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Now hair this: Celeb mane attractions, then and now

March 26th, 2010
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With “Hair” a hit at Manoa Valley Theatre, this might be an apropos time to reflect on the mane attraction.

Yep, hair.

Certainly, there are folks that you like, or not, because of their hair. Gents and ladies.

Hair — to quote the title song in the tribal-love musical (still playing on Broadway in a revival sensation and extended through April 4 at MVT) — is “long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen,” and so on, even “bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied.”

Whew! And we’ve all seen ‘em all, then and now.

Consider:

ROCK STARS

Then: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock, had long locks (except the time he was in the Army, when he was shorn like a GI), and was notable for his swivel hips and sideburns. Long sideburns.

Now: Adam Lambert, “American Idol” second-placer last year and the Gazelle of Glam, boasts punky, gleaming spiked ‘do’s, wickedly waxen and accentuated by heavy (black) eye makeup.

FRIGHT ENCOUNTERS

Then: Bela Lugosi made Dracula a fright in the 1930s; his hair was slicked-down, simple — with sort of a widow’s peak V hairline at the forehead.

Now: Robert Pattinson, shaggy, ratty, matty, just-out-of-bed motif, suited to his Edward Cullen “Twilight” vampire veneer in the original, plus two sequels — “New Moon” this year and “Eclipse” this summer.

GOING INTO DEPP

Then: Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow of the “Pirates” flicks, displaying shaggy, maybe even spaghettied, long locks, which frame a face with bold eyeliner.

Now: Johnny Depp, as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” sports a concert of carrot-hued frizzle and frazzle, with Halloween hints.

TEEN TOPPERS

Then: Zac Efron, the pretty boy dude of “High School Musical” fame, is favored for his gleaming clean-cut hair, highlighted by side-sweeping bangs. (At the recent Oscarcast, however, he went rad — with mousse and/or gel making his hair stand up like a sculpted wave.

Now: Chace Crawford, the “Gossip Girl” echo of Efron, will be seen in the forthcoming reboot of “Footloose” (because Efron passed on the role Kevin Bacon originated) is similarly banged, but also sports a combed-down looked.

EASY COME, EASY FLOW

Then: Farrah Fawcett, the former “Charlie’s Angels” star, was a poster girl for streaming, gleaming, flaxen locks. Her classic poster, released in 1976 when the TV show premiered, remains an icon of the 70s.

Now: Jennifer Aniston, one of the “Friends” in the 1990s, still maintains her good-looking, long, layered, shoulder- or below-shoulder-length hair.

AND THEN, THE OTHERS...

Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia), had cinnamon-bun-sized coils on either side of her face (gleaming with mousse), often imitated for costume parties but not the favored office look. Still, memorable and identifiable.

Hugh Grant, of a decade-plus ago, maintained a mass of either straight or slightly curled mop that has prevailed as a trademark. More recently, the look is shorter and sanitized.

Conan O’Brien, the dethroned late night talker, is carrot-topped — with a 35-foot tidal wave of a mop.

Kate Gosselin, the reality show star, recently updated her look, saying adieu to the one that made her memorable: the Gosselin bob, an outdated bob with lopsided lengths supposedly easy to manage for a working mom ... of eight cutie kids.

Princess Diana, the beloved bride of Charles, maintained a coif copied and admired, a manageable cut that included slight bangs — and occasionally, body waves.

Bill Haley, a 1950s icon known for his “Rock Around the Clock” hit, had a curl in the middle of his forehead.

Diana Ross, a hottie in the 1970s and ‘80s (as the focus of The Supremes and as a soloist), has varied her style over the two decades, from a Gosselin-like short bob to a small Afro, but favored the whole-head-streaming of frizzy hair, glistening and flowing and framing her face like a rampant bird nest; in recent times, singer Rihanna has adopted the flowing locks style, with moderation.

And then there’s bad hair day — but that’s another story.

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Tube notes: More KITV news, restaurants on Food Network

March 25th, 2010
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KITV: Adding 30 minutes of Saturday news time

May Day may be Lei Day in Hawai’i but at KITV4, the ABC affiliate, May 1 is when Pamela Young anchors an extra 30 minutes of local news from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Thus, Channel 4 will ultimately offer a 90-minute block of local and world news every Saturday, with the new slot added to the existing 5 p.m. local show, followed by the ABC World News at 5:30 p.m., and then the add-on 6 p.m. telecast.
In an announcement today, KITV president and general manager said in a statement: “We received positive feedback after expanding our weeknight 10 p.m. newscast to a full hour last fall. We believe our viewers not only want more news, but can be better served with the addition of local news on Saturday.”
Said Genie Garner, KITV news director: “One of our goals is to strengthen local news coverage in Hawai’i. Expanding our 10 p.m. newscast was a start; adding a Saturday newscast is another step towards this goal.”

