Tuesday, September 21, 2004



Movies opening Friday:

"First Daughter": Katie Holmes discovers the difficulty of having a normal college experience when you're the daughter of the president of the United States. Dad assigns one of his youngest Secret Service agents (Marc Blucas) to follow her around on campus disguised as a student. Things get complicated, however, when they fall in love with each other. (PG)

"The Forgotten": Julianne Moore stars in her first psychological thriller about a single mother who's willing to do everything to get back her lost 8-year-old son. The only problem, director Joseph Ruben said in Entertainment Weekly, is that "her son may never existed, so that's the central mystery of the movie. Did he ever exist? And if he existed, what happened to him?" Dominic West of HBO's "The Wire" plays a guy who teams up with Moore after he starts to think he had a daughter that nobody remembers. Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard and Anthony Edwards co-star. (PG-13)

"The Last Shot": Matthew Broderick stars as a wannabe director who thinks he's making an independent film when, in reality, he's a pawn in a sting operation cooked up by an FBI agent (Alec Baldwin) to infiltrate the Mafia's Teamsters-union ties. Toni Collette, Calista Flockhart, Tony Shalhoub and Ray Liotta co-star. (R)

"Shaun of the Dead": This British horror-comedy's been getting a lot of pre-release hype as one of the better entries in the zombie genre. The dead have risen in London, getting in the way of a guy's plan to get back together with his girl. Now, not only does he have to try to save his ex's life from the munching undead, he and his pals must go forth on a zombie killing spree to save the day. (R)


CGI expert speaks

How did Spider-man climb those buildings and fly through traffic in the summer blockbuster? Ask Cinzia Angelini, CGI animator for Sony Pictures ImageWorks, who will speak about "Character Animation: Adding Personality to 3d Digital Characters" during a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 

The event will take place in the University of Hawaii Architecture Auditorium.

When scripts call for action that is impossible to shoot with actors, which happens more and more these days, Angelini goes to work.

Her film credits include: "Spider-man 2," "Sinbad," "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," "El Dorado: City of Gold," "Prince of Egypt" and "Balto." She is currently working on the first film from Sony Pictures Animation, "Open Season."

Call 735-3879.

A picnic set to music

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy "A Night in Provence," entertained by no less than the Honolulu Symphony, Saturday on the grounds of La Pietra school.

Assistant conductor Joan Landry will lead the symphony through Paul Dukas' "Fanfare" from "La Pri," Georges Bizet's "L'Alsienne," Jaques Offenbach's "Doll Song" from "Tales of Hoffman," Charles Gounod's "Ah! Je veux vivre dans le rve" from "Romeo and Juliet" and Maurice Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin."

Gates open at 5 p.m., with the performance at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $45 and include coffee, dessert and soft drinks. A picnic for eight may be ordered for $100. Proceeds benefit La Pietra.

The school is at 2933 Poni Moi Road at the base of Diamond Head. Valet parking provided. Overflow parking is at at Kapiolani Community College, with free shuttle service.

Call 922-2744 or 924-7515.

More 'Idol' seats

Seats have just been released for next week's American Idols Live three-night stint next week at the Blaisdell Arena. As staging plans are finalized, a few more seats for each of the concerts of the 28th, 29th and 30th have been added. The $48 tickets are available at the arena's box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Times Supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 877-750-4400.

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