Eddie Sherman

Eddie Sherman
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Wednesday - July 13, 2005
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HARD TO BELIEVE, but the world spotlite on Aruba has boosted that island’s economy. All hotels are full. My “spy” is former Hawaii b’caster-engineer Tom Ewing, covering the Natalee Holloway story for Mainland radio stations. About that island resort, Ewing sez, “Nice, but Aruba ain’t no Hawaii” … Congrats to Dick Jensen, who’ll soon be receiving a welldeserved star on Las Vegas Blvd. Jensen, now battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, was a headliner in Vegas for many years … With Chris Lee’s just-announced film deal as major domo of Legendary Pictures, it opens an exciting career chapter for the creator of the UH film school. Like the Godfather quote, Lee was given an offer he couldn’t refuse. Warner Bros. will invest up to $500 million in matching funds with Legendary Pictures — a billion-dollar deal — to co-finance 25 films. Lee’s not only the president, but also an equity partner. He’ll be working with many of his old Hollywood friends on a wide range of films. So he’ll be moving back to the Mainland. As he says, “when they give you a checkbook that big, they expect you to live in Hollywood.” But he’ll continue to maintain his Hawaii residence. And plans to continue to be a vital part of the UH film school, helping raise money and expand the school to the community college campuses on all islands. Chris expects to start his new job after completing production in Australia of Superman Returns in Sept. … Hana, Maui, becoming a celebrity nesting spot. Latest reported building a zillion-buck mansion is one of the Fleetwood Mac rockers. Oprah and Jim Nabors have digs in the area, too …

Seeing stars: Kenny Rogers spotted at the Halekulani enjoying an afternoon repast … Where are they now: Discussing disa & data with local businessman Cal Lui, he recalled this interesting vignette of a few years ago on a Paris visit. While dining at the swank George Pompidou eatery, he noticed a familiar face on the menu, along with other celebs. It was old friend George Lazenby. The two played a lot of tennis together in Honolulu where the former actor lived for a few years. If you don’t recognize the Lazenby name, a brief refresher. George was the first leading man replacement for the 007 epics after Sean Connery quit the famous film franchise. What a great break. A million to one shot. Lazenby, however, only made one 007 movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), and then quit show biz altogether. (His adviser shuddah been hung). After a few minor film roles, Lazenby gave up the acting biz and moved to Honolulu. Apparently, he never made another movie, and who knows what he’s doing now … Not many remember Elvis’ leading lady, Doloros Hart, from one of his earliest films. They appeared together in the movie Loving You. Today, at 65, she’s better known as Mother Doloros at the Abby Regina Laudis — wherever that is … Tradition: Chad Hatae (34) calls himself the “head-gofer” at the huge, always busy Oahu Market (fish dept.) at the corner of N. King & Kekaulike in Chinatown. It’s definitely a family affair started by Chad’s grandma Asako Ishimoto some 60 years ago. Chad’s mom, Charlene, has been boss-lady since 1983. “Our clientele comes from everywhere. Every day it’s different and exciting. I love it,” sez the fish market’s future heir

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