Archive for July, 2011

McGarrett on a horse, Baldwin as crooked cop

July 31st, 2011
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Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) gallops on a horse in the second season of the CBS-TV drama, now shooting its third episode.
This, according to production photos shared via Twitter by the show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov.
Further, William Baldwin is poised to play a former homicide detective kicked off the force because of dirty cop corruption allegations. He’s set to appear in several episodes in a story arc that will focus on a team of tarnished cops — with the unnamed Baldwin character targeting his sights on Kono Kalauaka (Grace Park) while locking horns with a former partner, now headed by actor Tom Sizemore, playing the head of Internal Affairs and a newbie in the filmed-in-Hawaii show’s sophomore season.
This, according to TVGuide.com.
Waiola Shave Ice, a real shave ice store featured in a mythical stand inside Ala Moana Park, reestablishes its presence this season, too, with Kamekona (Taylor Wylie), the shave ice man and dependable informant, in his iconic T-shirt.
This, according to eyewitnesses who have seen the film crews at the ewa refreshment stand in the city park disguised as Waiola in July.
Of course, Terry O’Quinn has found his way from ABC’s “Lost” to this Eye network procedural, portraying a Navy SEALS commander who once trained McGarrett, meaning a reunion with Daniel Dae Kim, who is Chin Ho Kelly, Kono's cousin on "Five-0." Richard T. Jones joins the cast, too, as the lieutenant governor who escalates to the governorship due to the end-of-season-one shoot-to-kill assassination of Jean Smart as the governor.
Also as earlier mentioned, Lauren German is aboard as a homeland security officer who joins “Five-0” and brings on a bit of romance for McGarrett.
Let the ranks expand and the horizons widen, as season two filming continues. ...

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Nude awakening: Do you sleep like Trebek?

July 29th, 2011
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Was TV game show host Alex Trebek in jeopardy, when he shared details to NBC’s “Today” about what happened in his San Francisco one night this week? A nocturnal thief entered his room and stole cash and some valuables; that was the news.
But Trebek, the 71-year-old host of “Jeopardy,” told the network: “I realized immediately that someone had been in the room, and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her. She came out of the middle room where the ice machine is, and I said, ‘What were you doing in our room?’ She said, ‘I wasn't in your room,’so I said, ‘What were you doing? She said, ‘I was visiting friends.’ I said, ‘No you weren't.”
The thing everyone remembered: Trebek was not in his undies.
“Today” hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry chuckled over the report and came to the conclusion that Trebek sleeps in the nude. Trebek didn’t quite say that he was in the buff, but the fact that he had to get into his drawers to pursue the thief ... well, you get it, don’t you?
This brought chuckles from the news hawks. And later become online fodder and people column items the rest of the week.
Trebek was a victim since his sprint caused his Achilles tendon to split, necessitating surgery and crutches.
The thief had snatched some cash and a bracelet given to Trebek by his mom.
But Trebek became somewhat of a punchline, too, because of his off-the-cuff admission of his unexpected sleeping style.
I met Trebek, some years ago, while he was in Honolulu to conduct interviews for prospective game show contestants. He’s bright, chatty and quite proper — not one you’d expect to sleep clotheless.
Perhaps he should’ve just said he was jolted in his underwear and let it go at that. But then again, you might wonder: is he a boxer or a briefs guy?
If you sleep naked like Trebek, what’s the benefit? The downside, clearly, is you’re not quite ready for a thief or an emergency.

Updates: Jimmy Borges, ‘Hairspray,’ Loretta Ables Sayre

July 27th, 2011
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Five quick-hit graphs to bring you up to date about current haps:

Jimmy Borges, who had a grapefruit-sized tumor removed from his liver, was released from Kaiser Hospital today (Wednesday July 27) and is home.
He was totally “unplugged,” meaning no more IVs the past few days, handling three square meals daily, said wife Vicki.
First "public" thing Borges did: Got on the phone with Roy Sakuma, organizer of the "Wildest Show in Town" this evening at Honolulu Zoo, where the jazz crooner was to perform but had to bail out because of his impending surgery. His pal Shari Lynn stepped in to kokua; the crowd went wild; Borges was touched. Details forthcoming.
Get well, Jeremiah; everyone’s rooting for you. ...

“Hairspray” is a hoot at Diamond Head Theatre; the sellout of regular performances prodded the addition of two more shows: 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Stacey Pulmano is Tracy, the plus-sized teen with big hair, and Randl Ask is Edna Turnblad, the equally plus-sized mom. Check if seats remain at 733-0274. ...

Loretta Ables Sayre, who is rehearsing to recreate her Bloody Mary role from her Broadway “South Pacific” for a European audience, has fallen in love — with London.
Loves the weather (“from the upper 50s at night to the lower mid-70s in the day ...equal amounts of rainy and not quite sunny days”), the city (“London is one of the most, if not THE most bautify city, I have ever been in”), the architecture and flora/fauna (“beautiful stone or brick buildings with iron work and window oxes filled with brightly blooming flowers everywhere”). She’s e-mailed her impressions after two weeks of sight-seeing and rehearsals. But the traffic and drivers on the other side of the car, tooling in the “wrong” lane, baffle her. We’ll share more impressions in a future blog. Oh, she’s having a blast, with eyes wide open — and watching the autos and buses wheeling from every which way. ...

