KNIGHT RIDER TO FILM 2 DAYS ON OAHU

KNIGHT RIDER TO FILM 2 DAYS ON OAHU

  NBC’s Knight Rider series will film two days on Oahu – Oct. 25 and 26 – all on the North Shore and primarily at the Turtle Bay Resort where cast and the Los Angeles crew will be staying. The iconic 1980s television series that starred David Hasselhoff has been reinvented and updated showcasing the new car KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) which is now equipped with an “AI” (artificial intelligence)  capable of hacking almost any system. KITT is not…

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PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

  Q’Orianka Kilcher portrays Princess Kaiulani   CONGRATULATIONS: Brett Wagner, who wrote and directed the Oahu-based film Chief, has won best-dramatic-short laurels at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The festival is an Academy Award-accredited film festival which means that winners are eligible for Oscar nominations in their respective categories. According to Wagner, jurors included actress Sandra Oh, HBO executive producer Andrew Reimer, and L.A. Weekly film critic Ernest Hardy. Chief premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film has won a…

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HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS IN DEVELOPMENT AS REALITY SERIES

HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS IN DEVELOPMENT AS REALITY SERIES

———————————————————————————————————————— Photo courtesy Hawaii Shark Encounters ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Oahu-based Hawaii Shark Encounters of Haleiwa is on track to be part of the new reality series Shark Boat in development by Hell’s Kitchen producer A. Smith. The project is about the only company in the United States permitting people to swim with sharks outside protective cages… Hawaii Shark Encounters is run by free diver Stefanie Brendl… The show will focus on the struggles that Brendl and her staff face as they attempt…

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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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KENDALL JENNER MAKES ACTING DEBUT ON “HI FIVE-0”

KENDALL JENNER MAKES ACTING DEBUT ON “HI FIVE-0”

RAPPER T.I. MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE ON HAWAII FIVE-0  Kendall Jenner (below), the younger sister of Kim and Kloe Kardashian, made her acting debut on Hawaii Five-0 last week in two scenes and one line of dialogue in the episode called I Ka Wa Mamua – which literally means “the time in front” – filmed in a woman’s clothing boutique at the Hilton Hawaiian Village…The scenes took all of Thursday afternoon to shoot….Kendall, whose character’s name is AJ, arrived Wednesday on Hawaiian…

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HAWAII INDIE CREWS SHARE ALOHA

HAWAII INDIE CREWS SHARE ALOHA

NEWS ALERT! The Hawaii Film Office will not be closed. That doesn’t necessarily mean there may not be some personnel restructuring but the office which is critical to Hawaii’s growing film industry will not be shuttered, a highly placed source told Reel News. More details today in Reel News. NEWS ALERT Every once in a while – and more often than most outside the production community know – Hawaii’s crew and executives  step forward offering their time and skills to…

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UNIVERSAL’S $100-MILLION BATTLESHIP FEATURE TO SET SAIL FOR HAWAII FILMING IN APRIL

UNIVERSAL’S $100-MILLION BATTLESHIP FEATURE TO SET SAIL FOR HAWAII FILMING IN APRIL

DIRECTOR PETER BERG (LEFT) RETURNS TO HAWAII TO DIRECT BATTLESHIP In what would be Hawaii’s biggest budget film since Tropic Thunder, Universal Studios Battleship – directed by Peter Berg – is expected to begin filming on Oahu in April…Battleship has a planned release for July 1, 2011. The live-action film is based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game… Scott Stuber and his Universal-based Stuber Pictures will produce Battleship with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, Berg and his Film 44…

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Hawaii Film Partners To Produce Oahu-based Feature

Hawaii Film Partners To Produce Oahu-based Feature

                          Hawaii Film Partners, the six-year-old, Oahu-based production company that produced the teen television series Flight 29 Down for NBC and Discovery Kids network, has moved into the feature film and animated TV series world. HFP is producing the $6-million adventure comedy tentatively titled Wedlock written and directed by Rob Hedden…Hedden has written for the Friday the 13th: The Series, and also has worked on several television shows including MacGyver, and screenplays Clockstoppers and The Condemned…Pre production begins right after Christmas…

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PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

  The state legislature and the Gov. Lingle administration have said they intend to limit or repeal Act 221/215, especially as it related to television and film productions. All four of the television and theatrical projects filmed in Hawaii with the exception of ABC’s Lost have utilized Act 221/215. Without this tax incentive, none of these projects would have been funded. Members of the Film and Video Association of Hawaii are encouraging the production community to lobby legislators to save…

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