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Wednesday, October 21, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 42

Try a Little Happiness

About the Cougar

Lost in Space tops rental chart: Wahlberg's movie a big hit

The Video Vixen

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff 

Since the dawn of must-see TV on NBC Thursday nights, every other network and new show has modeled itself after the tremendously popular night.

From ER to the last of the Seinfield episodes, Thursday night is so popular that many people tend to maneuver their schedules so that they can be home to catch the shows. Geez. Sunday night has now become a popular night for kids of all ages with the skyrocketing notoriety of South Park. Not many college kids party Sunday night, and thereis probably not a lot of studying going on either, for that matter.

Finally, a new list 

Itis about time I donit get to mention that disaster boat flick in the top 10 rentals. Standing in the No.1 spot is the cutesy outer space pseudodrama Lost In Space, starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman and Mimi Rogers.

(left to right) Matt Leblanc, Heather Graham, Lacy Chabert, Mimi Rogers, Jack Johnson, Willima Hurt and Cary Oldman star in Lost in Space, last week's top movie rental.

Milly Donaghy/New Line Cineman

Then comes Gwyneth Paltorwis psychodrama with Michael Douglas called A Perfect Murder, in which director Andrew Davis did a remake of Hitchcockis classic mystery Dial M For Murder.

City of Angels, the celestial flick with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, came in third, followed by Mercury Rising and the birdie-bashing movie Paulie.

Unfortunately, the romantic comedy, The Object of My Affection didnit make it above 10th on the list. Starring Jennifer Aniston (Friends) and Paul Rudd (Clueless), this is cute little flick that would be a great movie to rent.

New Releases

Last week, I failed to mention the highly anticipated release of The X-Files Fight the Future, but I guess thereis no need to inform sci-fans since itis posted every-where you look and you canit avoid the glaring faces of Mulder and Scully around every corner.

Releases this week include The Big Hit, starring Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights ) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire ). This is an action flick, so if youire not tired of Hollywood blowing buildings up on screen yet, give this one a glance.

Then thereis another big destruction-oriented movie, the asteroid flick Deep Impact, starring Morgan Freeman and Tea Leoni. In case you donit know, itis a warm-up flick for the mega-hit Armageddon .

Tea Leoni stars in this summer's Deep Impact, the prelude to the mega-hit Armageddon.

Myles Aronowitz/DreamWorks

With that comes Species 2 starring Natasha Kinski, a pointless follow-up to the first one. And while Sandra Bullock rules the box office with Practical Magic, she can also be seen in Hope Floats with Harry Connick Jr., in video stores this week.

Thirsty for More

With all the disaster flicks jumping around right now, NBC is racking up another one?but thankfully straying from the outer space, alien and asteroid categories.

With the title Thirst and starring Adam Arkin (Halloween: H20 ) and Giancarlo Esposito, this TV movie, airing at 9 p.m. Sunday explores the effect of a killer parasite in water.

This may just sound like a duplicate of Outburst , only with a slightly different plot, but it will definitely contain the one smart scientist who discovers the virus and saves the say at the end cliché.

Video of the Week

Love! Valour! Compassion! Gets the thumbs up this week. Based on Terrence McNallyis notable play of the same name, this is one of those movies that will make you cry, laugh and appreciate friendship at a greater level.

It starts out with Gregory (Stephen Bogardus) and his invitation to seven of his to spend the summer in his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York.

Also starring Jason Alexander (Seinfield ) as Broadway musical-obsessed and HIV-positive Buzz Hauser, the movie centers on love, homosexuality and the harsh reality of the disease.

Directed by Joe Mantello, this well-written movie not only has commendable dialogues but a fine selection of music, especially Tchaikvoskyis classic Swan Lake .

Itis a good rent, and will surely make you cry at the end.

Movie Trivia 

For those who attempted to guess last weekis quote, it was from none other than The Shawshank Redemption, when Red (Morgan Freeman ) tells his cellmates about being institutionalized. And the hint was Gil Bellows, who also stars in Ally McBeal as Allyis untouchable love interest Tommy.

Now, for this week. This is probably one of the easiest quotes I will ever ask you, so get it right. Hint: an actor in this movie also stars with Danny DeVito in Jack the Bear.

"Now you wouldnit believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!"

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