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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

Hanks for everything
Audiences get a double dose of the popular star this winter
By Chris Betros

Tom Hanks reckons he knows what his character in The Terminal must have felt like. Recently, he came to Japan to promote that film; then 10 days later, he was back again for The Polar Express. "I stayed in the Narita terminal all that time and got a train back to Tokyo," he joked. In The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg and co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hanks plays an East European traveler named Viktor who finds himself stuck at JFK airport in New York City just as a coup is taking place back home. His passport is no longer valid and he is forced to take up residence in the terminal for several months, befriending the airport staff and irritating the bureaucrats.

Hanks, 48, said the experience of making the film has made him look differently at airports whenever he is passing through them. "Maybe we should go to the airport for a holiday, don't fly anywhere. Just stay there for two weeks, eating, shopping," he said. But he still feels trepidation each time he approaches the immigration counter. "I'm always worried that my papers aren't in order. They never smile when they say 'Passport please.'"

One of Hollywood's most prolific actors and a dual Oscar winner, Hanks has worked nonstop for the past 18 years. "I feel like I'm having the greatest time in the world. I'm still waiting for maturity to kick in." That is evident in The Polar Express, an animated feature based on a 29-page picture book by Chris Van Allsburg and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It's the story of a young boy who is awakened on Christmas Eve by a steam train that pulls up in front of his house and takes him and other children to the North Pole to meet Santa. Hanks gets to play six characters thanks to a new technique called "performance capture." What that means is that sensors were taped to each actor's face and body, their facial expressions and movements were recorded, and used as guidelines for the animators.

Hanks said he approaches all his roles in basically the same way. "As an actor, I have an instinctive thrust. I just imagine the part in my head, show up and do it. I'd hate to be a director like Steven or Bob [Zemeckis]. They have to communicate their ideas to everybody on the set." His next project will be the lead in Ron Howard's film version of the best-selling mystery novel, The Da Vinci Code. "I guess my choices reflect my own taste in cinema. I like being surprised by films and I like to recognize myself in a character somewhere," said Hanks, who recently revealed in Variety magazine that he is a descendant of Abraham Lincoln through his family roots in Kentucky and Tennessee. CB

Photo credit: Chris Betros



the scene

Once Caldas Tribute

The Colombian soccer team meets its fans for a pre-Toyota cup bash at Yokohama's tycoon restaurant

Clockwise from top-left: Defender Jhon Edwin Garcia (r) and midfielder Diego Arango; defender Roller Cambindo; head coach Luis Fernando Montoya; star goalie Juan Carlos Henao; team physician Carlos Alberto Osoriol; Colombian Ambassador to Japan Fransisco J. Sierra and his wife Luz de Sierra


Sam Arnold

Tennis and basketball players in Tokyo will almost certainly know former tennis pro Sam Arnold. The 35-year-old Aussie has been running his tennis and basketball academy in Setagaya for the past dozen years or so. Currently, there are 320 active members of all nationalities. Before coming to Japan, Arnold also dabbled in acting alongside such heavy hitters as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson.

Tell us some famous people you coached.
Former President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush's brother Neil, Mel Gibson, Olivia Newton-John, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's children and Barry Bonds.

How did you get involved in acting?
I was teaching tennis in 1991 to Jason Priestley at his home in Santa Barbara. It started raining halfway through the session, so I mentioned to him that I would need to find alternative employment to supplement my income through the winter. He contacted his agent in Burbank and it started from there.

What movies have you been in?
I played a cop in Lethal Weapon 4. I then had a small part in Blast From the Past. I was an altar boy in Arnold Schwarzenegger's End of Days. I also had regular roles on Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210.

What are you doing now?
I'm expanding my tennis academies throughout Asia. I have three clubs, in Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with a new club set to open in Omiya in January.

Has anyone famous ever shown up?
Wynton Marsalis joined us for a game of basketball while he was here on tour.

What do you think of the general level of Japanese tennis players?
Unfortunately, many Japanese players have adopted poor technique from learning soft-tennis during their high school years. As a result, most Japanese players have the ability to rally and play consistently at a recreational level, but are not mentally tough enough to win Grand Slam events.

Seen anything exciting since you've been in Japan?
Last year, outside my apartment, two drunk Japanese got into a fight. After the police arrived, one of the men brandished a huge knife. In a bid to divert the cops, his girlfriend removed her shirt and bra, then ran down the street totally naked, with about 15 police chasing her. CB

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