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Momoa hits HBO in the buff before buffing out for 'Conan'

By Wayne Harada


This could be islander Jason Momoa's best year yet. The former model and "Baywatch" and "Stargate Atlantis" actor will get ample exposure in the weeks ahead, beginning with HBO's "Game of Thrones" epic, premiering next Sunday. Momoa portrays Khal Drago, the wealthy warrior and horse lord, in the retelling of the George R.R. Martin novel, "A Song of Ice and Fire." And, ahem, Momoa has his first film sex scene ... with nudity.

As part of the summer 3-D wave, Momoa will play the titular "Conan," in which the barbarian (earlier portrayed by the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger) is on a mission to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. The film drops Aug. 19, with Ron Perlman replacing Mickey Rourke as Conan's dad. ...

THE NAME GAME: Mick Fleetwood, the moving force of Fleetwood Mac who also is a Maui resident, is moving along with plans to take over the former Planet Hollywood site on Front Street in Lahaina. Fleetwood's, a restaurant, bar and music space, would further deepen his Valley Isle roots. Does he know there's also an ex-Planet space in Waikiki? ...

That was Broadway Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre and publicist hubby David Sayre lunching with friends at Alan Wong's Pineapple Room a few days back. Ables Sayre has been recharging her batteries after "South Pacific" closed its run at Lincoln Center in NYC, and is negotiating her next move. Yep, on stage. Stay tuned. ...

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Ables Sayre and Fleetwood will join a stellar cast performing in "Kokua for Japan" from noon to 5 p.m. today at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Great Lawn and simulcast on all major TV stations here, a number of radio sources and the Internet.

A radio link to several Japan stations will enable victims and residents there to hear and connect with the abundance of aloha to be shared by the likes of Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, Hutch Hutchinson, Cecilio & Kapono, The Brothers Cazimero, Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Hanaiali'i, Na Leo, Kalapana, Manoa DNA, Mailani, Jerry Santos, Kenny Endo, Natural Vibrations, John Cruz, Robi Kahakalau, Kenny Endo, Taimane, Gregg Hammer, Go Jimmy Go and more. Folks you see on TV and hear on the airwaves will emcee. It's sold out, so your best bet is to do a Super Bowl-type home-viewing party and seal your approval with a donation during the blanket coverage. It'll be the biggest assembly of talent, emotion and listenership to help rebuild the spirit of Japan. ...

FILM CLIP: Bethany Hamilton, the Hanalei surfer who lost an arm to a shark, has a full-page photo and story in the current People magazine. Her "Soul Surfer" biopic, now in national

release, features AnnaSophia Robb, who plays her credibly and with ease, with digital doctoring erasing her left arm. While there's sweet island music in the soundtrack, underlying Christian overtones bump this one into a Lifetime biopic level instead of a hallmark for perseverance and drive. ...

HONORABLE MENTION: The Honolulu Police Community Foundation will honor and toast a pair of community notables — retired Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon and Tihati Productions co-founder Cha Thompson (who also is a former police commissioner) — from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 20 at the Sheraton Waikiki's ballroom. Proceeds will support the foundation. Individual tickets are $200, with corporate tables available. Information: 942-3873. ...

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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