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State senator wants to extend distance between booze businesses and schools, churches Nightlife groups: Law is hangover from Prohibition JEREMY SPARIG/METRO

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Life for obese defense A man who claimed he was too fat to have killed his son-inlaw was handed a life sentence in a New Jersey court yesterday. Edward Ates, 65, was convicted of shooting Paul Duncsak in his son-in-law’s Ramsey home. Ates, who weighed 285 pounds, said he could never have made it up and down the stairs. METRO

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committee yesterday gave the OK to renaming a street for Sean Bell, who was killed by police hours before he was to be married. The street renaming, one of 60 in the bill approved, will head next to a vote from the full council. Bell was shot to death by police after leaving a strip club in Queens. Police suspected someone in his group was carrying a gun. The head of the detectives union opposes the move, arguing that Bell tried to run cops down with a car when they approached. No gun was found in his car. METRO

$695K Cost of Tribute in Light Memorial that sends two beams of light into the sky during the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation voted Thursday to cover the cost of the lights through 2011. METRO

Atheists sue B’klyn diocese A local atheists group, NYC Atheists, is suing the Brooklyn archdiocese, claiming its leader Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio recorded ‘robocalls’ in support of local Assemblyman Vito Lopez and others just before Election Day, Nov. 3 in violation of its tax-free status as a religious institution. METRO

Brian Washington-Palmer said the number of churches in Harlem makes it hard to get a liquor license.

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If state Sen. Daniel Squadron gets his way, it’s going to be tougher to get a martini in New York City. Squadron, who represents Lower Manhattan and part of Brooklyn, has cosponsored a bill that aims to strengthens the 200-foot law, that blocks liquor licenses within 200 feet of churches and schools. The law could present challenges in neighborhoods dotted with churches and schools, such as Harlem and Park Slope. “There aren’t many places in this neighborhood to go out and get a drink,” said Brian Washington-Palmer, owner of Native bistro at 118th and Lenox Avenue. “While

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The number of churches on Lenox Avenue between 120th and 124th streets. Harlem is ‘hot,’ a lot of people have abandoned projects because it’s so difficult up here. Some laws they make are not conducive to promoting business.” The restaurant and bar industry wants the 200foot law scrapped, not

“We just need to all sit down and have a beer together.” BOOKMAN

strengthened. “It comes out of this 19th century, Prohibitionera mentality that decent church-going people can’t see the evils of drinking,” said New York State Nightlife Association attorney Robert Bookman. “It’s out of date and anachronistic.” Squadron said he’s just trying to make the law more logical. “Having clear and enforceable laws that includes public interest is very important,” he said. “I don’t think that rational laws, technology upgrades and transparency are ever bad.” CARLY BALDWIN

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The 200-foot law The entrance to a bar or restaurant that serves liquor must be at least 200 feet from the entrance to a church or school. Squadron’s bill would make the property lines, not the doorways, the measuring point for the 200-foot limit.

Did you know? Squadron doesn’t hate bars – he used to own one! Squadron, 30, sold What Bar near Columbia University in 2002. At 21, he was one of the youngest barkeeps in New York City.

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Three generations murdered in UWS Killer, just out of jail, believed to have fallen to his death Apartment ransacked, police consider possible drug link Two women escape carnage JEREMY SPARIG/METRO

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Leandra’s Law starts on Friday

A grade system that ranks city restaurants by their sanitary conditions may be a reality soon. Yesterday, the Department of Health voted to seek out public comment on its proposal to grade restaurants A, B or C depending on their cleanliness. The restaurants would have to display their grade so it’s visible to diners. The goal of the new system is to create more transparency,

is a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car. Leandra’s Law is named for Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old killed in an October crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Her father Lenny Rosado pushed aggressively for the law. His daughter was one of seven girls being driven by Carmen Huertas, 31, of the Bronx. METRO

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a window and climbed up a fire escape. The police found a .380 caliber handgun gun in the apartment as well as a 12inch long bloody knife. “The motive is still unknown, but we’re investigating drugs as a possible motive,” a police official said. Police reportedly found a small amount of cocaine in the apartment and on Quinones’ body.

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Santa needs to clean up his act, study says Journal wants jolly old St. Nick to eat more veggies, fewer cookies and milk Expert says Kris Kringle may be influencing youths to act wildly GETTY IMAGES

Santa Claus is your typical jolly old man. He likes a drink to take the edge off the cold, and his belly reflects years of Christmas cookies. But a study by Monash University public health expert Dr. Nathan Grill found that Santa’s indulgences could be promoting obesity and wild ways, including speeding, roof surfing and chimney jumping. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, said the jolly old elf should promote a more healthy lifestyle. The study suggests more reindeer food for Santa, like carrots and celery, and says he should wear a seat belt or a least a helmet while he’s out in his sleigh. “I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Santa causes obesity — it’s more about raising wider issues around advertising and public health,” Grill told News Limited. METRO

The Internet is overflowing with holiday gift books for your politically savvy friends; to be unwrapped, placed prominently on the coffee table, and given to the school book drive two months later when your pals realize they are not really that interested in a biography of Barry Goldwater.

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he problem is clear: For all the books out there, the ones that we actually want to read were simply not penned. So herewith I present the 10 best books of the year that should have been written: Sarah Palin, “Levi’s on the Floor!”: When a harried ex-governor is called away from her busy schedule of debunking climate change by the hijinks of her almost son-in-law, hilarity prevails! And when he poses for Playgirl, it’s not just the planet that heats up. Barack Obama, “Dreams of My Campaign”: In beautifully crafted prose, the commander in chief explains why certain unforeseen situations, the difficulty of pulling people together, and the economy Quoted have made fulfilling his campaign pledges ... uh ... what “Timothy was I saying?

Geithner, ‘Reforming Wall Street.’ Fiction.” NAME NAME, 00

Hillary Clinton, “I Told You So”:

The much-anticipated answer to Dreams of My Campaign. Joe Lieberman, “What, Me Worry?”: The Connecticut inde-

pendent takes a madcap look at his life as the Alfred E. Newman of the Senate. The chapter on holding health care hostage will leave you laughing so hard, you’ll forget your chronic illness and crushing medical bills. Timothy Geithner, “Reforming Wall Street”: Fiction.

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areq and Michaele Salahi, “Our Best Friend, Barack Obama”: An insider’s look at the

White House from two people who were given unprecedented access to every corner. Well, at least that’s what they said. Meghan McCain, “Post It!”: Sen. John McCain’s daughter shares her innermost thoughts and provocative pictures. It’s like her Facebook page, only on paper. John Boehner, “Just Say No”: Anyone can make the government do things, but making it do nothing while keeping your tan is an art. Ralph Nader, “I’m Still Alive”: SWM seeks campaign for long walks, snuggling. And while this one is not political, it surely should have been written. Tiger Woods, “Excuse Me, Miss, But I Think That’s My Putter.”

