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Laura Linney and Robin Williams star in "Man of the Year," about a comedian who mistakenly gets elected president.
Movies opening Friday:
"Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker"
: Based on Anthony Horowitz's English teenage spy book series. After taking his uncle's place in the secret intelligence service, Rider fights an evil mastermind out to control Britain using a mega-computer installed in the school system. Alex Pettyfer stars, along with Ewan McGregor, Robbie Coltrane, Mickey Rourke and Bill Nighy. (PG)
"The Grudge 2": Aubrey, travels to Tokyo to look into the evil spirits that haunted her big sister Karen, and soon finds herself exposed to the same mysterious curse. The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of strangers who attempt to unlock its secret and save their lives. Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Michelle Geller star. (PG-13)
"Man of the Year": Robin Williams plays a political comedian who decides to run for president as a joke, but the gag gets out of hand when he ends up winning due to a voting-machine error. Directed by Barry Levinson, the cast includes Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Lewis Black. (PG-13)
"The Marine": WWE star John Cena plays a former jarhead back from Iraq who finds himself returned to action stateside when his wife is kidnapped by a murderous gang led by a merciless criminal. (PG-13)
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Dress up and dine out
A Moulin Rouge theme has been adopted for Saturday's Black, White and Haute Ball, a benefit for Ballet Hawaii at the Tapa Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The evening will include a tribute to former Mayor Frank Fasi, who founded the ballet 30 years ago. Also on tap: a silent auction and dancing to Kit Samson's Sound Advice.
The French-inspired dinner menu: Endive with Smoked Salmon and Spinach Roulade, Chateaubriand with Mushrooms Bordelaise Sauce and Island Fish with Pistou Sauce, and dessert of Creme Brulee.
Tickets are $250, with premium tables for 10 priced at $3,500 to $30,000.
Call Ballet Hawaii, 521-8600.
Kumu Kahua Theatre is accepting entries for a playwriting contest, in conjunction with the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Plays must deal with some aspect of local culture and be set in Hawaii or the Pacific Rim, or deal with the Pacific/Asian experience.
The contest is open residents and nonresidents. Prizes range from $250 to $600. All entries must be original and postmarked by Jan. 2. Visit www.kumukahua.org or call 536-4222 for a copy of rules.
Celebrating the arts
Historic preservationist Nancy Bannick will receive the Alfred Preis Award when the Hawaii Arts Alliance holds its 25th annual benefit, "Celebrate the Arts," Saturday, Oct. 21, at Hawaii Theatre.
Also to be recognized, as Arts Excellence Schools, will be Island Pacific School, Kihei Elementary School, Kula Elementary School, Montessori of Maui, Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School, St. Ann's School, Voyager Public Charter School and Waiau Elementary School.
Entertainment will be by Daniel Ho, with Halau Hula Ka No'eau, the Iolani School Orchestra, Randy Drake, George Kahumoku, Herb Ohta Jr. and Dean Taba.
Tickets are $30 to $48; $20 to $30 for Hawaii Arts Alliance members. Sponsorships -- including preferred seating, pre-show champagne reception catered by Indigo and advertising in the "Celebration" program -- are available for $500 to $5,000. Call 533-2787.