A preview of movies opening this weekend:

"Finding Nemo" >> The latest Pixar Animation Studios' release is about a nervous clownfish, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), who goes on a journey to rescue his son after the kiddie fish is snared by scuba divers in the Great Barrier Reef. In tracking him down to an aquarium in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney harbor, Marlin is joined is his adventurous and comedic trip by the friendly-if-forgetful fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). (G)

"The Italian Job" >> Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton star in this remake of the 1969 Michael Caine heist movie about a gang of thieves trying to steal an armored car full of gold by rigging the traffic lights along Hollywood Boulevard to create the perfect traffic jam. (PG-13)

"Wrong Turn" >> A group of pretty young things (including Jeremy Sisto of "Six Feet Under" and Eliza Dushku of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") make the titular directional error in the West Virginia wilderness, where they're soon set upon by cannibalistic mountain men disfigured through years of inbreeding. Oscar-winner Stan Winston designed the makeup and creature effects. (R)


Scripting your future

Kathie Fong Yoneda, author of "The Script-Selling Game" and 20-year veteran of film and TV development, will be in Honolulu for a workshop entitled "Script Selling: The Business of Screenwriting" on June 7 and 8.

Now working for Paramount Pictures, Yoneda will use her experience as an executive at Disney, Touchstone and Island Pictures to give an inside view of the market aspects of script selling at Pacific New Media at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Yoneda, who serves on the executive board of the American Screenwriters Association, will use a combination of lectures and individual/group writing exercises to school seminar attendees in the fine art of submitting and pitching projects, writing log-lines and synopsizing material for consideration.

Included in Yoneda's two-day presentation will be these topics: the eight most common reasons scripts can be rejected, checklists for completed scripts and knowing the players in script acquisition.

The course is recommended for writers with completed scripts or those who are near completion, and will include details on the role of consultants, agents and lawyers.

The workshop fee is $150. Call 956-8400 to register. LO5954 is the registration code.

Chip in for lupus

The Hawaii Lupus Foundation will sponsor its first golf tournament, "Chip in for Lupus," June 6 at Kapolei Golf Club.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $375 per three-person team. Applications are available by calling the foundation at 538-1522.

The foundation provides education and support to lupus patients and their families and provides funding for lupus research. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs.

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people in Hawaii have lupus, which primarily afflicts women ages 15 to 45, particularly those of Asian, African, Hispanic and Polynesian descent. There is no cure.

Learn to write online

So you want to write but can't find time? Then sign up for one of Bamboo Ridge Press's online workshops, which will bring together writers of all levels and teachers who just happen to be best-selling local authors.

Modeled after the most popular courses offered at the Bamboo Ridge Writers Institute, the BRP Workshops Online combine both online and in-person instruction. Beginning writers will learn how to get started, and more experienced writers will develop techniques to further their craft by interacting and collaborating with others in the writing community.

The first course will be conducted by novelist Nora Okja Keller and will begin early next month. Other poetry and fiction workshops by Eric Chock, Marie Hara and Juliet S. Kono will start in July and August.

Each session features two in-person and four online weekly class sessions. The cost of the course is $100. Subsidies are available. Neighbor island and rural Oahu writers are encouraged to apply. Space is limited.

Call 626-1481 for details or download an application at

Store to spotlight Niihau shells

Pupu o Niihau, the shells of Niihau, will be on display Thursday through Saturday at the Na Mea Hawaii Store at the corner of Merchant Street and Fort Street Mall.


Pam Dow, a recognized Niihau shell expert and collector from Kauai, will be available to answer questions about this 2,000-year-old Hawaiian art form. Dow's "Forever Niihau Shell Collection" features some of the most exceptional leis in existence today.

Dow works with more than 30 Niihauans to create museum-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces with contemporary as well as traditional styling. The shells are recognized internationally by fine art and jewelry collectors, and the Niihau shell is the only shell lei that Lloyds of London insures.

Dow will be accompanied by appraiser Lena Mendonca, who will provide free appraisals on Thursday only. Ululani Kanahele and Awapuhi Kahale, two master lei crafters from Niihau, will also be on site demonstrating the art of Niihau shell lei making and will be available to do repairs.

For those who want to learn more about the art form, books on Niihau and the Niihau shell lei also will be available for purchase.

Call Maile Meyer at 548-2665 for more information.

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