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Month: July 2008

BEN STILLER & REESE WITHERSPOON REPORTEDLY IN OAHU-BASED ADVENTURE COMEDY

BEN STILLER & REESE WITHERSPOON REPORTEDLY IN OAHU-BASED ADVENTURE COMEDY

                Ben Stiller is scheduled to head back to Hawaii in January with Reese Witherspoon for an adventure comedy Sony feature now being called Untitled Cameron Crowe Project. Crowe is the director. According to L.A. and Hawaii sources the film focuses on Brian Gilcrest, late 30s, angry military contractor in middle age who has trouble with women and has few friends. The United States Army hires him to travel to Hawaii to help launch…

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CHANG APANA COMES TO LIFE THROUGH CAREY TAGAWA

CHANG APANA COMES TO LIFE THROUGH CAREY TAGAWA

                                      An Icon is Reborn   Part of legendary Honolulu police officer Chang Apana‘s story is being told in a five-minute short film tentatively titled Chang Apana slated to be shown at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival. The fictional movie detective Charlie Chan was patterned after the five-foot tall Apana who carried a whip instead of a gun. Author Earl Derr Biggers met Apana…

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ONLY RUMORS ABOUT PRODUCTIONS BUT TROPIC THUNDER ROCKS

ONLY RUMORS ABOUT PRODUCTIONS BUT TROPIC THUNDER ROCKS

    Whispers in the local film industry about Samuel Jackson‘s upcoming film The Unthinkable shooting here are wishful thinking. Though Jackson is a big fan of Hawaii – remember he filmed Snakes on a Plane here – The Unthinkable is all being shot on the mainland. In 2005, Jackson was selected to receive the Achievement in Acting Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival…There’s also lots of chatter about a straight-to-DVD Blue Crush 2 film but no one is talking publicly…  …

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LOST RECEIVES 9 EMMY NOMS INCLUDING BEST DRAMA

LOST RECEIVES 9 EMMY NOMS INCLUDING BEST DRAMA

ABC’s Lost which just finished its fourth season is nominated for eight Emmy Awards including best drama series and supporting-actor for Michael Emerson who portrays the character Ben Linus. Other nominations include: editing (Henk Van Eeghen, Robert Florio, Mark J. Goldman, Stephen Semel), cinematography ( John Bartley), sound editing and sound mixing, and Michael Giacchiano for musical composition. The eighth nomination was in the category of Special Class -Short-format Live-action Entertainment Programs, for Lost: Missing Pieces mini-episodes posted online at www.abc.com. Emerson also was nominated…

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STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

    SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UPDATE: According to several wire sources, the major studios are playing hard ball telling SAG by letter Wednesday  that if the union does not accept its final contract offer by Aug. 15 any proposed wage increases would not be retroactive. The producers’ final offer reportedly included $250 million in additional compensation over three years. If the Aug. 15 deadline passes before the union ratifies a contract actors could lose more than $200,000 a day in increases…

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MAUI CHOPPER HERO TV SERIES SET FOR VALLEY ISLE

MAUI CHOPPER HERO TV SERIES SET FOR VALLEY ISLE

    Reality shows continue to favor Hawaii’s Neighbor Island as locations and Maui is no stranger to that genre. truTV – formerly Court TV – has begun producing six, half-hour episodes of the tentatively titled Maui Chopper. The series, which began filming July 4th and continues for eight weeks, features rescue helicopter pilots who “navigate some of the windiest and most dangerous skies in the world as they rescue hikers, surfers and anyone else who encounters danger in the…

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NBC’s MAMMA’S BOYS OFF HAWAII RADAR; MARIAH VID DEBUTS

NBC’s MAMMA’S BOYS OFF HAWAII RADAR; MARIAH VID DEBUTS

    NBC’s previously announced reality series  Momma’s Boy to be produced by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest appears to have fallen off the radar at least as Hawaii is concerned. County film commissioners haven’t heard anything from the production team for weeks. According to two Hawaii sources, the production was pretty much seeking a total comp package for accommodations and no location fees. “Not at my resort,” one hotel executive told RH. The series was to follow the mothers and their sons as…

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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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