Movies opening Friday:
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford": A contemplative art film starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck about a rival outlaw and his deadly fixation on one of America's most notorious badmen. The film centers on James' loose brotherhood of thieves, and Ford's obsession with entering the legendary train robber's inner circle. (R)
"Dan in Real Life": A strait-laced advice columnist and widower's strict rules for behavior are tested when he falls for the girlfriend of his younger brother. Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Emily Blunt and John Mahoney star. (PG-13)
"Lars and the Real Girl": Lars is a lonely introvert who buys a life-size sex doll on the Internet and falls in love with her. He introduces "Bianca" to his brother and sister-in-law as if it's his girlfriend. When the family doctor says they should go along with the delusion for the time being, what follows is an emotional journey for Lars and the people around him. Ryan Gosling, Paul Schneider, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Kelli Garner star. (PG-13)
"Saw IV": Übervillain Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Still, SWAT commander Rigg, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw, finds himself suddenly abducted and thrust into the madman's harrowing and grizzly game. Can he overcome a series of interconnected traps in 90 minutes ... or face the deadly consequences? (R)
Dolls on display at Oahu Country Club
Ione Adams presents her 12th annual Santa Doll collection from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Oahu County Club.
The collection features more than 100 handcrafted dolls using garments that Adams gathered from all over the world. Materials range form lush velvets to multicolored patchworks, lace and quilted paisleys.
The 2007 collection highlights global themes to include Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, China and Africa. This year, Adams has also added a collection of Christmas stockings embellished with "remnants of Christmas past." Admission is free. Call 561-3374.
Isle entertainers perform for charity
Jimmy Borges, Kristian Lei, Mihana Souza and the Ebb Tides are among the performers at the "Pau Hana Celebrity Auction," 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 to benefit the Hawaii Family Support Institute.
Tickets are $100, to benefit programs aimed at preventing child abuse. Call 585-5990 or e-mail celebrityauction@gmail. com.
Pamper yourself on behalf of YWCA
You've earned the right to a bit of decadence, haven't you? Take advantage at "A Tropical Night in Paradise," 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lania'kea YWCA, 1040 Richards St.
The event offers a selection of pampering services -- makeovers, mini-manicures, massage, hairstyling and consultations from stylists and salons. Beverages (including martini and wine bars), as well as pupus and desserts will be served, and there'll be a silent auction. Entertainment will be by the Doolin Rakes and Na Wai.
Tickets are $60, to benefit the YWCA's programs for women.
Call 538-7061, ext. 0, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at the front desk at the YWCA.
Photographer reveals life in wild
Wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will present his images of the Costa Rican hummingbirds and a wide variety of North American species, as well as photos taken in the Falkland Islands and Brazil, at a talk Monday.
"Living Wild with Tom Ulrich: Portraits of Wildlife in the Americas" will be held at 7 p.m. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Campus Center Ballroom.
Admission is free. Call 956-8617.
Dr. Shintani offers free webcast
Consult with Dr. Terry Shintani, creator of the Hawaii Diet, without leaving home, via a free "teleseminar" from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The live, hour-long webcast, "Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses in 10 Days," will be available over the Internet, with questions taken by e-mail.
Shintani's last free in-person presentation drew 1,000 attendees, Diane Nomura, administrator of his Hawaii Health Foundation, says. The webcast technology, which Nomura says is growing in popularity on the mainland, allows Shintani to reach an unlimited number of people.
Those without computers may listen and ask questions by telephone, although this might involve long-distance charges as the program is routed through a mainland webcaster (at 10 cents per minute, the hour would cost $6). Up to 200 callers can be accommodated on phone lines.
Visit www.drshintani.com to register and for Internet access information; or call (800) 871-9002, code 1823545.