Wednesday - August 17, 2005
THE MARCH OF time: Once, Hawaii’s premier show promoter Tom Moffatt knew everything and everybody in the world of show biz. Now, sez he: “I’ve got rock groups coming to Honolulu I never heard of. But they’re selling tickets and that’s what counts.”Yes, sir! … Happy taxes: What does a rich and successful Hollywood producer do in his “spare” time? If the name is Peter Guber, he buys and sells his various upscale properties. Peter is currently divesting himself of one of his special prizes, a 171-acre Kauai spread, Tara Plantation, for only $46.5 million. (He picked it up for $7.2 million a few years ago). The $46 million is about what he sold his trophy 650-acre Aspen homestead ranch last year. The Kauai property is located not far from where South Pacific was filmed some 30 years ago. Guber formerly headed Paramount Pictures, and then owned a number of major entertainment companies. Currently, he’s a full professor at UCLA School of Theater …
The incredible imaginations of e-mail scam artists. The latest received comes from someone who sez he’s a Canadian attorney, based in Spain who represents a dead Lebanese client who died in a plane crash with his wife and three kids in the Benin Republic and left $12 million. And since the lawyer can’t find any relatives, he asks in his e-mail to me if I would be willing to be next of kin. If so, I will make a small fortune, he sez. (After, of course, I first send him large amounts of expense money, etc.) Please, folks — don’t ever fall for scams like this … After a long career as an art and set director in the film and TV biz in Hawaii, Wally White decided on a change of pace. He offered his services as a dance host on upscale cruise lines. “Canard Lines flew me to Hong Kong for one nite. Next day I embarked on the QE2 sailing halfway around the world. Singapore was wonderful. At the famous Raffles Hotel I had a Singapore Sling for only $30.” Wally said Egypt was fascinating, but spooky. Going into Cairo from the dock, he was part of a seven-bus caravan. Three police cars in front and two in the rear. Each bus had armed security. Wally was told if they didn’t have that kind of protection, it was probable they’d be held up by terrorists and shot. “It was a great experience. Free travel, room and board, and interesting people. “Can’t beat that,” laff’d Wally. … Orchids to local lass Leslie Goldman’s Golden Key Opera Co. on its successful debut last weekend at the Hawaii Theatre. Friends and family celebrated after the performance at Waikiki’s hot in spot, Shanghai Bistro, where owner Li May Tang had Chef Chang prepared a chopstick delight … After coming to Hawaii for a number of years to compete in windsurfing contests, Egmar Klemmer decided to quit his regular job (a lawyer in Munich) and came to Hawaii permanently. Turned his hobby into a nice business. Today, this expert waterman is veep of Kailua Sailboats and Kayaks … This modern world: Hawaii Theatre domo Burton White’s phone almost never stops ringing. So he decided to personalize rings on some numbers, including pals like publicist Lisa Josephsohn.
Hers is by Gwen Stefani, singing If I were A Rich Girl, from her new album a la Fiddler On The Roof. White gets laffs in meetings and Lisa happens to call … Eddietorial: They say the movie industry is in a slump. I can think of a few reasons why. One is the hassle of just going to movies. Finding a parking space, paying a small ransom for overpriced drinks and snacks. Shelling out big bucks for often mediocre films. Then, being subjected to a slew of commercials and a bunch of trailers before the feature even starts. Now the movie begins and your unknown seat mate opens a big crinkly bag that sounds like small firecrackers going off while digging out the snacks. And, sometimes you have listen to know-it-all types who explain the movie plot to their companion. But don’t get me wrong. I love movies
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