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'Mamma Mia!' has 'em jumping start to finish


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POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2009

“;Mamma Mia!”; opened Tuesday at the Concert Hall, and though the Star-Bulletin's John Berger will review it next week, I couldn't resist mentioning how much I enjoyed the show. Following a brilliant escalation, it finishes with quite possibly the most entertaining curtain call in all of theater. By the end, the entire audience was on its feet, swaying, clapping, singing and cheering. Crowd favorites along the way included the “;Dancing Queen”; scene, a riotous exhibition of female bonding between three longtime friends, as well as the titillating older woman-younger man tease. Beyond the lighthearted comedy, the mother-daughter interaction before the wedding is deeply evocative. A dynamic cast—with a noteworthy performance from the young and talented Liana Hunt (Sophie Sheridan)—has come to town. Don't miss it ...

It looks like Honolulu could once again be the setting for a police procedural show, but Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson cautions that it's uncertain whether filming will actually take place here. The proposed Jerry Bruckheimer (”;CSI: Miami,”; “;Pearl Harbor”;) series, called “;Cooler Kings,”; revolves around a former Honolulu cop determined to avenge the death of his girlfriend, according to Variety. His efforts lead him to a group of detectives who want to eliminate “;the seedy side of Paradise.”; The good news is that Bruckheimer loves Hawaii, but a lot of pieces need to fall into place. If it gets picked up, the tentative launch is slated for next spring or summer on A&E, the home of the (mostly) locally filmed “;Dog the Bounty Hunter”; ...

There's some interesting new Hawaii-related material on YouTube right now. If you missed the “;Ace of Cakes”; episode during the weekend, when Chef Duff helped celebrate the 100th episode of “;Lost,”; check out the teaser on YouTube. Jorge Garcia gives the star-struck “;Ace of Cakes”; folks a tour of the set on the Hawaii Film Studio lot. Elizabeth Mitchell tells them she knows who they are because she watches their show (they love that) and they inform Josh Holloway that they almost left his mini cake persona shirtless. Michael Emerson wonders if “;little sugar Ben”; could be hidden on the set like “;Where's Waldo.”; Very cute. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXg3uonORg8.

Remember Kanye West recently visited Kauai to shoot his “;Amazing”; music video? It's up and running now, featuring spectacular aerial shots of the Na Pali coast. West also sings on a boat and next to a bonfire, among other things, but there's nothing quite like the panoramic views over his shoulder into Waimea Canyon. It's practically an HVCB advertisement ...

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival is expanding into film with a special two-time showing of “;Voyagers: The First Hawaiians,”; a documentary about the discovery of Hawaii, showing at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at Kahala 8. Filmmaker Paul Csige used Herb Kawainui Kane's paintings to illustrate the story ...

Hawaii filmmaker Gerard Elmore reports that some unsold “;All For Melissa”; DVDs are available on the cheap via his Web site: http://www.allformelissa.com/ store.html. Good news: Revenue will support his “;struggling artist fund.”; But, the other interesting tidbit is that the independent film shot on Oahu was picked up (pirated?) by Hulu, and has garnered about 100,000 views. However, Elmore notes, there is a lot you'll get on the DVD that is unavailable online, “;like deleted scenes, commentary and good karma points”; ...