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 a satellite. While in Hawaii he briefly meets with a former girlfriend but that doesn’t work. He then meets and falls in love with a female military officer Maj. Lisa Ng (Witherspoon) and, of course, there are problems with that relationship as well. Your basic love triangle. The Army needs the spy satellite because of increased tensions between the U.S and China.


Before the project can begin Stiller and Witherspoon’s characters need approval by a native Hawaiian council to build the on the aina. According to online sources, the main characters are “haunted by visions of Hawaiian ghosts in green mists, mistaken for incarnations of the Hawaiian gods Lono and Pele.” Somewhere along the way Stiller and Witherspoon toss a sacrifice into an erupting volcano…There’s a Hawaiian king named Itchy.


Producer is Scott Rudin. Casting director in L.A. is Francine Maisler. Two children characters being cast are Mitchell Goodrow, a 10-year-old, Caucasian. An aspiring moviemaker, he always has a videocamera in his hands, taping everything. Smarter beyond his years; Grace Goodrow is a 12 year-old Caucasian at that awkward, befuddled, adolescent stage; smart and a bit shy…


Stiller, who stars and directs in the upcoming Tropic Thunder filmed on Kauai where he has a home, currently is filming Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian



LOST’S LOSS: Veteran Hawaii casting director Margaret Doversola who has been with the hit series since season two will not return for season four. Doversola declined comment. But according to several sources, Doversola was told several three weeks ago by a producer that the production wanted “a fresh eye” because they had been seeing too many of the same faces on the show. Next month marks Doversola’s 32nd year as a Hawaii casting director. Her list of credits is staggering from 29 episodes of Magnum P.I., North Shore, Along Came Polly, Punch Drunk Love, ER, Pearl Harbor, Baywatch, Krippendorf’s Tribe, Blue Crush, and Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke. She also acted in the 1997 film A Rock and a Hard Place as Sister Marie…Hana hou Margaret!….


FINGERS CROSSED TIME: Los Angeles sources say Matthew McConaughey is executive producer Brian Grazer’s first choice to play Thomas Magnum in the big-screen version of the ’80s hit Magnum P.I. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are reviving CBS’ 1980-1988 series. Grazer reportedly is fine tuning the script, by Michael McCullers


Beverly Holloway Casting in Los Angeles is doing the principal casting for The Lost Medallion set to film on Kauai this fall…There are 10 principle characters including those named Anui, Faleaka, Huko, and Mohea.  No Hawaii casting person has been named…


Hawaii International Film Festival News: Attorney/producer Ric Galindez, co owner of the Island Film Group with Roy Tjioe, is becoming a HIFF board member. UH grad Gerard Elmore (below right), who last year premiered his film All for Melissa at HIFF, is directing this year’s festival trailer. Pre production is starting already with filming beginning in late August. Shooters Production is the production company. All for Melissa has been picked up for national DVD distribution by Echo Bridge EntertainmentThe DVD will be released in November… 





The HIFF inaugural Summer Film Festival debuts this month at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Tickets go on sale on August 8th. Movie ticket prices are $10, $9 for students, seniors, children, military. Groups of ten or more are $8 a ticket over the phone or in person.  Tickets are available in person at HIFF’s box office at Dole, by phone at the Honolulu Box Office at 550-8457(TIKS), by fax at 536-2707, or online at
This year’s SUMMER FILM FEST includes films from the USA, India, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. For the most current information, please visit online



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