Food Network: Highway Inn gets ‘Diners’ slot

Highway Inn, a popular West O’ahu eatery in Waipahu, will be featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” show, April 5.
The newly-remodeled restaurant shares the spotlight with Nico’s at Pier 38, Hank’s Haute Dogs, Rainbow Drive In and Poke Stop.
As part of the remodeling-reopening, the restaurant is offering a 40 per cent discount on everything on the menu on April 5. Consequently, Hawaiian Combo Plates normally ranging from $11.65 to $8.95 will be priced from $6.99 to $5.37.
“We’re so happy with the nostalgic look and feel of the newly redesigned interior, we thought it would be fun to continue the experience by taking 40 per cent off our entire restaurant menu in honor of the 1940s, the decade we first opened,” said Monica Toguchi, vice president and granddaughter of Seiichi Toguchi, Highway Inn founder.
Highway Inn is located at 94-226 Leoku St. and is noted for its signature beef stew, pipikaula and laulau.

KFVE: ‘Emme’s Classic’ continues Sunday reboot

“Emme’s Classic Island Moments,” a collection of Emme Tomimbang specials new to the KFVE Channel 5 Sunday lineup, continues from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday (March 28).
The show revisits film producer Chris Lee, former president of Tri Star Columbia Pictures and the first Asian to head a movie studio; entrepreneur Tom Moffatt, the deejay-promoter who has staged an endless list of shows; and singer Nohelani Cypriano, who reflects on a CD-DVD project that honors her late mother, Leinaala Simerson.

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DHT lands ‘Hairspray,’ so needs a guy in drag

March 20th, 2010
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Edna Turnblad, the plus-sized mom, will grace the Diamond Head Theatre stage when “Hairspray” makes its Hawai’i debut during the 2010-2011 season. That means an actor will be in drag, in chunky bodysuit if needed, to recreate the role that Harvey Fierstein originated on the Broadway stage and John Travolta in the film version, to portray the beloved mother of Tracy Turnblad, the hefty teen fireball aching to dance on a ‘60s TV show.
DHT is the first community theater in the U.S. to secure rights to “Hairspray,” which will close the new season in June and July 2011.
“We’re thrilled to have acquired the rights for the first Honolulu production of ‘Hairspray,’” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “This season, we’ve really got something for everyone.”
Musicals abound, with the revival of “Crazy for You” and “The King & I,” along with the rock-concert powerhouse “Altar Boyz,” but comedy prevails in “Little Women” and “I Hate Hamlet.”
Here’s the outlook:
* “Crazy for You,” a musical by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, with book by Ken Ludwig, Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Set at a New York theater, circa 1930s, the backstage theme involves Bobby Child, rich son of a banking family, aiming for an audition at the Zangler Theatre. He gets the tryout but doesn’t impress the impresario, and is sent to Nevada by his mom to foreclose a rundown theater. There are mistaken identities, plot twists and tap dance numbers, and a score of Gershwin evergreens, including “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
* “Little Women,” with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Dec. 3 to 19. The adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, set to music against the Civil War, encompasses the theme of family bonding, with tears and laughter, as the teen girls become young women facing issues and challenges of adulthood.
* “I Hate Hamlet,” a play by Paul Rudnick, Jan. 28 to Feb. 13. Andrew Rally is a young, budding TV actor who relocates to New York, renting a Gothic apartment. He seems to have it all: acclaim from a hit TV series, a beautiful girlfriend, and the chance to portray “Hamlet” in Central Park. But he loses his TV show and he hates “Hamlet,” with a twist: the ghost of John Barrymore appears, intoxicated and costumed, and Rally’s life is no longer his.
* “The King & I,” the Rodgers & Hammerstein evergreen, March 25 through April 10. Miss Anna, a widow from England, arrives in Siam with her young son, at the Royal Palace in Bangkok in 1862, summoned by the King of Siam to serve as tutor to his many children. A confrontation of cultural values — he is considered barbaric — prevails as she weathers his tirades until they both understand each other. The rich score includes “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Hello, Young Lovers.”
* “Altar Boyz,” an off-Broadway hit with book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, May 20 to June 5. A struggling Christian boy band (with one Jewish member), with names like Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, mixes pop with its gospel, in search of a big break in The Big Apple. More of a revivalist concert, with boy band rock-outs, choreographic moves and irreverent humor — and screaming is an option. Bring earplugs.
* “Hairspray,” a Tony Award-winning music with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehanm, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Set in Baltimore in 1962, and based on John Waters’ earlier film, “Hairspray” is the journey of Tracy Turnblad, a plus-sized teen with a passion for dancing, who wins a slot on a TV show. Her fortunes go south when she dances with her black friends — remember, this is ’62 — and her attempts to integrate the show draws the ire of the reigning princess and puts her mom Edna into motion, too. The score includes such hits as “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Winner of eight 2003 Tonys, including Best Musical.
Showtimes: Premieres at 8 p.m. Fridays, repeating at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays on the second and third weekends of the run, and 4 p.m. Sundays.
Season tickets: on sale June 7; prices are $210 (for Diamond Head Circle seats), $150, $105 and $54.
Individual seats: available Aug. 23.
Information: 733-0274 or www.diamondheadtheatre.com.