Happy shopping. – CNN’s Tom Foreman is a regular on “AC360°”/www.ac360.com and “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull.” Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Please send 400-word submissions to letters@metro.us.

Of course he’s not skinny. Think of all the cookies!

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United States backs $100B climate fund COPENHAGEN. U.S. backing

for a $100 billion climate fund to help poor nations revived hopes for a deal to combat global warming on Thursday as world leaders met on the eve of a U.N. deadline for breaking deadlock. Many leaders mentioned risks of failure at a two-day summit that started with a gala dinner for about 120 world leaders at Christiansborg Palace, hosted by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.

“A failure in Copenhagen would be a catastrophe for each and every one of us.” FRENCH PRES. NICOLAS SARKOZY

The United States, the No. 2 emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, helped the mood by promising to back a $100 billion a year fund for poor nations from 2020. President Barack Obama was set to arrive early Friday. REUTERS

Cookie calories We know you don’t really want to know, but just for kicks:

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Calories: 138 Fat (g): 8.0

Homemade Sugar Cookie Calories: 134 Fat (g): 6.6

Homemade Ginger Snap Calories: 118 Fat (g): 2.8

Panel OKs Bernanke 2nd term Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s nomination to a second term cleared a Senate panel on Thursday despite some lawmakers’ misgivings, setting the stage for a contentious Senate debate and vote in January. The Senate Banking Committee backed Bernanke on a 16-7 vote. REUTERS


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Berlusconi home from hospital

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ister Silvio Berlusconi pledged to work with “more force and more determination” after leaving the hospital on Thursday, four days after an attack which left him with a broken nose and teeth. The conservative premier, attacked at a rally on Sunday by a man with a history of mental illness, was driven to his mansion in the Milanese suburb of Arcore. Doctors have ordered the 73-year-old to limit his work schedule for up to two weeks. REUTERS

“Two things will remain as memories of these days: The hatred of a few and the love of many, so many Italians.” BERLUSCONI

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The iPhone can do all sorts of neat things — it can help you find a parking spot, or a place to eat; it can keep you in close contact with all your digital friends; and, according to the Guardian, it can even help you fight a war. Yes, that’s right: Thanks to military contractor Raytheon’s new One Force Tracker application, iPhone users will soon be able to track and hunt down all sorts of nasty insurgents. The One Force application — merely the first in a series of war apps, Raytheon promises — works by monitoring satellite and network data, allowing troops to track down enemy fighters in real-time.

“We are committed to providing innovative technology solutions for warfighters and all of our customers,” Jay Smart, chief technology officer of Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems, told the Guardian. Raytheon announced its plans for touchscreenbased war tools at a conference in Arizona this week. Raytheon — perhaps best known for their socalled Silent Guardian, a pain-inducing microwave weapon intended for crowd control — apparently used the iPhone platform because it was cheaper and easier to use. BRAYDEN SIMMS

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Gosselins must be on Santa’s naughty list DOROTHY ROBINSON DOROTHY.ROBINSON@METRO.US

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These boys are really bad Even the music of Prince and U2 can’t save dance phenom Rasta Thomas’ ‘Rock the Ballet’ Move on from the ‘brat pack’ and see ‘West Side Story’ instead

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ou know what good little sextuplets and twins need for the holidays after what might be the worst year of their lives? Their parents divorce to be finalized — just in time for Christmas! Yes, nothing says Joyeux Noel for the Gosselins like their lawyers talking to the press about how much they can’t wait to be separated. Kate’s attorney confirms to E! News that a judge expected to sign off on their split within 24 hours. “The law clerk said the decree would be entered today or tomorrow and lit-

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erally, I’m waiting for it. It could be any minute,” the lawyer said. Let’s hope an excited Jon and Kate make tiny Xeroxes of their divorce decree — we hear they make great stocking-stuffers for little children whose hearts have been broken into millions of pieces.

Every generation gets the art it deserves. Rasta Thomas’ “Rock the Ballet” speaks directly to the young. The 28-yearold phenom, who has won many prizes and starred in Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out,” is certainly a virtuoso. Surrounding him are five male dancers, all skilled, and Adrienne Canterna-Thomas, Thomas’ wife and the choreographer of the show closing out the year at the Joyce. If you were old enough to swoon for Justin Timberlake, you might be amused by what feels like a fratboy’s dream. In the lame first act, performed to

recorded music by U2, Lenny Kravitz, and Coldplay, guys in V-neck shirts and jeans frolic. Their efforts to rouse the audience to clap along generally fail. Canterna strings together gymnastics and bursts of extreme ballet. The second half, to tunes by Queen, Prince and the late King of Pop played loudly, is livelier, fielding a “brat pack” of boys in black pants who constantly take off their tops. It’s derivative of early MTV videos. Best of all is designer William Cusick’s video scenery, projections ranging from nature scenes to splashy graphics and

karaoke-style lyrics. The complex video action almost makes up for the utter lack of choreographic sophistication. If you want to see “bad boys” dancing, save your pennies for “West Side Story” on Broadway, where the Jets and the Sharks ace Jerome Robbins’ awardwinning steps. Rock the Ballet Through Jan. 3 Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave. $10-$59, 212-242-0800 www.joyce.org

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Finally, a Hot Chef for all four seasons

How Craig Koketsu sheds his restaurant’s skin four times a year Why a winter menu doesn’t mean just turnips His high-end, foodie meatball challenge Hot Chef In the ever-evolving world of New York City restaurants, one spot changes more than most. Chef Craig Koketsu transforms his restaurant four times a year to be Park Avenue Spring, Park Avenue Summer, Park Avenue Autumn, and now he’s deep into running Park Avenue Winter. And if that constant metamorphosis wasn’t enough, he also oversees Quality Meats, which he classifies as “not a steakhouse, but a restaurant that serves steak.” Fair enough. Tell us about the quarterly change.

The switch is a two-day affair. In that time, it transforms into a different restaurant — from the decor to the menu to the

Visit Chef Craig Koketsu at Park Avenue Winter, 100 E. 63rd St. (212-644-1900, www.parkavenyc.com).

staff training to even the ceiling. It’s a crash course. Is it hard to create fresh dishes with winter ingredients?

There are heartier items, of course, but we try to keep things fun. We’re doing “The Carmellini Challenger,” a reference to the great chef Andrew Carmellini. We say our meatballs are as good as any of his meatballs. Has he come in, angrily brandishing his version?

Oh, it’s all in fun. But we’d love for him to come in and see what he thinks. Do you do wind sprints between the two restaurants?

It’s an eight-minute walk — I’ve timed it. I like to think of the two restaurants as brothers. And one of those brothers has a multiple personality disorder.

[Laughs] Yes! And the other is just sort of a meaty brute. DOROTHY ROBINSON

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‘Christmas in Washington’ SPECIAL. Does causing a riot due to your sheer tween heartthrob-ness put you on Santa’s naughty or nice list? Either way, Justin Bieber gets an invite to TNT’s annual holiday fete in the capital, performing on a bill that includes Mary J. Blige, Usher, Neil Diamond,

“Luxo Jr.” is one of the featured “Pixar Short Films.”

