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The Reef Lands, Heather Flirts, Damon Maybe

The Reef Lands, Heather Flirts, Damon Maybe

The Reef looks to be the final name for MarVista Entertainment-MGM co production movie of the week that films on Oahu May 12-June 6. Director is Stephen Herek who has a storied list of credits including 2001’s Rock Star, Holy Man (1998), 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Screenwriter is Mitchell Kapner. Names of the ensemble cast has not yet been released. Local crew so far include Angie Laprete, production supervisor; John Reed, transportation coordinator; Camille Hendrickson, set decorator, Don King, 2nd unit DP and Brian Keaulana, 2nd unit AD. The Reef is loosely based on the film Into the Blue Part 2 which was about a group of divers who find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane. Coincidentally, Blue was directed by John Stockwell who helmed Blue Crush here. Most of The Reef will be shot on Oahu’s West side with a “tremendous amount” of water scenes. MarVista producers Sean McNamara and David Brookwell shot three seasons of Beyond the Break here also mostly on the West side. A source says the story could become a series depending on the popularity of the MOW. The production office is at the Ilikai hotel. At least half of the 60-70 member crew will be local. The film originally was written for the Caribbean…

(L-R) Producer Sean McNamara, 2nd unit AD Brian Keaulana, producer David Brookwell

(L-R) Sean McNamara, Brian Keaulana, David Brookwell

Director Stephen Sodenbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean’s 11) will be bringing his big budget pic The Informant (Warner Bros.) starring Matt Damon to Oahu as early as June. According to sources close to the production, The Informant would film no more than a week on Oahu though the original plan in February was about six weeks. The Informant also is filming in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. The film also stars Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, MIke O’Malley, Andy Daly, Tom Papa and Rock Overton. Jennifer Fox and George Clooney are producers. Bakula and McHale play FBI agents working with agri-business insider Mark Whitacre (Damon) to stop a price-fixing scam. The film is based on Kurt Eichenwald‘s 2000 best-seller “The Informant: A True Story.” Why Hawaii? The scientist in the story who went to the FBI with secret industrial information  was taped at the former Sheraton Makaha resort…

Heather Locklear is supposed to wrap Lifetime’s movie of the week Flirting with 40 on Friday but it looks like an additional half day is necessary for filming at Waimea Valley Park. While here Locklear stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the two-bedroom, oceanfront Presidential Suite – $3,900 a night rack rate. Three days of filming through Thursday are in and around the the Royal including a huge beach scene today 4/30 and in the Kamehameha Suite on Thursday. A pre-fabricated “Surfboard Shack” was erected last night on the beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian for today’s filming. Some production execs were gushing about local set decorator Rick Romer about theincredible job” he did redoing the Kamehameha Suite. Flirting with 40 is produced by von Zerneck/Sertner Films, Peace Out Productions and Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. It will air during the Christmas holidays…

Robert Buckley (center) plays Locklear’s surf instructor during her Hawaii vacation. This scene was filmed at a Sheraton Waikiki pool.


Bryan Furer, Flirting with 40’s makeup department head, checks out a concern of actor Robert Buckley.


HBO’s hit show Entourage wrapped last week after 2 1/2 days of Oahu shooting including a day at Waimanalo Beach Park where crew erected a 250+ square-foot beach shack to fit the storyline of the show’s two main characters – Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillion – who come to Mexico – Hawaii is the stand in – to escape the pressures of Hollywood. The duo eventually are tracked down by Grenier’s manager played by Kevin Connolly and his agent (Jeremy Piven.) Filming wrapped with a half-day shoot off Makua Beach where actors rode Jet Skis coordinated by Brian Keaulana

In Case You Didn’t Get The Memo: Hawaii Film Partners plan to launch production on the six-hour mini Twentysixmiles is dead. Hawaii was going to double for California’s Catalina Island. No specific reason given except hints of artistic differences… 

STRANGER THAN FICTION: Word around Hollywood is that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of Thomas Magnum in Universal Picture’s still-in-development movie version of Magnum, P.I. And his possible rumoredco star could be Kate Hudson who reportedly is mulling over the script by Rawson Thurber



Photos: Heather Locklear, Entourage on location

Photos: Heather Locklear, Entourage on location

Heather Locklear filming “Flirting with 40” at Haleiwa.

Entourage star Adrian Grenier prepares for scene with director.

Entourage actors wait for a scene to be set up.

Entourage beach shack set at Waimanalo Beach.

Entourage star Adrian Grenier films a scene at Waimanalo Beach Park during the production’s three days of filming on Oahu last week. In the show, Hawaii stands in for Mexico.

Jeremy Piven prepares for an Entourage scene at Waimanalo Beach Park. He looks out of place because in the show he has flown down to Mexico – Hawaii stands in for Mexico – to try to persuade his client, played by Adrian Grenier, to return to Hollywood.

Now, let’s get REEL..

Now, let’s get REEL..


