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WHAT'S HAPPENING

MOVIES: New in theaters, "The Darkest Hour" (PG-13); "War Horse" (PG-13).

CONCERTS: Lowest of the Low, 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

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UP, UP AND AWAY

Want to spend your holiday money on a new toy? The Griffin-Helo TC is a remote-controlled helicopter that you control through an app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The twin-rotored, indoor helicopter is built on a lightweight metal frame with a black polycarbonate body. A flight deck infrared module plugs into iOS devices' headphone jack to transmit control signals to the helicopter. There are two modes of flight available: Touch-to-Fly uses the touch display to control the throttle and joystick; Tilt-to-Fly allows users to tilt the iOS device to move the helicopter forward, back and side to side. The built-in battery recharges from any USB power source.

The Griffin-Helo TC is available at GriffinTechnology.com and retailers nationwide for $49.99; the HELO TC app is free from the iTunes App Store.

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ADD KICK TO YOUR SHOES

Want to make a bold fashion statement? Use this kit to customize your sneakers with color blocks, abstract designs or graphic details. This kit makes it easy for anyone to paint their own canvas or leather shoes, no matter how old or new they are. The waterproof paint has been lab tested and exceeds 100,000 dry flex repetitions without chipping, cracking or losing color.

The Customizable Shoe Painting kit is made in the United States and is available from UncommonGoods.com for $45. It includes a guide, a paint brush, five colors of paint (white, black, red, yellow and blue), an empty container to mix colors and JGoods Finish Remover Wipes. There is enough paint to cover two to six pairs.

See them in action here: blog.uncommongoods.com/2011/gift-lab-diy-designer-shoes/

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The phone calls and emails I have gotten today are unlike any I have ever experienced. I feel like I got married or had a kid or something. I have never had anything like this happen to me before. My parents were actually crying."

-- Jonah Hill to People magazine on his nominations for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award, for his role in "Moneyball"

-- McClatchy Newspapers