The Babooze Brothers, meaning comics Augie T and Frank DeLima, are hitting the road: Aug. 5 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach; Aug. 6 at Portuguese Hall, San Diego; Aug. 12, Cannery Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas; Aug. 19, Clover Park Technical College, Seattle; Sept. 2, Molokai Paddlers Inn, Kaunakakai; Sept. 17, Hana Hotel, Maui; Sept. 23, Lanai Community Gym; Sept. 30, Honokaa People’s Theater, Honokaa, Big Island; and Oct. 30, Akebono Theater, Pahoa, Big Island. ...

Jake Shimabukuro may now be known (along with kid bro Bruce) mostly as the spokesman for Farmers Insurance — a smart win-win move for the entertainer and the company — but don’t forget that he’s the ukulele strummer whose hypnotic “Amazing Grace” ditty underscores a touching video ... a charity effort for Unite for Japan ... to kokua the folks still struggling in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. Shimabukuro is in good company — John Legend, Ellen DeGeneres, Apolo Ohno, Katy Perry, Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Masi Oka, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Abdul, Leonardo DiCarpio and Clint Eastwood are among those featured. Actor Ken Watanabe produced the video. Go to: http://www.UniteForJapan.org/u4j/video.html or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp3jWV4allE ...

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50th anniversary of Peter Paul and Mary

July 26th, 2011
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Where have all the great folksingers gone? To the land of DVD, that’s where.
Today (July 26) marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic folk music trio, Peter Paul and Mary, and to coincide with that milestone, the group’s first PBS special, “25th Anniversary Concert,” is being released by Shout! Factory.
With Borders on the verge of shutting down, check amazon.com or Barnes & Nobles for copies.
It was in 1986 that this concert was taped before an audience at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, and PP&M — from the initial hands-held dash onto stage, to the impromptu a cappella “Good Night Irene” second encore — never disappoints.
Over 90 minutes, you’ll witness and appreciate the musical chemistry of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, whose style is simple —two guys sing and strum guitars, the tall blonde wails like no other (complete with head-bobbing, to punctuate a lyrical or emotional moment).
Like others in their ‘70s and ‘80s heyday of performers who converted protests to entertainment, PP&M’s songbag embraces messages of hope and righteousness, but delivered in a quiet and understated yet passionate manner. By today’s standards, PP&M is not very theatrical. Nonetheless, its eclectic personalities complement each other.
The legacy is in the music — tunes penned by Woody Guthrie (“This Land Is Your Land”) or Pete Seeger (“If I Had a Hammer”) or John Denver (“Leaving on a Jet Plane”). The relevance then was to reflect the voice and unrest of the young; turns out the music is timeless, even appropriate amid today’s issues about war and taxes and mundane stress — the essence of everyman’s life.
Clearly, this is the soundtrack of a generation and an aural history of an act connected by love and respect, bonded by harmonies and quirky sense of humor.
Three spontaneous standing ovations punctuate this concert, the first coming after the third tune, “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Why is a No. 1 tossed in so early in the evening? So that the young ones, still awake, can enjoy it.
Mary, like a queen, can command audience participation, with a mere wave of the hand; lips move and voices ring out from the crowd, providing “Puff” lyrics when so directed.
Happens again on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” with Queen Mary leading the command; she wonders out loud about where to find answers and she self-answers, courtesy the poetry of folkie Dylan: “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.”
In the end, a line from “If I Had a Hammer” provides an unintended but spot-on review of the Peter Paul and Mary phenom: “love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land.”
I remember the group’s sell out Hawaii concerts at the Waikiki Shell and Blaisdell Concert Hall over the decades.
Mary died in 2009, from chemotherapy due to complications of leukemia, virtually putting an end to the beloved act as we knew it. The 25th anniversary concert is the best keepsake of this stellar icon.
Do you have special memories of Peter Paul and Mary? Share them here.

‘Jurassic Park 4’ a go; will Spielberg film here?

July 22nd, 2011
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Producer-director Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the filmdom's visionaries with the Midas touch, is ready to proceed with a “Jursassic Park 4,” with a release date over the next two years.
He told the throngs at Comic-Con in San Diego today (Friday July 22) that a fourth installment of his dinosaur franchise is in pre-production, with a writer and storyline in place.
What he hasn’t disclosed is where he’ll shoot the epic. Or if it will be in 2D and 3D. Or who’ll be in the cast. Or when production begins.
Since he filmed segments of his first three “Jurassic” journeys in Hawaii, wouldn’t you think he’d return to our shores to maintain the momentum of the franchise, which has grossed $1.9 billion worldwide? Don't you remember those dino dudes rambling on the Kualoa Ranch turf, which was to become the eventual home for ABC's "Lost"?
Of course, he’s Spielberg filmed sequences for his “Indiana Jones” portfolio here, too, so he must like us.
But his upcoming Fox TV series, anticipated to be a gotta-watch premiering Sept. 26, had plans to shoot here, but wound up doing location filming in Australia. It is a story about a 2149 family thrust back to prehistoric times, in an experiment to save the Earth, which is dying. The title refers to a colony of humans who provide hope to rebuild civilization.
Spielberg was at Comic-Con to promote “The Adventures of Tintin,” his motion-capture film, but he let it drop that he’s readying the fourth installment.
The “Jurassic” series launched the era of photoreal computer animation effects, resulting in awesome and realistic scenes with those critters from the past.
Thank God Spielberg’s fascination with dinos is not extinct.