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February 6, 2004



Courtesy of ABC

After the huge success of "Who
Wants to be a Millionaire?" in 2000,
ABC has announced that the once-
popular game show will return at the
end of the month with the stakes
raised. Beginning Feb. 22, the pro-
gram, renamed "Super Millionaire,"
will air on five consecutive nights.
Up to $10 million can now be won,
and with the benefit of two addition-
al lifelines, the show might find life
itself again. Regis Philbin will return
to host the primetime spectacle.
Sunday, Super Bowl XXXVIII set
a new prime-time television viewing
record. Although it did not set the
mark for most average viewers, about
144 million people still tuned in to at
least part of the championship game,
making it the largest audience ever to
watch a Super Bowl. According to
the Nielsen ratings, 89.6 million
Americans watched all four hours of
the football spectacular, due to the
exciting game, the much-anticipated
commercials and the titillating half-
time show.
In the middle of February sweeps,
NBC will unleash a slew of guest
appearances on its primetime pro-
grams. According to
thefutoncritic.com, Monday night will
feature Jean-Claude Vn Damme on

"Las Vegas," as he portrays an action
star, while Michael J. Fox will appear
on "Scrubs" as a doctor the following
evening. Jane Seymour and Jay Mohr
make guest shots on "Law and Order"
and "The West Wing" respectively.
The week concludes with Nick
Lachey portraying Tom Jones on
"American Dreams."
Recalled Calif. governor Gray
Davis will make a cameo in the
CBS comedy "Yes, Dear" on
March 1. In the episode, the politi-
cian will portray himself and pick a
fight at a basketball game with one
of the characters, according to
zap2it.com. Following his appear-
ance on "The Late Show with
David Letterman," this is just the
latest attempt by CBS to revitalize
Davis's image. Hopefully this cam-
paign will be recalled as well.
ABC has announced that "Karen
Sisco" will not return to its prime-
time lineup. The program has been
on hiatus since November due to low
ratings, but was slated to begin film-
ing the remainder of its 13-episode
commitment this month. According
to thefutoncritic.com, executives
rejected the scripts for the last three
shows and then decided to cancel the
Sunday night drama permanently.
Look on the bright side, it's another
night Regis can be on!

By Hussain Rahim
Daily Arts Writer
Coming off his last film, "Pay-
check," a Philip K. Dick adaptation
directed by John Woo, the much
beleaguered Ben Affleck seemed in
good spirits and spoke with The
Michigan Daily about his life,
future plans and his career.
As an admitted science fiction
fan, he said he would love to do
another film in the genre and also
spoke kindly of his experience of
working with John Woo. "You'd
expect him to be different since his
films are so violent, but he's really a
sweet guy."
When asked of his relationship
with Matt Damon, he said, "I'd like
to collaborate again with Matt. I'm
taking six months off and then Matt
and I have a couple of things we've
been talking about doing. It's the
only way I get to see the guy. I'd like
to write a script with him in the mid-
dle of this year, and I'd like to direct
it. That's the next evolution for me."
After doing so many different
projects and wearing various hats
such as writer ("Good Will Hunt-
ing"), Hollywood-blockbuster actor
("Armaggedon," "Pearl Harbor")
and producer ("Project: Green-
light") categorizes himself as an
artist. "Acting is something I want
to graduate from, although maybe
that's because I never graduated
from anything." Since acting is
how he first got into the industry,
he would like to move on to the
other aspects.
While reflecting on his early
career, Affleck admits he
had no early plan laid out
about where he wanted
to go. Initially, he hoped
he could just make a liv-
ing acting, since every-
one around him said he
wouldn't get any work
and he would starve. As long as he
didn't have to wash dishes and
could survive on just acting, he was
happy. "I started off with independ-
ent movies because that is what I
could get and because I liked those
kinds of films. I liked Hollywood

the reason I didn't sweat the cata-
clysmic, disastrous reception of
'Gigli,' I knew I had something real-
ly good coming out." With some neg-
ative press floating around him it's
easy to think that Affleck's attitude
could be sour. "(I didn't even reject)
'Gigli;' I made a relationship during
that movie that was really important
to me, more important than my
career and (the film) was a big risk
for me. (It) let me know I was still
trying different things. And I got to
work with Martin Brest who made
my favorite movie, 'Midnight Run.'
I think I let my relationship
Courtesy of Fox become too public in the begin-
ning, which allowed it to be mutat-
ed and corrupted. But
becoming afraid of risk
is a fast track to selling
your soul."
Even with his mega-
success, Affleck
remains a friendly per-

I can see, but I can't act.


movies as well, so once I got into
those I tried to always move
between the two -(by) doing a
Kevin Smith movie and then an
action film like "Pearl Harbor" for
example. Some things turned out
more successful than I expected and

some turned out less than so."
Affleck also spoke of "Jersey
Girl," Kevin Smith's next movie. "It
was going to be released during
March," and called it "easily Kevin
Smith's best movie and probably my
favorite movie I've ever been in. It's

son who is eager to
please and leave a smile on the
faces of those he encounters. The
stumbles in his career and the
media glare thrust upon him seem
to have done little to faze him and
will do little to keep him off the
screen inthe near future.

Dirty Water fails Dirty South

By Hussain Rahim
Daily Arts Writer
Music REVIEW *1
When you see a follow-up album
a tad over six months after an
artist's first commercial break-
through, and it happens to be
labeled as a part two, things aren't
looking good. If you know who
David Banner is then you already
know what you're going to get: The
angry, Dirty South scowl, synth-
heavy production and scattershot
lyrical focus.

The role of conflicted thug is the
holy grail of hip-hop; mixing
volatile street attitude with stoic
reflection has
been the goal of
countless artists. David Banner
The mastery of MTA2:
this dichotomy is Baptized in
what engenders Dirty Water
new listeners to
Tupac to this day. Universal
But Banner is no
Tupac, and in the wrong hands it
makes for a very schizophrenic and
even hypocritical record. As the title
suggests, he's trying to examine the

struggle of being born into less than
stellar conditions and how people
strive despite opposition. With
songs about stabbing hoes in the
face in front of their mama's house
and robbing people for Christmas,
maybe he gave up.
With a track list that moves from
"Pop That" to "My Lord," it's not
really clear where he's going and
after a while its obvious that he
really doesn't know either. There is
none of the self-conscious fun of
Lil' Jon, and Banner's random
attempts at brevity don't work.
Stretched out to 70 minutes, with


remixes of "Like a Pimp" and "Air
Force Ones" that have been repack-
aged for the commercial set, it's just
too much. Yet where it matters, in
his focus, it's just not enough.

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