Archive for April, 2011

Rain tops Time’s 100, but Bruno reigns, too

April 23rd, 2011
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Hawaii’s gift to pop music, Bruno Mars, has made Time magazine’s Time 100 list, announced this week online and in Time’s current issue. He was hailed by B.o.B for his singing, producing, and composing prowess.
Rain, the South Korean superstar of music, TV and film, topped the Time 100 of the world's most influential people, based on online voting, including mass input from Rain's Legions of Angels from Hawaii. Thus, Rain bolsters his global popularity, for the third consecutive year, “trouncing competitors from Barack Obama (46) to Lady Gaga (12)," the magazine said in the current issue. (The parenthetical numbers refer to rankings in the poll, which lists more than 100 people).
B.o.B was the popster who recorded a duet with Mars (181) on “Nothin' on You” (a Mars composition), praised the Islander’s savvy in the magazine’s commentary. “We needed only two sessions to record 'Nothin' on You.' But when we perform live is when you really see our chemistry in action. Bruno has so many things open to him now, so many doorways he can walk through. Even I don't know what he'll be up to next.'
Others worldly personalities who made a difference showing up in the poll: Oprah Winfrey (84), George Clooney (61), Hillary Clinton (44), Justin Bieber (166), Sting, Michelle Obama (32), Mark Zuckerberg (29) and Sarah Palin (24). and Mark Wahlberg.
The Top 10:
1 — Rain
2 — Jay Chou
3 — Susan Boyle
4 — Mahinda Rajapaksa
5 — Cheng Yen
6 — Beyonce
7 — Chris Colfer
8 — Christopher Hitchens
9 — Bradley Manning
10 — Glenn Beck
A red-carpet gala will be held April 26 in New York City.

For the full list, to go:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2058044_2061021_2061023,00.html

Hop back in time, for a classic Cottontail tale

April 22nd, 2011
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"Hop,” the current Easter film comedy starring James Marsden and an over-sized animated bunny voiced by Russell Brand, perhaps is this generation’s defining Easter entertainment. It's now in theaters.
But hold on; the classic bunny confection, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” is your parents or grandparent’s endearing bunny buddy, and this year is marking its 40th anniversary. Now available on HD DVD, it’s just the eggstravaganza to help fill a child’s Easter basket.
The classic “Cottontail” made its TV debut on April 4, 1971, a simple but timeless family favorite that remains a cheerful bonbon this time of year. For those who need the introduction, Danny Kaye, not only performing the title song, which has stood the test of time, but he tells the tale, through wisdom of a character named Seymour S. Sassafrass, with Vincent Price voicing the Irontail character. Kids, ask your grandparents who Kaye and Price were at the height of their fame.
By today’s standards, the animation may be crude, but this vintage porthole romp offers universal lessons about good and evil, responsibility and perseverance, challenges and commitment.
The plot is the stuff of storybook fables: a young bunny is charged with the task of being the Easter bunny of April Valley; in a contest to deliver the most eggs on Easter morning, he oversleeps due to the trickery of the nasty Irontail, so named because he has a metal tail, not a cotton tail. Irontail wins — delivering one egg.
Peter Cottontail has to redeem himself, and here’s where this seasonal classic takes on a year-round flavor: through a time-travel gizmo, Peter journeys through off-season detour celebrations including Mother’s Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, and Valentine’s — each holiday defined by a basket of eggs decorated accordingly — and even rescues an out-of-fashion Easter bonnet along the way.
Thus, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” can be a year-round entity. Who says you can’t paint and dye eggs for Christmas?

ALSO OF INTEREST: Another hare tale, “ ‘Twas the Night Before Easter,” is out DVD. It’s a VeggieTales fantasy featuring Melinda Doolittle, an “American Idol” finalist, in a backstage musical on how she rescues

