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Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stone, Morissette spa it up at the Grand Wailea


By Wayne Harada

Actress Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct," "Casino") and singer Alanis Morissette ("Ironic," "You Oughtta Know") were grandly pampered in separate visits to the Spa Grande of the Grand Wailea on Maui. Stone opted for a deep cleansing facial treatment, while Morrisette enjoyed a deep tissue massage, a pedicure and a manicure. Ah, the lap of luxury. ...

Katie Cassidy, daughter of David Cassidy and star of the new "Melrose Place," gathered with pals to nosh on Hawaiian spiny lobsters, carpaccio hamachi and passionfruit ice cream at a sunset dinner at the Grand Wailea's Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant. Try to tweet that! ...

Singer Brian Evans, who shuttles between Maui and Las Vegas, featured Big Island resident Rosanne Barr in his "Maui Celebrity Series at the Hard Rock Cafe " on the Valley Isle. ...

FILM LOOPS: With Disney shooting "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the Johnny Depp-as-Captain-Jack-Sparrow saga, this summer on O'ahu and Kaua'i, folks will want to witness filming or get easy access to Depp or the cast. Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine") will direct, but Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer normally maintain closed sets remember "Pearl Harbor"? ...

"The Divine Hero," the first South Korean soap opera to film here, has a local on the production team, David Lim of Beauty Touch. Reason: Lim earlier was involved in an event here with K-drama star Song Il Kook, and Song toplines the Munhwa Broadcasting Co.'s Batman-inspired tale of an orphaned Korean businessman with Island ties who seeks to avenge the murders of his parents. ...

And Adam Sandler's next film, "Pretend Wife," is exploring some film work here. Previously dubbed "Holiday in Hawaii," Jennifer Aniston likely will co-star as the pretend wife. Hmmmm, where was Sandler during the recent Sony Open? He's usually high on the radar at the golf classic. ...

BEHIND THE SCENES: Diamond Head Theatre's "Joy Luck Club," premiering this Friday, is a cinch for a sellout. "Fastest-selling play I have seen in my tenure," said executive director Deena Dray, fueled by partnering with the Narcissus Festival, which signed up for a private performance Feb. 10. An 8 p.m. Feb. 3 show has just been added.

Director Reiko Ho, who directed Kumu Kahua's "Joy" in 1999, skipped a 2000 remount because she was pregnant. Now she's leading the DHT version, tapping three of her '99 Kumu actors Elissa Dulce (An-Mei), Blossom Lam Hoffman (YingYing) and Sherwood "Woody" Chock (Canning Woo) in the current cast. ...

Though thick in rehearsals during the holidays, actors Jennifer Yee (Jing Mei) and Aya Ohara (Waverly) got engaged. Yee texted DHT that she would be late for one rehearsal, but all was forgiven when she flashed a sparkling heirloom engagement ring. ...

AROUND TOWN: Opera singer Quinn Kelsey and his bride, Marjorie Owens, had to defer their honeymoon, since he had a Hawaii Opera Theatre recital at the Hawai'i Theatre last week. Their wedding was held Jan. 9 at Central Union Church, and the wedding guests included Henry Akina, Beebe Freitas, John Mount and HOT chorus members, with Mark Wong and Guy Merola hosting the reception at their Roundtop Drive home. ...

Darren Benitez ("Mother of the Sea" and "Kiss & Never Tell") steps into the Sunday spot at Kani Ka Pila Grille from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Jan. 31. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...