Ramin Setoodeh

Stories by Ramin Setoodeh

  • Rentals: He's Behind You!

    'Friday the 13th' (1980) The original is the campiest, with a game of strip Monopoly, but any sequel will do. 'The Evil Dead' (1981) Enter the cabin in Sam Raimi's classic, and you might lose your guts. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984) Johnny Depp, don't sleep. Or Krueger will get you! 'Halloween' (1978) Might as well see the movie after which they named the holiday. Or is it the other way around? 'House of Wax' (2005) Die, Paris! Die! 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' (1988) But skip this one if Bozo gave you the creeps.
  • Entertainment: No Need For Tivo

    Tv-show board games, once popular in the '60s and '70s, are back in syndication. Here are three new series to watch--and play: Desperate Housewives Dirty Laundry Game ($16.62; walmart.com ). Take a stroll down Wisteria Lane with the girls. But don't ( nudge ) lose your pants. In the cards: answer trivia questions like, "Who gets frisky wearing an animal print thong?" (The answer: Tom). CSI Miami: The Board Game ($24.99; amazon.com ). A spinoff game based on the spinoff series. In the cards: you try to solve a crime with the help of suspect info like, "Murray Palmer is addicted to Internet hacking." I Love the 80s: Board Game ($24.99; target.com ). For fans of VH1 nostalgia, this trivia game asks players to answer questions, draw pictures and act out clues like "The Incredible Hulk." In the cards: "Who was the producers' first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on 'Family Ties'?" The answer: Matthew Broderick.
  • Newsmakers

    Claire Danes plays a department-store clerk who sells gloves in the upcoming movie "Shopgirl." She spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Family Travel: Mummy, Let's Ride Again!

    Ted Dougherty, a paralegal from Sierra Madre, Calif., spends his nights as a werewolf. With a foam-latex mask glued to his face, he crawls around Knott's Berry Farm and growls at unsuspecting bystanders. Dougherty is among a cast of 1,000 actors dressed in monster costumes who overtake the amusement park during a monthlong Halloween celebration. "People scream, they flinch, they run," he says. "They faint because they get so scared."But adult travelers and their teen-age kids are coming back for more. The haunted-amusement-park phenomenon, which started in the 1970s, has become a surefire way for parks to extend peak travel season beyond the summer months. Now, with an increase in consumer spending on Halloween and the popularity of local haunted houses, more parks are letting frightfests take over, with elaborate sets, sound effects, strobe lights and lots of monsters. The events are also lasting longer than before "to accommodate larger crowds," says Arthur Levine, an amusement...
  • Newsmakers

    Kristen Bell is the star of UPN's "Veronica Mars," whose first-season DVDs come out this week. She spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh.Yeah. My day off consisted of two meetings in L.A. this morning.Oh, I can't tell you. They were meetings meetings, to figure out my best options for films. Then, I'll make myself dinner--I've got to drive back to San Diego very early tomorrow morning, at, like, 3:30.I once was in high school. But I look young. You can still be smart--a smartass--but you have to have the innocence. We tackled issues last year that people wouldn't even touch . For instance, Veronica was date-raped.Oh, really? I've never seen it. Isn't that awful?I'm going to. I tend to be a comedy girl. There's not a Sunday night that goes by that I don't sit down and watch "America's Funniest Home Videos." I think it's hands-down the best television show on the air.I don't mind him. There's something really corny inside me that loves to laugh at him, although Bob Saget made me very...
  • THE GOOD LIFE

    To See And Be SeenBy Rukhmini PunooseFeel like you've got-ten all the fashion mileage you can out of your scarf, belt or purse? Try a new pair of custom glasses--and never mind if your vision is 20/20. Boutique opticians are springing up around the world, and they are definitely less concerned with how you see than with the way you look. Robert Marc started the trend 20 years ago, when he opened his first custom-glasses shop in New York. Among his early memorable designs: Woody Allen's signature black-frame glasses. Marc now has nine stores in the United States and sells his wares at luxury opticians from Europe to Asia. He has designed frames for Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz ($295 to $1,295; 212-319-2000).In many eyewear boutiques, no two pairs are alike. Designers cater to consumer tastes, using unique materials like buffalo horn, rhinestone, leather, silk, wood--as well as white gold and diamonds--or sourcing rare antique gold frames from the 1930s....
  • CHEAT SHEET: TRUMAN SHOW

    Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" was a landmark in nonfiction. The new movie "Capote" tells the story behind the story. Want to prepare? Start with the original material. The 1965 book ($14) recounts a family murder in the town of Holcomb, Kans., and the lives of the two men accused of the crime. Next, look for a tie-in edition of Gerald Clarke's excellent "Capote: A Biography" ($17.95), which inspired the movie. "The dilemma for Capote was, he had to have a resolution," Clarke tells NEWSWEEK. In other words, he was waiting for an execution.Of course, everyone knows Capote from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." But Clarke recommends two dark short stories: "Miriam" and "A Tree of Night" from the new paperback "The Complete Stories" ($14). Finally, a recent collection, "Too Brief a Treat" ($16), includes his letters to people you'll see in the movie, like Det. Alvin Dewey (played by Chris Cooper). To a friend: "It is a Big Work, believe me," Capote wrote, "and if I fail I still will have...
  • SPORTS: ON THE WAY TO THE TOP

    Kids across the nation are discovering the latest hot game: rapidly stacking cups into formations. Some 1 million people in the United States and Canada are playing, often in P.E. classes, according to the World Sport Stacking Association. We asked 18-year-old Emily Fox, who holds two records, for tips.Stackers need a dozen plastic cups. Speedstacks.com offers an $18.95 set designed to improve your time. The easiest formation, the 3-3-3, involves three stacks of three cups. Using both hands, build each stack into a pyramid and then take them back down. Once you've mastered the move, try the 3-6-3 (with six cups in the middle). Fox's time, 2.72 seconds, is the record to beat. "I would practice half an hour a day," she says. (See Fox do a more tricky maneuver, the cycle, at NEWSWEEK.com.) By April, you could be ready to compete in the championships in Denver (worldsportstacking association.org).
  • Movies: Nobody Loves Me!

    Peter Judson directed a documentary called "Nobody Wants Your Film," about a small movie that nobody in Hollywood wanted. The only snag: nobody wanted Judson's movie, either. In 2001, the NYU grad was shooting extra footage for the DVD of an indie film. But that movie, called "13 Moons," never hit theaters, so Judson pieced together his interviews (with actors like Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage) for a collage on why it failed. The challenge: finding somebody to watch "Nobody." Judson booked his documentary in an L.A. theater and advertised online (total cost: $60,000). With more than 200,000 visitors to his site so far, DVDs go on sale this week. Now Judson is planning sites for rejected novelists, artists and musicians. "This is about the disenchanted connecting," he says.
  • Entertainment: Must-See (Live!) Tv

    Why watch your favorite TV show from the sofa when you can be in the audience? With the fall season in full swing, now is a good time to attend live tapings. Here's how to get your free tickets: Tvtickets.com has passes to more than 20 sitcoms filmed in Los Angeles and New York, from "Two and a Half Men" to "Hope & Faith." But check often--popular shows, like "Will & Grace," go fast. Can't find anything you want to see? Call Paramount (323-956-1777) to attend CBS sitcoms "Yes, Dear" and "Out of Practice" (with Henry Winkler), as well as a handful of UPN shows like "Girlfriends." Finally, don't forget the talk-show circuit. Most networks list rules for tickets on their sites; see cbs.com/latenight/lateshow and ellen.warnerbros.com/showinfo/ tickets. If you're lucky, you'll have a good time and go home with some freebies.
  • Newsmakers

    You've seen them dance and diet, but the most delicious has-been reality show is yet to come. Fox's "Skating With Celebrities" is in production right now, and the network hopes it will air this fall. How do we know it's the best ever if we haven't seen it? One word: gore. "You'll see a lot of falls, no question," says Fox's Mike Darnell. "We've already had one incident of blood." As if that weren't enough, "Skating" gives you two kinds of has-beens--washed-up stars and washed-up skaters--for the price of one. The stars: Dave Coulier, Jillian Barberie, Deborah Gibson, Todd Bridges, Bruce Jenner and Kristy Swanson. They'll be paired with Nancy Kerrigan, John Zimmerman, Kurt Browning, Jenni Meno, Tai Babilonia and Lloyd Isler. Dorothy Hamill is the nice judge. And the nasty one? No word, but, alas, Tonya Harding was unavailable.Q&A:DOMINIC MONAGHANDominic Monaghan went from being a hobbit in "The Lord of the Rings" to a stranded rock star on ABC's "Lost," which comes out on DVD...
  • Hey, Dude. Pick Me!