Rob Thomas and Sugarland. George Lopez hosts. Sunday, 8 p.m., TNT

‘Survivor: Samoa’ Justin Bieber performs during the “Christmas in Washington” concert.

REALITY. Already deserving of the Best “Survivor” Villain Ever title, Russell Hantz may just lay claim to the Best Player crown in Sunday’s finale, too. Season finale

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888–AMC–4FUN 42nd Street Between 7th and 8th Avenues 2012 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:55, 12:30, 2:35, 4:10, 6:10, 7:45, 9:45, 11:20; Sun 10:55-12:30-2:35-4:106:10-7:45-9:45. AVATAR (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:30, 11:30, 2:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:30, 10:30, 11:30; Sun 10:3011:30-2:30-3:30-6:30-7:30-10:30. AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 1:00. RealD 3D; Sun 10:0012:00-1:00-2:00-4:00-5:00-6:008:00-9:00-10:00. RealD 3D A VATA R: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG-13) 11:00, 3:00, 7:00, 11:00. IMAX B RO KEN EMBRA CES (LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS) (R) 10:35, 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, 10:45.C SELECT BROTHERS (R) Fri and Sat 10:25, 11:20, 1:10, 2:05, 3:55, 4:50, 6:40, 7:30, 9:25, 10:15, 12:15, 12:55; Sun 10:25-11:20-1:10-2:05-3:55-4:506:40-7:30-9:25-10:15. D ID YOU H EA R A BO UT TH E MORGANS? (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:15, 11:10, 12:05, 12:55, 1:50, 2:55, 3:45, 4:40, 5:35, 6:25, 7:25, 8:20, 9:15, 10:10, 11:05, 12:05, 12:50; Sun 10:15-11:10-12:0512:55-1:50-2:55-3:45-4:40-5:356:25-7:25-8:20-9:15-10:10-10:55. EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 10:10, 12:40, 3:15, 5:55, 8:30, 10:55 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri and Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:10, 7:35, 9:50, 12:20; Sun 12:25-2:50-5:107:35-9:50. THE HURT LOCKER (R) Fri and Sat 10:45, 6:05, 12:35.C SELECT; Sun 10:45-6:05.C SELECT NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri and Sat 10:55, 12:15, 1:35, 2:45, 4:15, 5:15, 6:50, 7:55, 9:30, 10:35, 12:10; Sun 10:55-12:15-1:35-2:45-4:15-5:156:50-7:55-9:30-10:35. OLD DOGS (PG) 11:45, 2:10, 4:45, 7:05, 9:20 PRECIOUS (R) 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20.C SELECT THE ROAD (R) 11:35, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:40.C SELECT ROCKET SINGH - SALESMAN OF THE YEAR (NR) 2:25, 9:10 UP IN THE AIR (R) Fri and Sat 10:05, 11:05, 11:55, 12:50, 1:45, 2:40, 3:35, 4:30, 5:25, 6:20, 7:15, 8:10, 9:05, 10:05, 11:10, 11:50, 12:45.C SELECT; Sun 10:05-11:0511:55-12:50-1:45-2:40-3:35-4:305:25-6:20-7:15-8:10-9:05-10:05.C SELECT

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888–AMC–4FUN Corner of 31st Street and 2nd Avenue 2012 (PG-13) 1:05, 7:05 AVATAR (PG-13) Fri 10:30, 11:55, 1:50, 5:15, 8:40, 12:00; Sat 10:301:50-5:15-8:40-12:00.; Sun 10:3011:00-1:50-2:30-5:15-8:40. AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri 10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 4:15, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30. RealD 3D; Sat 10:30-11:5512:30-2:00-3:30-4:15-5:30-7:008:00-9:00-10:30-11:30-12:30. RealD 3D; Sun 11:45-12:30-3:154:15-6:00-7:00-7:50-9:30-10:3011:15. RealD 3D THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 10:50, 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15; 10:501:35-4:25-7:20-10:15. CC-Closed Captions BROTHERS (R) Fri and Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05, 12:35; Sun 11:45-2:20-4:55-7:25-10:05. D ID YOU H EA R A BO UT TH E MORGANS? (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:35, 11:55, 1:00, 2:30, 3:35, 5:00, 6:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30; Sun 10:35-11:551:00-2:30-3:35-5:00-6:00-7:308:30-10:00-11:00. EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 10:40, 4:30, 10:35 INVICTUS (PG-13) 10:55, 11:05, 1:45, 2:25, 4:40, 5:25, 7:40, 8:25, 10:40, 11:25; 11:05-2:25-5:258:25-11:25. CC-Closed Captions THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) Fri and Sat 10:45, 2:10, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30, 11:50; Sun 10:45-2:004:20-6:35-9:00-11:20. TH E TWILIG HT SA GA : N EW MOON (PG-13) 11:00, 1:55, 5:20, 8:35, 11:35 UP IN THE AIR (R) Fri and Sat 10:45, 11:40, 1:15, 2:15, 3:45, 4:45, 6:15, 7:15, 8:45, 9:55, 11:15, 12:25.C SELECT; Sun 10:45-11:401:15-2:15-3:45-4:45-6:15-7:158:45-9:55-11:15.C SELECT

Regal Union Square Stadium 14

800–326–3264 628 13th & Broadway 2012 (PG-13) 11:50, 3:20, 7:10, 10:50 ARMORED (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:00, 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50, 12:00; Sun 10:00-12:152:35-4:50-7:20-9:50. AVATAR (PG-13) 11:30, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00 AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:30, 10:50, 12:00, 12:45, 2:25, 3:30, 4:15, 6:00, 7:00, 7:45, 9:35, 10:35, 11:20, 1:00. Digital 3D; Sun 9:30-10:50-12:00-12:45-2:253:30-4:15-6:00-7:00-7:45-9:3510:35-11:20. Digital 3D

BROTHERS (R) Fri and Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:20, 9:00, 11:50; Sun 12:20-3:25-6:20-9:00. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) Fri and Sat 11:20, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20, 11:40; Sun 11:20-1:40-4:106:50-9:20. NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri and Sat 9:50, 12:30, 3:10, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30, 12:50; Sun 9:50-12:303:10-5:30-8:00-10:30. PRECIOUS (R) 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) Fri and Sat 11:00, 12:05, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:40, 7:40, 9:10, 10:10, 11:30; Sun 11:00-12:051:30-2:30-4:00-5:00-6:40-7:409:10-10:10. UP IN THE AIR (R) Fri and Sat 11:10, 12:10, 1:50, 2:50, 4:40, 5:40, 7:30, 8:30, 10:05, 11:00, 12:35; Sun 11:10-12:10-1:50-2:50-4:405:40-7:30-8:30-10:05-11:00.

www.metro.us

11:20, 12:05; Sun 11:00-11:4512:30-1:25-2:10-2:55-3:55-4:405:25-6:25-7:10-8:00-8:55-9:4010:45. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:00, 12:00, 1:55, 3:00, 4:55, 5:55, 7:55, 8:55, 11:00, 12:00; Sun 11:0012:00-1:55-3:00-4:55-5:55-7:558:55-11:00.

