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Depp keeps 'Pirates' teeth as Disney eyes isle return

By Wayne Harada


Johnny Depp apparently really sank his teeth into his Capt. Jack Sparrow role when he filmed "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" here and in London. According to OK! Magazine, he's yet to have the faux teeth — crooked pirate-type choppers — removed by a dentist, so his smile might be somewhat unsightly. ...

Would be cruel if he kept the teeth until 2012, but he could since that's when Disney starts shooting "Pirates 5 and 6." Local and mainland crews have been told to keep calendars open for the huge two-in-one shoot. If true, Hawaii will again co-star in the franchise. ...

Actress Vanessa Hudgens, who has been here filming "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," is off to her 22nd-birthday fete at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A gala was on tap last night at PURE nightclub. ...

ALOHA KALIKIMAKA: HapaBarry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau — do their third holiday serenade from 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kahala Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m., with a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 739-8760 or e-mail restaurants@kahalaresort.com. ...

By the way, Hapa recently concluded a 14-city Japan tour, where the duo shared the Matisyahu anthem, "One Day," at its Hiroshima concert. "Such an emotional experience for us, after spending the day visiting the Hiroshima memorials," said Flanagan. "Hearing the Japanese audience singing along on the final chorus was probably the No. 1 chicken-skin moment of Hapa's life; amazing moment, tears everywhere." The guys also encountered Nama Chan, Japan's latest comfort-food celebrity chef, who now has five restaurants. "His chicken wings won the 2010 Hapa Award for best Japan grinds," said Flanagan. ...

Meanwhile, the Makaha SonsLouis "Moon" Kauakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko — go Christmasy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Pagoda's International Ballroom. Buffet dinner service begins at 6 p.m.; the 7:30 p.m. show features Hawaiian and Christmas fare and hula by Kealo Koko-Simpson. Cost: $60 adults, $30 kids ages 3 to 12, $85 Golden Circle (includes a gift). Reservations: 542-8289. ...

Singer-pianist Jay Larrin offers his intimate, lounge-style holiday fling Dec. 23 at the Captain's Room of the Hawaii Prince Hotel. No-host cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., buffet at 6 p.m. at the Prince Court, and performance (likely to include Larrin's poetry, too) at 7:15 p.m. Cost: $69.50. Information: Alan Yamamoto at 371-2910. Send checks by Thursday to Prism Records Hawaii, P.O. Box 10235, Honolulu HI 96816. ...

ITEMIZATIONS: Gerald Ishibashi filled in for Tony Ruivivar when the Society of Seven did a four-night gig last week in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ruivivar, who was released Wednesday from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, remains in Westwood for post-surgery doctor's visits before he and wife Karen return to their Las Vegas home. ...

SPEAKING OF THE SOS: The LV edition, continuing at the Main Showroom of the Outrigger Waikiki, has added a Christmas segment to the show, and guest trouper Jeanette Trevias has been singing the Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling," proving her musician-singer creds. ...

And when former SOS troupers Albert Maligmat and Lani Misalucha dueted on "The Prayer" at a FilCom event recently, they earned standing ovations and hurrahs galore. ...

DINING AT RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE AT WAIKIKI BEACHWALK RECENTLY: Daren S. Kimura and Dana Rowe. The former was musical director for Army Community Theatre's recent "Zombie Prom," while the latter composed the music. Nothing like a great steak to sink into after nights with zombies, eh? ...

Meanwhile, ACT's Richardson Theatre is filled with "Camelot" music, with Tom Holowach as King Arthur, Jennifer Sojot as his Guinevere and JD Crawford as Sir Lancelot. Where do you suppose the knights of the round table will hold their pau hana party? ...

And that's "Show Biz." ...

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or wayneharada@gmail.com; read his Show and Tell Hawaii blog at www.staradvertiser.com.

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