By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Senate sinks Disney’s
‘Pearl’ promo show

IF "Pearl Harbor" isn't the largest grossing movie of all time, it won't be from the lack of effort. We mentioned the huge press junket Touchstone Pictures is holding here next month with the film's stars meeting press from all over. Feature stories and TV coverage will permeate our lives. But one plan Disney had in mind won't happen, according to the showbiz bible, Variety. It reports that Disney honcho Michael Eisner, in cahoots with Viagra spokesman Bob Dole, wanted to do a special edition of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" on, hello there, the Disney-owned ABC-TV network. It would feature stars of the film like Ben Affleck, who'll I'd wager is already a millionaire, along with war heroes-turned-politicians such as Sen. Dan Inouye, Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Warner. Noticeably missing was Sen. Bob Kerrey, whose wartime efforts have turned controversial at best. Unfortunately, the show isn't going to happen. The Senate ethics committee shot it down, saying senators cannot receive honoraria of more then $2,000, even if it's for charity. So Regis can rest easy, and Eisner will have to come up with another scheme to promote the film during May ratings sweeps. He is planning a screening for politicos who served in the military during World War II the day before the $140 million film opens to the public ...

AFTER Star-Bulletin sales exec Toni McCormack and daughter Alexandra met Craig Schulman though a mutual friend and dined with him and his family at Dixie Grill, she realized she'd heard him sing before. It was when he starred in "Les Miserables" in Vancouver, where she lived before relocating to Honolulu. She's eagerly looking forward to hearing him again when he performs with the Honolulu Symphony tomorrow and Saturday night ...

Diva and the Gecko

USUALLY when staffers of Shriners Hospital for Children see celebrities, it's in passing as they go in to visit the kids. Well, "Diva" Carole Kai turned the tables on the hard-working hospital staffers, who had just completed an important policy rewriting project. She showed up at the hospital in the company of a striking 6-footer who garnered as much attention as did the Diva. I'm referring, of course, to the GEICO Gecko. The costumed mascot helped Kai distribute promotional gifts while congratulating the staff on their selfless efforts. She closed the ceremony with her rendition of "Hawaii Aloha," but the patients weren't overlooked. Kai and Gecko passed among them and brought many smiles to their faces ...

SOS moving on

THE SOS II, or Society of Seven Las Vegas, as they like to call themselves, took over for the touring SOS I Tuesday night at the Outrigger Showroom. The better known Society of Seven is touring, opens Saturday night at Knott's Berry Farm and will play Harrah's Reno May 17-20. Then the group, which used to tour the neighbor islands on a regular basis, will make their first swing through the islands in over a decade. They'll be at the Outrigger Waikoloa May 25 & 26, a Kauai performance -- locale to be announced -- on June 9 and shows June 15 & 16 at the Outrigger Wailea on Maui ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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