12:10.; Sun 2:35-5:00-9:45.; Sun 12:10-7:25. OC/DA THE TWI LI GH T SAG A: NE W MOON (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:50, 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35, 12:35; Sun 9:50-12:40-3:40-6:40-9:35. UP IN THE AIR (R) Fri and Sat 11:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00, 12:30; Sun 11:10-1:45-4:20-7:1010:00.

Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

Clearview’s Chelsea

800–326–3264 629 102 North End Avenue - Vesey & West Street 2012 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 8:10,

212–777–FILM 597 260 West 23rd Street at 8th Avenue; Between 7th & 8th Avenues AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri and Sat

AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9

888–AMC–4FUN 2309 Frederick Douglass Boulevard & 124th Street ARMORED (PG-13) 10:45, 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:15 AVATAR (PG-13) 10:00, 1:40, 5:15, 8:50 AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 11:00, 3:00, 7:00, 10:45. RealD 3D THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 11:10, 2:00, 4:55, 7:50, 10:50 INVICTUS (PG-13) 10:20, 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 NINJA ASSASSIN (R) 10:30, 1:05, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 10:55

1:10, 3:50, 4:45, 7:00, 9:45, 10:20.C SELECT

AMC Loews Village 7

888–AMC–4FUN 66 Third Avenue at 11th Street THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45; Sat 11:20-2:305:15-8:00-10:45.; Sun 1:45-4:307:25-10:10. D ID YO U H EA R AB OU T THE MORGANS? (PG-13) Fri 2:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30; Sat 11:30-1:30-2:15-4:005:00-6:45-7:45-9:30-10:30.; Sun 1:30-2:15-4:00-5:00-6:45-7:459:30-10:30.

AMC Loews 34th Street 14

888–AMC–4FUN 312 W. 34th St.; between 8th and 9th Avenues 2012 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:50, 1:10, 4:40, 8:10, 11:45; Sun 9:501:10-4:40-8:10. ARMORED (PG-13) 12:35, 5:40, 10:55 AVATAR (PG-13) 10:15, 2:15, 6:00, 9:40 AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:30, 12:15, 1:00, 4:15, 5:00, 8:00, 8:45, 11:25, 12:15. RealD 3D; Sun 9:30-12:15-1:00-4:15-5:00-8:008:45-11:25. RealD 3D AVA TAR: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG-13) 11:15, 3:15, 7:00, 10:50. IMAX THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 10:00, 1:05, 4:00, 7:10, 10:10 BROTHERS (R) 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 DID YOU HEAR A BO UT THE MORGANS? (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:45, 1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50, 12:20; Sun 10:45-1:30-4:10-7:059:50. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG) 10:30, 12:50, 3:20, 5:55, 8:30, 11:00 INVICTUS (PG-13) 11:00, 2:00, 5:10, 8:15, 11:15 NINJA ASSASSIN (R) Fri and Sat 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55, 12:15; Sun 11:10-1:55-4:45-7:30-9:55. PRECIOUS (R) 9:55, 3:00, 8:05.C SELECT THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 9:40, 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15 THE TWILIG HT S AGA : NEW MOON (PG-13) 10:20, 1:20, 4:30, 7:40, 10:45. Digital Presentation

Regal E-Walk 13

800–326–3264 247 W 42nd St @ 8th Ave - In Times Square ARMORED (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:10, 12:20, 1:20, 2:40, 3:40, 5:00, 6:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:50, 10:50, 12:15; Sun 11:10-12:201:20-2:40-3:40-5:00-6:00-7:308:30-9:50-10:50. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:05, 12:05, 1:50, 2:50, 4:45, 5:45, 7:40, 8:40, 10:40, 11:40; Sun 11:05-12:051:50-2:50-4:45-5:45-7:40-8:4010:40. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) Fri 11:15, 1:40, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10, 11:35. DLP-Digital Projection; Sat 1:404:00-6:40-9:10-11:35. DLP-Digital Projection; Sun 11:15-1:40-4:006:40-9:10. DLP-Digital Projection THE FOURTH KIND (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:20, 11:55; Sun 9:20. INVICTUS (PG-13) Fri and Sat 12:15, 1:15, 3:15, 4:15, 6:20, 7:20, 9:30, 10:30, 12:30; Sun 12:151:15-3:15-4:15-6:20-7:20-9:3010:30. PLANET 51 (PG) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) Fri and Sat 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:25, 2:10, 2:55, 3:55, 4:40, 5:25, 6:25, 7:10, 8:00, 8:55, 9:40, 10:45,

(PG) 11:00, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30 EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30 ME AND ORSON WELLES (PG-13) 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 THE MESSENGER (R) 7:45, 10:10 PIRATE RADIO (R) 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (R) 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30

4:45, 6:30, 7:30, 9:10, 10:10, 11:55; Sun 11:00-1:00-1:45-3:454:45-6:30-7:30-9:10-10:10. THE ROAD (R) Fri and Sat 11:30, 12:00, 2:00, 2:45, 4:15, 5:00, 6:45, 7:35, 9:15, 9:50, 11:45, 12:05; Sun 11:30-12:00-2:002:45-4:15-5:00-6:45-7:35-9:159:50. A SERIOUS MAN (R) 11:45, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Angelika Film Center New York

City Cinemas East 86th St.

800–FAN–DANG 18 West Houston at Mercer Street CRAZY HEART (R) Fri and Sat 11:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:30, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30, 12:00; Sun 11:30-12:30-2:003:00-4:30-5:30-7:00-8:00-9:3010:30. INVICTUS (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:00, 12:00, 1:45, 3:00, 4:40, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:25, 11:45; Sun 11:00-12:00-1:45-3:00-4:40-6:007:30-9:00-10:25. A SINGLE MAN (R) Fri and Sat 11:00, 12:00, 1:25, 2:25, 3:40, 4:45, 6:00, 7:15, 8:15, 9:30, 10:30, 11:45; Sun 11:00-12:00-1:25-2:253:40-4:45-6:00-7:15-8:15-9:3010:30.

