“HUNGER GAMES” SEQUEL TO FILM IN HAWAII

“HUNGER GAMES” SEQUEL TO FILM IN HAWAII

OAHU GETS THE NOD AS LOCATION FOR CATCHING FIRE FILMING ON OAHU BEGINS AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER  After scouting Kauai, Maui, Hawaii island and Oahu, executives for Hunger Games: Catching Fire selected Oahu as a location for four to five weeks of filming beginning as early as November and including preproduction will wrap in Hawaii just before the December Christmas break. Budget for the sequel is in excess of $100 million, sources said… The first Hunger Games had a worldwide…

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HONOLULU TO GET “COOLER” WITH A&E/BRUCKHEIMER PILOT

HONOLULU TO GET “COOLER” WITH A&E/BRUCKHEIMER PILOT

        MAY 18 UPDATE:  Believe it! Cooler Kings, the police procedural pilot by producer Jerry Bruckheimer,  plans to shoot on Oahu in late July. If that’s picked up as a series for A&E, then filming will begin in March or April, said sources in Los Angeles…Current discussions about Cooler Kings’ first season likely will be eight, hourlong episodes…   The series budget will be under the cable television rates which are far less than ABC’s Lost estimated $2.5 million an…

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PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE

PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE

Filming of 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature Predators started last week along the Hamakua Coast and continues for another two weeks. As previously noted in Reel Hawaii, Oscar winner Adrien Brody (above) stars as the film’s central character, Royce, who hunts the bad guys that aliens kidnap and take back to their homeworld to hunt down as sport… Alice Braga (above) is Isabelle, an expert sniper…Danny Trejo is Cuchillo, a Mexican drug soldier whose favorite weapons  are two Uzis strapped…

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“PIRATES 4” PRODUCTION BUILDING MEGA SET ON FORMER “LOST” NORTH SHORE LOCATION

“PIRATES 4” PRODUCTION BUILDING MEGA SET ON FORMER “LOST” NORTH SHORE LOCATION

A Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides construction team – mostly local workers – is halfway through 12 weeks of building a massive lagoon set on the banyan tree forest location that was used by ABC’s LOST in numerous scenes…The construction began in mid May and has to be finished by July 14 when Pirates begins filming on Oahu… Visitors hiking the mile-long path from the Turtle Bay Resort to scenic Kawela Bay have told Reel Hawaii that the “Mermaid…

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ALERT! SAG BOARD TURNS DOWN STUDIOS OFFER

ALERT! SAG BOARD TURNS DOWN STUDIOS OFFER

The board of the Screen Actors Guild rejected the “final offer” by the Hollywood studios for a new contract covering the union’s 120,000 members, creating fresh uncertainty about whether and when the seven-month labor dispute will end, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times said that the rejection was anticipated because the studios’ proposal contained a provision that SAG negotiators viewed as a non-starter.  Not good news for an industry where production activity has already slowed. The studios and SAG seemed…

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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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BRIDE LANDS IN MOKULEIA

BRIDE LANDS IN MOKULEIA

    Helicopter with actor Rob Schneider as the Tahiti “pilot” used in You May Not Kiss the Bride romantic comedy sits on Dillingham Ranch property in Mokuleia and easily seen from Dillingham Highway.   The Hawaii Film Partners comedy YMNKTB is filming this week in Mokuleia using the Dillingham Glider Field, parts of Dillingham Highway and Dillingham Ranch before heading to the windward side next week for shoots at Kualoa Ranch, the Fishponds and Kaaawa…Hawaii is doubling for Chicago and…

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SMART CHOICE FOR FIVE-0’S GOVERNOR

SMART CHOICE FOR FIVE-0’S GOVERNOR

Sou Soul SOUL SURFER WRAPS SATURDAY The cast is full. Jean Smart (above) will play Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson in CBS’ updated Hawaii Five-0 pilot in the only character to whom Steve McGarrett has to answer. Smart most recently won an Emmy for Samantha Who, and was twice nominated for her performance as First Lady Martha Logan on Fox’s 24… In the script Smart’s character is from Hawaii, has a “Washingtonian’s backbone” and is a completely honest politician… Hawaii Five-0…

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EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

The long-awaited feature film Soul Surfer begins eight weeks of  filming in August, primarily on Oahu, two days on Kauai, and a day in San Clemente, California. Filming will be preceded by seven weeks of pre production beginning next month… “Some film people in Hawaii said this film would never be made, well we’re on our way and Soul Surfer is here,” said Dutch Hofstetter, one of the film’s producer. At $10-million, Soul Surfer to date is Hawaii’s biggest budget feature of 2009. The…

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