found herself in Manhatten, where she also started her acting career. Some of the off-Broadway plays she appeared in included Caryl Churchill's Serious Money and Ice Cream With Hot Fudge. Later moving into daytime television, Moore appeared briefly on The Edge of Night. From 1985 to 1988 she played two half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina on the soap As The World Turns. This performance later led to an Oustanding Ingenue Emmy Award in 1988.

Moore's first appearance on screen came as a supporting role (Valerie Bertinelli's friend) on a mini-series in 1987 called Judith Krantz's I'll Take Manhattan. Several minor TV movies followed, which had a greater strain on her talent than value for her acting career. These movies include Money, Power, Murder, The Last To Go, Cast a Deadly Spell, and Lovecraft.

In 1990, Moore's talents were featured in Tales From the Darkside: The Movie where she played the victim of a mummy. She also played a real estate agent friend of Anabella Sciorra in The hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992). Later in 1993, the blockbuster starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive, gave Moore a chance to play a short but critical role as Ford's co-worker at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Moore played Willem Dafoe's wife in Body of Evidence and Aidan Quinn's waitress girlfriend in Benny & Joon.

During probably her most shocking performance, Moore appears nude from the waist down while delivering a monologue in Robert Altman's Short Cuts. Later that year she worked with Al Pacino in Strindberg's The Father. In one of Moore's most distinguished performances, she recapitulated her "beguiling Yelena from Andre Gregory's ongoing workshop version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in the late Louis Malle's critically acclaimed Vanya on 42nd Street" (CelebSite). Director Todd Haynes gave Moore her first opportunity to take on a lead role in Safe, where she plays a housewife who develops an inexplicable allergic reaction to her existence.

As Hugh Grant's pregnant girlfriend in Nine Months, Moore finds her way into romantic comedy while also starring with Robin Williams--the couple's sweet, but incompetant Russian doctor. Following films included Assassins where she played an electronics security expert and Surviving Picasso (1996) where she played Dora Maar.

Such was Moore's acting career--a slow but rising career nonetheless. Her career had not sky-rocketed nor suffered from her many pivotal but minor roles in off-beat independent films. However, all would change in 1997.

While her name in Hollywood was well-known, she didn't gain named audience recognition until director Steven Spielberg brought us back to Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

Opposite Jeff Goldblum, Moore plays his paleontologist girlfriend Sarah Harding. Starring in a Spielberg movie was potentially one of her greatest opportunities to rise to superstardom. And when asked to play the lead role without an audition, she eagerly agreed to a very physically challenging performance--hanging from rooftops and such. But Moore was not about to let this opportunity slip away, so she roughed it out.

In 1997, Moore followed her blockbuster movie performance with two more features: The Myth of Fingerprints starring with Noah Wyle and Blyth Danner; and Boogie Nights opposite Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg.

Boogie Nights is a dark comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson which tells the story of a family of adult entertainment filmmakers who seek to transform this industry to a form of art. The Big Lebowski is being released March, 1998, and features Moore playing Maude in a eye-candy treat from the director of Fargo, Joel Coen.

Her latest movie will be starring opposite Pierce Brosnan paying an homage to romantic comedies of the 1940s and 1950s. This is the story of two New York divorce attorneys (Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan) who have often competed against one another in the courtroom. Their intensity leads to a relationship, this, in spite of their chosen area of professional specialisation. They soon get married, and they learn just how difficult it is to manage a healthy relationship.

World's Earliest BBQ Identified

Hamburgers and hot dogs were not on the menu at the first known barbecues, according to recent research that suggests early outdoor diners instead feasted on antelope, other meats and vegetarian dishes.

The research consists of two back-to-back studies. The first concerns what is believed to be a 1 to 1.5 million-year-old South African fire, which could represent the earliest evidence for human-controlled fire and the world's first known barbecue.

The second study describes 790,000-year-old possible hearth fires in Israel. This second study, published in the current issue of Science, presents the first evidence for human use of fire in Europe and Asia.

Previously, the earliest controlled fires were thought to have originated in China around 500,000 years ago.

According to a presentation at the International Paleoanthropology Society's annual meeting in Montreal, the South African evidence came from a dark cave called Swartkrans near the city of Sterkfontein in a region known for early hominid finds.

In 1984, over 250 charred animal bones were found in the cave. The bones recently were reanalyzed using a process called electron spin resonance, which indicated how hot the ancient bones got when they were cooked.

Apparently, our distant human relatives, such as Homo ergaster and Homo erectus, liked their meat either very rare as in raw or well done.

Anne Skinner, professor of chemistry at Williams College who, with colleague Joan Lloyd, conducted the analysis, said the probable antelope bones fell into three categories: unheated, slightly heated, and "calcined," meaning burnt to a crisp.

"Actually the most interesting bones are not the result of cooking," Skinner told Discovery News. "Heating something to 600 degrees Celsius would result in a totally inedible dinner! These (calcined) bones were either refuse after earlier cooking at a lower temperature, or the meat was eaten raw and just the bones put in the fire."

The fire used to heat the bones likely was man-made, she said, because the site at the time would have been open grassland, and temperatures in grass fires usually only reach 300-400 degrees Celsius.

Francis Thackeray of the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa, also studied the burned bones. Thackeray does not believe humans over a million years ago actually made fires, but rather that they might have collected burning branches set afire by lightning strikes and other natural causes.