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

212–757–2280 1886 Broadway B RO KEN EMBRA CES (LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS) (R) 11:00, 12:05, 1:25, 2:30, 4:00, 5:05, 6:40, 7:40, 9:15, 10:10 AN EDUCATION (PG-13) 11:10, 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:00, 10:15 ME AND ORSON WELLES (PG-13) 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 THE YOUNG VICTORIA (PG) 11:30, 12:35, 1:40, 2:50, 3:50, 5:00, 6:05, 7:30, 8:25, 9:40, 10:35

AMC Loews 84th Street 6

888–AMC–4FUN 2310 Broadway 2012 (PG-13) 9:45, 1:10, 4:35, 8:10, 11:35 AVATAR 3D (PG-13) Fri 11:00, 12:10, 3:10, 4:05, 7:10, 8:00, 11:10, 12:00. RealD 3D; Sat 12:10-3:104:05-7:10-8:00-11:10-12:00. RealD 3D; Sun 11:00-12:10-3:10-4:057:10-8:00-11:10-12:00. RealD 3D EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 4:40, 7:00, 9:30 NINJA ASSASSIN (R) 11:50 PLANET 51 (PG) 9:50, 12:05, 2:25 THE ROAD (R) 10:00, 12:35, 3:20, 6:00, 8:35, 11:25.C SELECT TH E TWILIG HT SA GA : N EW MOON (PG-13) 10:25, 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:35

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

888–AMC–4FUN 1998 Broadway AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 11:30, 12:30, 3:15, 4:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45, 11:45. RealD 3D AVA TAR: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG-13) 10:30, 2:15, 6:00, 9:45, 1:20. IMAX THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 10:15, 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40 BROTHERS (R) 9:25, 12:05, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 11:00 CRAZY HEART (R) Fri 10:45, 1:40, 4:45, 7:35, 10:35, 1:25.C SELECT; Sat and Sun 10:45-1:40-4:457:35-10:35-1:00.C SELECT DID YOU HEAR A BO UT THE MORGANS? (PG-13) 9:35, 12:10, 2:50, 5:35, 8:20, 11:05, 12:30 DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG) 11:20, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) 9:30, 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40 INVICTUS (PG-13) 10:00, 1:15, 4:30, 7:45, 10:50, 12:25 THE LOVELY BONES (PG-13) 10:10, 1:25, 4:35, 7:55, 11:15 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 11:00, 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40. Digital Presentation UP IN THE AIR (R) 10:50, 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05, 1:00.C SELECT

AMC Loews 19th St. East 6

888–AMC–4FUN 890 Broadway At 19th St. THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 10:30, 1:30, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45 D ID YOU H EA R A BO UT TH E MORGANS? (PG-13) 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45. Digital Presentation; 10:20-12:45-3:156:00-8:45-11:15. INVICTUS (PG-13) 10:00, 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 6:15, 7:15, 9:30, 10:15 TH E TWILIG HT SA GA : N EW MOON (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:10, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30; Sun 1:154:30-7:30-10:30.

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AMC EMPIRE 25 42ND ST. BETWEEN 7TH & 8TH AVES. 1-888-AMC4FUN

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11:35; Sun 8:10. AVATAR (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:45, 1:00, 4:30, 8:00, 11:45; Sun 9:451:00-4:30-8:00. AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 11:50, 3:25, 7:00, 10:45. Digital 3D THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 10:30, 1:30, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35 BROTHERS (R) 11:30, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:50 DID YOU HEAR ABO UT THE MORGANS? (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50, 12:20; Sun 11:40-2:10-4:40-7:209:50. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG) 10:00, 12:20, 3:00, 5:20 FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG) 12:15, 5:05, 10:10 THE HURT LOCKER (R) Fri and Sat 2:05, 7:15, 12:15; Sun 2:05-7:15. INVICTUS (PG-13) 11:00, 1:50, 4:50, 7:55, 10:55 THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) Fri 12:10. OC/DA; Fri 2:355:00-7:25-9:45-12:10.; Sat 2:35. OC/DA; Sat 12:10-5:00-7:25-9:45-

AMC LOEWS ORPHEUM 7 3RD AVENUE AT 86TH STREET 1-888-AMC4FUN

AMC LOEWS VILLAGE 7 THIRD AVENUE & ELEVENTH STREET 1-888-AMC4FUN

AMC LOEWS WEST 34TH STREET 14 BETWEEN 8TH AND 9TH AVENUES 1-888-AMC4FUN

12:15, 4:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:45; Sun 12:15-4:00-8:00-10:00. BROTHERS (R) 10:30, 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30. Digital Projection METR OPO LITAN O PERA : LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (NR) Sat 1:00 PRECIOUS (R) Fri and Sat 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. Digital Projection; Sun 11:00-1:45-4:307:15. Digital Projection; Sun 10:45. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) Fri and Sat 12:00 A SINGLE MAN (R) Fri and Sat 10:15, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 2:00, 3:30, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:00, 10:15, 11:15, 12:00; Sun 10:1511:15-12:00-12:45-2:00-3:304:45-5:30-6:15-7:30-9:00-10:15. UP IN THE AIR (R) 10:20, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. Digital Projection; 11:30-2:15-5:00-7:4510:30. CC-Closed Captions; Fri and Sat 3:00-8:30.; Sun 3:008:15. THE YOUNG VICTORIA (PG) Fri and Sat 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45, 12:15; Sun 10:50-1:30-4:157:00-9:45.

AMC LOEWS 19TH STREET EAST 6 19TH STREET & BROADWAY 1-888-AMC4FUN

AMC LOEWS KIPS BAY 15 2ND AVENUE & 32ND STREET 1-888-AMC4FUN

REGAL CINEMAS BATTERY PARK STADIUM 11 WEST SIDE HIGHWAY @ VESEY STREET 800-FANDANGO #629

PRECIOUS (R) 11:30, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20.C SELECT THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 10:15, 11:45, 12:45, 2:15, 3:15, 4:45, 5:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:40, 10:40

AMC Loews Orpheum 7

888–AMC–4FUN 3rd Avenue & 86th Street 2012 (PG-13) 10:15. Digital Presentation BROTHERS (R) 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 DI D YO U HEAR ABOU T THE MORGANS? (PG-13) 10:15, 12:50, 2:00, 3:30, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 11:10. Digital Presentation DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN DISNEY DIGITAL 3D (PG) 10:00, 12:30, 3:00, 5:20, 7:50. RealD 3D THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 10:00, 12:40, 3:10, 6:00, 8:35, 11:00 TH E TWI LI GH T SAG A: NE W MOON (PG-13) 10:45, 1:50, 5:00, 8:00, 11:05. Digital Presentation UP IN THE AIR (R) 10:30, 11:30,

REGAL CINEMAS 64TH AND 2ND 2ND AVENUE AT 64TH STREET 800-FANDANGO #626

AND AT A THEATER NEAR YOU THE TWILIGHT SA GA: NEW MOON (PG-13) Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10:20; Sat 10:00-1:15-4:15-7:1510:20.; Sun 1:15-4:15-7:15-10:20. THE YOUNG VICTORIA (PG) Fri 3:00, 3:45, 5:45, 6:30, 8:30, 9:15, 11:15.C SELECT; Fri 2:00-4:457:30-10:15.C SELECT;Digital Presentation; Sat 10:15-12:153:00-3:45-5:45-6:30-8:30-9:1511:15.C SELECT; Sat 11:15-2:004:45-7:30-10:15.C SELECT;Digital Presentation; Sun 2:00-4:457:30-10:15.C SELECT;Digital Presentation; Sun 1:00-3:003:45-5:45-6: 30-8: 30-9:15.C SELECT

