Originally created 09/25/01

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Here are last week's Top 5 VHS rentals, according to VSDA VidTrac:

1. Exit Wounds. Steven Seagal returns to action in this grimy, noisy cop thriller in which he plays a renegade detective chasing down corruption in a rough-and-tumble precinct (R).

2. Hannibal (2001). Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as the cannibalistic Dr. Lecter and Julianne Moore replaces Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling in this sequel to Silence of the Lambs, directed by Ridley Scott. (R).

3. Memento. Told backward, from end to beginning, this psychological thriller stars Guy Pearce as a man unable to form new memories, and who tattoos his body with clues to lead him to his wife's murderer. With Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano (R).

4. Joe Dirt. David Spade portrays a janitor who searches for his long-estranged parents and gets a lot of gooey things dumped on his head along the way (PG-13).

5. 15 Minutes, an action crime thriller starring Robert DeNiro as a famous homicide detective who teams up with a less-experienced fire inspector (Ed Burns) to investigate a case (R).


If you want to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, go to the movies today - and buy some popcorn. Nearly 80 movie theater chains, including local Regal Cinemas and Georgia Theater Co., locations, plan to donate every dollar they earn today to charities aiding the terrorist-attack relief operations, the National Organization for Theatre Owners announced Thursday.

One hundred percent of ticket and concession sales at participating movie theaters will be distributed equally between the September 11th Fund of the United Way and the American Red Cross.

About 29,000 screens already are involved in "Victims' Benefit Day at the Movies," roughly 80 percent of the nation's 36,000 total.


In the wake of the terrorist attacks, the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association is urging Americans to be on the lookout for prolonged feelings of sadness, guilt and anger in themselves, friends and family. It's not uncommon for people to develop depression following a traumatic event, says Lydia Lewis, executive director of the organization. And people who are already living with depression or manic depression (also known as bi-polar disorder) need to be especially aware of changes in mood and follow treatment plans. For information on recognizing and treating depression, contact the association at (800) 826-3632 or www.ndmda.org.


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