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It.. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 103 Despite celebrity cameos, sequel hype 'Be Cool' is tepid at best By Rob Rector It was probably a mistake to watch "Get Shorty," the 1995 mob comedy, before heading out to the theater to view its sequel, "Be Cool." In 1995 John Travolta had just been given a career defribillator a year before with "Pulp Fiction" and in "Shorty," he glided across the screen, recharged by his infu- sion of popularity. His Chili Palmer, a shylock who charms his way into the movie business, was the epitome of cool - repeatedly commanding to his adversaries "Look at me!" as though he want- ed them to see that, from the depths of his soul, he meant busi- ness. Flash forward 10 years to "Be Cool," where physically Travolta actually looks better - trimmed and a bit more toned - but his far- away stares and squinty delivery suggest he's searching for a better film in which to star. The film's premise is its first se- rious misstep. The sequel, as the original, was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. In the first film, Chili had a genuine yearning for all things film. He lit up at the slightest cinematic reference and was even wowed by the screen ca- reers of the men he was hired to pulverize. In "Be Cool" there is no such adoration. Chili wants out of the Movie Revie00 movie business and decides to take a leap into the recording in-" dustry, notbecause he's a gaga over tunes, but more out of bore- dom. After his record producer buddy is gunned down in an ap- parent mob hit, Chili figures that he could handle the pressure and embarks on a music career. He discovers Linda Moon (played by a negligible Christina Mifian) a young thing singling with a Destiny's Child clone in L.A.'s Viper Room. Chili's blown away by her pipes, but it's diffi- cult to see why. Her talent is in- stantly disposable, in an American Idol backwash kind of way, and her idea of singing is having her voice chase down and pummel every octave on the scale. Nevertheless Chili yanks her from her current contract with a skanky label, owned by a skanky Harvey Keitel, and whisks her to the studio of friend Edie Athens (played by Uma Thurman). This abrupt shift in companies does not sit well with Moon's manager Raji (played by Vince Vaughn), a pimped-out playa whose wardrobe looks to have been vomited up by "Superfly." Raji and his gay narcissistic body- American Legion Post 17 to host Easter party A Children's Easter party, hosted by American Legion Post 17 in Lewes will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the post home in Lewes. Chilen ages 12 and under are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt, craft making, games and more. Refreshments will be available. The party is open to the public. Roadhouse supports Junior Miss Program The Roadhouse Steak Joint in Rehoboth Beach will host a special fundraiser for the Delaware's Junior Miss Scholarship Program Mon- day, March 28. The Roadhouse will donate a portion of the proceeds from the day's sales to the Junior Miss Program, which provides schol- arship opportunities to high school senior girls. The Roadhouse is located in the Midway Shopping Center, 4572 Highway One in Rehoboth Beach. The America's Junior Miss Program provides scholarship opportuni- ties to outstanding, college-bound high school seniors. A]'s REfiTAURANT & BAR Rt. 24 in Peddlers Village Shopping Center Turn off Rt. 1 at McDonalds, Rt. 24, only 2 miles to restaurant. 302-947-9300 Wednesday Pizza Night $5 Cheese Pizza. Ka$h Karaoke 9 pm-I. Thursday $15 Steak Dinners + 1/2 price bottle of wine. Wednesday & Thursday Open at 4 pm for dinner. guard Elliot Wilhelm (played by The Rock, the one reason to see the film) repeatedly attempt to get their girl back, but they are always a few steps behind the unflap- pable Chili. Scene after scene, celebrities or famous venues are trotted out, each of them very far from cool: Aerosmith, James Woods, The Black-Eyed Pea and Fred Durst. Even the Lakers' Kobe Bryant gets some screen time - on the court, not in it, this time. And speaking of Aerosmith, lead singer Steven Tyler plays himself but still struggles with getting in character. His skin stretched under his scraggly hair to resemble some sort of gypsy G- force test pilot, Tyler's screen abilities solidifies he should keep his day job. Director F. Gary Gray, who knows how to splice comedy and action, as he did with winning re- suits in the 2003 remake of 'q'he Italian Job." But he paces "Be Cool" with a hiccups-and-naps style: some scenes end and jump abruptly to the next, while others linger on far longer than they should. "Be Cool" is to "Get Shorty" what Travolta's "Staying Alive" was to "Saturday Night Fever": an overglossed exercise in excess and a blueprint for lack of re- straint. The Rock, left, and Vince Vaughn star in "Be Cool." Daily Fresh Spedab FidtDaily Wednesd & Thursday Buy one ent, get second entree of equal or lesser value FFIFF when using cash Hapl Hour all night. 1/2 price aletizers & reduced drinks for entire restaurant Sun00 $10.00 ( all wine ttles DAILY EARLY BIRD SPECIALS 4:30- 6:3010% Off & $1 Kids pasta *Smls no( be Downtown location Closed for minor renovations, will reopen in February. 0002-64006160 $000227-900005 s,, ,, so p,,,  s,, ,,,,, 4so t,,, n,,,,,. . s,,. l 00laOaUtt00qs :.m!laUl00 llUd "IS lU!l00 :ulPU00UlA[ paanlt00o00I ap_ooJ00os.v md0I p 00qB!N aolsqo,I una.rxaIAI lllll00 mdlI-00 fi00pam00s