Humans, however, probably made the fires at the Israeli site, Gesher Benot Ya-aqov. There, researchers found seeds, cut bones, wood, flint, numerous fruit specimens, and burnt and unburned grains, all in clusters suggestive of hearths.

The early barbecuers at Gesher liked to eat their meat right down to the bone.

"There are indications that meat was consumed, and not only meat," lead researcher Naama Goren-Inbar of Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology told Discovery News. "There are cut marks and cracked bones (indicating) marrow consumption, and the bones were cracked very methodologically. Having a fire around means that some roasting (took place)!"

Goren-Inbar added that the ability to control fire marked a turning point in human evolution.

"The role of fire in energy, warmth, cooking, more extensive diet, defense, light, etc. is crucial in everyday life," Goren-Inbar explained. "Some people even make the connection between the presence of fire and the ability of Homo erectus to colonize the old world."

The Israeli researchers next hope to study in detail the dietary habits of early hominids.

By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

PC Game Review


Review by Gokhra

Requirements: Pentium III 700 MH, 128MB RAM, most 64B plus video cards and 650 MB hard drive free space

If you are a Corvette aficionado (a.k.a freak) like Mood Dude then this game scores before even the coming out of the pirated CD cover. But for the rest of us it requires a little more analysis.

This game was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. It lets you race virtually every corvette made in street and track settings comprising of over 80 different corvettes. That's the blurb on the packaging. Sort of.

So what does it have that makes it stand out from the rest? The car featured here is an American icon synonymous with Elvis and Coca Cola. For all you anti Americans, don't boycott the car for its origin.

It's a racing game pure and simple. There is a career mode and an arcade mode which are similar in the sense that you jump into a car and race off winning different paintjobs and brand name parts upgrades along the way. The upgrades make the winning just that much more easier. The career mode in more of a stroll through history documenting the different years of Corvette glory. You end up with the year 2003 model with speeds and handling similar to the actual eras. The menu includes a little background information on every car.

There are several glitches or rather annoyances. The camera is stuck to the back of the car like in NFS 2 and shifts wildly with each swerve of the car. It would have been much nicer to let it adjust gradually like in the latest version of NFS. Also there is no damage modeling with the only concession to a 100mph bang is a shower of sparks. Other than this the game is graphically excellent with brilliantly detailed cars correct right down to the last wheel nut. The environment is also relatively well detailed although at times it seems a bit surreal like a presentation for Eden. Everything looks nice, clean and slightly otherworldly.

The soundtrack isn't much of a driving inspiration. All are instrumental pieces that act more as background fillers. It would have been nice to have some licensed hard pounding music. The highlight in the sound section ae the car noises. The roar of the engines is very much like the real thing although the closes it got to the real thing are the TV shows featuring Vettes. The cars sound very real with the more powerful cars sounding like a proper big block V8. All this goes quite well with the sense of speed which is well represented.

Multiplayer is basically the same arcade and career courses, only this time for two people. Unfortunately it's straight duels for multiplayer. No other racers, nor civilians, nor police are present. The camera is also forced first person, if you like to race like this, no problem but a third person view would have been much more preferable. Other "Bonus" modes, six of them in total, are also unlocked the more of career you complete.

Saving the game requires you to go to the main menu and it tells you how much of the game you've completed. It's a nice touch. Racing fans will like this game although it will not wow them over. You get a heck lot of cool cars, a reasonably intelligent AI, diverse tracks, a career, arcade and multiplayer mode and surprisingly no errors. It's a racing game that happens to be slightly above average in all aspects.


by the Hitch-hiker

The Internet is really a world at your fingertips. Millions of web sites, tons of information makes it very resourceful. But it can also be a weird place. Following are some interesting sites for you to check out:

www.tie-a-tie.net This site provides important lessons in mastering the art of tie tying, which is not rocket science after all. Coming to the aid of people trying to woo the opposite sex, the site offers "colored and easy-to-follow diagrams as well as simple step-by-step instructions to help you on your way to become a real master at tying ties in no time." You will also find an advice section, as well as tips on how to care for your tie. So the next time you have to be in your formal best don't get all tied up, visit this site!

www.birthdayalarm.com This service which started out in 2001 has gained a great deal of popularity in recent times. The site aims to provide a simple way for people to remember birthdays.

You have to create a birthday book for yourself and then you can forget every birthday of the year except of course your own! Leave it to Birthday Alarm to remind you of "the significant other's" b-day and save your skin. There are also loads of e-cards to choose from. Another great option allows users to upload their own personal pictures and send them as an e-card to their friends.

The official Internet web site of HRH (His Royal Highness) The Prince of Wales. Like all other things royal this site is boring and lifeless. Certainly not the place to go if gossip is what you have in mind. If however, you are ever in need of a detailed description of what the Prince did starting from birth till date, you can check out the site. Not to be forgotten are the two other princes, William and Harry. Each has their history in this site too, along with carefully selected pictures. Hey, did you know Prince William's A- Level results? One A, one B and one C!

You can't call yourself a Potter fan, if you haven't been to the Official Harry Potter site. Enroll yourself at Hogwarts. Find out where you belong Gryffindor or Slytherin from who else? The Sorting Hat! There are games and downloads and other fun stuff. But it can come as a disappointment to some Harry Potter fans. You can also find a countdown to the release of the eagerly awaited "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".

Virus News Every year on April 26th (starting at midnight), the Chernobyl (CIH) virus is activated on infected computers (running on Win95/98/Me). This can result in overwriting of hard drive sectors and corresponding loss of data. If you suspect an attack, update and run your antivirus software.


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