Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 24, 2008
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RUSSELL BRAND, notorious love ‘em and leave ‘em star, is at it again - spotted beachside with a new mystery brunette.

Brand’s mystery brunette
Brand’s mystery brunette

Brand is here joining the cast of The Tempest and developing a remake of the 1981 comedy movie Arthur that originally starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli ...

Fun Facts: Brand’s first Hawaii-based film was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played a rock star womanizer. He’s also featured with fellow Hawaii fan Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories, which opens on Christmas Day…

T.J.Keanu Terio
T.J.Keanu Terio

Congrats to T.J. Keanu Terio, first-place winner in the Junior High category of the Music Teachers National Association Southwest Division composition competition! T.J.‘s composition, Makika (mosquito) Op. 1, is a finalist along with winners from six U.S. divisions. If he places first, T.J. will be invited to perform his piece at the MTNA National Conference in Atlanta in March 2009 ...

Fun Fact: T.J., of Nuuanu, is a piano student of Ellen Masaki and is a ninth-grader at Kamehameha Schools ...

Ne-Yo, appearing at Blaisdell Arena Jan. 5, boasts an impressive list of songs recorded by other stars in addition to his own list of hits. NeYo counts Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Rihanna and Britney Spears among his clients. He’s also multi-faceted, with acting credits that include Save The Last Dance For Me 2, Stomp The Yard and TV’s Las Vegas and All My Children ...

Looking for a terrific deal in Waikiki for New Year’s Eve? Hit the Top of Waikiki, where talented chef Sean Priester is planning a sumptuous Creole-inspired five-course dinner with matching New Orleans-themed live music by Tennyson Stevens, the Justin James New Jazz Quartet, DeShannon Higa and the James Kraft Trio. Great food, great music, spectacular views of Waikiki (fireworks and all) and, as a parting gift, a $20 gift certificate - all for $75-$95 ...

This week in 1967: Gentleman Ed Francis presents his first Christmas Day wrestling show at the Arena for a crowd of 8,000. In the main event, Handsome Johnny Barend defeats Curtis “The Bull” Iaukea to become the new United States heavyweight champion. Other highlights that night: Giant Baba wins by disqualification over Dutch Schultz; “Classy” Freddie Blassie pins Chief Billy White Wolf, and in a tag-team thriller, Ripper Collins and Kenji Shibuya beat Pepper Gomez and Victor Rivera ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is It’s Wonderful by The Young Rascals ...

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