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 major actors who appeared in the film plan to attend…BTW: Stiller is on the cover of this month’s Men’s Vogue above a headline that screams “Stiller Makes the Most Expensive Hollywood Spoof Ever.” Stiller tells the magazine that he started kicking around the idea for a Tropic Thunder while he was making his big film debut in Steven Spielberg‘s 1987 World War II drama Empire of the Sun. “It seemed like all my friends — almost every actor in Hollywood but me, in fact — were going off and doing these Vietnam War films,” Stiller tells Vogue. “They would go to these fake boot camps for a few weeks to prepare, and then come out talking about how grueling and intense it was, how they all bonded like a real Army platoon. I just found something hilarious about these self-involved actors seeing themselves as heroes.” It was 10 years before Stiller started working on a script with screenwriter Justin Theroux. Tropic Thunder with its $100-million-plus budget is the most expensive R-rated comedy ever. Cinematographer was  John Toll who also did the war drama The Thin Red Line. Most of Tropic Thunder was shot over 13 weeks on Kauai. Crew sources said that at the end of the filming Stiller, who reportedly went through several drivers, gave the cast and crew T-shirts that read I SURVIVED BEN STILLER’S COMEDY DEATH CAMP. “When you’re working with Ben, there will be casualties,” Robert Downey Jr. tells Vogue. “If you’re not bringing your A-game, you are going to suffer. If you do not have an A-game to bring, you are likely to be destroyed”…

 

Lost Medallion from The Lost Medallion Production Company is slated to do 20 days of filming on Kauai in October. Pre production begins Sept. 1. Budget is less than $3 million. The story is a kid’s version of an Indiana Jones story similar to what Flight 29 Down was to Lost. The film’s stars – still being cast in Los Angeles – is a 13 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. A Hawaii casting director will hire about 20 locals and day players. There will be 40 crew of which 38 are local. Director/screenwriter is Bill Muir. The film will be released in theaters then followed by a DVD release. Muir wrote the screenplays  (1997,) The Crossing (1994/II), and Without Reservation (1992)…

 

A WHALE OF A TIME PRODUCTIONS is holding a one-day seminar WHAT THEY DON’T TEACH YOU IN FILM SCHOOL! with Eve Honthaner, production coordinator for Tropic Thunder on Saturday, Aug. 16 at ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa Hotel, 650 Aleka Loop in the Coconut Market Place, Kapaa from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Honthaner is the author of HOLLYWOOD DRIVE: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry. Some of her feature film credits include: Titanic, Joy Ride, Just Married and Tropic Thunder. In 1999, she designed a  new course for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts’ Summer Program, where she’s taught for eight summers. She’also the author of The Complete Film Production Handbook and currently working as a staff production executive at DreamWorks. Seminar space is limited to 100. Cost is $50 and payable at the door by cash or check. R.S.V.P. to Angela Tillson by Aug. 12, or call (808) 823-0105 or Email to atillson@mac.com …

 

 

Eric Balfour, co star on the former NBC police series Hawaii, stars in Rise of the Gargoyle, a two-hour telefilm that will air on Sci Fi Channel. The telefilm, which RHI Entertainment is distributing internationally, centers on an ancient gargoyle monster whose terror is unleashed in modern-day Paris. Balfour stars as Jack Richmond, a struggling author whose outlandish theories on pagan architecture make him the laughing stock of the academic world. But when Jack finds himself face to face in a demolished church with a live version of the stone gargoyles he’s devoted his life to studying, no one believes his story. The movie is shooting through month’s end in Romania…

 

Wheel of Fortune is taping shows live at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Sept. 12, 13, 15, & 16. Doors open for the first audience at 4 p.m. with live taping beginning at 5:30 p.m. Doors open for the second audience at 8:15 p.m. with live taping beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wheel of Fortune contestant auditions start on Sept. 11. For more information call the Hilton Waikoloa Village at (808) 886-1234…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every island should have one! No, not an active volcano but an independent web news channel like Maui TV News which you can see online at http://www.mauitvnews.com/ Thew site is filmed with video news about the Valley Isle and beyond an doften not the coverage you might get from corporate media. You can also catch daily Maui TV News updates on the radio in Maui County. Tune into 1110 AM KAOI each weekday afternoon at 3:59, 4:59 and 5:59. Maui TV News was created by Jeff King.

 

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