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800–FAN–DANG 2706 210 East 86th Street, Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues AVATAR 3D (PG-13) 11:15, 12:30, 2:30, 3:45, 5:45, 7:00, 9:00, 10:15 THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 11:30, 2:15, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35 INVICTUS (PG-13) 11:00, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

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212–255–8800 13th St., between 5th and 6th Aves. AN EDUCATION (PG-13) 1:05, 3:20, 5:45, 7:50, 10:00 THE HURT LOCKER (R) 1:05, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET (NR) 12:55, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE (NR) 1:00, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40, 10:00

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212–727–8110 209 W Houston St., Between 6th Ave and Varick St ADAM’S RIB (1949) (NR) Sun 1:00, 5:05, 9:10 BALL OF FIRE (1941) (NR) Fri and Sat 2:35, 6:15, 9:55 THE MAD MISS MANTON (1938) (NR) Fri and Sat 1:00, 4:40, 8:20 THE THIRD MAN (NR) 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 A TOWN CALLED PANIC (PANIQUE AU VILLAGE) (NR) 1:00, 2:40, 4:15, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 WOMAN OF THE YEAR Sun 2:55, 7:00

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800–FAN–DANG 2705 1001 Third Avenue at 60th Street AN EDUCATION (PG-13) 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:50, 8:05, 10:25 EVERYBODY’S FINE (PG-13) 11:10, 1:30, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20, 10:30 THE ROAD (R) 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35

UA 64th and 2nd

800–326–3264 626 2nd Ave. at 64th Street THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 DID YOU HEAR A BO UT MORGANS? (PG-13) 2:30, 7:45, 10:15 INVICTUS (PG-13) 1:15, 7:30, 10:30

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Cinema Village 212–924–3363 12th St., Between 5th Ave and University Place THE BICYCLE THIEF (LADRI DI BICICLETTE) (NR) 3:20, 7:35 BRIGHT STAR (PG) 1:00, 5:15, 9:30 THE MAID (LA NANA) (NR) 7:00 OBITUARY OF THE SUN (NR) 1:10 RED CLIFF (R) 3:30, 8:30 THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE (PG-13) 1:30, 6:30 UNTIL TH E LIG HT TAK ES US (NR) 3:20, 8:55 WI LL IAM KUNSTLER : DISTU RB ING TH E UN IV ER SE (NR) 5:15

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Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA) 212–708–9480 11 West 53rd Street CALL THEATER FOR SCHEDULE.

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Saturday, 4-7 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, free

Get Your Dance On is back bringing the groove. This week DJ Dhundee mans the wheels of steel, while your bare feet assault/massage the venue's pristine hardwood floors. Don't worry; if you need a Bloody Mary after brunch to loosen you up on the dance floor, we’ve got those too. LEAH TAYLOR Craftermath Saturday, 6-9 p.m., The Local 269, 269 E. Houston St., free

Craftermath is the brainchild of singer/comedian Jessica Delfino, the woman who brought us musical gems such as “Happy Stoned Thanksgiving.” Her newest venture is a selfdescribed traveling, rogue, punk-craft brigade. The glue-and-scissorsarmed group makes all of its creations out of unusual materials — think tampons and rape whistles. ISIS MADRID

Jews and Chinese Food Sunday, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., $39

In this entertaining talk based on her book, “The Fortune Cookie

Tuesday, 8 p.m., B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grille, 237 W. 42nd St., $44 / $39.50 advance

Director John Waters performs monologues at B.B. King’s Blues Club.

For this holiday special, king of smut John Waters performs a rare monologue in which he dissects the fanaticism of Christmas and discloses his wish list for Santa. Waters’ razor-sharp wit is a perfect match for the one-man show format. CHRIS KOMPANEK

Chronicles,” (former) New York Times Metro reporter Jennifer 8. Lee dissects the longtime love affair between Jews and Chinese cuisine, touching on pastrami egg rolls, Hanukkah fortune cookies and bagels in Beijing. CHRIS KOMPANEK

Amateur Ping Pong Tournament Monday, 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn $5 / Free to watch

This semiregular competition is all about fun. In fact, the Bell House specifically warns against pros trying to sneak in. In this single-elimination tournament, the matches are played on three tables and the winner claims an unspecified cash prize.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant hold a gun in “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” See? Hilarious!

New York City couple on the brink of divorce. When they happen to witness a murder, they are relocated to Wyoming, where a lot of jokes are made about how city dwellers can’t handle

nature. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s moderately funny — it is exactly what’s advertised. DOROTHY ROBINSON

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A world of his

James Cameron on his much anticipated, high-tech ‘Avatar’ 3-D is his grown-up toy Why he used sci fi to send a message

Sigourney Weaver stars in “Avatar.”

She’s no stranger to strange worlds For “Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver, teaming up again with Cameron — who helped cement her status as a sciencefiction icon in “Aliens” — was a simple decision.

“There are a lot of big movies that involve special effects,” she says. “Jim Cameron is the only one I know who understands that special effects are not for effect. He uses them to enhance the emotional story and to make even sharper — in this case through 3-D — the sensory experience of the audience experiencing the story.” METRO/NE

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Nearly 15 years after he originally conceived of the project and after more than four years of development, James Cameron finally brings his epic “Avatar” to the screen. The film explores an alien culture through the eyes of Jake (Sam Worthington), a marine who falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), one of the natives on the alien planet Pandora. We caught up with Cameron in London to discuss the massive undertaking. How important was it to push the boundaries of 3-D filmmaking with this project?

If I’m constantly reminding you that you’re watching a 3-D movie, then you’re constantly sitting there re-

minded that you’re in a movie theater. So we approached the 3-D as if it were a window, or a portal into a reality. We didn’t look for opportunities to constantly exercise our 3-D muscle in front of you. There are strong environmental and political messages in the film. How did you work those in?

Historically, the kind of science fiction that I grew up on had a message. ... And as much as I loved “Star Wars,” it was a moment in history when science fiction became more escapist fantasy and less a kind of intellectual medium. “Avatar” is an attempt to merge science fiction back to its roots of having a warning.

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Is there going to be a sequel?

When I pitched this to Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, “You know, we’re going to have to spend a lot of money and time and energy. So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise.” We used to joke that we’d cut to 10 years later, and Jake’s kind of fat, sitting on the couch in a palm tree, and he’s like, “Hey, honey, get me a beer.”

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“Maybe one thing that ‘Avatar’ can achieve is to become an example of a mature use of stereoscopic 3-D.”

“Avatar” is also being released in 2-D. “We try not to make the film a 3D film first,” says Cameron. “With some 3D movies, you watch them in 2-D, and there’s a shot of a spear sticking out of the screen that they hold on for 10 seconds. It’s all sorts of fun in 3-D, but in 2D it looks like the stupidest edit in the world.”

