SANTA MONICA, CALIF., Feb. 6, 2000 -- A call to teen-age girls and middle-age men -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Annabel Chong are coming to theaters this week.
That's right. After weeks and weeks of deferred opening, the long-awaited "The Beach" and the equally long-awaited "Sex: The Annabel Chong Story" (a crowd shocker at last year's Sundance Film Festival) are finally making their way to multiplexes.
"The Beach" (Fox) -- The aforementioned Leo plays a backpacker in search of a mythical island after he secures a map of its whereabouts in Bangkok, Thailand. (Wide release) "The Big Tease" (Warners) -- Craig Ferguson plays a Scotsman who travels to Los Angeles for an international hairdressing contest. (Expanded release)
"Holy Smoke!" (Miramax) -- Kate Winslet plays a young Australian woman who journeys to India for spiritual enlightenment. When her family suspects her transformation is in fact the doing of religious brainwashing, they hire a character played by Harvey Keitel to deprogram the young woman. (Expanded release)
"The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" (Cowboy) -- A documentary on Hank Greenberg, the legendary Bronx-born Jewish baseball player who came close to breaking Babe Ruth's record. (Expanded release)
"Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr." (Lions Gate) -- The subject of this fascinating portrait is the infamous Fred A. Leuchter Jr., the erstwhile engineer of death-row technology who in 1988 disclaimed the occurrence of the Holocaust. (Expanded release)
"Sex: The Annabel Chong Story" (Strand) -- An unsettling look at Annabel Chong, who as a 22-year-old gender studies scholar/porn actress set a record by having sex with 251 men in 10 hours. (Limited release)
"Snow Day" (Paramount) When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hijack a plow to keep the school indefinitely closed. Chevy Chase, Pam Grier and Iggy Pop co-star. (Wide release)
"The Tigger Movie" (Buena Vista) -- The big-screen Pooh adventure follows pal Tigger as he sets out on an arduous quest to find his family. (Wide release)