    Chip McAllister and his wife, Kim, wanted a spot on "The Amazing Race." When the couple auditioned for the reality show in 2003, they dressed in funky costumes and pretended to travel from Australia to Hawaii. "It was the hokiest, craziest audition tape you could imagine," McAllister says.It worked. The two landed on the show and even won the grand prize of $1 million. Now McAllister is the spokesperson for a site that will help other reality-TV wanna-bes make their dreams come true. RTVStar .com, which launches on Aug. 22, is like Friendster for people who want to connect with the next Richard Hatch. For an annual $24.99, members post their photos, fill out a questionnaire ("When was the last time you hit... something in anger?") and sit tight. The site then asks casting professionals--it's signed on 80--to comb through profiles and look for matches.Which shows need the help? Founder Brian Ostrovsky says not everyone gets flooded with applicants like "American Idol." Just ask Marla...
  • Technology: Throw The Books At 'Em

    When Johnine Dugan started teaching grade school 29 years ago, she was the star of story time. But these days, she lets a computer do the work. A Web site, tumblebooks.com, reads--and displays--animated books like "50 Below Zero" by Robert Munsch, which Dugan shows on a TV screen. "It's just a better way for them to appreciate literature," says the second-grade teacher from Palos Park, Ill.For kids who are learning how to read, nothing can replace an old-fashioned page turner. But now more book companies are trying to put the fun back in phonics with gadgets. This fall's lineup includes more books that are wired with sound chips or DVDs, and experts say some of the devices help kids improve reading comprehension by asking questions that prompt them to pay better attention. But they're not meant to replace regular reading, just to supplement it. "Every family library should have a mix to keep the kids involved," says Rosanne McManus, associate publisher at Reader's Digest Children's...
  • Dolls: Give Her A Razzie

    Who said Lindsay Lohan couldn't get any smaller? The teen starlet's new doll, part of Mattel's My Scene line, is now arriving in a slinky red-carpet gown. Also sold separately: a limo, a dressing room and an... animated DVD?Girls used to be able to get a doll's backstory from the back of its box. But that's changing, as more retailers release straight-to-video productions that help introduce new characters--and sell more dolls. "There's definitely more simultaneous development upfront," says Michelle Field, director of marketing for girls' toys at Hasbro. In addition to My Scene, new DVDs in the fall lineup include a My Little Pony release to coincide with a new plush named Minty and a 3-D Barbie title that drops with her new princess line. Parents might see the movies as underhanded advertising. But Mattel, which has sold nearly 27 million Barbie films worldwide since 2001, doesn't agree. "Kids see through that," says Rob Hudnut, vice president of entertainment development. "We're...
  • GADGETS: 'MOMMY, STAND STILL!'

    Coming soon to a toy store near you: digital video cameras for kids. You can shoot a movie, download it onto a laptop and edit away like a young Spielberg. How do these new gadgets compare? We asked kids to try them.UPSHOT CHILD'S PLAY VCAM NOWPrice: $801.5-inch color screen; 4x zoom; doubles as a Web camera; two batteriesThis pocket-size cam got more props.'Oh, so cute!' said our 8-year-old tester. 'I love this one.' Mom agreed.VIDSTERPrice: $801.1-inch color viewfinder; 2x zoom; connects to TV; tripod mount; four batteries'It has better picture quality,' says an 11-year-old. Editing software lets you add songs to your flicks.
  • FAMILY TRAVEL: ONE LAST SUMMER FLING

    Jennifer Foley of Annapolis, Md., knows her days of summer are numbered. This week she and her 8-year-old daughter Jacqueline are taking a trip to Houston. A few days later her entire family--three kids, one husband--will drive to New York. On the itinerary: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and dinner in Chinatown. "It's great to travel this time of year," says Foley, a 40-year-old lawyer, citing lower airfare. "Like many mothers, I'm thinking: 'Where did summer go?' "And where have you gone? If your children have yet to collect enough stories about the latest museums and monuments, there's still time to book one last family getaway. The travel industry is certainly doing its part by rolling out a new batch of deals on hotels and flights. "Since there's a lag in the market after the kids go back to school, pricing gets aggressive at the end of summer," says Nathan Van Prooyen, director of e-commerce at lastminutetravel.com. Here's what to do to cash in:Set your sites...
  • NEWSMAKERS

