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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2010

Stars were out at Rocket Man's Isle concerts

TGIF Staff

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Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne had front-row seats for the first of Elton John's Blaisdell Arena concerts.

NORMAN SHAPIRO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Ozzy Osbourne and his family aren't the only celebrities who took in Elton John's recent concerts at Blaisdell Arena.

After Ozzy, his wife, Sharon, and their kids Jack and Kelly (Elton is her godfather) sat front row for the Jan. 6 concert, Sharon showed up again last Saturday night for John's second show. Also in the audience for that show were Kanye West and his girlfriend Amber Rose, along with TV writer Glen Larson ("Knight Rider," "Battlestar Galactica") and Jimmy Buffett, who played a "surprise" concert at his Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber restaurant in Waikk last Friday night.

Buffett's concert, though officially unannounced, was no surprise to fans who follow him on Facebook (his page is Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers). His update status during the week leading up to the concert read, "if you happen to be in Honolulu Friday night you may want to stop by Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber around 8 p.m. We're just sayin'." Another tip something big was going to happen: No reservations were being taken by the restaurant for that night, something to remember the next time he posts an update like that on Facebook.

Neither Elton nor Ozzy made an appearance at Buffett's restaurant, but we're told many in their traveling party did.

Buffett has moved on to Tahiti this week. Along with him is promoter Tom Moffatt, friend of both Elton and Buffett.

The Oscars buzz is going to heat up heading into the March 7 Academy Awards ceremony for numerous reasons, mostly because everyone will be watching to see how many gold statues "Avatar's" box office success translates into.

The current buzz is it could get at least nine nominations. While there are films with better storylines "Up in the Air" and "The Hurt Locker" come to mind any movie that grosses over a billion dollars (or most likely $2 billion by the time the Oscars roll around) has to be considered a favorite for best picture. It's definitely the fan favorite.

This year, the Academy is expanding its nominations for best picture to 10 instead of five, so whichever film wins it will have beaten out a large and strong field.

If you really want to get in on the Oscars fun, check out the Hawaii International Film Festival's Oscar Night black-tie affair at The Royal Hawaiian hotel.

It's HIFF's annual fund-raiser and one of 50 official Oscar celebrations across the country. Tickets start at $300, with tables for 10 alsso available. Call the HIFF office, 697-2463, ext. 1, or go to www.hiff.org for more information.

A highlight of HIFF's Oscar celebration will be the silent auction, which will include items up for bid from ABC's "Lost," now wrapping up its final season of shooting on O'ahu.