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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Bethany goes bigtime

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Three months after surviving a shark attack, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton is all over the place.

From People magazine to Sports Illustrated, to teen magazines such as ym (formerly known as Young Miss) and Teen Vogue, to even supermarket tabloids, she's the latest It Girl.

Not only did the young, blond surfer make year-end lists nationwide as one of the most inspiring people of 2003, she's making a name for herself in 2004, popping up everywhere from "The Tonight Show" to MTV.

"Maybe I could be a surf stunt double in a movie about me," she said in the February issue of ym.

Stunt double? Sounds like she's already a star.

What will you watch?

Call it the battle of the blowhards when Donald Trump and NBC's "The Apprentice" squares off against Simon Cowell and Fox's"American Idol" cast of wannabes at 7 to-night. It's taken two episodes for the egotistical Trump to show he can match Cowell barb for barb. "The Apprentice" drew 20 million viewers last week. Now comes the litmus test: Will America tune into a rich know-it-all, or stick with a tactless stomper of dreams?

Happy anniversary!

Blow me down!

The "Ugg, ugg, ugg"-ing cartoon sailor man who gets his superior punching power by guzzling greens from a tin can is celebrating his 75th anniversary, and King Features Syndicate, which owns the rights, is planning a one-year series of events to relaunch interest in the pipe-tooting mariner with the outsized forearms, including a new 3-D animated TV special written by "Mad About You" comedian Paul Reiser.

Popeye began life in 1929 in the popular "Thimble Theatre" comic strip. He graduated to movie shorts, many by renowned animator Max Fleischer. Popeye battled everything from sassy goats to the bloated bad guy Bluto while pursuing the affection of girlfriend Olive Oyl. He even appeared in a video game in the 1980s.

Robin Williams played the bulging-armed character in Robert Altman's 1980 musical movie "Popeye."

Lilo, Stitch figurines

Lilo and Stitch, the beloved Disney cartoon characters now starring in "Lilo & Stitch: The Series" on the Disney Channel, have landed at McDonald's, including Hawai'i restaurants.

Young fans can collect Lilo, Rude Stitch, Changing Stitch, Jamba, Pleakley and X-Buggy, figurines in McDonald's Happy Meals. The promotion also includes a container of Play-Doh and a two-sided coin stamp.

The set-in-Hawai'i animated characters were launched at McDonald's Friday and are available through Feb. 5, if supplies last.

The series airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on the Disney Channel.