Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 06, 2010
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Melinda Hill

ALOHA TO the crew of Battleship, wrapping up filming in Hawaii and heading to Baton Rouge, La. I hear nothing but raves about director Peter Berg. The 3D movie, with a record budget of more than $200 million, is scheduled for release on Memorial Day 2012. We can hardly wait! ...

She “puts the smart back in smarty-pants,” Buzzine magazine raves! See comedian Melinda Hill next Wednesday at Pipeline Café. The L.A.-based lady has appeared on Reno 911, The Sarah Silverman Program, Important Things With Demetri Martin and Frank TV, to name a few. She’s also been seen on Comedy Central’s Pretend Time With Nick Swardson produced by Adam Sandler ...

Speaking of Sandler ... His longtime buddy Rob Schneider was hangin’ on Maui after a performance there and rumor has it he got on stage and sang with the band at a local bar ...

Jodhi Meares

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about “An Evening of Aloha” Saturday 7 p.m. at the Hawaii Theatre, featuring Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro and Ho’okena accompanied by hula soloist Nani Dudoit? Also performing: the Kamehameha Children’s Choir under the direction of Lynell Bright and the Kamehameha Hawaiian Ensemble under the direction of kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad. For tickets, go to hawaiitheatre.com ...

Latest guest star in town for a Hawaii Five-0 episode: Jason Scott Lee ... Australian fashion designer, former glamour model and TV personality Jodhi Meares is finalizing plans to move to Hawaii. The ex-wife of Aussie mogul James Packeris tired of the constant paparazzi and tells Australian Women’s Weekly, “I love it in Hawaii.

It’s my utopia. Over there, I have space to breathe and think.”...

Johnny Mathis and me

This week in 1960: Johnny Mathis makes his Hawaii debut performing for two nights at the Waikiki Shell along with the Hermes Pan Singers And Dancers and the Andre Tahon Marionettes. The first night draws a crowd of about 7,000 fans. In his Honolulu Advertiser review of the opening-night show, Birch Storm writes, “When Johnny Mathis entertains, he gives it everything he’s got. He danced his way through a two-hour show and sang all of the songs which were milestones in his rise to the top ranks of current popular singers.” Tickets cost $3.75, $2.75 and $1.75. Shideler Harpe writes in his Advertiser Backstage column: “Photos of Johnny Mathis and KPOI DJ Tom, which were taken yesterday during an interview at the studio, will be available there today.” ...The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson ...

Blast to the Past with Uncle Tom’s Rock & Roll Drive In Saturdays from 8 a.m. till noon on Kool Gold 107.9


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