Tuesday, September 28, 2004




Happy Halloween!

October and Halloween are just around the corner. For event planners, that means sending in the listings for your costume contests, haunted houses and other spooky events.

Don't worry if you don't yet have your act together. We'll always have room for late additions in smaller weekly calendars, but to give readers a head start on planning, we'd like to receive your calendar listings by Oct. 6.

Answer those basic journalism questions when you submit your listings, as in when, where, what and who you gonna call for more information? If you have any photos of past events, send those along, also. We'll accept your duplicate photos (none will be returned), slides or JPEGs.

Send details, including your name and phone number, to Today Section, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu 96813; or e-mail information to features@starbulletin.com . Specify Halloween or Christmas (Nov. 19 deadline) if you have those listings as well. We're also continuing to add to our Craft Fair calendar running every Friday in Weekend.


Joaquin Phoenix stars in "Ladder 49," opening Friday.

Movies opening Friday:

"Ladder 49": Director Jay Russell says his firefighting movie "is more 'Black Hawk Down' than 'Backdraft.'" Stars John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, plus other cast members, reportedly attended a real firefighting academy for a month to prepare for their roles. Phoenix plays Jack Morrison, who reflects on his life and marriage while trapped inside a burning building awaiting rescue from his comrades.

Travolta plays Morrison's chief and mentor. Robert Patrick and Morris Chestnut are fellow firemen, and Jacinda Barrett (from "The Real World: London" MTV series) plays Jack's wife. (PG-13)

"Shark Tale": This is the first computer-created animated feature from DreamWorks' Southern California unit, and it hopes to follow the immense success of the studio's "Shrek" flicks.

It boasts a big-name voice cast in Will Smith, Jack Black, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese.

Oscar (Smith) is a fast-talking little fish who hooks up with Lenny (Black), a sensitive great white shark. Their aim is to build up Oscar's reputation as defender of the reef city and "shark slayer." Unfortunately, Oscar's big mouth gets him in trouble with the great white mob, led by Don Lino (De Niro), who's also Lenny's father. Zellweger plays Angie, the angelfish who toils at the Whale Wash and harbors a secret crush on Oscar; Jolie is the femme fatale Lola; and Scorsese is Sykes the wheeler-dealer puffer fish. (PG)


Top iTunes

The most downloaded songs of the week, as listed by apple.com/itunes:
1. "1985" Bowling for Soup
2. "Tilt Ya Head Back" Nelly & Christina Aguilera
3. "She Will Be Loved" Maroon 5
4. "Let's Get It Started" (Spike Mix) Black Eyed Peas
5. "American Idiot" Green Day
6. "Breakaway" Kelly Clarkson
7. "Goodies" Ciara Feat. Petey Pablo
8. "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand
9. "My Happy Ending" Avril Lavigne
10. "Yeah!" Usher

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