    Q&A: Rachel McAdamsRachel McAdams is America's new sweetheart. She made us laugh in "Wedding Crashers" and cry in "The Notebook." Next she'll try to spook us in Wes Craven's "Red Eye." But first, she spoke with NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh.We're doing this interview on a Saturday night. Shouldn't you be out on a date or something?No, I think I'm going to go back to the hotel and take a swim in the pool. I don't have a pool at home, just a sprinkler.Think they'll ever show "Red Eye" on a plane?I hope not. I don't want to be responsible for any in-flight panic attacks.Are you scared of flying at all?I used to love flying. But I've taken so many flights and they've all gone so seamlessly, I'm starting to get nervous. You know when you do that you kind of jinx yourself.You used to work at McDonald's, right?Yes, I was the drive-through girl. You're dealing with starving people, so they're bound to get a little bit violent sometimes. They'd throw change at me.But aren't you a vegetarian...
  • FOOD: FRESHLY PICKED

    Enjoy the fruits of summer while you can. We asked James Parker, a Whole Foods Market produce expert, for help.Apricots: Their season is virtually over. "We did not have a good year."Top pick: "Some small varieties" are still tasty. But you'd do better with another fruit.Strawberries: Look for a deep red, without white coloring around the stem.Top pick: Camarosa strawberries are widely available and "have a good flavor."Plums: Take a whiff. "If you can get a scent," you're in for a treat.Top pick: The pluot, a hybrid of the plum and apricot, "concentrates sugar a lot better."Peaches: In late summer, they should be firmer and smell peachy.Top pick: Find out where it was grown and "stay close to your geographic area." Watermelon: Hit the melon. It should sound like you're thumping your chest.Top pick: Yellow doll, a watermelon with yellow flesh, "retains its texture very well."
  • PRODUCTS: GOSH! HE'S 'DYNAMITE.'

    Now you can watch "Napoleon Dynamite" and share your bed with him, too. Sheets based on last summer's sleeper are about to hit stores, along with lamps, energy drinks and a talking pen ("You guys are retarded"). Most movie booty is released at the same time as the film. But Fox says it never planned for "Napoleon" to be such a hit. "We've been working hard to keep up," says Virginia King, executive director of licensing and merchandising. The "Napoleon" product frenzy began last October at the teen store Hot Topic, which carried the vote for pedro T shirt. The movie's fans made it "our best-selling shirt in the last year," says Cindy Levitt, the chain's vice president of merchandising. (Fox says it now has 500,000 of them in the marketplace.) By the summer--with new followers of the DVD--Hot Topic was selling 200 different products. Now "Napoleon" is part of back-to-school at Target, which stocked up in July. "It's the strongest-selling license on the young men's floor," says chain...
  • TRAVEL: ROOM FOR EXTRAS

    Travel web sites can help you find great bargains on hotel rooms. But when using one, you'll want to take a few steps to make sure you're not getting shortchanged. Some sites, like hotels.com and expedia.com, have fine print that says they can't guarantee requests for a nonsmoking room or two beds for two people. When booking, specify in the comments box why you need what you're asking for. A good example: "I suffer from allergies and my health is going to be affected by a smoking room." It's also a good idea to call the hotel a few days before you arrive, especially if you plan on checking in later in the day when fewer rooms are available. If your room doesn't look right, take the key back to the lobby and call your travel site's customer-service number. "We've gone to lengths to accommodate people," says an Expedia rep, including moving disgruntled customers to another hotel. Keep in mind that the cancellation policies on most of these sites come with nasty fees. Our tip: look...
  • Everyone's Favorite Frog

