Archive for February, 2008

The latest ‘Lost’ spoof

February 26th, 2008

Since running Benny and Rafi Fine’s “Lost” spoof here a while back, the bros have sent along a new episode and report that, while pitching their comedy stuff around L.A., have found companies interested in a continuing series from them.

They’ve been ranked in the Top 15 of MySpace comedians, building up their fan base on YouTube as well. Very cool the way social media can accelerate a phenomenon, as well as goad people to put their creativity on display. You never know who’s watching.

Oscar night’s Hawaii red carpet

February 25th, 2008

james, christina, brett

Nadine Kam photos
Arriving fashionably late to Oscar Night America at Halekulani were, from left, James Alberti, Christina Simpkins and Brett Wagner. Simpkins and Wagner are back after five successful screenings of Wagner’s “Chief” at the Sundance Film Festival. While there, Simpkins said she talked up Hawaii in hope of bringing more filmmakers to shoot their projects here. Next project for Wagner is another short film he wrote.

Just because we’re miles from Hollywood doesn’t mean we couldn’t celebrate the spirit of Oscar night with our own Oscar Night America red-carpet event at the Halekulani.

Escada was prominent, with no fewer than nine Escada gowns appearing on the red carpet. There was plenty of spring color too, brightening the usual field of black at these types of events, and echoing the real Academy Awards red carpet. I felt like they all had the same makeup artist because most of the presenters had the same combination of blue eyelids, rosy pink cheeks and lips.

Otherwise, I missed all the E! red-carpet commentaries, but from what I saw on the broadcast, I really loved Marion Cotillard’s shimmery white mermaid gown. Otherwise, the stars tend to dress alike in solid-color column gowns. It’s great that “Juno” screen writer Diablo Cody dared to be different in a flowing leopard-print gown.

red carpet

Attendees facing about a dozen photographers upon arrival said they felt like celebrities.


Color filled the red carpet.


Wearing Escada, from left, were Yukako Sakakibara, Noriko Sasakawa and Yumiko Sakaue.

chuck boller

Man of the hour, Chuck Boller, head of the Hawaii International Film Festival. (more…)