Archive for October, 2010

O’Loughlin of ‘Five-0’ earns $100,000 paycheck per episode

October 18th, 2010

Playing Steve McGarrett on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” Alex O’Loughlin makes $100,000 per episode, compared to $80,000 for Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams, according to TV Guide.
That's a lot of 000000s. Then again, "Five-0" is this fall's No. 1 show, and as McGarrett, O'Loughlin is in the driver's seat, even if Danno's emerged as the series' fave — despite the lack of parity on the show —with his banter and bickering with McG.
Still, the "Five-0" pair pale in comparison the top dog — or doc — who leads the drama payroll:
Hugh Laurie of Fox’s
“House” draws more than $400,000 weekly, followed by $395,000 for NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” one-two punch, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay.
These salaries may surprise or stun, depending on how plugged in you are to a particular series or actor.
How’s this, then, for a shockeroo: Charlie Sheen is the top-earning comedy series star; he draws $1.25 million per episode on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” with co-star Jon Cryer pulling $550,000. Four of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” stars — Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker — each earn $400,000 per episode.
On talk TV (syndication and late night), no one beats Oprah Winfrey; her annual salary is $315 million. Judge Judy at $45 million tops late-nighters David Letterman ($28 million), Jay Leno ($25 million), Conan O’Brien ($10 million), Jimmy Kimmel ($6 million), with daytimer Ellen DeGeneres earning $8 million annually.
TV news anchors draw huge purses, too: Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” earns $16 million a year, Katie Couric of CBS $15 million, Brian Williams of NBC $12.5 million, Diane Sawyer of ABC $12 million, Meredith Vieira of “Today” $11 million, Bill O’Reilly of Fox $10 million.
Ryan Seacrest is out of the ballpark with a $15 million annual paycheck for hosting Fox's "American Ido.
While some of these salaries may seem excessive, consider the millions that jocks earn — football, basketball, baseball, golf — often with endorsement deals beyond their playing contracts.
The point is, you are worth what you’re paid, as long as ratings or rankings remain high.

‘Five-0’ going Hawaiian in titling its episodes

October 17th, 2010

Have you noticed? CBS’ hit reboot, “Hawaii Five-0,” is taking the Hawaiian route in episode titles.
This Monday’s (Oct. 18) is called “Nalowale,” translated as missing, lost, forgotten or vanished, and involves the murder of a daughter of a U.S. ambassador to the Philippines (she is discovered dead off Waikiki). So “Five-0” is summoned to rescue the dead girl’s sister from abductors, and a new character named Max Bergman, the resident medical examiner, also is introduced — the first of several guest appearances of a recurring character once played by Harry Endo. In the original TV show, the forensic expert was named Che Fong.
In the relaunch, Masi Oka, a star from “Heroes,” portrays Bergman, even if he doesn’t look like one. Is he hapa? Adopted? Hanai-ed? Does it really matter? Where do they find these names?
But getting back to episode titles, the writers are on to something. Labeling shows with Hawaiian words or phrases. Good or bad? Think about it.
Since the pilot, the weekly show has boasted, in order of screenings, such titles as “Ohana,” “Malama Ka Aina,” “Lanakila,” and now “Nalowale.” Next week’s is to be entitlted “Ko’olauloa, if the posted schedule remains firm.
Thankfully, someone on the writing crew is researching suitable Hawaiiana for titling. Some, like ohana (family), are widely known; others, not so. “Malama Ka Aina” means respect the land and “Lanakila” is often translated as victory.
Regrettably, not everyone speaks or knows Hawaiian, particularly outside of Hawaii, and not everyone owns a Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary. But, if you Google the Hawaiian word of term, you will likely find a meaning that the theme of the episode.
Sure, the switcheroo in geography while Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) are on the road, heading for one direction but going in another, makes watching the show fun, and the sharp-eyed can make a game of directional truths and fiction.
But “Five-0” also is doing good, getting Hawaiian terms out there. Those with initiative might learn or town about our native language.
Which is pono (proper, right, exact) for a show that is settling comfortably into the fabric of the community.

Cirque, ‘Five-0,’ Kamaes, Caz, Bieber on Show Biz radar

October 15th, 2010

Here's a Show Biz extra... or 10 things to flag if you’re perusing your entertainment datebook:

1 — Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” opens tonight (Oct. 15) at the Blaisdell Arena; the Montreal-based wonderment has become part of the Honolulu “fall season” of theater — albeit, an acrobatic, mystical spectacle — every other year (the last visit was in 2008, with “Saltimbanco”). Do you want the periodic Canadian wave to continue? I vote yes, so help support the visitation through Oct. 31. FYI: Cirque also is developing two new extravaganzas on two coasts next summer — the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the Radio City Music Hall in New York — to further pique our imaginations.

2 — Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett will show more skin, this time in bed and doubtlessly in a relationship, in Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0” installment on KGMB9. Hmmm, his McGarrett goes to places where Jack Lord’s never did — so we’ll likely see the detective’s romantic life take shape. Hook ’em, Steve-a-rino!

3 — Justin Bieber also shows skin — he's shirtless, dripping wet and wearing boardshorts — in a pix in next week's People magazine. He's shown emerging from the waters off Oahu, clearly during his recent visit. And surprise! He has abs in the making!

4 — Army Community Theatre also visits a zone till now unexplored: Zombieville. “Zombie Prom” debuts tonight (Oct. 15) and plays Fridays through Sundays, through Oct. 31, at Richardson Theatre at Ft. Shafter. A horror musical is not the usual fare for the military installation, but then again, this is Halloween season. 438-4480.