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Quoted Other thoughts from the aughties: “I was looking back on this whole decade the other

The decade is ending and all we have to show for it are celebrities who act like real people and real people who act like celebrities

In preparing a story to wrap up the decade, most of the people we interviewed expressed surprise that the aughties were even ending. “It’s weird to think of the past 10 years in the 2000s,” says David Archuleta, the 2008 runner-up of “American Idol.” “I think, ‘Oh, that’s the ’90s, but that was longer than 10 years ago!” When pressed to come up with an entity that defines the decade, Archuleta immediately suggests Beyonce before realizing that the show that gave him his own taste of fame was also pretty important in shaping the past 10 years. “Oh, yeah,” he laughs with an almost “duh” tone. “So much has come out of ‘American Idol’ — Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry and Carrie Underwood. It has given a

“I think there’s something that ultimately feels exploitive about [reality TV]. MATT DILLON, ACTOR

different perspective of music to people.” Actor Matt Dillon suggests lower-tiered reality programming has given

Beyonce and Jay-Z: Couple of the decade?

definition to this decade. “The upside is that I think there’s been a focus on nonfiction documentaries,” he says. “The downside of that is reality television. I’m not a fan. I think there’s something that ultimately feels exploitive about it. I’m not saying all the time … but I sometimes think that people commit to this stuff and they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into.” Reality shows have given everyday people an opportunity to become famous for just being themselves, and sites such as Twitter have even forced stars to be more like everyday people, whom we have more access to than ever before.

‘Avatar’ — it’s simply awesome If James Cameron hadn’t spent however many bazillion dollars on “Avatar,” it would still hold up as a kickass action movie. Instead, it’s a kickass action movie with the best special effects you’ve ever experienced. The only problem with the film is when it takes itself more seriously than a kickass action movie. Cameron is heavy-handed with his message that Americans always seem to

day, thinking did anything worthwhile happen in popular culture? I don’t know, I’m not sure. Did anything good happen?” – British pop rapper Jamie T. “It’s the decade I gave up my

Remember the cast of Season 1 of “Survivor”? Neither do we.

Kanye West can see into the future. If only he could see into the present!

It’s not a relic from the Stone Age, it’s what the iPod looked like in ’03.

(Privacy? What privacy?) The resulting sense of self-importance of the entire population is only magnified when considering we are more likely to pull out our iPhones and text friends or update our Facebook status rather than talk to strangers when (or if) we step outside for fresh air. Corrinne Gregory is founder and president of a Bellevue, Wash.-based organization called SocialSmarts. She says the past 10 years have harkened back to the Me Generation, but with a lot more techie prowess. “You could call this the All About Me Decade,” she says. “Whether it’s expressed via MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any other number of out-

American citizenship, and that says something. It was a horrible decade — eight years of Bush and Cheney made me want to give up.” – Movie director Terry Gilliam

Before texting, what did we do while driving?

lets, our society seems to have spent increasing amounts of time being selfabsorbed and self-focused, and believes everyone else will care, too.” Gregory cites Kanye West’s many awards show outbursts as proof. “Many people seem to think, ‘If it’s all right with me, it’s all right,’” she says. Perhaps people have difficulty defining the past decade because the most popular technological advancements have been geared towards promoting self-examination — with everyone rocking to their own soundtrack on their earbuds, blogging about their day, and hoping somebody will film a reality show about it. PAT HEALY

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It’s not a perfect 10, but still good

‘Avatar’

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‘Nine’ Sam Worthington, tangled up in blue with Zoe Saldana.

mess everything up with their ignorant brutishness. And his script suffers from dialogue that is typical of his films, with Sigourney Weaver uttering phrases such as “trigger-happy moron.” But by the time you realize that the plot is a bit like “Donnie Brasco” set in the year 2154, you’re immediately distracted by the leaves on the planet Pandora that are so realistic you almost want to brush them off your face. METRO/PH

Feeling blue As for the flat-faced blue people you’ve seen everywhere, they’re amazingly realistic, capturing emotions in a more believable and likable way than Jar Jar Binks could have ever done. It’s hard to know whether or not to credit the actors or animators with this, but these guys will tug on your heartstrings and you’ll root for them to destroy the humans. That is an accomplishment.

Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman Rating: PG-13 Grade: –—˜™š

It’s hard not to see dollar signs when you’re watching the film adaptation of “Nine” — which is based on a musical (also titled “Nine”), which is based on a film (“8 ½”), which is based on the life of Frederico Fellini. Will this be the next “Chicago” or “Dreamgirls?” But in between the musical numbers and the setup for each of them, there’s

Fergie gives a showstopping performance in “Nine.”

Plot summary “Nine” tells the story of an accomplished director who, after two major film flops, faces director’s block. Memories of the women in his life are interwoven through his struggle.

barely any plot tension. What the film does well, however, are those musical numbers. While

not all of the tunes are memorable, the staged performances are pleasing to watch — dancing, singing, gorgeous costumes. It’s like eating a big cream puff. It hurts to admit it, but Fergie’s performance — as a prostitute that philandering director (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets as a child — is the showstopper. Kate Hudson’s cheeky Vogue journalist is embarrassing. HEIDI PATALANO

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Bluntly put: Emily is ‘Queen’ of the screen The British actress on lacing up to play a beloved historical figure in her latest film, ‘Queen Victoria’ Why she doesn’t envy Carrie Bradshaw

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Emily Blunt may be beautiful, accomplished and engaged to John Krasinski, but the 26-year-old Brit’s humility has remained completely intact. With her latest starring role as Queen Victoria in Jean-Marc Vallee’s “The Young Victoria,” Blunt breathes life into the revered legend with her own down-to-earth nature. Did you feel intimidated taking on the role of such a beloved historical figure?

I was more concerned about the way the British critics would react because I think people feel a need to protect the history. Everyone feels like they know who Queen Victoria is. Everyone’s done more research than you have. I tried to approach her as the girl who is in love for the first time, and she’s fighting and overwhelmed and growing up with all eyes upon her. How was it wearing all those corsets?

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Emily Blunt is regal as Queen Victoria.

It’s tough. I’m not going to lie. No wonder women were seen as weak creatures — they couldn’t breathe. No wonder they fainted all the time. You’ve said that you had to starve yourself for “The Devil Wears Prada” — which role was more painful?

Probably “Prada” because of the shoes. The heels

were off-the-charts high. Every shot you see from [waist up], we were wearing UGG boots as soon as we could. There’s no strolling around New York in high heels for me. Sarah Jessica Parker made it look easy. Do you prefer acting in comedies over dramas, or vice versa?

I find that some of the best

scripts out there are those with both comedic and dramatic beats, because often what makes people cry and what makes people empathize with the characters is that they’ve charmed them previously in the movie. HEIDI PATALANO

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Forget swine flu, there’s a new epidemic sweeping the nation, with a slightly lower mortality rate: “Avatar” fever!

