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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, May 25, 2002

Tube Notes

Tonight's Must-See

"Rockin' for the USA," 8 p.m., CBS. The summer music season gets launched with this concert, which was taped before a military audience. Performing aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,) were country acts Clint Black and Lonestar, plus lots of pop singers. Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson and Marc Anthony were there, as well as Cuba Gooding, Jr., serving as host.

"Last Call," 5 p.m., Showtime. Two extraordinary performances, subtle and well tuned, mark this new movie taken from real life. Jeremy Irons plays author F. Scott Fitzgerald in his early 40s. Once the vibrant symbol of the Jazz Age — a phrase he coined — he's been battered by his alcoholism and by his wife's insanity. Feeling like an old man, he hopes to create one more novel. Neve Campbell plays the young woman, a would-be writer, whom he hired to take dictation and type the novel. These are deeply layered people. Campbell is excellent in her quiet role; Irons is extraordinary in capturing Fitzgerald's extremes.

— Mike Hughes, Gannett News Service