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Stephanie Medrano
Stephanie Medrano

Designer Cathie Valdovino recently wrapped production on Evan Almighty with comedians Wanda Sykes, Molly Shannon and The 40 Year Old Virgin actor Steve Carell. Cathie is a graduate of the renowned Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Her wardrobe creations were seen in many feature films, including Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby by Clint Eastwood. One of the key components of filmmaking is costume design. Her expertise definitely captures the essence of any time period movie.

Most recent credits include Mission: Impossible III, The Contract, Lucky Number Slevin and Batman Begins. She’s incredibly in demand and now in Boston working on the movie Gone, Baby, Gone with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Ben’s making his directing debut in the feature, which also stars Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, John Ashton and Michelle Monaghan. Next up for Cathie is a well-deserved break in the Isles ...

Cathie Valdovino and director Bruce Beresford on ‘The Contact’ location in Sofia, Bulgaria
Cathie Valdovino and director Bruce Beresford
on ‘The Contact’ location in Sofia, Bulgaria

A big hand to all of the birthday kids this week: Melynn McWilliams, Lotus Yumiko Seki, Sherry Shaoling, Lynda Valliche, Aaron Yamasato, Jose Corpus, Sean D. Hoban, Julius Ledda, Bob Stevens and Big City Diner owner Lane Muraoka. By the way, local celebs are frequently seen dining at Big City’s Kaimuki location ...

Stephanie Medrano will attend Mililani High School as a junior this fall. All summer long her attention was focused on acting classes. Last year she entered Barbizon Hawaii to study under Doris Miocinovic. Stephanie trained and competed in the International Performing Arts Conference in Hollywood. Her public appearances include dancing the hula in Disneyland’s Main Street Parade and Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif. Her all-time favorite things are sushi, Steven Spielberg movies and white chocolate-covered gummy bears. With the blessings of her parents, Joe and Lisa Medrano, her younger sisters Ashley and Chelsea are following in her footsteps. Stephanie’s journey into the entertainment world has begun ...

I had the chance to catch the incredible magician Franz Harary at the Hawaii Theatre. It was deja vu from several years ago when I was onstage with him. Being part of the amazing illusion up close was an experience I’ll remember forever. Franz has worked all over the planet with the biggest entertainers like Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, N’Sync, Janet Jackson, Cher and Tina Turner. Thanks to promoter (and fellow MidWeek columnist) Tom Moffatt and the staff Alan Arato, Luke Wurpel and the gorgeous Mahealani Diego for their hard work. You can purchase tickets online at hawaiitheatre.com or call the box office at 528-0506. Don’t miss this dramatic event ...

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