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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

Marshall law
Garry Marshall and Julie Andrews make no apologies for their sentimental sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
By Chris Betros

Director Garry Marshall and Julie Andrews
Chris Betros

There’s no mistaking a Garry Marshall film in Japan.
The Japanese title always has the word “pretty” in it. First, there was Pretty Woman, then Pretty Bride (for Runaway Bride), followed by Pretty Princess (The Princess Diaries) and now its sequel, Pretty Princess 2 (The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement), which reunites the director with Julie Andrews.

“It’s easy to do a sequel when you had such a great time on the first one,” said the 69-year-old star. This time, Queen Clarissa (Andrews) of the itsy-bitsy European principality of Genovia has to groom her klutzy American granddaughter Mia (Ann Hathaway) to be the future ruler. But an old Genovian law requires Mia to be wed within 30 days or else she forfeits the throne. Although some critics have called it schmaltz, Marshall and Andrews both counter that it is a non-violent film that the whole family can enjoy together and come out feeling good.

Andrews remains immensely popular in Japan with women who grew up in the ’60s. Coinciding with her visit were special DVD releases to mark the 40th anniversary of her two most successful films—Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965). Video clips of the two films seemed to be playing wherever she went. “I am just so lucky to have been asked to be in those two films,” she said.

An added bonus for her fans is that in Princess Diaries, she gets to do something she hasn’t done since having throat surgery in 1997—sing for about a minute. “It’s nice of you to call it singing, but it wasn’t really,” she said in a raspy voice. “It was more singing-speaking. Garry asked me to try and they wrote a song especially for my delivery.”

Marshall is known for paying that kind of attention to his stars’ needs and has launched many on their way to success—among them Ron Howard, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. A former drummer in a jazz band and stand-up comedian, he wrote material for TV programs such as The Lucy Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, before scoring a string of successes as executive producer of such TV series as The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy.

His films are invariably sentimental. “Cinderella was my favorite story. I may make a serious film one day, but there is so much sadness in the world that if I can make you smile, that’s good enough for me.” Furthermore, he likes to feature female protagonists. “I have been married to a wonderful woman for 42 years, I grew up with two sisters, and I have two daughters and two granddaughters. What can I say? I love women.”



the scene

St. Patrick’s Pre-Party
Sponsors celebrate at the Irish Embassy Residence

Clockwise from top left: Irish Ambassador Padraig Murphy with Irish Network Japan Chairman Derrick A. Fitzgerald; last year’s St. Patrick, David Groff, with this year’s, Robert Hamilton; Irish dancer Hiroko Konno with Paddy Foley’s Manager Neil Day; Japan Guardian Angels Daiki Miyazaki and Chikako Kamata
Photos by Steve Trautlein




Daniela Papi & Greta Arnquist
Charity cyclists heading for tour of Cambodia

Two of four women preparing for the PEPY Ride, Daniela Papi and Greta Arnquist, are seeking help and support before their adventure.

What is the PEPY Ride?
We are going to cycle to remote villages in Cambodia, stopping to teach about prevalent environmental and health issues at local schools and orphanages.

What does PEPY stand for?
Protect the Earth. Protect Yourself.

How did you get involved in this project?
Daniela visited Cambodia two years ago and was really moved by the people there. Last summer she rode through Japan on an environmental education bike ride, which gave her the idea of how we could help Cambodia in a similar way. Greta had volunteered in Cambodia before, so together we developed the PEPY Ride.

What are your main goals?
Before we leave, we want to raise at least US$16,000 to build a school in Cambodia. The money will be given to American Assistance for Cambodia, an internationally acclaimed non-profit program that has already built 200 schools across the country. On the tour, we want to teach about health and the environment at least 15 schools and orphanages. The Khmer Rouge destroyed the educational structure in Cambodia, and the people are still struggling to build a system where all children can attend school. As teachers, we believe education is the key to a brighter future for Cambodia’s children.

Why the bicycle?
We’re a BEE ride. That stands for Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth, a group that promotes sustainable living and encourages cycling as an environmentally friendly form of transportation.

How can others help?
We are halfway to our fundraising goal, but we still need a lot of help. Also, we are looking for people to help with sponsorship and press, and for locations where we can give talks.

Email daniela@pepyride.org or visit www.pepyride.org for information or to make a donation.

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