Go to Na Hoku Hanohanos in style
Hawaii’s top music stars will shine at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards dinner May 29 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center’s Kalakaua Ballroom, and you can join them with the help of a dream prize package that includes two tickets to the event, one night at an Outrigger or Ohana hotel in Waikiki, limo service, formal wear, a couple’s spa package, a one-of-a-kind KoAloha ukulele and more. Just tell us, in 250 words or fewer, why it’s your dream to go to the Na Hoku Hanohanos. You must be a Hawaii resident age 21 or older to enter. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than next Monday, or send it by regular mail, postmarked by Friday, to Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Features Department, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu HI 96813. Include your name, address and contact info. The winner will be notified May 25. For a complete list of prizes, visit honolulupulse.com.
‘Survivor’ veteran wins 22nd season
LOS ANGELES » It took four attempts, but "Boston" Rob Mariano has finally won "Survivor."
The trash-talking 35-year-old veteran of the CBS reality series overcame wacky 52-year-old former federal agent Phillip Sheppard and 19-year-old dancer Natalie Tenerelli to take home the $1 million grand prize on yesterday’s finale of "Survivor: Redemption Island."
Mariano, who previously competed on the "Marquesas," "All-Stars" and "Heroes vs. Villains" seasons, dominated the 22nd edition of "Survivor," set in Nicaragua.
He secured his place in the final trio by winning four individual immunity challenges and calculating the demise of most of the season’s newbie castaways.
Coen brothers lauded for ‘unique’ oeuvre
TEL AVIV, Israel » The moviemaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have been awarded the Dan David Foundation prize, worth $1 million.
The foundation gives three prizes every year, in past, present and future categories. The Coen brothers won the "present" category for work described as "unique in the history of filmmaking."
Joel Coen said yesterday that he had wanted to visit Israel for a long time and mentioned that his mother had lived in Israel.
The Coens have co-written and co-directed well-known films such as "The Big Lebowski," "Fargo," "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit."
International businessman and philanthropist Dan David has been granting the awards since 2001. Previous winners include Al Gore, Amos Oz, Tony Blair and Yo-Yo Ma.
Jolie the director inks U.S. distribution deal
CANNES, France »Angelina Jolie‘s directorial debut has picked up a U.S. distributor.
Her Bosnian War film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" will be released Dec. 23 by FilmDistrict, a subsidiary of GK Films. Announcing the acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, GK Films founder Graham King said Jolie’s debut "signals the arrival of a visceral and compelling storyteller."
The film features a completely local Bosnian cast, most of whom were children during the 1990s war.
Jolie came to the Cannes festival this year to promote "Kung Fu Panda 2" and for romantic partner Brad Pitt‘s drama "The Tree of Life," which premieres today.