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776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolución
772: Jacqui Bayne
768: Beyond the universe
767: Yasuhito Endo
766: Aroon Mahtani
765: Dr. Hidemi Akai
764: Badr Hari
763: Mizuki Kubodera
761: Patrick W. Galbraith
760: Jean-Pierre Felix
759: Philippe Grau
758: Emi Kashiwara & Elekiteru
757: Aura Virginia Chirculescu
756: Aaron Davis
755: Happy days
754: Bryan Au
753: Martin van der Linden
752: Qinggelete
751: Chuck Johnson
750: Mike Applegate (aka Magic Mike)
749: Yukie Kito
748: Steve Kaufmann
746: Samira Zarghami
745: Raising the Bar
744: Pierre-Gilles Delorme
743: David F. Hoenigman
742: Miwa Gardner
741: Kevin Cooney
740: Kyle Cleveland
739: JJ
738: Bruce Stronach
737: Yoichiro Dennis Ide
736: Mike Garrett
735: Hiroki Suehara
734: Rise and Shrine
733: Patrik Washburn
732: Michael Bumgardner
731: Patricia Bader-Johnston
730: Darin Maki
729: Hiroshi Fujimaki
728: Misha Janette
727: Jon Mitchell
725: Hokuto Konishi
724: Rita Lamah Hankach
723: Kisui Nakazawa
722: Angela Jeffs
721: Simon Wood
720: Yasuko Yokoyama
715: Jason Kelly
714: Dominica Serigano
713: Erik Gain
712: Genevieve Maylam
711: Masahiro Gono
710: Eikou Sumura
709: Eikou Sumura
708: Malcolm Thompson
707: Makiko Tsuji
706: Dominic Allen
705: Maria Heitanen
704: Beckie Cassidy
703: Jett Edwards
702: Yoshinobu Furuichi
701: Silvestre Jacobi
700: Jah-Light Sound System
699: Daniel Velazques
698: Lynne Charles
697: Eric Bragg
695: Susan Nichols
694: Anna Kunnecke
693: Kenneth Pechter
692: Kazu Wakui
691: Antonio Inoki
690: Hiroko Noguchi
689: Richard Bysouth
688: Eric Bjorndahl
687: Andrew Shuttleworth
686: Sayuri Suzuki
685: Yurie Hatanaka
684: Miogi Takii
683: Thierry Cohen
682: Ahmed M. Elmardi
681: Aya Kitagawa
680: Suzanne Ng and Yoriko Soma
679: Ricco DeBlank
677: Takenari Shibata
676: Kirk R. Patterson
675: Satoko Yahata
674: Flavia Nishimura
673: Ryo Shoji
672: Chip Eckton
671: Yuko Ito
670: Marja Kullberg
669: Laur Meyrieux
668: Slavomir Stanislaw Kowalewski
667: Ryan McGuire
664: Life force
663: Steve Marshall
662: Jeff Klein
661: Ahn Soon Han
660: Straight shooter
659: Marcello Pietrantonio
658: Glitterball 2006
657: Alison Roberts-Brown
656: Girl on the go
655: Rob Hoey
654: Kahori Ochi
653: Ed Wells
652: Haruka Orth
651: Laura Cook
650: Uleshka Asher
649: Full speed ahead
648: Katsumi Namekata
647: Top talent
646: No heels, no life
645: Joanna Roper
644: Lu Nagata
643: Kirill Konin
642: Gabriele Roberto
641: Carlos Gibbs
640: Blair Falahey
639: The Three Waiters
638: Simon Woodroffe
637: Tony Virili
636: Paul W. Creager
635: Randy Channell
634: Mari Takeuchi
633: Stephanie Schueller
632: Tara Tan Kitaoka
631: Katherine Mok
630: Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi
629: Tommy Kullberg
628: Toshio Nagashima
627: Eiko Kondo
626: Embrey Ramon Williams
625: Neil Day
624: Mong-Lan
623: Tor Hideki Kashio
622: Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
621: Louis Carlet
620: Theo Panagiotoulias
619: Lionel Gougne
618: Sarajean Rossitto
617: Christian Hassing
616: Kiho Takashima
614-615: David Wagner
613: Heather Stuart
612: Erica Angyal
611: Jack McLean
610: Fumine Yakumo
609: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi
608: Yoko Hijikata
607: Jim Frederick
605: Yuka Murakami
604: Chayne Ellis
603: Marco Antonio Nakata
602: Kicking Back
601: Stand by your man
600: Hero worship
599: The Candy man
598: Heart strings
597: Sweet and sour
596: Subtitle subtleties
595: The right moves
594: Mother’s day
593: The clone ranger
592: A career kicks off
591: Woman of substance
590: Final conflict
589: World Ready for ‘War’
588: Fun in the sun
587: New life for an old hero
586: Fun and games
585: Knockout punch
584: Patrick’s day
583: Marcia marches on
582: Brunch break
581: Kingdom come
580: Gentle as a beast
579: Prime time
578: Devil of a time
577: In first Gere
576: Bright spark
575: Rei of sunshine
574: A star is reborn
573: In search of geisha
572: Marshall law
571: In the Nic of time
570: Holding a grudge
569: Bourne again
568: Soap opera
567: Alexander and friends
566: Oceans apart
565: A night at the opera
564: Just joshing
563: McPain in the neck
561-562: Hanks for everything
560: Reading between the Klines
559: Risqué business
558: Sky highs
557: Korean boom
556: Queen Victoria
555: Glitter Ball
554: Peter Miller
553: Ralph Frehner
552: Dimension K
551: Tokyo Game Show
550: US Embassy
549: I, Robot Premiere
548: Mauve
547: Xterra Japan
546: Earth Celebration
545: Idée R-bar
544: Laforet Museum
543: Hara Museum
542: Fuji Rock Festival’04
541: Bunkamura Museum of Art

