SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

Bethany Hamilton at Kawela Bay SOUL SURFER SUBJECT SLATED FOR NBC’S TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE FRIDAY DEC. 11 Six weeks of pre preproduction on the long-delayed biopic Soul Surfer about Kauai wave rider Bethany Hamilton who had an arm amputated in a shark attack begins monday, several sources confirmed. That’s more good news for Hawaii’s production community and co producers Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment who have labored for months on the script and helping to cement funding. Filming is scheduled to start either…

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“DANNO” BOOKED WITH ACTOR SCOTT CAAN

“DANNO” BOOKED WITH ACTOR SCOTT CAAN

Book ’em Scotty! With just a few days before filming of the Hawaii-Five-O pilot begins Monday on Oahu, the final member of the team has been hired… The crucial role of  Danny “Danno” Williams will be taken on by actor Scott Caan (above and below), son of actor James Caan. This “new” Danno is a recently divorced father who transfers from the Baltimore Police Department to Hawaii to be close to his daughter.  His partner in Five-0 is Steve McGarrett, played…

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“Dog” Returns, Reef On Solid Ground, Informant For Five

“Dog” Returns, Reef On Solid Ground, Informant For Five

Several crew sources tell Reel Hawaii that WB’sThe Informant will film on Oahu for five days in June.   Matt Damon filming The Informant in Illinois The number of film days considered have varied from two weeks to three days. What Reel Hawaii knows for sure is that the production scouted Oahu twice. The production is now filming in Illinois (See above photo.) The film no longer will be released by Warner Independent Pictures since the studio has announced plans to close…

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Brosnan, Huffman, Madsen, Quaid: Maui Film Festival Honorees

Brosnan, Huffman, Madsen, Quaid: Maui Film Festival Honorees

  UPDATE: It’s official. Pierce Brosnan, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Quaid and Felicity Huffman as reported here last week are the honorees for MFF’S Intimate Conversations & Awards Tributes. Quaid, Madsen, and Brosnan will be honored Thursday, June 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Huffman’s tribute is Friday, June 13, 8 – 10 p.m.also at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa during which the Hawaii Premiere of the actor’s latest film Phoebe in Wonderland will be shown. Quaid…

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TROPIC THUNDER “MAHALO KAUAI” PREMIER SET FOR AUG. 14

TROPIC THUNDER “MAHALO KAUAI” PREMIER SET FOR AUG. 14

    DreamWorks Pictures, Red Hour Films and Kauai County will hold a private, invitation-only premier of Tropic Thunder at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Kukui Grove Cinema for county workers who helped the production through it’s nearly nine months on the Garden Isle. The premier is being organized by Kauai Film Commissioner Art Umezu. The film opens nationally Aug. 13. Most of the film starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black was shot on Kauai. None of the…

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FAVAH VETS VIE WITH HAWAII’S VANGUARD AT OCC

FAVAH VETS VIE WITH HAWAII’S VANGUARD AT OCC

      FAVAH chairperson Stephanie Spangler and John Mason, Big Island Film Commissioner   They came, they chatted, they networked, and they asked and answered  questions. The Film and Video Association of Hawaii (FAVA) meeting last Saturday night at the Outrigger Canoe Club attracted more than 100 people from Hawaii’s production industry with even Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason taking time out from preparing for the Helen Mirren starer The Tempest making  the trip to Oahu…Oahu commissioner Walea…

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UNIVERSALS’ MEGA-BUDGET “BATTLESHIP” STARTS PREP FILMING TOMORROW!

UNIVERSALS’ MEGA-BUDGET “BATTLESHIP” STARTS PREP FILMING TOMORROW!

THE $200 MILLION-PLUS ACTION PIC STARTS PREP FILMING WITH STUNTS AT BARBER’S POINT, PIER 1 MAIN FILMING STARTS AUG. 30 Battleship crew say they are amazed at how “huge” this film is, telling Reel Hawaii that the budget could hit $250-million…None of the film’s primary actors have been fitted for wardrobe…The crew call for tomorrow’s shoot is 4:30 a.m.!… All six weeks of Oahu filming will be exteriors – four weeks on land, including the USS MIssouri, and one week…

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HAWAII FILM PARTNERS LOCKS IN NOTABLES FOR WEDLOCKED FILMING STARTING MARCH 17

HAWAII FILM PARTNERS LOCKS IN NOTABLES FOR WEDLOCKED FILMING STARTING MARCH 17

    Hawaii Film Partners has landed at least two top key crew for its upcoming $5-million romantic comedy Wedlocked. Russ Alsobrook (right) is director of photography. He was also DP on the recent Kevin James hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Forgetting Sarah Marshall shot almost entirely on Oahu, five episodes of HBO’s Big Love series, and numerous other productions. The other big name is costume designer Bob Moore. who did Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hollywood Homicide,…

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“BATTLESHIP” SCOUTING OAHU; EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” FILMS SET FOR JAN.; CLOONEY STARS IN “DESCENDANTS”

“BATTLESHIP” SCOUTING OAHU; EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” FILMS SET FOR JAN.; CLOONEY STARS IN “DESCENDANTS”

George Clooney to star in The Descendants filming on Oahu and Kauai in March Despite news about the Hawaii Film Office possibly facing staff reductions next month, several major productions are still planning to shoot in Hawaii… Clint Eastwood‘s (above right) film Hereafter – now shooting in Paris and the French Alps – plans to film on Oahu for at least three days in January…Director Alexander Payne (Sideways) arrives in Hawaii on Sunday for two weeks of scouting on Kauai and…

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