Maui Film Festival Taps Top Talent, Reef Rolls, New Tropic Thunder Trailer

Maui Film Festival Taps Top Talent, Reef Rolls, New Tropic Thunder Trailer

UPDATE: Once again the Maui Film Festival has a stellar line up of quality actors – and celebs – for the upcoming June 11-15 event at Wailea. Confirmed so far for MFF honors are Felicity Huffman, Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid and Virginia Madsen

The Reef filming continues to roll smoothly with shooting today at the Paul MItchell estate in Lanikai then through Friday back at the Hawaii Yacht Club. Next week some real challenges  will begin with all ocean work aboard boats and underwater along Oahu’s West side. At right, Laura Vandervoort prepares for a scene during last week’s filming at Waikiki Beach. 

Photo courtesy Tina Lau…












Check out Ben Stiller‘s Tropic Thunder‘s new trailer at . TT opens August 15. No news whether there will be a special showing on Kauai for crew and others. There are a tremendous amount of explosions in the film not unlike Apocalypse NowRobert Downey Jr. steals the show on this one too. He plays a white man playing an Australian playing a black man…(See below)





Indiana Jones & The Temple of the Crystal Skull has a private screening tonight at Ward 16 complex. If you have tickets you’re advised to get to the venue by 5:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m show. Below are more set stills from the Big Island filming courtesy of Dreamworks.










Better Late than Never Dept.: The Mountain Apple Company licensed six songs to the hit motion picture Forgetting Sarah Marshall which filmed primarily on Oahu’s North Shore and the Turtle Bay Resort. Listen for: Martin Pahinui‘s “Ka Ano`i”; The Brothers Cazimero’s “Mai Ha`i la Ha`i” and; Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s “Ka Huila Wai”, “Ulili E, Henehene Kou `Aka”,  and “Aloha Ka Manini”…


Looking Ahead: Waikiki Nei will be an 80-minute multi-media theatrical stage production in Waikiki that will transport audience members into a stage show with dancers, live musicians, acrobats and actors part of cutting-edge lighting, sound, stage machinery and automation. Waikiki Nei will rely on action and visual imagery to create a journey through the evolution of Waikiki from its historic, diverse past to the present. When the nightly show concludes, the 750-seat Waikiki Nei theatre will physically transform into a nightlife venue with state-of-the-art technology, acrobatics, high tech videos, lighting and sound. The lobby of the Waikiki Nei theatre will feature an ultralounge modeled after popular Las Vegas venues with interactive tables, special signature drinks and lighting effects. The venue is expected to open to the public in early July 2008. Former MGM Grand Las Vegas Vice President of Entertainment and Nightlife Todd Dougall has partnered with former Cirque du Soleil creator Roger Parent and Hawaiian entertainment guru Roy Tokujo to create Waikiki Nei…


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