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November 26, 2011

DIGITAL

Guess the Movie app, 99 cents, available at the iTunes store

NONDIGITAL

"The Everything Large-Print Movie Crosswords Book" $15.95, available at Amazon.com and other retailers

SPLURGE

Dupont James Bond pen set, $4,000-$5,000, available from Bonhams auctioneers starting Dec. 6

BARGAIN

Classic movie candy $1.99 and up, available at Oldtime

candy.com and other outlets

Film buffs itching for some mobile trivia should love Guess the Movie, a phone app that tests cinema knowledge in a variety of categories by asking players to identify films based on hints about cast members, characters, famous quotes and Academy Awards. The app has more than 2,000 questions to keep the movie lover on your list busy and entertained. For those who aren't as tech-savvy or as keen to read tiny letters on a digital screen, there's "The Everything Large-Print Movie Crosswords Book," which divides its puzzles into categories including drama, action and adventure, movie stars and award winners.

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It would be awfully tricky to get your hands on James Bond's movie gadgets, but S.T. Dupont Paris might have come up with the next best thing. The French designer has crafted the Dupont James Bond, a pen set modeled after the spy's favorite handgun, the Walther PPK. It includes a fountain pen and ball pen, both with engraved lines inspired by the grip of the firearm, and the ink capsule looks like a bullet. And like any good gadget, these pens are not simply pens – the fountain pen doubles as a laser pointer and both come with a time-zone function that calculates the time zone difference between cities.

Of course, not everyone can afford to keep themselves in the luxury to which Bond has become accustomed. A far less expensive alternative for movies fans? A sugar-filled blast from the past. Oldtimecandy.com has a good selection of classic movie candy, including Black Crows, the licorice gum drops that date to 1890, and Charleston Chews, the vanilla-flavored, chocolate-coated nougat bar named after the Charleston dance. Among the other retro treats available on the site are Goldenberg's peanut chews, Bonomo's Turkish Taffy and Razzles. Specialty retailers including Soap Plant/Wacko on Hollywood Blvd., and Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Eagle Rock also offer an interesting array of classic candy options.

Emily Rome

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