'Classic Island Moments' is a hana hou for TV's Emme T.

March 19th, 2010
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“Emme’s Classic Island Moments,” a valuable trove of archival profiles and stories of Island and visiting personalities by prolific producer-host-TV personality Emme Tomimbang, bows on KFVE Your Home, or Channel 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. this Sunday.
The reboot is a vintage armchair look at folks who entertained and amused us over the past 15 years, through song, drama, achievement and more.
It is a format that has become an Emme signature for the past 15 years; she is the former radio and TV host, who became a local version of Barbara Walters, by producing periodic TV specials that zoomed in on the celebrity crowd — kind of a mixed plate of stardust and stardom we all noshed on.
She has 60 shows in her TV bank — some tied to news of the moment, others with Christmas holiday themes, still others that gave a nod and nudge to a legion of careers, here and abroad — that continue to compound interest. The retelecast will stir memories for those who recall the originals and enlighten a new generation of viewers who will get a peek at some true notables and achievers.
“I am thrilled to be joining the new home of quality local television events — KFVE,” said Tomimbang, who also plans to continue mounting new shows. “But I’m pleased that these classic moments will get a new life on Channel 5.”
“It’s a good fit,” said John Fink, vice president and general manage of KFVE. “We are pleased and excited to add Emme’s wonderful classics to our broadcast lineup as we continue to grow the KFVE brand.” As part of the move to broaden the scope of the station’s home-based shows, K5 has been touting Your Home as its slogan, saving Your Home Team, the earlier branding tagline, to University of Hawai’i sports programming.
Emme’s show joins the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards live telecast later this year and the repositioned (from KITV4) “Merrie Monarch Festival” coverage in April as part of the KFVE entertainment-related coups.
“Our goal is to add compelling, quality local programming and news, and Emme’s special and memorable moments are a great addition to our expanding excellent home for local shows,” said Fink. “We hope to add on some new programming in the months ahead.”
Tomimbang long has been an indie producer, doing her shows with her own staff, corralling sponsors for airing on local stations. Thus, while KFVE factors into the conglomerate news branding of Hawaii News Now since last October via KGMB9 and KHNL8, Emme’s shows are not part of that bonding, though she’s likely to benefit from cross-station promotion.
“The cross promotion made it exciting and interesting for me,” she said. “KFVE is part of the trio of stations, after all.”
The look back will begin with her first-ever “Emme’s Island Moments,” featuring musicians Hapa, actor Jason Scott Lee and surfer Rell Sunn, which premiered in February 1994, and will boast a new intro and, for most weeks, an updated finale with conversations with one of her earlier guests. Keli’i Kaneali’i will talk story in the present time in the premiere.
The first season of “Emme’s Classic Island Moments” will run for 12 consecutive weeks, and repeat for the following 12 weeks. The second season, with more classic shows, will begin Sept. 11, again followed by hana hou airings.
The old shows are mastered on Beta SP tapes, with some on DVD, but there’s bountiful work involved in getting them prepped for 2010 screenings.
“It’s not just taking out the tapes and putting them on the air,” she said of her task of dusting off her classics. “There’s a lot of editing and tweaking; and I will add close-captioning; so I need to find sponsors to get the shows on the air. In these tough economic times, I don’t have the luxury of year-round sponsors, and the formula of getting a show on the air is $1,000 per minute; so you’re talking $50,000 for a 50-minute show.”
Her ultimate plan is to “preserve, in perpetuity, these old shows, so future generations can learn from Auntie Genoa Keawe, Irmgard Aluli, Don Ho, when I’m in a nursing home,” she said. “Some of my guests spent a lifetime learning and sharing their craft, and yes, it’s about the time, the longevity. I’ve been doing this for some time now, and I wished I mentored somebody, a next-generation person, you know, another Emme, to carry on my tradition. But at least, I have these old shows. Sadly the fast you get on the information highway, the quicker you flicker out. Some of today’s younger folks haven’t spent the time to get famous. It takes time and experience.”
Many of her talk-story guests have evolved into lifetime friends, including the likes of Willie K, Loggins & Messina, Chris Lee, Dean Pitchford, Jimmy Borges, Mark Dacascos, Tia Carrere, Dean Wilson, James MacArthur, Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, Chuck Furuya, Jesse Sapolu, Tadd Fujikawa, Al Harrington, Keali’i Reichel, Arnold Palmer, Nohelani Cypriano and more. Some classic troupers — Dick Jensen, Auntie Genoa Keawe, Loyal Garner, Don Ho, Kam Fong Chun, Kimo McVay — are gone, but remain alive in her memory book, and archives.
“She’s done them all ...and (is) still doing it,” said the jazz veteran Borges.


