Michael Ford
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Mobsters at the Emmys

   HBO dominated the 56th Annual Emmys with a total of 16 awards. This was in part due to their successful mob series “The Sopranos,” which finally put “The West Wing” in its place and won four statues including best Drama Series. Other big winners were “Angels of America” and “Sex and the City,” which are both offspring of HBO. Let’s hope next year they bring Billy Crystal back to host, so we do not have to listen to Gary Shandling’s monotonies drone.

Oops, she did it again

   Britney Spears, in what appears to be an attempt to rival the wedding queen, J. Lo, got married on Sept. 25 for the second time this year. Or did she? It is now being reported that “uncovered documents” show Britney Spears' wedding to be a fake. People magazine only wasted a mere seven figures for “exclusive photos.” What a shame. And I thought I wasted money.

Star Wars ruined by “enhancement”

   George Lucas, the mastermind behind the insanely successful Stars Wars films, re-released digitally “enhanced” versions of his classics. Which is a good thing, right? Wrong. Hardcore fans loved the classics in their original form with flaws and all. In the new “Return of the Jedi” DVD, Hayden Christensen replaces Sebastian Shaw as Anakin, which is something I cannot imagine anyone being happy about. At least Star Wars lovers will always have their VHS tapes.

They want Ah-nuld back

   Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy governating Kah-lee-forn-ee-ah, the producers of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” hope he’ll be back at least for a small role in “T4.” They intend to start shooting sometime next year and are already in talks with “Terminator 3” director Jonathan Mostow, who is currently reviewing a script. The last two “Terminator” films garnered over $930 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful film franchises ever. C’mon Ah-nuld, give up the day job.

This week's rent:

   “The Killer” (1991), directed by John Woo. Before John Woo came to Hollywood and made a name for himself with movies like “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible II,” he was a renowned action director in Hong Kong known not only for his extraordinary feats in the stunt department, but also for his epic plotlines of brotherhood and betrayal. His numerous collaborations with international action star Chow Yun-Fat created a whole new genre of movies known as the heroic bloodshed genre. Of all their collaborations, “The Killer” is their finest hour.

Grade: A+

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