Archive for July, 2012

For Hawaii’s Bruno Mars, a $3.254 million manse-cave

July 26th, 2012
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He’s sung about and dreamed of becoming a “Billionaire.” Well, Hawaii’s Grammy-winning music star Bruno Mars is en route there, acquiring a $3.254 million manse-cave in Los Angeles.
According to the Real Estalker website, which tracks celebrity real estate sales, Mars is believed to be the unnamed celebrity of a Los Angeles-based trust which purchased the valuable property in Laurel Canyon last month.
A year ago, the previous owner paid $1.235 million for the property — and resold it to the future billionaire.
The property is huge for a single guy, with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, but boasts amenities befitting a star: a motor court façade with eight marble columns, parking space for 10, oversized 11-foot double entry doors, retractable floor to ceiling glass doors, Swarovski light fixtures, Miele appliances, a backyard pool offering spectacular city view, a steam shower large enough for two, a gym and massage room, a media and music room, central air-conditioning and more.
Sounds like a mansion made for partying.
Of course, the site comes with security cameras worthy of a pop star — to keep an eye on roving paparazzi.
Mighty impressive digs for a 26-year-old singer, composer, producer and popster from the islands. If you happen to be in L.A. and in roaming mood, the address is 7979 Mulholland Drive.
No word on when, or if, Mars plans to move in.

Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill to do island-set 'Aloha'

July 21st, 2012
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Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill are set to do another comedy together, entitled “Aloha,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Logically, the 20th Century Fox film will be lensed in Hawaii — you really can’t do a flick dubbed “Aloha” without shooting in paradise, after all — though details have not yet been determined.
For the actors, who did separate 2008 films in Hawaii, "Aloha" should be a homecoming of sorts: “Tropic Thunder,” the Stiller hit, utilized Kauai’s verdant landscape, and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” largely filmed with Oahu scenics, featured Hill in a small role.
Stiller and Hill co-star in Fox’s sci-fi comedy, “The Watch,” premiering July 27. Their earlier credits together include “Night at the Museum 2” and “Megamind” and they are also committed to do “Zoolander 2.”
Stiller is widely known for a flock of comedies he either wrote, produced, directed or starred in, including “There’s Something About Mary,” “Meet the Parents,” “Dodgeball” and “Tower Heist.”
Hill earned a feather in his cap with a 2011 Oscar nomination for his role in the Brad Pitt drama, “Moneyball;” he recently co-starred with Channing Tatum in the “21 Jump Street” remake.
Shawn Levy is set to direct “Aloha” and share producing credits with Stiller and Hill. The script is by Nicholas Stoller, who collaborated with Hill on “Get Him to the Greek” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
Levy is a veteran on Stiller films, serving as producer on “The Watch” and previously directed both “Night of the Museum” films. He might be remembered, too, as the director of “Real Steel,” the Hugh Jackman film, and currently is filming “The Internship” with Vince Vaughn, who also stars in “The Watch,”and Owen Wilson.
Stiller presently is filming a remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” due for release in December 2013, and Hill is working on “The Wolf of Wall Street” for director Martin Scorsese.

Aloha to Dr. Larry Tseu, a model of philanthropy

July 18th, 2012
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Kudos to the Hawai'i Arts Alliance, which will honor philanthropist Dr. Lawrence Tseu as recipient of the 31st annual Alfred Preis Honors, at a dinner Jan. 19, 2013, at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.
Film star Nancy Kwan will join the celebration, with entertainment by local singers Jimmy Borges and Nohelani Cypriano. Leslie Wilcox, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii, who spotlighted Tseu in her “Long Story Short” series, will emcee.
Tseu, a retired dentist with nearly 50 years of experience, is a Hong Kong-born Kalihi-raised business and community leader, who has been one of this town’s most active and generous philanthropist. Simply put, he has shared his lifetime apassion to help folks achieve their goals, particularly children from disadvantaged socioeconomic levels.
Perhaps this giving-back philosophy is a result of his childhood hardships; though his parents were wealthy in earlier years, they fell upon hard times in the Islands, leading Tseu (during his childhood) to shine shoes and sell newspapers to earn money. That provided a foundation for him to strive, excel and do well in life.
Today, his name appears on several boards and he supports an array of community arts organizations; that’s why he’s regularly in the audience and at pricy fundraisers, endorsing and applauding endeavors large and small.
He’s shared his fortunes and aloha with the less fortunate.
For that, the community owes him a debt of aloha — and this honor, from the Hawaii Arts Alliance, is yet another in a string of awards bestowed on this philanthropist.
We add our mahalo and hurrahs to Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Tseu. He’s a model for all of us to follow.

