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…

 

Still hush-hush is the locally produced reality show pilot headed toward a premier on Fox in October. Virtually all the participants and 99 percent of the crew are local. Still too early to mention the show’s name or executives. Check back next week. Depending on ratings, the show could become a weekly series….

 

ABC’s Lost is scheduled to start filming Aug. 18…

 

Looks like the state film office budget will be severely cut as in more than $50,000 that may critically hurt Hawaii promotions…State film commissioner Donne Dawson this spring told Hawaii Film & Video Magazine that even without any funds being cut that her office is “working off very limited marketing budgets…so marketing trips to L.A. are few and far between. They haven’t increased of late, and if anything they’ve dropped off a bit. In order to stretch the limited resources we do have, we try to combine marketing trips/targeted meetings with other industry events we are participating such as Locations Tradeshow or Cineposium when it’s held in the L.A. area. Hawaii’s film offices have not been to New York for a marketing trip in several years also for budgetary reasons. She predicted that the financial situation :is not going to improve in the near future because budgets are going to get tighter. And with the skyrocketing fuel costs, it’s going to be even harder to make these trips.” The film offices do some limited print advertising in the trade publications “to get the word out that way,” she said. “But again, due to budget constraints it’s not a lot”… 

 

Regarding Hawaii’s production tax incentives, Dawson said earlier this year that it would be difficult “to get any kind of increase…at this point.” “Given the state of the economy, our goal is really to prove our worth and preserve what we have. This is a valuable credit that was hard won and is doing what we anticipated it would do: attract production to Hawaii and start to make a real difference in developing our industry. There’s a lot more work to be done to smooth the process for application and certification. We are currently drafting rules with the Tax Department to address some of the issues that have come up and expect that process will take between 3-6 months to complete.”

 

Recent media screenings of the $100-million-plus comedy Tropic Thunder – most of which was filmed on Kauai – have been outstanding. Variety calls it a “smart-alecky sendup of Hollywood in general and action films in particular.” The film starring Ben Stiller pokes fun at a troupe of spoiled, self-centered actors who get more than they bargained for in making a Rambo-like rescue drama in Southeast Asia. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black with a hilarious appearance by Tom Cruise

 

 

Stiller (below)  also directed TT and co wrote the film with Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.

 

 

The film begins with a few fake trailers to introduce the stars of the forthcoming Vietnam epic. Surprisingly, the mock movie studios use their official logos. From Universal there’s a  global-warming themed action movie called Scorcher VI; New Line’s Meet the Fatties Part 2; and Fox Searchlight’s Satan’s Alley starring Spiderman’s Tobey Maguire as a gay monk. 

Stiller plays Tugg Speedman, Black as comedian Jeff Portnoy, Downey is Australin actor Kirk Lazarus, and aspiring hip-hop star Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson.) (Say the character’s name slowly to get the joke.)  Cruise portrays a tycoon producer. There are also appearances by Nick Nolte and Matthew McConaugheySome local crew receiving film credit include hairstylists Lotus Benedix, special effects coordinator Archie Ahuna, special effects assistant Mike Sua, and transportation captain John Reed…

TT opens nationally on Aug. 15, but Kauai Film Commissioner Art Umezu (left)
is working with the studio to hold a private screening earlier on the Garden Isle for local crew, family and actors…
Looks like a good chance that a feature film first called It’s Good To Be King and now Lost Medallion will film on Kauai this fall...TV Land’s reality show High School Reunion is in full gear after starting filming on Kauai this month in Kilauea at a new grand estate home. It’s a 20 year reunion series of 6-8 episodes which will film entirely on Kauai then air early 2009. Kauai-based still photographer Mario Perez was the set photog…
                               


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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