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haven’t yet seen director James Cameron’s amazing new masterpiece, but millions are saying it’s changed filmmaking forever by achieving something we’ve never seen before: Blue people! Well, technically blue aliens. With tails. And their eyes are slightly farther apart than human eyes. Cinema will never be the same. In the past, if Hollywood wanted to make a movie about blue aliens, they were forced to use an actor covered in expensive blue “paint” or hire actual aliens — who are notoriously poor performers. Neither method was very convincing. Only the man behind “Aliens,” “Titanic” and “Piranha 2: The Spawning” (look it up!) could find a solution.

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ames Cameron spent over twelve years working on what was then titled “War of the Space Smurfs” in order to invent new technologies capable of creating blue people so realistic they only look like computer effects 96 percent of the time. And he didn’t stop there. He created an entire kind-of-fake-looking world full of things that don’t exist on earth, like waterfalls and trees. The result is astoundingly almost-realistic! There’s no telling how the introduction of passable blue people will change filmmaking. I assume from now on audiences, unable to go back to the old blue people-less ways, will demand fairly lifelike blue people in all their movies. The real question is whether we’ll go back and insert blue people into classic films to make them bearable, as we’ve previously done with Jabbas the Hut and fart jokes.

f “Avatar” has a single flaw — and it doesn’t — it’s that there are still some actual people in it. But it’s at least a step in the right direction. We’re almost at the day for which every filmmaker from D. W. Griffith to Ingmar Bergman to the Coen Brothers has striven toward — the day when all actors can be replaced by fake-looking computer images. And blue is just the beginning. James Cameron has opened the door to a new world where people can be any color we want them to be. – Elliott Kalan is an Emmy-winning writer for “The Daily Show.”

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What to watch for

Atlanta (6-7) at Jets (7-6) SUNDAY, 1 P.M. (FOX) LINE: NYJ -5.

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Who will be under center? — After a knee injury in the win over Buffalo shelved him for last Sunday’s game, Mark Sanchez has been back and practicing with the team this week, albeit wearing a knee brace. The Jets were able to get by with Kellen Clemens last week, but if they are serious about making the playoffs, they need Sanchez under center. On the other side, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan practiced Thursday after missing the last two games with a toe injury.

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Who is the better back? — Thomas Jones on one side, perhaps Michael Turner on the other. Turner has missed three of the last four games with an ankle injury, but will give the Falcons a burst if he returns for this one.

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Can Atlanta stop the run? — With or without Sanchez, the Jets plan on pounding the ball once again. Curtis Lofton, the second-year linebacker out of Oklahoma, is the key to halting the Jets’ topranked rushing attack. Lofton leads Atlanta with 118 tackles and was instrumental in helping the Falcons beat two other topfive rushing teams, Miami and Carolina, earlier this season. KRISTIAN DYER

Could you help us out, please?

Road to playoffs for Jets, Giants gets smoother with upsets in Week 15 Jets schedule: Atlanta, Indy, Cinci Giants face Wash., Carolina, Minn.

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AFC East Who they’ll be cheering for in Week 15: Bills over Patriots — Tom Brady crumbling might be the Jets best shot at the playoffs. After Buffalo, New England plays Jacksonville and Houston, so it’s possible. Titans over Dolphins — Miami swept the season series against the Jets, so it’ll have to drop at least one of its last three (Houston, Pittsburgh) for the Jets to jump in front.

Jets’ secondary scenario: Win the last wild card spot Who they’ll be cheering for in Week 15: Colts over Jags — The Jags are one of three other teams with the same record as Gang Green. Jacksonville, which owns a tiebreaker over the Jets, played Indianapolis in a late game Thursday night. Bears over Ravens — Baltimore (7-6) has to be the frontrunner to take that final wild card spot. It finishes the season against slumping Pittsburgh, then Oakland.

NFL Standings AFC EAST NEW ENGLAND MIAMI JETS BUFFALO

Giants’ ideal scenario: Win the NFC East Who they’ll be cheering for in Week 15: Niners over Eagles — It’s a bit of a longshot for the Giants to win the division, but the Eagles don’t have a gimme schedule. After San Fran, which housed Arizona last week, Philly plays Denver and Dallas. Saints over Cowboys — Saturday’s game could very well knock the Cowboys out for good. The Giants hold the tiebreaker over Dallas.

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Win the last wild card spot Who they’ll be cheering for in Week 15: Saints over Cowboys — At 9-4, Green Bay figures to grab the first wild card spot, leaving Dallas and the Giants to fight over the other one. If Tony Romo manages to pull the upset here, the Boys still have plenty of time to stumble against Washington and Philly. Jets over Falcons — Atlanta may seem harmless at 6-7, but with a healthy Michael Turner, it’s better to all but eliminate them now. METRO

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“I have no reason to have a concern. There are a lot of doctors linked to HGH.”

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Giants still not in the zone The red zone has not been kind to Big Blue. And it doesn’t figure to get any nicer in Monday night’s matchup with the Redskins, who lead the league in red-zone defense. The last time the two division rivals faced off in Week 1, Washington held the Giants without a touchdown in three trips inside the 20-yard line. “They are just sound,” Eli Manning said Thursday.

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The Redskins held 0 New Orleans, the league’s top offense, out of the end zone in four trips in Week 13.

goal line. A hiccup at Washington really dents their playoff hopes after a 45-38 loss to Philadelphia in Week 14. As far as Manning is concerned, the onus is on the offense to pull out a win. “We have to go out there and play great football,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to win the game.” The defense has to find a way to contribute. The unit is giving up an average of 32.4 points in its last eight

games. That trend figures to continue on Monday. The Giants are the league’s worst red-zone defense and are matched against a top 10 red-zone offense. “The fact of the matter is we haven’t gotten the job done up front,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. “What the reason is, I can’t pinpoint it.” They have an extra day this weekend to try and do exactly that. TONY WILLIAMS

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Granderson plays the shift Curtis Granderson had a couple things to take care of in his first official introduction to New York on Thursday. Granderson, acquired by the Yankees in a three-team deal last week, first revealed his new jersey number, 14. The center fielder had worn 28 in Detroit, but that number will be worn by Joe Girardi, symbolizing the Bombers’ quest for World Series title No. 28. Granderson then did his best to shift the per-

ception he can’t hit lefties. Even though he hit just .183 against lefthanders last season, Granderson said his new digs should help that number jump in 2010. “It doesn't look as small as everyone says it is," he said. “The numbers speak for themselves. Guys have had great years here.” Alex Rodriguez is in line for another great year, as doctors informed him a second hip surgery would not be necessary. LARRY FLEISHER

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NYI scoring: MacDonald, A. (09:31 in 2nd), Nielsen, F. (15:14 in 3rd) Goalies: NYR: H. Lundqvist 35 sv NYI: D. Roloson 17 sv

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JAMAICA Priced for immediate sale!! Lovely excel cond starter home, 1 fam det, 3br, fin bsmt. 2 fbths, all new wood floors, Only $149K.OBO. Agt 718-441-0200

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