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For your eyes only

If you're still unsure whether you can bond with Daniel Craig, the new 007, then head over to, a fansite for Britain's premier tuxedo model, and read the glowing reviews of "Casino Royale." The website includes comprehensive dossiers on Ian Fleming's superspy as well as a podcast for ears-only intel.

Voting on their feet

This week on Dancing with the Stars, viewers broke the judges' three-way tie between smooth Emmitt Smith (with Cheryl Burke), strutting Joey Lawrence (with Edyta Sliwinska), and hip-swiveling Mario Lopez (with Karina Smirnoff) by voting off Joey. Next Wednesday, only one pair can hoof their way to the winner's circle. Find out which one on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

'Lassie' comes home (on DVD)

Lassie ignores the old filmmaking adage "never work with children or animals," and is a triumph for it. One of the best reviewed films of the year, this British production, now on DVD, boasts the talents of Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, and a border collie that should be eligible to join MENSA.

Radio becomes electric

KCRW, the ultrahip L.A. radio station, is legendary as a launching pad for new artists. Its most popular show, Morning Becomes Electric, is available online for live streaming. But the coolest thing is its impressive lineup of intimate performances, broadcast from a state-of-the-art studio, with pristine audio and up-close video. Watch Beck play most of his new CD, fall in love with Corinne Bailey Rae, or get down with Guster at

Roadside attractions

When planning your next road trip, beat the generic interstate sprawl and the same old attractions by exploring the website There, you can pinpoint the location of everything from an elephant-shaped building in New Jersey to a boll weevil statue in Alabama. Sure beats an old AAA guide.

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