DeLima's rail parody: 'It’s yes, no, maybe'

July 16th, 2012
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It was just a matter of time before for comedian Frank DeLima and his writing partner Patrick Downes:
This morning, DeLima released the ditty he and Downes composed (to the tune of a country classic) and delivered a punchy parody of the prevailing rail issue, clearly the single issue underling the upcoming mayoral election.
The tune — one of the periodic DeLima-Downes parodies that pokes gentle fun at community issues — features homegrown lyrics to Johnny Cash’s signature “Folsom Prison Blues” tune, often dubbed “I Hear the Train A-Coming.”
The country song, with bluegrass riffs and easy charm, reviews the conflicts currently juggled by pro-railers Peter Carlisle, the incumbent mayor, and his challengers Kirk Caldwell, who also is for rail, and former governor Ben Cayetano, who is solidly against the train and primarily eager to hop on the bus wagon.
Bu DeLima’s satirical song points out the pro and con elements, without taking sides. He's neutral, balancing the yeas with the nays. He gets political, but remains significantly neutral.
Will this giddy bit of vote-season fun help or hurt rail boosters and foes?
You can listen and then decide on your own.
As the lyrics go:
“Some say da train stay coming,
“Could be, I dunno?
“It’s yes or no, or maybe. ...”
The song mentions Ben, by name, in a heavenly context, but not the other pair of pro-railers.
The tune was released by DeLima today to several radio stations and can be heard and downloaded (for a fee, benefitting his student enrichment program), at his website,
www.frankdelima.com.
Look for “Da Rail Blues” logo.
Lyrics are not provided, however, and for the full assessment of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning humorist, the verses are provided here:

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“Da Rail Blues (Folsom Prison Blues)”

Dey say da train stay coming,
Maybe, I don’t know,
Some peoples dey no like em,
Some say dat its a go.
Some say no mo maney,
And oddahs say stay get,
We eedah raise da taxes
O we in some big kine debt.

I hea da train’s stay coming
Den I hea stay not,
Some peoples say, No way Jose!
But oddahs hot-to-trot,
I hea da buggah going happen,
And den I hea it won’t,
Cause everybody like em,
Except da ones dat don’t.

Some say da train stay coming.
Could be, I dunno?
It’s yes or no, or maybe,
Howevah da ween stay blow.
Is da train one looza?
O has it picked up steam?
Is it jes one nightmea,
O is it still one dream?

If da rail gets rolling
O if da buggah flop,
If Ben stay get elected,
An make eryding stop,
Den some can chance em next time,
For get da vote reversed,
O ride da train in heaven,
Unless Ben gets dea first.
O ride da train in heaven,
Unless Ben gets dea first.

‘Five-0’ premiere set for Sept. 24; preview uncertain

July 11th, 2012
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It’s official: “Hawaii Five-0,” already in production here for its third season, will premiere at 9 p.m. Sept. 24 (10 p.m. on the Mainland).
CBS made the announcement today.
The eye network will debut its fall season shows the week of Sept. 24; however, “Survivor: Philippines,” will jump the gun, premiering Sept. 19.
So what’s in store for 5-0 3?
Still uncertain: CBS has not yet confirmed the tradition of previewing the season’s first show a week earlier for Hawaii fans; a Sunset on the Beach red carpet tradition has been customary, preceding seasons one and two.
New: Christine Lahti joins the cast in a recurring role as Doris McGarrett, mother of Steve McGarrett.
Returning: The gang, featuring Alex O’Loughlin (McGarrett), Scott Caan (Danno Williams), Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua).
Reflection: Season three’s blessing (for good luck, Hawaiian style), was somewhat lackluster this past Monday (July 9) at Manoa District Park. Wind and rain stole the thunder, an umbrella went askew, and the fawning live coverage (“exclusive!”) Hawaii News Now coverage was, um, embarrassing. If this was a back-to-work call, why wasn’t Caan, the best actor of the series, not present? And why wasn’t Park involved in the roll call? (OK, she was there, somewhat belatedly). Very irregular...but O'Loughlin looked fit and rested, following his unexpected health issues prior to the season two windup.
Are you anticipating the new slate of shows? Why, or why not?