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 Kitt returns to Hawaii following her coaching on the film Tropic Thunder for a three-day inside look at acting, personal coaching, and what it takes to become a working actor. The sessions are July 18-20 at Iolani School. The 7-9 p.m. Friday session features a discussion followed by a Q & A; cost is $50. The Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., sessions are limited to 20 actors who will work on 10 scenes. Cost of these sessions are $300. You can also audit the weekend classes – watch but not participate in actual acting – for $50 a day. There are about 100 audit spaces available. For more information visit www.rebeccakitt.com or  call 818.257.4184 or e-mail info@rebeccakitt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr scuffle in a scene from

Tropic Thunder which opens nationwide Aug. 15. Most of

the $100 million film was shot on Kauai.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UPDATE. NO STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE PLANNED AT LEAST THIS WEEK. “Thousands” of SAG members have signed the union’s  Solidarity Statement in the last week, according to a June 29 letter sent to SAG members. An overwhelming number of members have voted NO on the AFTRA contract and supports AG. Perhaps most importantly the letter emphasizes that there is no strike “looming this week.” According to SAG president Alan Rosenberg, the union has “taken no steps to initiate a strike authorization vote by the members of Screen Actors Guild. Any talk about a strike or a management lockout at this point is simply a distraction. The Screen Actors Guild national negotiating committee is coming to the bargaining table every day in good faith to negotiate a fair contract for actors.” Here is a partial list of the union’s priorities: Union coverage for ALL new media productions; residual payments for ALL new media programs; increases in minimums, pension and health contributions, mileage reimbursements, and compensation for background actors, stunt performers, and other middle-income actors; address the growing practice of product integration within scripted programs; reasonable increase in DVD residuals; and preserve Force Majeure protections…Any SAG member who has not signed the Solidarity Agreement can do so by contacting the union at Contract2008@sag.org, or simply ask questions and provide comments. Check SAG.org regularly for negotiation updates…

 

 

 

JULY 2: BERRY PAPARAZZI NABBED: Don’t mess with Private Security’s guards. Owner Charley Long‘s men today nabbed a paparazzi hiding in the bushes at the Ko Olina private location where filming continues to 8 p.m. for her yet-to-be-released new fragrance line. The photog tried to camouflage his head and body with foliage to blend into the surrounding vegetation. Private Security guards have seen the same thing when guarding the Lost sets… 

 

Actress Halle Berry is on Oahu to film “a super confidential” commercial for a new fragrance line in collaboration with Coty. Filming is tomorrow and Thursday on Oahu. The mainland production company is Looking Glass Productions. The 41-year-old actress next spring will launch the as-yet-unnamed fragrance with Coty which already has roped in other celebrities’ scents including Jennifer Lopez, Posh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, and Celine Dion. The Oahu locations were selected for being easy to secure. The two-day shoot includes a day each of video and stills. The Berry fragrance line “…will deliver a new, one-of-a-kind scent that captures the essence of a strong, beautiful and inspirational woman,” a Coty executive said.. An L.A. source familiar with the filming said set access on Oahu is “very restricted because of the high-end clients and agency involved and Berry” who is a favorite target of paparazzi. Coty Inc. is the world’s largest fragrance company with annual net sales of $3.5 billion. As usual Private Security, owned and managed by Charlie Long, is hired to keep the production paparazzi free. Private Security is the choice for the majority of productions that film in Hawaii. Most recently Private Security guarded singer Mariah Carey who was on Oahu to film a music video. Private Security also works on ABC’s Lost

 

KAUAI NEWS: TV Land’s reality show, High School Reunion which shot on Maui last year is on Kauai to film 20-year reunion segment at a new. private estate. The two-week filming begins this weekend. The season two show’s, which air in early 2009, unite more than a dozen classmates from the 1987 graduating class of J.J. Pearce High School in Dallas, Texas. In high school, they were known as the jock, the popular girl, the stud, the bully and the geek… Also coming to Kauai is the children’s adventure feature film tentatively titled It’s Good To Be King but likely to be changed. Filming is slated for five weeks starting in late Oct.…

 

RUMOR MILL: Don’t get your hopes up just yet but….There’s talk from local crew that a possible new Tarzan movie from Warner Bros. will film at least partly in Hawaii. Director is Guillermo del Toro who helmed Pan’s Labyrinth. Jerry Weintraub will produce. Del Toro told Variety that he wants to re-visit the original idea of the Tarzan character. “I’d love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it,” he told Variety. “There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment”…

 

DON’T MISS: Team Chapman – as in Duane “Dog” Chapman and his posse – are on NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud tonight at 7 p.m. Hawaii time… 

 

HAWAII STUDENT TELEVISION (HSTV) Update: The Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii in collaboration with the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Defense Commerce and Environmental Protection Agency teamed up with HSTV to have local students create a 20-minute documentary on Hawaii’s agriculture industry called Hawaii’s Bounty. The documentary was created to show the success of the program and showcase several businesses, including Hamakua Springs Farm, Hawaiian Vanilla, Hamakua Mushroom, Ocean Rider Sea Horse Farm, Ag Associates, Malie Inc., Haraguchi Farms, Maui Grown Coffee, Maui Cattle Coop, L & R Farms, Hawaii Kai Corporation, Molokai Coffee Cooperative, Oils of Aloha. Students from Molokai Middle School Uplink Video Program, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Video Program (Kauai), and Pacific American Foundation (Oahu) participated along with other independent student filmmakers. All students, schools, after school programs, and mentors participating in HSTV productions are given financial support by HSTV. For more information contact HSTV at HSTV1@hotmail.com

 

Mahalo…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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