Archive for June, 2011

Tom Sizemore to join 'Five-0' for 2nd season

June 28th, 2011

The size of the “Hawaii Five-0” cast continues to grow with the addition of Tom Sizemore, who will have a recurring role in the CBS series’ second season this fall.
It won’t be his first brush with the Islands, however.
Sizemore appeared in “Pearl Harbor,” the Ben Affleck-starring World War II drama by Jerry Bruckheimer, largely filmed here and directed by Michael Bay. And Sizemore has also worked with a Hawaii ex-pat director Albert Pyun, in “Ticker,” both 2001 films.”
Sizemore will portray the head of Internal Affairs for a multi-episode arc, according to online reports, investigating the “Five-0” team.
He is best known for his roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” “Red,” and “Black Hawk Down.”
Second season filming is scheduled to begin in July.

The daily grind: all in a day’s work

June 26th, 2011

In Hawaii, it seems that a day or a week or a month doesn’t go by without ...

1. Your car doing the avoid-the-pothole prance. Those Band-Aid fixes, where asphalt is shoveled into the cavernous puka, just aren’t working; the holes return as soon as there’s fresh rainfall. Potholes ruin tires and alignment.
2. The Board of Water Supply announcing, then proceeding to fix, another broken water main. Haven’t we had a lot water leaks lately? An aging network needs a 21st century makeover.
3. A company soliciting old gold in exchange for money, in a newspaper or TV and radio ads. Are our drawers still laden with discarded, unused rings ‘n’ things?
4. Someone railing about rail transit, the opponents outnumbering the proponents. Yes, it’s costing a bundle, and delays only mean more mounting costs — a fact with inflation.
5. One restaurant abruptly closing, a new one setting a launch date. You are what you eat — but apparently, you don’t eat often enough at some places and are always looking for new options. Hence, a kau kau merry-go-round.
6. A radio station playing a Bruno Mars-written song. I mean, the local kid is all over the dial, and likely the most heard popster internationally, exploding like, well, a “Grenade.”
7. The governor trying to undo a board, an agency, a commission — rocking his canoe, so to speak — to replace them with paddlers of his personal liking. Rocky waters ahead?

Can you add to this list?

Why the SOS is one shy in its head count

June 20th, 2011

So why, and who’s, the missing link in the one-shy Society of Seven, back for a limited run at the Outrigger Waikiki’s Main Showroom?
SOS diehards remember Elika Santos, who was the focal point with the act, who debuted with the act last year.
But since late last year, his whereabouts has been a mystery.
No one really knows — especially his colleagues in the show band, who expected Santos on the Mainland, was a no-show prior to the holidays. The group never filled the vacant slot; band founder and leader Tony Ruivivar tended to his cancer treatment, surgery and recuperation; little was said publicly about Santos’ absence and the buzz turned to murmurs.
Thus, the group now is a Society of Six through its July 2 residency. And although guest artists Martin Nievera and neophyte Arshiel are on stage, they are not factored in the head count.
Ruivivar doesn’t talk about it much, except that local singer Santos — who was touted as the resident crooner and sex symbol in the act — hadn’t even contacted his family about his strange disappearance.
Sure, his absence in the lineup is noticeable — only if you’re an avid SOS follower. Santos held his own as an impressionist; he surely was a belter, with some theatrical background here, bringing the SOS to a new threshold, especially with his renderings of Journey power ballads.
But that was then; this is now.
The SOS, if nothing else, is irrepressible and resilient, moving onward and forward amid a history of change and challenges.
The current show is a nostalgic stroll through familiar SOS turf (impressions, Broadway excerpts, visual comedy) but offers an opportunity welcome back Ruivivar in all his glory after his cancer battle last year and also a chance to reconnect with Nievera, who grew up watching his dad, Roberto Nievera, while growing up watching his musical “uncles.”
Besides Ruivivar, the group includes Bert Sagum, Wayne Wakai, Hoku Low, Roy Venturina and Vince Mendoza, who all look relaxed and thrilled to be on the Outrigger stage again. They prance and frolic with expected charm, with Sagum up to his old tricks — with gay abandon — just like old times. There’s plenty of comedy, and the serious vocal solos are left for the “nephew” in residence and the 16-year-old Farrington songbird who has earned her stripes among the SOS vets.
Nievera corrals his trademark songs from the past (“Say That You Love Me,” “Be My Lady”) but also dusts off his dad’s iconic “Walk Away” showstopper. He’s smooth, satisfying and validating — a biggie in the Philippines region (he's dubbed "the Concert King of the Philppines" with an international following, with charm to spare. He’s answered the SOS call to fill the vocal void and
he’s most gratified about performing at home again.


8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through July 2
Outrigger Waikiki Main Showroom
923-7469, 922-6408

Common threads in fall of the mighty

June 16th, 2011

Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sordid secrets of the past three weeks — and actor Charlie Sheen pathetic debacle of a few months back — tell as much about us as they do about them falling from grace.
Oh yes, and there’s that Arnold Schwarzenegger distraction, too.
There were common threads unspooling in all their lives. Weiner’s decline was patterned on lies, sexting, deception and delusion. From the moment his crotch shot debuted in online postings, he became a media magnet, spouting untruths and denials until the final showdown Thursday, when — no doubt, prodded by the president’s declaration that he should resign — Weiner opted to step down to begin sorting out his life. His pregnant wife was visibly not standing next to him when he finally wilted.
Sheen’s thing was mostly about arrogance and avarice, as his off-camera behavior and lifestyle — with drugs, sassing attacks on his TV bosses and his sordid life of sexual princesses mixed with his indecencies with prostitutes and paid sex — became, temporarily, a daily reality series about reaction, commotion, and challenges about his
firing from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.”
The Governator’s affair with a hired hand, resulting in a son, was certainly a stunner. Was he so good an actor, to fool everyone, including wife Maria Shriver? For a while, yes. But he made his revelation, which sent him to the dog house.
Tsk, tsk. He might have been out of politics by the time the s--- hit the fan, but his intent to jump-start his acting career is pretty much history.
For Sheen, there was that bomb of a concert tour, when he declared his “Winning” mantra, but was met with booing fans, some asking for refunds. He was losing — big time.
Yet there we were, watching the morning news shows and syndicated entertainment reports, about who shot the last volley in the Sheen power struggle case, about Weiner’s insane insistence that he didn’t know, or could not say for sure, who was inside those bulging, gray briefs.
Schwarzenegger went under the radar, for the most part.
We watched TV with disgust, in the way we ogle and examine a car wreck, as we drive by in morning commute. It’s human nature, I guess, to peek; it’s hard to snub.
After all, three souls, lucky to be in the ranks of employment before their bubble burst, were self-destructing each time the TV cameras or paparazzi or online posters found a new wrinkle in their dirty laundry.
If Sheen was off drugs, able to clear the cobwebs and apologize to make amends, he might salvaged a career and not have been replaced by Ashton Kutcher in the No. 1 rated TV sitcom. Or not.
He appears to have a major challenge ahead: to prove that he can come clean and return to his life as a productive actor. But do we care?
If Weiner — and pity the reality of an unfortunate name — confessed of his private life early on, instead of doing the charades thing before finally admitting his sick passion, he might have found some support among his colleagues, as well as rehab, to curb his dark secret. But he left too many clues, told too many untruths as he played dodgeball to media queries, until it was too late.
If Schwarzenegger determines it’s time to get the cameras rolling for his reentry into movies, would he get the support from followers once the films are out?
For now, Sheen, Weiner and Schwarzenegger are poster boys of deceit and blemish, who lost their respect along with their paychecks.
For certain, they will be back — in a reality series, via confessional books, whatever —
to attempt a comeback.
Will anyone still care?

Island child actor has role in TNT's 'Falling Skies'

June 15th, 2011

An 11-year-old Island actor, Maxim Knight, will have a close encounter with aliens when he plays one of the key roles in the Steven Spielberg-produced “Falling Skies,” which premieres its two-hour pilot, at 6 p.m. Sunday (June 19) on TNT.
Maxin, touted as the next Hayley Joel Osment and a boy version of Dakota Fanning, is about to get widespread exposure in the series, which stars Noah Wyle,former “ER” medic, as his history-professor,widower father Tom Mason, hurled into the world of militiaman.
Max’s character is named Matt Mason, who has an older brother named Hal Mason, portrayed by Drew Roy. Another bro, Ben, played by Connor Jessup, is kidnapped by the aliens.
The sci-fi series, from Spielberg’s DreamWorks Television division, is about a devastating and incapacitating alien attack and unspools threads of resilience and determination when all and everything have been destroyed. The series will explore the struggles for survival linked to the humanity of mankind, not the presumed apocalyptic premise.
Maxim is an experienced child actor, who has demonstrated his dramatic flair on such series as NBC’s “Parenthood,” ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters,
CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” and A&E’s “The Cleaner.” On CBS’ earlier “Three Rivers,”
he appeared with Alex O’Loughlin, now the star of the Hawaii-based CBS gem, “Hawaii Five-0.”
Maxim also has a role in this summer’s “Ball Don’t Lie,” starring Melissa Leo, Nick Cannon, Rosanna Arquette and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
He also will be heard in a voice-over role in the forthcoming “The Smurfs” and has voiced such films as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Bridesmaids.”
Maxim's dad is Filipino, but other details of his parents and schooling have not been revealed.

"Falling Skies"
6 p.m. Sunday (June 19); will air at 7 p.m. later

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