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Tom Moffatt

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

“PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM” … the famous misquoted line from what movie critic Leonard Maltlin calls “the best Hollywood movie of all time.” Casablanca is playing again Wednesday, March 21, in a special 70th anniversary promotion at more than 450 movie theaters including Dole Cannery 18 with IMAX. Fun fact: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) doesn’t utter that line in the movie. The closest it gets is when Lisa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) says “Play it once, Sam, for old time’s sake … Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By” …

Thirty years ago, when Jimmy Buffett first performed at the Waikiki Shell, a surprise guest joined him for the Parrothead national anthem: Margaritaville … It was none other than Neil Young! Can’t wait for Jimmy’s anniversary concert this Sunday at the Shell …

Portlock is buzzing with the news that Bruno Mars recently purchased a home in the neighborhood. While he’s away being a superstar, his beloved mother will be holding down the fort! Got to love a son who takes care of his mom …

When Wednesday’s got you down … Our newest humpday party hot spot is Truss, located at The Dragon Upstairs downtown, with amazing drink specials, bottle service, pupu and DJs …

Scotch lovers … Thirsty for a good one? There’ll be 35 of ‘em to taste at “The Grand Scotch Lovers III, Grand Scotch Tour” March 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Willows. Call The Willows for reservations, 952-9200 …

Having costume withdrawals? Here’s your chance to dress up at the Spring-O-Ween Costume Spooktacular! Get your scariest, funniest or sexiest costumes on and head down to Rumours night club on Thursday, March 29, for a dance and costume contest featuring a trip to Las Vegas for the winner. Presale tickets on sale at grooveticket.com …

Did anyone see that bee episode on Fear Factor a few weeks ago? Well, the Chinese girl was Sacred Hearts graduate and local girl Jennifer Batoon. Although Jenn did not take the grand prize, she’s getting ready to graduate from fashion school in L.A. this spring … with plans to start her own line in Hawaii … Fun fact: This may not be the last we see of her the made-for-TV gal just got a call from the same casting company asking if she’d be willing to crash-test an “extreme” obstacle course for a new game show they’re producing … We’ll keep you informed …

This week in 1973: Bill Cosby has a crowd of about 4,000 at Blaisdell Arena laughing heartily at his antics. His special guest is Bill Withers, who gets a big ovation when he sings his No. 1 hit from the previous summer, Lean On Me … And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack

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