Melisa Uchida
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Friday - November 25, 2005

THIS WEEK’s buzz is about getting freaky - Pretty Freaky that is ... Creator and executive producer of the, Jeff Katts, launched his new Web site which features three hot girls with major issues. Sure, all women have “issues,” you may say, but these women really have issues. Ioulia Alcorn (The Orb, which premiered at HIFF) plays Ava Devant, a sweet, good-hearted vampire who hates to kill, but has to do it every once in a while.

Sarina Smith plays Ilicia Raye, a witch by nature, but she’s trying to get control of her superhuman powers. Smith’s always dreamed of becoming an actress. She, too, was cast in The Orb, and has a role in the soon-to-be-released independent film The Hidden Battle. Then there’s Natalia Williams, the seductive alien played by West-side native Athena Tacoronte. Yes, an alien. But in real life this actress and model is an armed guard at Pearl Harbor. All are hot and all trying desperately to lead normal lives. Katts says shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed inspired him to create Pretty Freaky as a Web site in hopes of getting a TV show off the ground. “Aliens, vampires and witches are most popular genres,” says Katts. “I like to mix genres. Hawaii has the capabilities to produce shows like these.” Katts is looking to shoot at least 12 episodes to run on a local station. (Katts is the founder of the Ohina Short Film Festival and has had four films premiered at HIFF). The Web site will feature mini-web episodes; character bios, a fan page, a photo gallery and there’ll even be a 2006 calendar poster available soon. Illustrator Dan Boulous of WikiWiki Cartoons has already started illustrating comic book fliers - you can view those on the web soon. This could be the next Buffy buzz ... A HOME-GROWN indie feature film got an early Christmas present - a North American distributor and an international company to release the film in Japan! Nathan Kurosawa was just a kid from Hawaii Kai, and now he’s a famed writer, producer and director. The Ride was a winner at its debut at HIFF 2003. It premiered in front of 15,000 people at Sunset on the Beach and since then has gone on to receive numerous awards at nearly a dozen film festivals nationwide. A crew of 20 and a tiny cast made one heck of movie. Surfer Scot Davis plays a kid who gets knocked back to 1911 and gets a chance to meet the surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku (played by Sean Kaawa).

But we in Hawaii get a special Christmas gift treat - the DVD is available over the holidays exclusively at Borders and for a limited time. MidWeek columnist Linda Dela Cruz “loved” the film ... MORE holiday gift options - Heard of Victoria Fox? Well this gal is from Green Bay, Wis. - Packers town - but plays ukulele. How’s that for a Cheesehead? And, she’s coming to Hawaii in December. For the first time, Hawaii gets to be the first to taste the music! Victoria Fox will perform here before her fifth and latest album Jumping Flea makes its national debut in February. New songs include Iz‘s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Scott Johnson of the Gin Blossoms will also be with her. Here’s a list of her upcoming gigs: Saturday Dec. 3: Hale Noa on Kapahulu Avenue, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; then she hops over to Maui. You can hear her over the airwaves Thursday, Dec. 8, on KTUH radio at noon and later that evening at Morning Brew in Kailua, 6-9 p.m. Friday, catch her at Coffee Talk in Kaimuki, 8 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at Common Groundz at 6:30 p.m. ... 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner and winner of the Seldon Ring Award for outstanding investigative reporting and Damien Memorial School grad Byron Acohido is coming home for the holidays. He’ll be talking to students at Damien next month about the importance of writing and following your dreams and what it takes to win the gold medal of journalism. Acohido won the Pulitzer when he was with the Seattle Times, but is now working for USA Today ... DON’T forget, Lewis Black hits the Blaisdell Concert Hall Sunday.

Motley Crue hits town Dec. 14
Motley Crue hits town Dec. 14

Tickets available at Hawaii’s Natural High and the Blaisdell Box Office ... ONSTAGE Hawaii says it’s not competing with Tom Moffatt, not yet at least, but wants to bring quality acts to Hawaii - both musically and comically ... Onstage Hawaii is filling a void while Golden Voice remains pretty quiet. Jack Utsick Presents another big show - Motley Crue at the Blaisdell Dec. 14. Tickets on sale now for $65.50. Random information: Motley Cure owns all its own recordings - one of the only big bands to make that happen ...

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