5 — Manoa Valley Theatre’s tryouts for “Around the World in 80 Days” will be at 8 p.m. Monday (Oct. 18) at the theater. Director Elitei Tatafu Jr. is seeking four men and one woman to portray 30 characters in the global adventure seasoned with comedy and thrills based on the Jules Verne story. Opens Jan. 13. 988-6131.

6 — Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s “Those Who Came Before,” the couple’s 10th cultural documentary showing at 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatres (where it is sold out and part of the Hawaii International Film Festival), will be shown free in a Sunset on the Beach screening on Oct. 24. Entertainment, 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., will feature Mel Murata and the Keiki Palaka Band and other guests. Stay tuned, if you miss the film at HIFF, for further details.

7 — Diamond Head Theatre’s “Crazy for You” is in its final weekend, with a two-show extension at 8 p.m Saturday (Oct. 16) and Sunday (Oct. 17). If you love the music of Ira and George Gershwin, you’ll love this tunefest. 733-0274.

8 — “The Portuguese Kings of Comedy,” reteaming Augie T. and Frank DeLima, will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Hawaii Theatre. If you think one’s funny, think double the nonsense with Tulba and DeLima. 528-0506.

9 — Amy Hanaiali’i shares music from her “Slack Key Masters of Hawaii” CD in a CD concert/CD launch event at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 20) at The Venue, 1146 Bethel St. A tiny venue means intimate vibes from Hanaiali'i and her slackers.

10 — The holiday season is arriving sooner than you think; The Brothers Cazimero’s Christmas biggie will be stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Hawaii Theatre. 528-0506.

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Iz’s ‘Rainbow’ No. 1 in Germany; space could be next

October 14th, 2010

Ach du lieber!
Bruddah Iz is No. 1 in Germany.
The late Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole’s’ “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” this week topped the singles charts in Germany, after debuting several weeks ago at No. 10.
“Facing Future,” the albumfeaturing the iconic medley, was released in Germany this month and made its chart debut at No. 17. The Mountain Apple Co. CD also will roll out in Austria, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the weeks ahead, signifying Iz’s global popularity.
And space could be next. NASA is seeking a “Space Rock Wake Up Song,” to be decided by online voters, and Iz’s “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” is a finalist. To vote, go to the NASA Space Rock page at Deadline to vote is Nov. 1 and the winning track will be the offical song that will wake up astronauts during November’s STS-133 space mission.
How cool is that?

MVT acquires ‘God of Carnage,’ casts Jo Pruden in ‘August’

October 13th, 2010

This just in: Manoa Valley Theatre has secured rights to Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” an award-winning dramedy — that’s drama-comedy — for its 2011-12 season. It’s a hilarious portrait of two pairs of parents whose civility turns into hostility when they try to resolve differences about blame concerning a scuffle between the couple's sons.
Further, Honolulu’s off-Broadway house also has revved up its engines for this season’s anticipated hit, “August: Osage County,” another much applauded award winner, by casting veteran actress Jo Pruden as the matriarch in a dysfunctional Oklahoma family with issues galore ranging from alcoholism to drug abuse, from incest to suicide, from pedophelia to infidelity, and more.
“Carnage,” from the 2009 Broadway season, earned three Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director (Matthew Warchus) and Best Actress in a Play (Marcia Gay Harden). It is scheduled to be produced in May 2012.
The adult drama, plus this season’s anticipated hit, “August: Osage County” — just cast by director Glenn Cannon with Jo Pruden, Jim Tharp and Bree Bumatai in lead roles and set to receive its Hawaii theatrical premiere next May 19 — gives MVT a solid edge in providing provocative, stimulating and entertaining adult fare with no-holds-barred, expletives-undeleted scripts. Yes, leave the kids at home.
“August,” by Tracy Letts, earned multiple awards, including 2008 Tonys for Best Play and Best Actress in a Play (Deanna Dunagan) as well as a Pulitzer Prize. A film version has been announced, with Meryl Streep portraying the key matriarch figure, Violet Weston, and Julia Roberts as her daughter Barbara Weston Fordham, directed by John Wells.
These two stage productions demonstrate MVT’s vision of expanding drama choices with diverse, stimulating and even risky challenges. Are these plays too bold and turn-offish for Honolulu audiences? I think not. These shows are certainly not for everyone, but if you relished the real-life, real-talk realm of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," you'll find merit and meat in "Carnage" and "August."
“We are ecstatic that this outstanding contemporary play has been made available to MVT for our 43rd season,” said Dwight Martin, MVT’s producing director, said of "Carnage." “This Broadway hit will be an excellent dramatic anchor in our diverse and entertaining lineup.”
Mike Rosenberg, MVT board vice president and chairman of the artistic planning committee, added: “Our ongoing effort to bring Hawaii premieres of excellent contemporary theater ... keeps our annual play seasons fresh, exciting.”
“Carnage” was a Broadway triumph with a high-powered original cast of James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis. It ran for 452 regular performances after 24 previews, closing this past June 6, making it the third longest-running play of the 2000s, behind “The 39 Steps” and “August: Osage County.”
Because of the bold language and not-your-norm disfunctions, it takes guts and courage to stage these shows. I say, go for it — I've seen both on Broadway and endorse the MVT efforts to share the excitement with Honolulu theater-goers.

Disclosure: Wayne Harada is a newly-elected member of the Manoa Valley Theatre board of directors.

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