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Thursday, November 25, 1999


Feel ‘The Force’
for charity

The Force is back, for a week.

Beginning Dec. 3, LucasFilm's "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" returns to theaters in the United States and Canada for a one-week run. All revenues from the showing will benefit local charities.

According to LucasFilm, in Hawaii the theaters are the Signature Dole Cannery, and Consolidated's Kahala Mall, Ko'olau 101 and Kapolei. This is supposedly the first time total revenues from a showing will go to charity.

"Local" charities, however, have been zoned by theater owners. Hawaii is included in the "Western" zone, and no Hawaii charities are included in LucasFilm's listings, which include the Larry Miller Charities, the United Way of Utah, the Las Vegas Food Bank, Mount Tamalpais School (in "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' back yard) and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.

LucasFilm, distributor Twentieth Century-Fox and nearly 350 theaters are involved in the showing, benefiting 177 charities.

The next installment of "Star Wars," Episode II, is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be released in 2002.

More information: see


Pacific Youth Ballet

Tutus take the stage

Young dancers take to the stage to perform "The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods," set to music composed by Peter Tchaikovsky.

The Pacific Youth Ballet showcases its members in four performances, at 4 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, at Leeward Community College Theatre. Jenna Trotter and Drew Murakami share the title role of Aurora, Kamakoa Page dances as the wicked fairy Carabosse and Alanna Trotter is the Lilac Fairy. Guest Orlando J. Canova, of the School of American Ballet in New York City, will perform as Prince Florimund.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children up to age 12. They are available at Step 'N Up and at Bloch Arena ITT Office, with a discount for military personnel, or from Pacific Ballet Academy, call 394-0049.


Magic in the air

Mark Allen beat 16 other magicians from here and abroad to win the International Close-up Magic Contest sponsored by Monty's World of Magic at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Most recently, the magician brought "The Magicomedy of Mark Allen" to Sea Life Park.

Weekend Television



"Lassiethon," 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., Animal Planet.

"It's A Wonderful Life," 10 a.m., KHNL/NBC. Frank Capra's holiday classic turns 53 this year, and to celebrate the occasion, NBC will broadcast the original black-and-white director's cut of the 1946 holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed .

"The Song of Hiawatha," 6 p.m., Showtime. This new film, based on the Longfellow poem, takes a look at the lives and the adventures of the Ojibway people. Graham Greene, Litefoot, Michael Rooker and David Strathairn star.

"Friends," 7 p.m., KHNL/NBC. When Monica invites the gang and her parents (guest stars Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles) for Thanksgiving dinner, Chandler discovers they don't know he's living with their daughter.

"Shania Twain: Come On Over," 7 p.m., KGMB/CBS. Her second CBS concert special from Texas Stadium will include the world premiere of her new video.

"Frasier," 8 p.m., KHNL/NBC. When Frasier's ex-wife Lilith (guest star Bebe Neuwirth) has a change of plans after bringing their son Frederick to spend Thanksgiving with his father, Frasier reluctantly invites her to eat dinner with the family.

"Secret of Giving," 8 p.m., KGMB/CBS. Reba McEntire stars in a drama about a woman, down on her luck, whose determination and spirit -- aided by a mysterious lone rider -- enable her to restore the faith of a whole town in time for Christmas.

"Will & Grace," 8:30 p.m., KHNL /NBC. Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) meet Jack's (Sean Hayes) mother and learn that not only is she unaware that her son is gay, but she also believes that he has had a romantic relationship with Grace.

"ER," 9 p.m., KHNL/NBC. A snowy Thanksgiving turns chaotic for Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) when she suddenly goes into labor on the subway. Jeanie Boulet, the HIV-positive character, makes her final appearance.


"Providence," 7 p.m., KHNL/ NBC. In a two-hour episode, Sydney's trip back from Los Angeles hits numerous snags, so she bonds with three wayward travelers.

"Ricky Martin: One Night Only!" 7 p.m., KGMB/CBS. Singer Ricky Martin performs in New York with Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano.

"Now and Again," 8 p.m., KGMB/ CBS. Michael is confused when he develops an unmistakable attraction to his combat instructor; Lisa decides to give Gerald a chance.

"American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith," 9 p.m., KHET/ PBS. Two-hour historical film, narrated by Gregory Peck, examines the life of one of the most controversial religious figures in American history -- Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon church.


"Search Party," noon, E!. The cable network presents six hours of what it describes as a new game show that "takes beautiful people to exciting tropical locations to test their skills in a series of unusual and outrageous challenges." One of the two teams that will compete each week will be headed by swimwear model and fitness guru Carol Grow. Sportscaster Scott Lasky will be the captain of the other team.

"David L. Wolper: The Man Who Makes Things Happen," 5 and 9 p.m., History Channel. This new documentary takes a look at the life and times of one of the most influential men in the history of television. His documentaries, movies and miniseries have spanned nearly the entire age of television and include classics such as "Roots," "The Making of the President 1960," "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics and "The Thorn Birds."

"Figure Skating," 7 p.m., KGMB/ CBS. "Ice Wars: USA vs. the World" features Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi.


"Execution of Justice," 8 p.m., Showtime. This new made-for-TV movie is based on the murders of Harvey Milk, the openly gay San Francisco Supervisor and civic activist, and Mayor George Moscone, who were shot to death by fellow supervisor Dan White. Tim Daly, Peter Coyote and Tyne Daly star.

"One Special Night," 8 p.m., KGMB/CBS. Julie Andrews and Emmy winner James Garner in a love story about two strangers who take refuge in a small cabin during a blizzard.

"The X-Files," 8 p.m., KHNL/ Fox. Mulder and Scully enlist the help of former FBI agent Frank Black -- guest star Lance Henriksen -- to unravel a mystery of apocalyptic proportions. The agents race to stop a member of the Millennium Group who holds the ability to summon the dead and plans to use this power to end the world.

"The Practice," 9 p.m., KITV/ ABC. Jimmy helps a former flame who sells her eggs over the Internet.

"Vietnam's POWs -- Stories of Survival," 8 p.m., Discovery. Those who survived the prison camps of Vietnam tell their stories.

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