‘EMME’S CLASSIC
ISLAND MOMENTS’

Premieres at 6 p.m. Sunday
KFVE Channel 5
Repeats for 12 weeks every Sunday

Family Festival launch March 25 features music legacies

March 17th, 2010
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The Honolulu Family Festival will mark its fifth anniversary when it runs March 25 to 28 at Magic Island. Besides the usual E.K. Fernandez rides, games and food booths, there will be entertainment.
And the opening night spectacle assembles some of this city’s best troupers, performing a free show from 5:45 p.m. March 25.
Halau Hula Ka No’eau opens the festivities at 5:45 p.m. A Legacy Concert, at 6 p.m., assembles the Royal Hawaiian Band conducted by Michael Nakasone, and features such stalwart troupers as Nina Keali’iwahama, Marlene Sai, Karen Keawehawai’, Misty Kelai, Gary Aiko, George Kuo and fabled hula dancers Beverly Noa, Tracie Lopez and Pi’ilani Smith.
At 8 p.m., there will be country line dancing with Cliff Angelias.
“The Honolulu Family Festival continues to bring back so many magical memories from our hanabata days while creating lasting impressions for today's youth,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “This year's festival promises to be the greatest yet. I am thankful for the continued efforts of the Honolulu 100 and E.K. Fernandez for bringing us the best entertainment, ono local grinds, and nothing but pure family fun, all while supporting the upkeep of Ala Moana Park as one of our City's crown jewels.”
Admission is free for live shows and entertainment. Scrip for food and rides are available for purchase on site, with proceeds supporting renewal and repair work at Ala Moana Park, where Magic Island is located.
Festival hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. March 25, from 5 p.m. to midnight March 26, from 10 a.m. to midnight March 27 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 28.
Because of expected traffic congestion due to limited parking, shuttle service to and from Magic Island will be available at the Alapai Street Bus Station from 3 to 11 p.m. March 27 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from 3 to 10 p.m. March 28.
Other entertainment on tap:
• March 26 — Na Hoahanau — The Cousins, at 8 p.m.; Rebel Soujahz, at 9 p.m.;
• March 27 — A Touch of Gold, at 8 p.m.; Kapena, at 9 p.m.
• March 28 — U.S. Air Force Band, at 2 p.m.; Taiko Center of the Pacific, at 4 p.m.; Kolohe Kai, at 7 p.m.
For the keiki audience, the Backyard Circus & Puppet Parade returns during the weekend, along with hypnotist Dr. Scott Lewis, at various performance times.
Best buy: a wristband purchase good for rides from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Information: 924-1907 or go to www.HonoluluFamilyFestival.com.
The event is a presentation by Mayor Hannemann, the City & County of Honolulu, Honolulu 100 and E.K. Fernandez Shows.

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