    It's not easy being green--or is it? Kermit the Frog is now pushing 50, from the day Jim Henson created him out of fabric from his mother's coat. Everyone's favorite frog made his debut on "The Tonight Show" in 1958, co-hosted "The Mike Douglas Show" in 1966 and saw the premiere of "The Muppet Show" in 1976. The star of six feature-length movies, with a voice that doesn't croak, Kermit spoke with NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh. Excerpts:NEWSWEEK: What are you up to these days, Kermie?Kermit the Frog: I am just living my life as a frog. At the moment I'm at home at the swamp, where I like to spend my spare time. I always go back to my roots when I'm not working. It keeps me centered.Does the smell prevent visitors?Well, it's not so much the smell. It's the mud and the mosquitoes. There's not a lot of traffic through here.Do you get mosquito bites?No. For me, it's a food source. They have to worry about the biting part.The first season of "The Muppet Show" is coming out on DVD. I remember...
  • The Ingenue

    If you still can't match the name to the face, by year's end you will. Wood, who was as hard to miss as she was to watch in 2003's gritty coming-of-age drama "Thirteen," played one of Joan Allen's daughters in this spring's "The Upside of Anger." Next week, she'll star alongside James Woods in the independent film "Pretty Persuasion." Then she teams up with Edward Norton as his much younger girlfriend in "Down in the Valley" before appearing with Annette Bening in "Running with Scissors." "There are plenty of movies about teens and proms," she says, sporting black heels and a raspy voice from a cold she caught rehearsing. "That's what I want to shy away from, to show there's many more levels."Mission accomplished. Wood got her start on the heartbreakingly good and short-lived TV series "Once and Again." As Jessie, an anorexic teen from a broken family, she hit notes of angst that we hadn't seen since Claire Danes in "My So-Called Life." (Both shows were coproduced by Marshall...
  • COLLEGE LIFE ACCORDING TO FELICITY

    Keri Russell sure had a tough time in college. We polled school officials on how our fave undergrad should've solved these jams.PROBLEM As a frosh: Couldn't find the textbook. FELICITY'S SOLUTION Tells prof. He ridicules her in front of class. REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONCheck library, Xerox chapters from a pal.PROBLEM Sophomore: Oops! Just missed the final. FELICITY'S SOLUTION Ben finds the teacher, begs for a makeup. REAL-WORLD SOLUTION Right idea. But don't send your boyfriend.PROBLEM Junior: Thought she'd dropped class; hadn't. FELICITY'S SOLUTION Stays up all night with Noel (wink) studying. REAL-WORLD SOLUTION Double-check schedule before drop deadline.PROBLEM Senior: Denied financial aid; late with forms. FELICITY'S SOLUTION Enters beauty pageant to win some $$$. REAL-WORLD SOLUTION Lose the tiara. Talk to a financial-aid counselor.
  • BOOKS: NOPE, DIDN'T SEE THE MOVIE--I WAS READING

    Could it be? Americans are spending less time at the movies because they're too busy--reading. In May (as "Kingdom of Heaven" bombed), sales of adult hardcovers jumped 29.6 percent, adult paperbacks 18.4 percent and children's hardcovers 21.2 percent over the same period in 2004, reports the Association of American Publishers. So how will these novels-to-movies do? Even if they're not all B.O. hits, expect them to sell... more books.'SHOPGIRL' (OCT. 21) The story: Claire Danes, as the so-called girl, falls for an older man (Steve Martin, not Billy Crudup).New release: 150,000 tie-in copies.'THE GOBLET OF FIRE' (NOV. 18) The story: Ralph Fiennes joins the series as You-Know-Who (OK, Voldemort).New release: Four tie-ins--for coloring, tracing, posters and stickers.'MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA' (DEC. 9) The story: Dir. Rob Marshall moves from 'Chicago' to Japan. Ziyi Zhang stars.New release: 1.25 million copies, including a Spanish edition.'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN' (DEC. 9) The story: Jake...
  • GADGETS: 'MOMMY, STAND STILL!'

    Coming soon to a toy store near you: digital video cameras for kids. You can shoot a movie, download it onto a laptop and edit away like a young Spielberg. How do these new gadgets compare? We asked kids to try them.VCAM NOWPrice: $801.5-inch color screen; 4x zoom; doubles as a Web camera; two batteriesThis pocket-size cam got more props."Oh, so cute!," says our 8-year-old tester. "I love this one." Mom agreed.VIDSTERPrice: $801.1-inch color viewfinder; 2x zoom; connects to TV; tripod mount; four batteries"It has better picture quality," says an 11-year-old. Editing software lets you add songs to your flicks.
  • COLLECTING: JUST ADD QUARTERS