star struck

In the Nic of time
Actress Nicole Kidman adds Omega endorsements to her growing list of activities
By Chris Betros

Nicole Kidman has had a busy first two months of this year. After completing two movies, she visited the tsunami-hit regions in Asia as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, then jetted into Japan to announce her collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Omega. While she was in Japan, her home in Sydney was bugged. She also declined an invitation to attend the Australian of the Year award after being nominated for it against her wishes because she preferred the award go to a humanitarian, community or a health officer.

However, the 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress was in a perky mood for her brief Japan visit, her first since October 2001. For once, she didn’t have to talk about her movies; this visit was all about time, namely her appointment as an Omega “ambassador.” Having just completed a series of commercials for Chanel (for which she reportedly received $15 million), Kidman is certainly in demand. Omega officials call her the world’s best actress and most glamorous woman.

As an Omega celebrity, Kidman is following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Michael Schumacher, Cindy Crawford and, of course, James Bond, not to mention six moon landings with US astronauts. “I think Omega has an understated elegance,” said Kidman, who likes to be called Nic. Coinciding with her visit to Japan, Omega launched a new timepiece, the Quadrella. To help raise money for tsunami relief, one of the high-priced watches (with Kidman’s signature on the case) was auctioned.

As testimony to Kidman’s popularity, more than 3,000 fans showed up at the Maru Building for a lunchtime event. Naturally, Kidman was asked her beauty tips. “Glamour is hard to define,” she said. “Throughout history, it has been about simplicity, individuality and not being frightened to express oneself. Of course, it helps to be in love. Love gives you an after glow. But in terms of beauty, it is more important to be healthy. I think Japanese women have the most beautiful skin in the world.”

Movie audiences will be seeing a lot of Kidman this year. She can currently be seen in The Stepford Wives, to be followed by Birth. Two other completed films — The Interpreter and Bewitched — are due for release later this year. Her next project, Eucalyptus, which co-stars with Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush, has been held up since the director quit last week four days into shooting. But there won’t be much of a respite for the star. She has signed on to do Emma’s War, Wedding Season and American Darlings this year.



the scene

Hello Dahling
Celebrating ten years in Tokyo for creative director, designer and drag queen Anthony

The cream of Tokyo’s creative crop looks back at ten outrageous years of fun and fashion as Anthony steps out of his nocturnal spotlight at The Orbient in Aoyama. Clockwise from top left: Performers Mitz and Chihiro; music producer James, artist manager Teresa and musician Orlando; Mark Dythem of architects KDA with financier Joe; CIA producer and party promoter Monty with design professor Rachel; Anthony with photographer and creative director Raymon




Helen Northeast
The brains behind Womenfest

A full-time university teacher and part-timemusician, Helen Northeast first organized WomenFest in 1998.

What is WomenFest?
I thought that something should be done in Tokyo to support the women’s community, promote women artists and celebrate International Women’s Day.

What brought you to Tokyo?
I’d lived in England, Australia and Canada and I guess I’d finally had enough of Canadian prairie winters! I was ready for a completely different culture and new opportunities and here I am, 12 years later, still enjoying life in Japan.

Tell us about your musical roots?
I’m a self-taught musician. I learned to play drums as a kid in England on my brother’s drum set. Later I taught myself the bass and guitar and started writing songs and singing more seriously.

What performers have you lined up for WomenFest?
Akaonidaiko, Spring Day, Zilli, Momosen, Café Crème Tokyo, The Insistuz and more.

How do you think Japanese women can get ahead in a male-dominant society such as Tokyo?
The same way they do in other male-dominated societies: Be smarter, faster and more flexible. Find a way to become self-employed which, I think, can lead to true self-fulfillment. Surround yourself with the kind of people who will support you. That’s part of what WomenFest is all about. WomenFest takes place on Mar 13 at Ebisu What the Dickens. See festival listings for details.

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