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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Gift for a good cause

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Looking for extra meaning behind the gifts you give this year? One toy for a cause is close to home. It's the Poi Dog, a local creation by Kalihi artist Brian Ito, with trademark taro-patch shorts and backward ball cap. The toy sells for $14.88 at Sam's Club at Pearl Highlands Center, with $1 going toward the nonprofit organization HUGS — Help, Understanding & Group Support, a Kaimuki support group for families with seriously ill children.

Presidential problem

And now, a virtually unknown political maxim that will be revealed here for the first time: If you want to become president, don't go on "Saturday Night Live." Al Gore appears on the show next Saturday night as a guest, but he should understand this will virtually end any chance of getting to the White House, should he choose to run again.

The history's grim, and here it is: George McGovern was a host in '84, and so were Jesse Jackson ('84), Steve Forbes ('95), Ralph Nader ('77) and John McCain ('02). The Presidential Curse of "SNL" can be traced to Gerald Ford, who, in a 1976 appearance, did some bits that poked fun at his clumsiness. Some historians believe this led to his loss to Jimmy Carter that fall.

Advertising for Oscars

Ray Liotta in Paramount's "Narc."
While the holiday movie season has barely begun, and more than a dozen possible Oscar contenders haven't yet been released, some studios are parting with big bucks with cover and/or full-page "For Your Consideration" advertisements in Daily Variety, the bible of the entertainment industry.

Paramount is touting "Narc," about two undercover cops (Ray Liotta and Jason Patric), for best picture on the DV cover of Dec. 2. The movie opens a limited run in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 20. "America was born in the streets" claims a two-page color DV ad in the same edition for Miramax's "Gangs of New York." The studio offers possible nominations in 16 categories, including best picture, director (Martin Scorsese) and actor (Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio).