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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 11, 2002

Dynastic designs

Although Manoa designer Anne Namba is best known for her kimono couture, she has just completed a collection inspired by the ancient dynasties of imperial China — just in time for the Chinese New Year starting tomorrow. It's a unique take on the traditional, with bold color combinations and layering of fabrics and pieces.

Namba, known for her subtle embellishments, goes glitzy with emblems and medallions, as well as plenty of piping, binding and bands. She was inspired by everything from soldiers' uniforms to money changers' belts. The collection will be on view 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday at C.S. Wo Gallery, 702 S. Beretania St.

— Paula Rath, Advertiser staff writer

Powerful names

Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts form a talent triumvirate when it comes to packing movie theaters and getting films financed, according to a new survey of celebrity bankability. Industry executives ranked the three stars at the top of a list of 130 actors based on their abilities to secure financing for films, obtain studio distribution and guarantee huge box office receipts on the strength of their names alone.

Rounding out the top 10 were Mel Gibson, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

The survey also revealed a crop of new stars whose power is on the rise, including Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale.

— Associated Press