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The Michigan Daily - Weekend

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WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

ME

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Damn it, I just had it.
Courtesy of Virgin Records For the fifth or sixth time this si
Janet: not a fan of clothing. lost. Wisely note my displacement q
personification of the wallet, impl
Biu BoARD fold calf skin might have abruptly re
dered off with my $17 and key fon
TOP 10 Shifting blame to an inanimate objec
irritation, but desperation in still ce
spine. This is out of my hands. I try
1. Confessions, Usher - i start digging through a laundiy ba
Damn. It feels good to be ons.a
top of Janet.... Even if it only ton. Think of synonyms for search
lasts a week. mage, comb, hunt, excavate, scour,
2. Damita Jo, Janet IMy room's cleanliness has stc
Jackson - This is the breast yerion(see above}, but with a
Janet Jackson album yet.
3. NOW That's What I undergrad career it seems fair to
Call Music! 15, Various new low. Somehow it would be in
Artists - NOW that's what we wasn't sere my wallet was in here
call KaZaAI my chances in all of greater Wash
4. U Gotta Feel Me, Lil' Flip now that it's buried among the
- Oh yeah? Naw, man, it ain t
like that. U gotta feel us. books, wobbly CD towers and wr.
5. Honkin' on Bobo, sessions jammed in this 12-by-12 cc
Aerosmith - Honkin' on in here because ... well, I haven't1
Bobo in public can get you Wait , have L?
arrested in 38 states.
6. Me and Mr. Johnson, Maybe it all sounds innocuous
Eric Clapton - You thought nearly everything in the weeks bef
Mr. Johnson meant blues singer ther. s an undrlying psychodrama1
Robert Johnson? Naw, son, he's grudolsigaywle.Pp
talking about that Mr. Johnson... grudolsigm waetel
The one who lives downstairs. English literature don't just lose th-
7. Hood Hop, J-Kwon - stuck decipheng extended taph
Seven, eight, to the nine, to the gories into their stupid predicame3
10...sGet the fuck off our chart. selves on relative character arcs.th
Does your mom know yerrr in
the club gettin' tipsy, young man? imagery of their settig
8. Feels Like Home, I can't help it after pouring t
Norah Jones - There are still Faulkner; it conditioned me toset uj
eight soccer moms who don't n from life, to wring implicatio
havethis album yet. Get with it, ing detail I don't even read ntomy
ladies.
9. Greatest Hits, Guns N' through it. I carve it apart.1 reduc
Roses - Don't miss Greatest apparently, that doesnt inheren.
Hits Volume 2: The Best of the clutter or find what I need.
Bucket Head Years.
10 The College Dropout, And what does a wallet syboli
Kanye West Is it just us or to get behind the bed, Proof of id
does Kanye sound a lot like exist your distilled essence caug
Mush Mouth from "Fat Albert cheap leatherI myself.,amthere
and the Cosby Kids?"
N EWS IN ENTERTAINMENT

"ourtesy o"Revo'ution Sudios
Dude, could you put a shirt on?
WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
Gross in millions of dollars
1. Hellboy (23.5) - What
would happen if he and Jesus
had a baby? Think about it...
2. Walking Tall (15.3) -
Johnny Knoxville can be our
deputy anytime!
3. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters
Unleashed (15.0) - We swear
we saw Shaggy at Hash Bash.
4. Home on the Range
(14.0) - Where the computer-
generated deer and the ante-
lope play.
5. The Prince &RMe (10.0)
- Replace Luke Mably with
Freddie Prinze, and you get
"The Prinze & Me." Oh, man,
we're on fire.
6. The Passion of the
Christ (9.9) - Don't miss the
sequel, "The Revenge of the
Christ," starring The Rock as J.C.
7. The Ladykillers (7.0) -
"You brought your bitch to the
waffle hut?'
8. Jersey Girl (5.1) - It's
like a Kevin Smith movie, but
without all the swearing and
fart jokes.
9. Dawn of the Dead
(4.3) - We bet you,$4.3 mil-
lion the brothers don't make it
through the first five minutes.
10. Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind (3.5) -
Why forget about Kate Winslet
when you can have "The
Majestic erased from your
memory?

BETTER THAN BOND

NEWEST 'SPLINTER CELL REDEFINES SPY-GAME GENRE

By Charles Paradis
Daily Arts Writer

EE
With the release of "Splinter Cell"
in late 2002, Ubisoft launched the
premier third-person adventure fran-
chise. The game followed the exploits
of National Security Alliance counter-

