Wednesday - June 22, 2005
LITES, CAMERA, ACTION: Chris Lee, bossman of the UH film school and currently exec producing the multimillion-dollar Superman Returns (now filming in Australia), e-mails some Down Under tidbits about the epic: “I have an excellent cast and things are running smoothly. Kevin Spacey, our film villain Lex Luthor, is due any day. He’ll be joining cast Kate Bosworth, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint and our Superman/Clark Kent, a young newcomer by the name of Brandown Routh. And I’m so happy about four of our UH students who are getting the break of a lifetime employed as production interns on the movie: Crystal Jameson, Matthew Ortiz, Nelson Quan and Ronson Akina. All have been integrated into the crew and working very hard in various departments like camera, art, assistant director and producers unit,” sez Chris … Seeing stars: That casually dressed, familiar-looking couple chowing down at Hawaii Kai’s Cha Cha Salsaria last week had the young customers goggled-eyed. They quickly swarmed around Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake asking for autographs, while the famous faces enjoyed owner Angie Ruyon Berg’s chicken enchilladas and other Mexican delights. “It was a day to remember,” said Angie. “And they were polite to all” …
Sen. Dan Inouye is the special guest this month on state Rep. Ed Case’s cable TV show (now airing on all five public access channels statewide). The half-hour conversation between the two lawmakers covers a wide range of topics — from Dan’s early years to various career highlites. Interesting to note that with Watergate in the news again, it was those hearings that Dan participated in that helped catapult him into the national spotlite … Hawaii’s Federal Judge Sam King recently celebrated his 89th b’day. Sam’s secret for longevity: “Good wife, eat straight and don’t worry” … Ya win some, lose some — or, life of an actor: Cary Tagawa bounced from the cancelled Hawaii TV series right into Steven Spielberg’s next epic, Memoirs of a Geshia. And when not acting, Cary’s teaching martial arts and Chu Shin to students like deejay Lanai and music exec Bobby Pileggi …
What’s new with teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark while surfing on Kauai? She’s doing very well, thank you. Still riding the media wave: TV interviews, award shows, promoting her book and her new signature perfume fragrance with bottles shaped like surfboards — “Stoked” for girls and “Wired” for boys. Bethany also has a movie in the works. While she enjoys the spotlite, she’s not impressed with her own publicity. She’s a committed Christian and plans to enroll in Bible school … According to a former employee, drugs at Halawa are still easy to get. All depends on who you know. And for prisoners with $$$, no problem buying almost any drugs they want. Just a case of supply and demand. Some drugs have even been known to be smuggled in via food, it’s said … Just a little twist of fate: B’way’s Craig Schulman (who starred here in Les Miz a few years ago) was jetting to Hawaii last week. The plane’s movie? Phantom of the Opera, the musical Schulman starred in on the national tour … … You may never have heard of Lon Bentley, but many film and TV stars certainly know him. This longtime Diamond Head resident has plied his makeup trade for many years in Haolewood and elsewhere. And long worked with Tom Selleck. Their union began during those old Magnum days. Bentley will apply the makeup for Selleck when he starts his new TV series based on the character he recently created in the recent CBS film Stone Cold
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