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August 22, 2002

Cover Story
Fall movie preview No holiday for quality:
Hollywood used to fill the time from Labor Day to Thanksgiving with throwaway movies. This year, the studios aren't taking a breather. Story


Film
photoA star is (digitally) born
Al Pacino's intensity and comic timing save Simone from otherwise lackluster acting and an unbelievable, leap-frogging plot.

Delightfully disturbing
Jennifer Aniston's glum store clerk is surrounded by kooky characters in The Good Girl.

Calling all girls, ages 12-14
Little Secrets has a little romance, a little message and is of little interest to most audiences.

Family movie guide
The Family Movie Guide should be used along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for selecting movies suitable for children.

Top 5 movies
1. Sunshine State -- Maverick filmmaker John Sayles casts his sharp eye on Florida's economic development and the bulldozing of the state's personality. A sparkling ensemble cast includes Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton and Mary Steenburgen.

Also opening
Now serving Matthew Perry

Video/DVD
Video: 'We Were Soldiers': gory but compelling
We Were Soldiers (R)

DVD: College life was never Wilder
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (unrated 2-disc set)

Rewind: What's a friend to do?
If NBC's Friends calls it quits after the next TV season, its six actors probably will want to add movie credits to their fledgling film resumes.

Pop
Pop: down the road
Aerosmith with Kid Rock, 7 p.m., Oct. 17, Ice Palace, Tampa. Tickets ($44.75-$80.75) on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at the box office (813) 223-1000 or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Pop: hot ticket
Cool titles

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Greg Kaputa of Tampa knew that Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, who performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall next month, authored the cookbook Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish. (Nugent coauthored it with his wife, Shemane).

Dine
photoBeefing up
The Grill at Feather Sound has a new chef and a better attitude, and the meat dishes are benefitting. But even more improvement is needed.

Food events
French Wine Dinner -- 6 p.m. Fri., Grand Ballroom of Aston Gardens, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. $60. Tickets: (813) 818-9463.

Stage
An enchanted invitation
The Show Palace Dinner Theatre show features classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, a little dancing and some Bob Mackie costume designs, too.

Stage: ticket window
Single tickets to Florida Orchestra concerts for the coming season go on sale at noon Monday at (813) 286-2403, toll-free 1-800-662-7286, www.floridaorchestra.org or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Stage: auditions
The Detective Dinner Theater will hold auditions for Invitation to Murder at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Aug. 29, and at 4 p.m. Saturday by appointment only at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair. All readings from the script. Photo and resume or bio required. Call (727) 742-7457.

Art
An avenue of provocative art
Dynamic work is on display on the walls at two galleries on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue. And don't forget to look in the bins.

Art: gallery shows
Summer Salon -- Through Sept. 3, various artists at Hyde Park Fine Arts, Tampa.

Get Away
Getaway: down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.

Getaway: hot ticket
Ladies and gentlemen: Rosa Rio

Night Life
Night life: hot ticket
The class clown

Shop
Shop: outside in
Oh, these days. The heat and humidity stifle any urge to go outdoors. If you're getting cabin fever, bring some of the great outdoors indoors.

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