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Keanu
lays an
egg in
Watcher'
By Lyle Henretty
For the Daily
This is the movie that could have
been. It could have been a cold psy-
c ogical thriller, the tried but true
g e of cat and mouse between a
haggard FBI agent and a sleek killer.
It could have upped the ante and
explored the relationship between
these two men. It even suggested
that their relationship is liken to that
of lovers, two people that know the
other's every move, every tic, yet, at
the same time, know absolutely
nothing about one another. At the
very least, "The Watcher" could
heen a grimy, over the top
cx plIoitat iona
film that offered
nothing new. but
The at least wras fun
as hell.
Watcher Needless to
Grade C say, "Tle
At5Shose Watcher" disap-
and Quality 16 points on all of
these levels. It
plays itself out
with the pre-
dictability of a
TV movie or
maybe an
o v e r b l o w n
episode of "NYPD Blue." The usual-
ly excellent cast appears to be asleep
or most of the movie. and first time
director Jio. Charbanic borross
t'om, it scemed to me, ever serial
movie from "Halloween' to
Sn."
The story centers o xretired FBI
agent Campbell (Jame Spadet,
rho has been addicted to Secxnal
md collapsing from mraines since
e lost the trail of serial ktler
riffin (Keanu Reeves). The film
inds Campbell, relocated from Los
\ngeles to Chicago, just a a few
resh corpses show up in The Windy
ivith Griffin's calling card (that
they've been strangled with piano
vire).
Griffin begins sending ampbell
>ixtures of the victims 24 hours
efore he kills thex. At the u-ging of
its psychiatrist (Ma isa Tenei)
ampbell (brace yourself, this may
hock you) decides to cxme out of
etirdment to catch the killet .What
appens next is a paint-by-numbers
op chase, filled with seeral ear
lat s a few outlandish explo-
ions, and a few revelations that you
houd have guessed in the opening
Iredits -
vou n, Gr tiffin is responsible
?r (Campbell's paitful condition?
1The mrajor sin cemmitted by tis
Im is not its predictability, but the
ter lack of interest of all invtlted
1 maike it een the least bit enter-
i Spader'scharacter is work-
1g e clock, trying to save lives,
et he never seems even remotely
orried.
The one time he does change his

emeanor, physically grabbint
edestrians off the street to ask them
'they recognize a potential victim
^om a picture, just shows how much
an the actor could have had with his
>le. What could have been a fun,
ver the top actioner, doesn't even
avte energy to keep the audience
n edge. Hey, if the FBI guy isn't
orried, why should we be, right
Reeves certainly has the sharp
;atures and blank stare to make a
rrifying killer, but his reading of
e character makes lines that should
e chilling come off as humorous.
nagine Reeves' Ted from "Bill and
;d's Excellent Adventuxe" ttying to
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THE EMMY HAS SPOKEN...

Morre'lives again
with Emmy victones

By Jennifer Fogel
Daily TV/New Media Editor
The red carpet was rolled out once again
for the who's who of the television industry
as they ventured out in all their glitz and
glam last night for the 52nd Annual
Primetime Emmy Awards.
The show kicked off with a parody of the
all too well-known "Survivor" tribal council,
pitting the likes of former television show
hosts like Arsenio Hall - who have
descended into "Where are they now'?" hell
- in a faux competition for Emmy host and
a Poittiac Aztec.
The winner twas, of course, Carry
Shandlitag who managed to keep the awards
fresh and funny for the entire three hour tele-
cast, a very difficult feat for any award show
host. Shandliin tmanaged to make liht of
everything ranging from reality television to
politics to the fashion Bubbie of them all,
doan Rivers, of whom Shandling likened to a
"htooker twith a microphone."
Shandling did have a lot of star powered
help from the likes of Conan O'Brien and
"The Larry Sanders Show" alum David
Duchovney, who popped up as a "friendly"
bathroom attendant. The "Survivor" crew
extended their 15 minutes of fame, showing
up at the ceremony along with "Big Brother"
housemate Curtis, who was allowed to ven-
ture from the secluded house after finding
the hidden Emmy ticket. "Whose Line Is It
Anyway?" cast member Wayne Brady pro-
vided the musical portion of the evening,
reminiscent of Billy Crystal's Academy
Awards opening numbers.
Alas, the big winners of the night were not
the best dressed nor Shandling, but those
who left the Shrine Auditorium with the
golden statuette. Early winners included
Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally for
Supporting Actor and Actress for the comedy

"Will and Grace," and Richard Schiff and
Allison Janney for supporting roles in "The
West Wing."
While most viewers gambled on the length
of the actual telecast, the real competition
was between freshmen hit "The West Wing"
and the HBO sophomore drama "The
Sopranos," both having earned 18 nomina-
tions. It was the gangster, James Gandolfini
that won out over President Martin Sheen for
lead actor. However, in the end, the critically
acclaimed political drama, "The West Wing,"
was left standing when it won for
Outstanding Drama Series.
In the comedy categories, sentimental
favorite Michael J. Fox wron for his final sea-
sox on"Spin City," makitg this tis fourth
Emmy. Fox was given a standing ovation and
th anked the viewers at ]aoce for "a great
ride." "Evervbodv Loves Ravmond" star
Patricia Heaton took home the award for
Best Actress in Comedy Series while "Will
& Grace heat out favorites like "Friends"
and "Frastet.
Also receiving a standing ovation was
Jack Lemmon who, along with fellow cast-
mate Hank Azaria, won for his role in
"Tuesdays With Morrie." The adaptation of
Mitch Albom's best-selling book also took
home the prize for Outstanding Made for
Television Movie.
Halle Berry picked up an Emmy for her
role in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." By
far the biggest surprise of the evening was
Sela Ward of "Once and Again" winning for
Lead Actress in a Drama Series, beating out
critic favorites Ldie Falco ofI"The Sopranos"
and Julianna Margulies of [ER
Altogether the Emmys were unusually
active and fun to watch. Even with the
Academy's new voting system allowing for a
more diversified set of voters that threatened
to alter the outcome of the winners, there
were not any major surprises.

AP PHOTO AP P
Jack Lemmon, left, and Hank Azada both won awards Nominated four years in a row for his role on "Spin
for their roles in the miniseries "Tuesdays With Morrie." City," Michael J. Fox finally took home the Emmy.
AND THE WINNERS WERE..
Outstandin Drama Series: Lead Actor/Drama Series:
"The West Wing" James Gandolfini, "The
Sopranos"
Outstanding Comedy Lead Actress/Drama Series:
Series: Sela Ward, "Once and
"Will & Grace" Again"
Supporting Actor/Actress in
Lead Actor/Comedy Series: a Drama Series:
Michael J. Fox, "Spin City" Richard Schiff & Allison
Janney, "The West Wing"
Lead Actress/Comedy Supporting Actor/Actress in
Series: a Comedy Series:
Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Sean Ha s & Megan
Loves Raymond" Mullally," ill & Grace"

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