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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Hawai'i getaway for 'Producers' star

Nathan Lane may vacation in Hawai'i soon.

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Is Nathan Lane, the Tony Award-winning co-star of the hit Broadway musical, "The Producers," playing the role of tourist in Hawai'i? If not now, then soon. Lane and Matthew Broderick, his sidekick in the madcap Mel Brooks musical, have left the show.

Lane told the New York Times in an exit interview that he would vacation in Hawai'i before starting in on a CBS series, "Life of the Party." He also is producing a movie on the life of Jackie Gleason, the "Honeymooners" star, in which he will portray the bus driver.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor

Nicole's ripper bodice

Nicole Kidman and "Moulin Rouge" helped spawn a new corset trend.

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You know a trend is here to stay when the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, one of the world's top fashion-design schools, devotes a course to it (think of a laced-up Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge"). "Corsetry in Fashion" acknowledges the recent popularity of corsets on the runways of Versace, Chanel and Gucci, as well as the red carpet at recent entertainment-award shows.

Students investigate techniques used in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries; final projects involve re-creations of period corsets, as well as contemporary versions.

— Paula Rath, Advertiser staff writer

Anime to live action

A samurai-and-sorcery feature, "Ninja Scroll," has been acquired by Threshold Entertainment from the leading Japanese anime studio Madhouse, and be will developed into a $60 million effects-laden, live-action movie based on the 1994 animated hit. Threshold is the producer of the $4 billion "Mortal Kombat" martial arts feature film franchise.

Created by award-winning action director Kawajiri Yoshiaki, "Ninja Scroll" arguably is the yardstick by which all other martial arts sword-fighting action anime is measured. Set in feudal Japan, the epic tracks the adventures of Jubei, a ninja mercenary, who is thrust into the middle of a war when the population of a small village is wiped out by a mysterious plague.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor