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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 13, 2002

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Big Brother 3," 7 p.m., CBS. As this show wraps up the first week of its third season, we start to see if we really care. On Wednesday, we met the 12 strangers who are living together under constant camera view. On Thursday two of them were nominated for expulsion. Today we learn who is gone.

"Mystic Pizza" (1988), 2 and 4 p.m., AMC. One stunning performance elevated an OK movie to a new level. This is the story of three young women who work at a pizza place in the fishing town of Mystic, Conn. It has lots of talented actors — Annabeth Gish, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lili Taylor, even a brief role for Matt Damon — and one great one. That's Julia Roberts, then an unknown. She plays someone whose tough-kid image semi-conceals a fragile core. It's a performance that's brilliant in its subtlety and depth.

Of Note

"You Only Live Twice" (1967), 7 p.m., ABC. The evil SPECTRE is out to make the big countries go to war with each other. Ernst Blofeld, the classic villain played by Donald Pleasance, is at his nastiest. Fortunately we have Sean Connery on our side as James Bond. The result is solid entertainment.

"Border Line," 7 p.m., NBC. Smart people sometimes can make dumb movies. Anthony Edwards inexplicably produced this one for his "ER" colleague, Sherry Stringfield, to star in. She plays an immigration lawyer investigating a murder. It's the sort of illogical story that has her plunging into danger, instead of waiting a few minutes for backup.

"America Eats: History on a Bun" (5 p.m.) and "America Eats More" (7 p.m.), History Channel. Here's a chance to catch four straight hours of documentaries about favorite foods. You might want a snack during this one.

"The Agency," 9 p.m., CBS. A huge terrorist plot has been discovered.