DYLAN SELLING UNDERWEAR .
CNN.com and The Associated Press
report that Bob Dylan appears in a new
series of commercials for Victoria's
Secret. His grizzled face is intercut with
shots of model Adriana Lima cavorting
through Venice in a bra, panties and
spike heels.
Dylan's song "Love Sick," from his
Grammy-winning 1997 album ime Out
of Mind, provides the musical backdrop
for the spot, which airs in 15-, 30- and
60-second versions.
It promotes a new line of lingerie, the
"Angels" collection - which explains
the wings on Lima's back as she prances
across a palazzo near a Venetian canal.
The commercials began airing a week
ago and will run for the next two weeks,
said Ed Razek, chief creative officer for
Victoria's Secret. The company experi-
enced an immediate uptick in sales once

the spots ran, Razek said. P. Diddy could
not be reached for comment.
J.Lo'S MAMA RAKES IN THE PAPER
The Associated Press reports that
Guadalupe Lopez, 58, of New York, was
playing a Wheel of Fortune-themed slot
machine at the Borgata Hotel Casino &
Spa in Atlantic City when she hit for
$2,421,291.76 just before 8 p.m.
Saturday, according to the casino.
Casino spokesman Michael Facenda
denied knowing of any relationship
between the jackpot winner and pop
celebrity Jennifer Lopez. But Us Weekly
and People magazine report in upcom-
ing issues that Guadalupe Lopez is
Jennifer's Lopez's mother.
Jennifer Lopez's publicist, Rob
Shuter, declined to comment. P.
Diddy immediately flew his mama to
Atlantic City.

ANN ARBOR
ED KOSTER

.

terrorist operative
Sam Fisher, who
thwarted the
plans of an evil
dictator, all the
while showing
James Bond what
style really
meant. Now,
Fisher and his
sardonic wit have

Tom
Clancy's
Splinter Cell:
Pandora
Tomorrow
GameCube, PS2,
Xbox and PC
Ubisoft

any such shortcoming. It is not the
predictable storyline that has made
the series so successful, but rather
the careful balance between stealth
and combat.
What makes the "Splinter Cell"
franchise unique is the number of
covert techniques the player has at his
disposal. One could, and is often
required to, sneak through levels
undetected to complete the mission
objective. The game may be simple in
the geographic layout of the levels,
but in terms of the ways in which one
can navigate these levels, "Pandora"
is anything but linear.
Much of the fun of "Splinter Cell"
is derived from trying to solve the
puzzle of how to get past various
guards without being detected. Of
course, the game offers plenty of
shoot 'em up action to satiate the
most rabid action/adventure junkie.
But the true aficionado will not be
satisfied with merely beating the
level, but beating it in a creative man-
ner.
The graphics of the game are excel-
lent, but at times Ubisoft seems to
have tried to do too much. Complicat-

ed textures and animations can put a
strain on the system causing graphical
glitches. For example, Fisher's shad-
ow can become very pixilated at
points where the light sources are dif-
ficult to process. Otherwise, "Pando-
ra" presents the player with a
wonderful visual and auditory experi-
ence that heightens the suspense of
the game. Music helps set the mood
throughout the game. If a guard sees
you, the music changes; if a firefight
breaks out, it alters again.
It would be impossible to talk about
"Pandora" without mentioning the
revolutionary multiplayer component
the game offers. A special bonus to
help players get started with Xbox

Live - Micorsoft's online gami
network - Ubisoft has include
free limited subscription to the se
ice with each copy of "Pandora."
The multiplayer game offers t
different modes: first-person for pl
ing as mercenaries and third-pers
for spies. Each team is presented w
different objectives, equipment a
restrictions, offering two unic
modes of play. No game has so sea
lessly intertwined two different mo
of play into one thrilling multipla
experience.
"Pandora" will be long reme
bered not only as a game that coni
ued a strong franchise, but one t
revolutionized online gaming.
Preparation
rses Include:
A I

"David's Books," owner Ed Koster
says while answering the phone. Koster
takes an order over the phone as he
watches patrons enter his East William
Street store. Sitting in front of the bright
yellow sign that once stood outside the
stores previous location on East Liberty
Street, Koster reflects on the changes
his store has seen since opening in the
early 1970s.
From its original location at the corner
of South Ashley and First streets,
David's Books moved to the corner of
South State and East Liberty streets in
1978, where it became a local mainstay

Koster enjoys his new location,
though he cannot display his signature
sign outside. This location affords him
the opportunity to place library carts full
of books outside, which he then sells for
discounted prices. He has also expanded
his business to the Internet.
One of Koster's claims to fame is the
now-famous mural on East Liberty. In
1984, an artist approached Koster to
paint the mural. "I just told him to pick
people related to books," said Koster.
"He choose his favorite authors."
- Sravya Chirumamilla
and Joel Hoard

returned in the sequel, "Splinter Cell:
Pandora Tomorrow."
In what comes as no surprise,
"Pandora" calls upon Fisher once
again to save the world from a nefar-
ious tyrant in an all-too-familiar plot.
The story line is not so compelling
as to keep players glued to their con-
trollers, but the suspense and the
action of the gameplay make up for

until it was forced out last June when
Potbelly's moved in.
Noting that much has changed in Ann
Arbor since the store first opened, Koster
says, "There is a lot less retail. There are
more restaurants and coffee shops, and
retail stores are fading away."

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