Actress has Hawaii links
ACTRESS Diana Scarwid, who played Isabel -- one of the Others -- on last week's compelling episode of "Lost," has a thin tie to Hawaii. Scarwid probably is the only actor to guest star on two shows filmed in Hawaii three decades apart. She also had a prominent role on a "Hawaii Five-0" episode that aired in 1979. In between, she has worked on a myriad of television shows, including "Prison Break" and "Law and Order."
DON BROWN, former manager of Restaurant Row's Art House, will revive the alternative movie concept at the new Honolulu Design Center on Kapiolani Boulevard. Mid-week and Sunday screenings will begin in April in the Cupola theater that seats 150. Wednesday showings will feature music-oriented films -- with pupus served during the show. "Foodie feature films" will highlight the Sunday selections. Of course, a buffet dinner that matches the nationality of the movie will complement the experience. It helps that the Cupola space is sandwiched between the Stage Restaurant on one side, and a wine bar on the other. Brown, who will select the films -- some of which will be subtitled -- said the first "Midweek Mixer" starts April 11 with Martin Scorsese's 1978 film "Last Waltz." The first "Cuisine and Screen" starts April 22 with "Babette's Feast."
Brown also said that he will begin working with filmmaker Edgy Lee on a documentary about the history of blacks in Hawaii. Production for "Exit to Paradise" will begin this summer.
JASON TAM graduated from Punahou in 2001, and earned his college degree in less than four years at NYU. Currently acting, singing and dancing in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line," he's back in town this week to film an episode of "Beyond the Break" out in Makaha.
Fellow Punahou alum Curren Singh (2003) is a senior at Harvard. But he found enough spare time to write and direct "Abu Ghraib," a play that attracted enough attention to earn him an interview with Bill O'Reilly, which he declined, according to his former teacher at Punahou, Paul Palmore.
OSCAR, Grammy and Golden Globe winner Dean Pitchford is back in town through March 6 to sign copies of his new novel, a book for young readers entitled "The Big One-Oh." He'll also teach a class on composing, writing and directing a UH's Academy for Creative Media. The St. Louis graduate's Broadway acting career evolved into song- writing and screenwriting. The result? Box office hits like "Fame" and "Footloose," and songs for people such as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Hilary Duff and L.L. Cool J. He'll talk about his professional experiences from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday in Crawford Hall. Seating is limited, so RSVP to Lily Ching at 956-7736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.