Joji Yoshida
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Friday - August 26, 2005
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Bridget Owen made her Hawaii
debut in ‘Peachmaker’

Actress Bridget Owen earned a B.S. degree in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While attending college she began her acting career. She attended Rosary High School in Aurora, Ill., where she was active in cheerleading, dance, drama and volleyball. Her Hawaii debut was in the film Peachmaker by director Yuki Otsuka, also featuring Chanell Kukona and Adrian Pang. Bridget jumps out of the screen with those mesmerizing blue eyes. She was involved at an early age in plays that led to her current acting endeavor. She loves photography, skydiving, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp. Her next appearance will be at the Actors’ Showcase by Wayne Ward at the Waialae Country Club. Bridget was last seen at the Olive Tree in Kahala, now here we go again. Another star sighting in my neighborhood …

Shawn Felipe got everybody rolling on the floor at the Comedy Chop Suey. Jackie’s Kitchen at Ala Moana is the venue for the weekly comedy show. The crowd was treated to a night of stomach- cramping laughter. Legend of local comics Andy Bumatai started the evening off with a bang! Milton Banana, Stan Egi, Paul Ogata and Star- Bulletin columnist Charles Memminger also took the stage. Taking in the show was awardwinning filmmaker Jennifer Akana-Sturla, Anne Misawa, Vivian Verdadero and Titus Chong. Shawn won the 2004 Regional Best Asian Takeout Comic Award and also opened for Na Hoku best comic award winner Augie T. Check out Shawn’s website at shawnfelipe.com for scoops on this young talent. Hawaiian Hut is where it’s happening this week at the Comedy Slam. Comics Joey Guila, P.K., Stan Egi and Shawn will be on stage. Don’t miss it …

Birthday celebration for Baywatch hunk Jason New at Lido Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Enjoying the party were Tiffany Tudor, Gina Hiraizumi,, Nicole Miller and Tina Nishimoto, Jason’s girlfriend. During the Hawaii International Film Festival Jason will be back in the islands. If you spot him, say hello …

Moanalua H.S. alumnus Eric Byler wrapped on American Knees with Joan Chen, Kelly Hu, Amanda Fuller and Chris Tashima. The film was an adaption of a novel written by Shawn Wong. Eric returned home a while ago promoting his last hit Charlotte Sometimes. The film stars Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Michael Idemoto, Matt Westmore and Shizuko Hoshi. Eric finished Tre with former islander Kimberly-Rose Wolter recently. Theatre fans might remember Kimberly from the Kennedy Theatre production of Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. The play also featured local actress Stephanie Sanchez and Nicole Tessier. Currently in post-production, American Knees is slated for release next year. Stay tuned for more news about Eric …

Writer Moon Yun Choi and filmmaker
Eric Byler at a recent screening

Actor-turned-filmmaker Mark Ganialongo recently wrapped his debut film Foresight. Stunning Jeannette Roberts, Dezmond Gilla, Doris Bikar stars. Mark is a Hawaii Baptist Academy alumni and Miss Hawaii 2000 Billie Takakiwas his classmate. Mark went on to Chaminade University where he graduated with honors. We met in acting class and I was impressed with his skills in both comedy and drama. His hobbies are canoe paddling with the Kai Oni Canoe Club. Mark was last seen at Ricado’s Italian Restaurant in a power lunch …

Chris Quimby had a early start in showbiz when he was cast in a Mr. Bubbles commercial at 6 years old. Fast forward a few years to the heyday of Magnum P.I. While working at a health food store in Kahala Mall, he was spotted by casting director Margaret Doversola. At 6 feet 3 inches and a strapping 200 pounds he could have easily doubled for star Tom Selleck, but that position was already occupied by veteran stuntman John Nordlum. Chris did stand in recently for Tim Allen in The Shaggy Dog. The movie also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Kristin Davis. Chris enjoys the food at Big City Diner owned by Lane Muraoka. Huge mahalo to Lane for his support of local actors and independent films! Chris is originally from Tinseltown, but lived here for more than two decades. His classmates at University High in West L.A. were Jamie Lee Curtis and Helen Hunt. He comes from a film industry lineage starting with actress Shirley Quimby, his mom. Grandfather Fred Quimbywon seven Oscars for animation at the Academy Awards from 1944 to 1953. Chris recently joined the Screen Actors Guild with fellow thespians Mike Nakada, Paul Rosenthal, Jay Veltri and the lovely ladies Kula Barbieto, Christine Doo, Malia Kamisugi and Teisa Sekona. Chris is now gunning for a role on the hit series Lost…

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