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Month: August 2008

PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

PRINCESS KAIULANI’S WORLD PREMIER AT HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

  Q’Orianka Kilcher portrays Princess Kaiulani   CONGRATULATIONS: Brett Wagner, who wrote and directed the Oahu-based film Chief, has won best-dramatic-short laurels at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The festival is an Academy Award-accredited film festival which means that winners are eligible for Oscar nominations in their respective categories. According to Wagner, jurors included actress Sandra Oh, HBO executive producer Andrew Reimer, and L.A. Weekly film critic Ernest Hardy. Chief premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film has won a…

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KELLY HU & JASON SCOTT LEE TOGETHER AT LAST!

KELLY HU & JASON SCOTT LEE TOGETHER AT LAST!

Kelly Hu and Jason Scott Lee shoot a scene for the HIFF trailer this week at Makua Beach BREAKING: The Japanese feature film titled Honokaa Boy will begin shooting on the Big Island for about five weeks in October through Nov. 10. The company’s production office opens Sept. 3 in Honokaa. Nancy Erger is doing locations; Laura Bollinger of Big Island Casting is doing extras casting and some for speaking parts. The producers will cast about 15 parts. The production is bringing in several Japanese stars….

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KNIGHT RIDER SCHEDULED TO SHOOT HERE THIS FALL

KNIGHT RIDER SCHEDULED TO SHOOT HERE THIS FALL

  NBC’S affection for Hawaii as a location continues. The network and producers of the Knight Rider television show hope to film part of an episode on Oahu in October for about three days. In the show made famous by David Hasselhoff and the talking car KITT, Justin Bruening (below) now stars as Mike Traceur, the estranged son of Michael Knight (Hasselhoff). Mike teams up with KITT—an artificially intelligent Ford Shelby GT500KR—to fight crime in this continuation of the 1980s…

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BOOK ‘EM (AGAIN) DANNO CBS TO RESURRECT FIVE-0 as 2.0

BOOK ‘EM (AGAIN) DANNO CBS TO RESURRECT FIVE-0 as 2.0

    UPDATE: ABC’s LOST will hold an open casting call tomorrow Saturday Aug. 16th. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ala Wai Elementary School, 503 Komoku St. The call is for both principal speaking and extra (non-speaking) roles this season. Applicants will fill out a form and and have a photo taken. The production is looking for all ethnicities especially those can speak a foreign language…And speaking of Lost, The Hollywood Reporter said today that Matthew Fox‘s new deal  gives him a 50-percent…

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MAUI WRITERS CONFERENCE SCROLLS INTO OAHU

MAUI WRITERS CONFERENCE SCROLLS INTO OAHU

    After 15 years of a mega successful run on the Valley Isle, the Maui Writers Conference and retreat this year moves to Waikiki under the banner Maui Writers Conference on the Road in Honolulu. The new hospitality sponsor is Outrigger Enterprises Group with the conference being held at the Hawaii Convention Center Aug. 2-Sept. 1. The Outrigger Reef on the Beach and Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk hotels will host this year’s pre-conference retreat  Aug. 22- Aug. 28.   The…

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TROPIC THUNDER “MAHALO KAUAI” PREMIER SET FOR AUG. 14

TROPIC THUNDER “MAHALO KAUAI” PREMIER SET FOR AUG. 14

    DreamWorks Pictures, Red Hour Films and Kauai County will hold a private, invitation-only premier of Tropic Thunder at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Kukui Grove Cinema for county workers who helped the production through it’s nearly nine months on the Garden Isle. The premier is being organized by Kauai Film Commissioner Art Umezu. The film opens nationally Aug. 13. Most of the film starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black was shot on Kauai. None of the…

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TROPIC THUNDER FEVER BUILDING FOR AUG. 13 OPENING

TROPIC THUNDER FEVER BUILDING FOR AUG. 13 OPENING

Paramount Pictures has just released several new photos from the upcoming Ben Stiller summer war comedy Tropic Thunder. As you probably know it’s a comedy about five actors who go on location and find themselves relying on their boot camp experiences when they get stuck in a real war-like situation. The film stars Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson and Jay Baruchel as a group of actors shooting a Platoon-esque war film in the jungle… Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Several reviewers have said that the best part of…

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