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May 18, 1999|KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL

Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Carey, Lisa Kudrow and Dustin Hoffman, along with studio brass Sherry Lansing (Paramount), Joe Roth (Disney) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks), were among the Hollywood elite who turned out for Sunday's benefit premiere of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" at Westwood's Avco theater.

The premiere, which raised $250,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, was followed by a kid-friendly party in the airy Armand Hammer museum courtyard. "Phantom Menace"-themed fare included Jar Jar burgers, Darth Maul dogs, Yoda's galactic guacamole, Wookie Cookies and Obi-Wan-derful Desserts.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday May 21, 1999 Home Edition Southern California Living Part E Page 3 View Desk 2 inches; 48 words Type of Material: Correction
'Phantom' premiere--A story that appeared Tuesday on the benefit premiere of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" stated that the event raised $250,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. That was the amount donated by Flexjet to underwrite the cost of the party. A total of $1.2 million was raised for the foundation.

Young "Phantom Menace" star Jake Lloyd, who plays Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader), was nattily dressed in DKNY Kids but removed his tie to participate in some of the activities, which included modified bungee jumping and "Star Wars" video arcade games. Hey, even Darth Vader needs to cut loose sometimes.

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