Loretta to recreate Bloody Mary in UK

April 20th, 2011
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There is life after Broadway, for Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre, and it’s in London.
Ables Sayre, who earned a Tony nomination as Featured Actress in a Musical two years ago, will recreate her Bloody Mary role in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” when it makes its European premiere at London’s Barbican Theatre Aug. 23 through Oct. 1. Previews begin Aug. 15.
The musical also will launch a national tour, visiting Milton Keynes, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton, with additional dates to be added. Ables Sayre is expected to be in part of the tour.
The announcement was made yesterday in London, with the theater website, www.playbill.com, reporting the European tour.
The show, which marked the Islander’s Broadway debut, will feature Paulo Szot, who will reprise his Tony Award-winning performance as Emile de Becque, sharing the role with Jason Howard, Welsh National Opera performer, who takes the lead Aug. 29 through Sept. 21. So it will be a reunion with Szot for Ables Sayre, the only other Broadway lead booked in the UK tour.
Samantha Womack will portray Nellie Forbush, Daniel Koek will be Lt. Joe Cable, and Alex Ferns will be Luther Billis.
Essentially, the creative team of the Lincoln Center production on Broadwa led by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher, is recreating the show, produced at the Barbican Centre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.
The national tour begins Oct. 12.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ reruns bound for TNT in 2014

April 14th, 2011
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“Hawaii Five-0,” which has completed its first season of Island filming but has not yet been confirmed for an expected pick-up for next year, already has a syndication deal. The procedural drama, the No. 1 hit of the 2010 fall season, has been tapped by TNT for a cable network launch in summer 2014.
TNT must know what CBS hasn’t yet told us: That “Five-0” has a future in primetime and a potential to reap rerun gold on cable.
The drama, a reboot of the original Jack Lord hit from 1968 to 1980, will be gearing up for a life of repeats on the cable front. CBS Television Distribution has snagged a deal in the low-to-mid-$2 million range, according to reports in The Hollywood Reporter, a trade publication. Life in syndication grows a franchise, — “Law and Order” (and its spin-off variations) and “NCIS” on USA are prime examples of money in the bank — and TV series generally don’t cross the rerun bridge unless they have at least five seasons to justify a deal-maker.
So the TNT deal, after a single season (which still has new episodes to screen), is good for Hawaii — including tourism here.
“Five-0” has been widely promoted by CBS, resulting in viewership of 12 million weekly. The show’s premiere attracted 14.2 million, peaking to a season high of 19.3 million in January, making stars of the ensemble of Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), Scott Caan (Danno Williams), Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua). Caan even earned an Emmy nomination earlier this year.
Every week, executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci focus on a potent mix of eye-filling Island scenery with explosive chases and crashes, action-accented scripts fused with backstories about ohana (family) — with an extra helping of Island culture along the way.
Would you be among the cablers reliving the life of H50 three years from now?

McGarrett trips, ratings dip; so what happened?

April 12th, 2011
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Steve McGarrett tripped down a perilous cliff and suffered a broken arm, in last night’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
That wasn’t the only thing that took a bad dip.
CBS’ ratings plunged, as the Island-filmed procedural drama dropped its usual double-digit score, attracting 9.1 million viewers with an average of 2.4 million in the 18-49 demographics. That’s a season low!
Over-all, it was a bad night for the network as every one of its primetime shows preceding “Five-0” also took a hit —“How I Met Your Mother” (6.8 million, 2.7), “Mad Love” (5.4 million, 1.9), and “Mike and Molly” (7.9 million, 2.5).
That put the network in third place.
ABC was first, with 17.8 million viewers, and a 3.9 demo rating; the network’s “Dancing With the Stars” pulled in 20.4 million, 4.3 demo. “Five-0’s” competitor “Castle” on ABC drew 12.6 million, 3.1 demo.
Fox was second, with 7.6 and 2.5.
So why the “Five-0” ratings drop?
Some theories:
• Last night’s episode, themed “Ma Ke Kahakai,” was chock full of gorgeous scenery in the opening moments, when McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) discovered an unidentified body; the show also had a smidgin of Island music, but perhaps was too heavy on the back story of Chin Ho Kelly’s (Daniel Dae Kim) past on why he left the police force. OK, this dark corner of Chin and his uncle about an unsettling familial crime, took quite bit of time to unravel.
• McGarrett took a back seat — well, he had a bum arm, remember — so the expected exchange of rants with Danno Williams (Scott Caan)? None.
• Too many preemptions and reruns the past few weeks, possibly subduing the ratings momentum. Remember basketball a week ago?