    Who needs an arcade down the block when you can set up one in your home? Old-school machines from the'80s are hot again among collectors. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't play something," says Pete Wanko, 36, who keeps 17 big arcade games like Centipede in his basement. Ready to join? Start your search at klov.com, the IMDb for players, with titles, photos and dates. Then you'll need to pull a Mario and start collecting your coins. A new reissue includes Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man in a single cabinet (from $2,875; bmigaming.com). But used is the way most collectors go. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game (above) from 1989 sells for $1,695 at vintagearcade.net. A few caveats: If you buy sight unseen, don't forget the warranty. Arcade games drop in value if they've been dented. And even if you find a great deal, add a few hundred more to cover shipping. Too bad Donkey Kong won't help with the lifting.
  • TROLLZ: RED HAIRING

    Ruby is 14, with a star-shaped gem on her belly. She listens to hip-hop, carries a yellow cell phone and loves sushi. In her online journal, she puts this on her to-do list: "Practice looking flirty in the mirror." We're talking, of course, about a troll. This fall, the short, ugly dolls that collectors have been after since the 1960s are about to be reborn. DIC Entertainment is bringing them back as skinny, purse-carrying, teenage girls with crushes on boy trolls (they wear jeans and sneakers and don't look like the old trolls, either). Andy Heyward, CEO of DIC, says the new line of Trollz will be arriving "like the Normandy invasion." In addition to their doll incarnation, the characters will appear in direct-to-video movies, videogames and books and as part of a fast-food promotion. Online, 'tween fans can create their own trolls and mix potions that cause (and cure) zits. The Trollz are different from other vintage brands--like the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake--in that a...
  • STYLE: SOME HOT POCKETS

    Designers known for women's scarves are putting their prints on men's pocket squares. Below, a yellow one with hearts (Salvatore Ferragamo; $70 at Bloomingdale's), Pucci's pretty shapes ($68; Bloomingdale's) and Gucci butterflies on a brown background ($90; Saks Fifth Avenue). How do you wear them? Stylists say dump the tie or wear a plain color that brings out the hankie. But stay away from stripes. To tone down the effect, look for a square with smaller patterns and tuck more of it in (see folding guide, below). Women can play along, too. Bloomingdale's reports some female shoppers are buying them to tie on their wrists and purses. How's that for pocket change?
  • STYLE: WONDER BRIEFS!

    Men's briefs are borrowing an old trick from the Wonderbra: companies are engineering their latest styles to provide more of a lift. Why? Guys who wear tighter pants are demanding undies with snugger cuts. Plus, these supportive pouches build confidence--or at least that's how the lines are marketed. TIP SHEET's Ramin Setoodeh recruited volunteers to test out the newest styles. Here's how they shaped up.1. ADAM PLUS EVE ($25; adam pluseve.com). A center seam in the pouch holds everything up; less fabric at the hips prevents bunching under tight jeans. How it feels: "Like wearing your mother's underwear." Watch out for a wedgie.2. UNICO ($15; freshpair.com). This pair is cup-shaped to enhance what nature gave you. Comes with a strip of mesh, if you prefer to walk on the wild side. How it feels: "Too tight. I don't think I could wear them for more than an hour."3. C-IN2 ($15; freshpair.com). A microfiber sling is sewn into the pouch. Slip it on for a lift-and-separate effect (not...
  • TECHNOLOGY: MOVIES ON THE MOVE

    What's showing on your next flight? Who cares. These days, more travelers are taking off with portable DVD players--8 million units were sold worldwide last year, up from 3 million in 2003, reports the market-research firm In-Stat. As prices drop way below laptops, the latest gadgets are wired with more extras. So what should a newbie carry on? TIP SHEET tested a handful of players. Here's what looked the best:Audiovox D2010 ($450)Target.com This 10.2-inch unit will play DVDs, music and Kodak Picture CDs. Thumbs up: It transmits an infrared signal to wireless headphones or you can plug in and listen. Screen options like contrast and color are a cinch to adjust, even if you accidentally leave the remote control at home. Thumbs down: The battery, which lasts 2.5 hours, crashes before "The Aviator." Our testers weren't crazy about its hefty weight or price. ***Philips PET 1000 ($400)Circuitcity.com A 10.2-inch LCD, with car adapter. Thumbs up: It has the best-looking screen (whoa, not...