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From the Australian ”Survivor”s sequels web cafes to an ”X-Files” site, a weekly spin on the web

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CBS is keeping the exact location of Survivor: The Australian Outback, which begins shooting this month in Australia, so confidential that they even tried to secure the airspace overhead. But we’ve learned this much: The base camp for the show’s 250-odd crew members is outfitted with an Internet café. Whether or not they’re granted Web access to http://www.survivorsucks.com is unknown, but the satellite phone linkup certainly raises the potential of on-set details being leaked to Web fanatics. (CBS declined to comment.) So far the network is looking immunity-challenged.

A visual representation of the tangled conspiracies that make up the X-Files plotlines looks like the tentacles of an alien — at least on the flashily redesigned official website that debuts Nov. 1 (www.thexfiles.com). The site includes The Mytharc, a multimedia guide to the entire conspiracy, dating back to 1946. Ingeniously built by 17-year-old art student Bobby Radboy, The Mytharc can be reorganized to show every instance of, say, Mulder encountering black oil, or what happened in Area 51 in 1975. We’re not sure if the site required special knowledge of physics or math — but it looks like something the Lone Gunmen might have concocted. Still, as everyone knows, they can’t even hold down a TV series.

Pay no attention to those congressional hearings about movie studios knowingly marketing mature movies to children. Little Nicky (www.littlenicky.com), the upcoming PG-13 movie that brings Satan’s son (in the form of Adam Sandler) to earth, is coming to a Game Boy Color near you — which is curious, since 57 percent of Game Boy owners are too young to see the film alone. And this 15-level New York City adventure, which includes a boom box full of heavy metal tunes, isn’t exactly Pokémon either: It opens with a Peeping Tom scenario and spits out the S-word as often as the dark hero burps fireballs. The Teen-rated game is, however, devilishly fun for adults, most of whom will probably be too embarrassed to borrow their kids’ Game Boys to try it out.

The ”Anonymous Director” who created the phenomenally fake Star Wars: Episode II trailer (www.theforce.net/theater/trailers/episodeii/index.shtml) that many believed was real has just released a sequel of sorts. You’ll remember that the last one was part of a quest to restore lost faith in the Star Wars prequels; well, this crusade is an attempt to get Raiders of the Lost Ark rereleased on the big screen for the film’s 20th anniversary next June. Though the trailer (viewable at http://www.indy20.com) isn’t nearly as complex as the Star Wars project, it is a fine pastiche of Harrison Ford images. But it will take an avalanche of support to persuade Lucasfilm to rerelease Raiders, since they’re already working on the fourth installment of the franchise. When asked which he’d prefer, Anonymous chooses the rerelease: ”I really liked the way Last Crusade wrapped everything up with them all riding off into the sunset.”

In the season premiere of The Simpsons, Lisa visits http://www.WhatBadgersEat.com.