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Arts Life LOCAL BEST SELLERS What's selling at area bookstores. Hardcover 1. Eleven on Top Janet Evanovich 2. 1776 David McCullough 3. The Historian Elizabeth Kostova 4.

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Dress Your Family i in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris 2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares 3. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini This list was compiled based on sales for the week ending June 26 at Appletree Books, Cleveland Heights; all seven Borders; Fireside Book Shop, Chagrin Falls; Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village; and Village Booksmith, Medina. NIELSEN RATINGS Here are the top 10 prime- 4. "CSI: Crime Scene Investitime television programs for gation" (rerun) CBS (8.5, 15) the week of June 20-26, their 5.

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A sneak preview for soldiers Spielberg sponsors special screening for real-life military stars FORT DRUM, N.Y. They've hunted down terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposed rebels in Bosnia and battled warlords in Somalia. Now, 10th Mountain Division troops are facing off against Martian invaders with no less than the fate of the Earth in the balance. The soldiers were called on by Steven Spielberg, who picked Fort Drum troops to star in his remake of the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds." The movie, starring Tom Cruise, opens nationwide today, but the actor-soldiers were treated to a sneak preview Monday night at the post movie theater.

"It feels awesome to help save the world," said Sgt. Christopher Lumpiesz, of Tampa, who gets to help shoot down a Martian ship in the movie. Lumpiesz, who saw real combat in Afghanistan, was one of 42 10th Mountain Division soldiers who play roles in two scenes in the movie. Other military units from the Army and Marines appear in the movie as well. Thirty-two of those watched the movie Monday night, along with a capacity crowd of special guests.

The other 10 soldiers were on leave or have been reassigned since the scenes were shot in the first week of December in upstate New York and Connecticut. "Spielberg wanted real soldiers to make the scenes more authentic. He was quite impressed. You don't get any more Army than the 10th Mountain Division," WAR WILLIAM KATES Associated Press FROM El 'War of Worlds' is smart thriller Others among this endangered species include James Cameron's first "Terminator," which "War" an updated version of H.G. Welles' alien-invasion tale resembles in key qualities.

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Spc. Kenneth Wright of the U.S. battle recently. Director Steven battling alien invaders in his KEVIN RIVOLI I ASSOCIATED PRESS Army's 10th Mountain Division got Spielberg invited members of the latest movie, "War of the Worlds." the time being, they prefer to soak up their celebrity status. "It's been a whirlwind to be part of it.

My mom didn't believe me at first when I told her I met Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg and Dakota Fanning," said Wright. "Now she's stoked about it. Everybody in my family is going to go see me I mean the movie." It's not the first time the 10th Mountain Division has made it to the silver screen. The division's historic rescue of Army Rangers Tom Cruise, center, and 1 Dakota the emotional center of Steven playing a father and daughter family against the apocalyptic The Plain Dealer Wednesday, June 29, 2005 got a chance to fight the ultimate division to portray soldiers in Somalia in 1993 was chronicled in the book "Black Hawk Down," which was made into a 2001 movie by director Ridley Scott. Since its reactivation in 1985, the 10th Mountain Division has been the nation's most-deployed military force.

Fort Drum troops also have served in the Persian Gulf War, in Florida providing relief to victims of Hurricane Andrew, and in Haiti, Kosovo and more than: a dozen other countries. PARAMOUNT Fanning, next to him, provide Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," who finally discover a sense of backdrop of an alien invasion. Fanning brings so many dimensions to her performance, it's hard to believe she's only 11. She plays Rachel, Ray's daughter, a girl teetering on the edge of adolescence and swinging back and forth, from cool, knowing maturity to childishness. She maintains this even while she executes many other wild swings fear to panic to rational thinking to shock and back as the action revs up.

Fanning's performance is all the more remarkable considering that Spielberg gives her and Cruise (along with Justin Chatwin, also fine as Ray's sullen teenage son) all of 10 minutes to establish their characters before that action begins. Though Spielberg has said "War," with its evil aliens and mass destruction, is the opposite of his masterpiece, "E.T.," it really isn't: He and the writers have transformed Welles' novella into a core story about a broken family that is trying to find home, both literally (as E.T. was) and figuratively (as Elliott was). When the aliens attack the New York area, Ray has his kids on a weekend visitation. They set off for Boston to find the kids' mom (Miranda Otto), and along the way, they rediscover their own sense of family.

Spielberg includes plenty of the awe-striking shots for which he's known a hushed forest, where victim's clothes fall from the sky like eerie snow, a river of corpses but the most awesome thing he has done is to make a sci-fi movie that gives us a reason to worry about the aliens and blown-up buildings. To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: n. EN said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, the post's public-affairs officer.

"This is a reward to soldiers who have been among our best, and it's a way to showcase the American military." After the special showing, the soldiers were called up onstage for a curtain call. Spc. Kenneth Wright of Bakersfield, and Staff Sgt. Aaron Dewitt of Perrysville, Ohio, agreed that it was a chance for America's soldiers to get some added recognition. But for spectacular special effects bore people if they have no emotional stakes attached.

Spielberg, of course, is the master of creating emotional stakes though not always to the benefit of the movie. Here he achieves a fine balance between his tendency for mushy sentimentality and his gift for narrative drive. He does this by taking a new approach to the sci-fi extravaganza he makes the special effects part of the location, the world of the movie, rather than setting them off like a fire-. works display. Basically, he applies what he did with the Omaha Beach landing in "Saving Private He engulfs the actors in the chaos of the special effects and then shoots it with an almost documentary, newsreel style, often with handheld cameras in the thick of the action.

Plus, he stays in the action, never cutting to the White House situation room for a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting on the crisis. He brings the emotional tension to the movie in ways that will be familiar to Spielberg fans: By framing the story around a splintered family of divorce, and by casting an unusually gifted child actor at the center of that family. Cruise's Ray Ferrier is the designated hero of the movie: He is the one who undergoes the hero's transformation during the story, from self-centered jerk to caring father. But the true star of the movie is Dakota Fanning. THE PICTURES SUMMER COMEDY" Pard Fischer, PRESENTS DARK HORIZONS HeRBIemovIe.com Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Disney Inc.

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