BREAKING 4/26: Look for director Stephen Sodenbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean’s 11) to bring his big budget pic The Informant (Warner Bros.) starring Matt Damon to Oahu in June. Prepping would begin next month. There have been two scouts here already. Filming would be no more than two weeks. Some of the Oahu filming will be on the island’s west side. Jennifer Fox and George Clooney are producers…

The tentatively titled movie of the week/pilot The Reef from MarVista Entertainment’s producers/directors Sean McNamara and David Brookwell, and MGM will begin three to five weeks of filming here May 12. Brian Keaulana is second unit director. Show could become a series depending on the popularity of the MOW. Production office is at the Ilikai Hotel. The McNamara-Brookwell team also produced three seasons of Beyond the Break on west Oahu…

Denise Richards just finished four days filming on Maui of her new and still untitled reality show. Production was based at the Westin Maui in Kaanapali. The show follows Richards’ transition into life as a single mother after her divorce and custody battles. The series airs this summer on E!  Sources say actors were hired to portray paparazzi following her around. To see pics of Richards shot by real Maui-based paps go to

Heather Locklear wraps next week the Lifetime movie of the week Flirting with 40 being shot on Oahu. Locklear plays a divorced mother of two who decides to spend her 40th birthday in Hawaii and has a romantic encounter with a surf instructor, played by Robert Buckley, (Lipstick Jungle.) Locklear spent most of last Wednesday shooting beach sequences at Alii Beach Park. Check at the exclusive pics at

Island Film Group’s The Last Princess has begun two weeks of filming in the U.K. Producers Rick Galindez and Roy Tjioe return to Honolulu May 5.

DON”T BELIEVE IT DEPT.! Rumors swirling around Hollywood say Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of Thomas Magnum in Universal Picture’s still-in-development-hell film version of Magnum, P.I. His possible rumored co star is Kate Hudson. Script is by Rawson Thurber. Not true several Hollywood sources say…


PRODUCTION UPDATE: Island Film Group (Ric Galindez and Roy Tjioe) and the Lifetime channel partner again this month for yet another two-hour movie of the week, Flirting with 40 starring Heather Locklear. She plays a divorced mother approaching her 40th birthday and falling for a younger man while on vacation in Hawaii. The production films on Oahu for eight days, April 21 to May 1 primarily in the North Shore and in Waikiki, with some major scenes at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Flirting also stars Chelah Horsdal and Stefanie von Pfetten. Preproduction began earlier this month. Lifetime’s MOW Special Delivery – also filmed on Oahu – producer Marc Lorber steps back into that post on Flirting. Mario Perez is doing stills; Anna Fishburn, local casting; Art Rivers, location manager; Lisa Lee Mitchell, assistant production office coordinator; Brock Little, stunts coordinator; and Ron Condon, Water DP…

HBO’s hit comedy series Entourage finished filming on Wednesday after a 2-1/2 day shoot here. The show stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven. The Hawaii segment has two of the main characters coming to Mexico – Hawaii is standing in for south of the border – to escape from the stress  of Hollywood. The characters vacation in a beach shack where they swim and ride jet skis until their agent arrives on a seaplane to retrieve them. The main location was Waimanalo Beach Park, near where the Fantasy Island house is set, and a couple of miles off Makua Beach where jet ski sequences were filmed coordinated by Brian Keauluana.

Lost again has pushed its wrap date to May 7 – subject to change – beyond the previously scheduled May 2 shutdown after filming five post-strike episodes rather than the previously announced eight. Next season will have the ABC show shooting 17 episodes including a two-hour finale. In season six, the show’s final year, 18 hour long episodes will be shot including another two-hour finale…

Looks like a welcome back may be in order for producers/directors Sean McNamara and David Brookwell who hope to shoot a feature film here – working title is The Reef – for five weeks beginning as early as May in a co production with MGM. The treasure hunting theme has a terrorist twist. The film was written for the Caribbean but producers decided that Hawaii was where they wanted to shoot so the script was rewritten. The film, currently untitled, will include underwater scenes, boat work, and some Waikiki locations. The production scouted Oahu a second time in March. The producers filmed three seasons of Beyond the Break on west Oahu…


Travel Channel host Jayms Ramirez was recently at Kona Village filming one of six one-hour shows loosely titled Welcome to the Jungle. The shows begin airing in July and are targeted at those interested in eco-travel and adventure. During the Kona Village filming, Ramirez learned how to make poi, went scuba diving with Kona Village Dive Master Jimmy Kilbride, interviewed Kona Village Executive Chef Mark Tsuchiyama about his use of island-grown products in resort kitchens, helped Ashlyn Uina pull invasive plants from the resort’s ancient fishponds and met with Kona Village historian Lani Opunui to learn about the petroglyphs carved into the lava field adjacent to the resort. The Kona Village program airs in August.

ONGOING: Following three weeks of filming including two 12-hour, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. night shoots at Iolani Palace, the Princess Kaiulani drama has moved to the U.K. for a final two weeks of filming.

B O R I N G BUT IMPORTANT: While filming here, PK faced a lot of hurdles not the least of which was the tempest in a tea pot controversy about the film’s title – first as Barbarian Princess then The Last Princess – director Marc Forby‘s ethnicity because he isn’t Hawaiian, and then veiled threats by at least one legislator that Act 88 might be revoked because of differences with the script…

BREAKINGAvalon Pictures’ Amelia Earhart biopic scheduled to film in Hawaii for two weeks isn’t, according to sources. The pic stars Hillary Swank and Richard Gere. Shooting starts later this month in Toronto, Nova Scotia and South Africa. No reason why Hawaii was dropped…

Hana hou: Local production phenom Angie Laprete who handled UPM duties on PK and according to producers, the director, AD, and crew did an outstanding job in her first UPM stint. Laprete is production coordinator on the Entourage production…

That’s a wrap….




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Tim Ryan

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