SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

        JUST IN: Soul Surfer will begin pre production on Oahu June 25 for an Aug.3 start filming date.  The apparent Screen Actors Guild settlement with studios and networks apparently pushed the start dates, sources said. The film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack, recovery and success as a professional surfer despite having lost an arm will shoot at least 80 percent on Oahu and the rest on Kauai. The film’s budget has also increased 25 percent from…

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SAG STRIKE NOT IMMINENT; HALLE BERRY TO FILM HERE

SAG STRIKE NOT IMMINENT; HALLE BERRY TO FILM HERE

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Mahalo for all the messages asking why there haven’t been any new Reel Hawaii columns in the last three weeks. My bad for leaving anyone guessing. I had some business in Seattle and also decided to take some vacation time to enjoy the Northwest. In the future I will post when Reel News is going on hiatus. Now that I’m back…please continue to send production information. Now, let the game resume…       Acting coach Rebecca…

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HALONA LOOKOUT AND RIFLE RANGE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR “PIRATES” FILMING

HALONA LOOKOUT AND RIFLE RANGE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR “PIRATES” FILMING

HAWAII LANDS ANOTHER BIG BUDGET FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION! It looks like Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 is ready to go for a Hawaii start this fall…Star Josh Hutcherson in a published report confirms that the shooting starts on the sequel this fall in Hawaii and he’s taking over for Brendan Fraser as the lead. Here’s how he explained it: “My character is really cool. In the beginning he’s going to probably be driving a motorcycle, so it’s this…

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“HAWAII FIVE-0” BEGINS FILMING: AFTER 30 YEARS STEVE MCGARRETT IS BACK

“HAWAII FIVE-0” BEGINS FILMING: AFTER 30 YEARS STEVE MCGARRETT IS BACK

 HAWAII FIVE-0 kicked off production in Honolulu today with a traditional Hawaiian blessing in honor of its host culture. (left to right) Series stars Grace Park, Alex Õ’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim, with executive producer Peter Lenkov receive the blessing from Kahu Kelekona Bishaw from Kamehameha Schools. Photo: Mario Perez/CBS This Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes…

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STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR

STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR

DESCENDANTS WRAPS 3 WEEKS ON KAUAI  RETURN TO OAHU FOR MORE FILMING Descendants director Alexander Paine (above left) with actor George Clooney (right) filming at Hanalei Bay, Kauai TIME TO CHEER! A legislative bill that would have transferred the duties and responsibilities of the Hawaii Film Office from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and eliminate its overseer’s position now held by Georja Skinner, director, Creative Industries Division, has failed…That’s good news BUT…

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GOV. ABERCROMBIE RESTORES SOME FUNDS TO HAWAII FILM OFFICE

GOV. ABERCROMBIE RESTORES SOME FUNDS TO HAWAII FILM OFFICE

NEWS ALERT! Newly elected governor Neil Abercrombie and production industry support has restored $4.8 million for what he considers programs including the Hawaii Film Office. Details to come… UPDATE: The Hawaii Film Office will receive about $450,000 in funds that had been reduced in last year’s to legislature to about $50,000. Turns out that was a mistake since the Hawaii Film Studio alone costs about $150,000 a year to maintain…The remaining $200,000 will be used to hire at least two…

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“BEVERLY HILLS HOUSEWIVES” GOES LANAI

“BEVERLY HILLS HOUSEWIVES” GOES LANAI

                          The reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills made a quick stop on Lanai  last weekend for two days and nights of filming hanging out at the Manele Bay Four Seasons Resort dressed primarily in bikinis and walking the wide sand beach….The production crew arrived midweek with the cast showing up on Friday…         Camille Grammer sauntered around the beach in a black and white…

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BOOK ‘EM GOV!

BOOK ‘EM GOV!

Gov. Neil Abercrombie tomorrow will make his first production visit as Hawaii’s top government official when he stops by the Hawaii Five-0 “headquarters” based in a section of the U.S. Post Office on King Street across from Iolani Place. The Governor is expected to arrive about 2 p.m…No word from production if Abercrombie is up for a possible role… Abercrombie is supportive of Hawaii’s production industry writing in Hawaii Film & Video Magazine’s January issue that the “local film industry…

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BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

                                Willie K       The You May Not Kiss the Bride feature film by Hawaii Film Partners has been a boom for local SAG actors with 13 hired for speaking roles in the romantic comedy including  singer Willie K as a Tahitian chief. Veteran actor and stand-in Wayne Geiger who was a fixture on Lost before being killed as one of The Others serves as stand…

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