JOHN Carpenter's The Fog (Pearl, 9.30pm) is at once silly and beguiling, with a number of shock effects typical of its director. This was his follow-up to Halloween, which consisted of a series of bloody attacks in semi-darkness and spawned four sequels. The Fog also consists of a series of bloody attacks, this time, quite obviously, in the fog. The enemy is a group of leprous mariners who were shipwrecked in the area 100 years before and have returned, apparently for no reason other than they felt like it. Jamie Lee Curtis performs heroics, as she did in Halloween. The rest of the story you can guess, as you can with Fortune Hunter (Pearl, 8.30pm), a series about a Fleming-esque agent called Carlton Dial (Mark Frankel), a sidekick called Harry Flack and an Australian mercenary called Rangoon Sim. The first episode, called The Frostfire Intercept, also features, in varying quantities, millionaire businessmen and their beautiful daughters, secret weapons and Russians. OF this evening's guest cameos (see The Equalizer, below) the silliest are by Donald Trump (as himself) and Marla Maples Trump (as herself) in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Pearl, 6.50pm), a comedy series which is dire enough without the distraction of a couple of grinning millionaires. Producer Aaron Spelling also appears (as himself) with daughter Tori Spelling (as herself). YOU have to wonder what local television would do without E! Television to help it fills the holes in its schedules. STAR Plus is showing E! Extreme Close-Up (11.30am) and E! Features (2.30am). The former is an interview with Julianne Moore - a non-person in Hollywood until she starred opposite Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas in Assassins, and Hugh Grant in Nine Months. Now she is something to get excited about. Here she reveals all about working with action icon Sly and the infamous receiver of sexual services, Grant. The latter, E! Features, is about Unstrung Heroes, a film for anyone who ever thought their parents were a little strange. It is directed by Diane Keaton and stars the delicious Andie MacDowell and the talented John Tuturro. ALSO on STAR, The Oprah Winfrey Show (3pm and 3am) asks a question I often ask: when is a drunk an alcoholic? Donahue (12pm and 4am) deals with even more spectacular subject matter: My Nanny Killed My Child, Don't Let It Happen To You. STAR Plus is doing well today, despite not having sent me a Christmas card. The Equalizer (10pm), which stars Edward Woodward, also features Adam Ant, a pop icon of the early 80s in Britain (remember Stand And Deliver, for which he dressed as a highwayman?), but one who has since found consistent fame elusive. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Cageman (10am). Jacob Cheung's low-budget, intelligent and moving film about Hong Kong's infamous caged men, old folk who literally live behind bars in bed-space dormitories. Released to critical acclaim in 1992 - a Hong Kong film without violence and with some thoughtful performances, notably from Wong Ka-kui and Roy Chiao. Kidnap Of Wong Chak-fai (2pm). A detective rescues a kidnapped businessman and they become 'sworn brothers'. Ten years later, the man's son is kidnapped and the same detective (Kent Cheung) is on the case. The Trip To Bountiful (7pm). Leisurely, richly-textured film of Horton Foote's 1953 television play (later done on Broadway) about a widow (Geraldine Page), living unhappily with her daughter and son-in-law, determined to make her way home to Bountiful, Texas, for one last look. Page won a well-deserved Oscar for a heartbreaking performance, but the whole cast is excellent. Look out for Rebecca De Mornay.