Archive for month October, 2008

TEMPEST FINALIZING BIG ISAND LOCATION PERMITS

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

 

Miramax’s The Tempest is on track to begin filming the star-studded feature on Lanai next month for some three weeks before moving to the Big Island to begin filming there around Dec. 10. The Hawaii filming of the $20-million pic starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand  Alfred Molina, Felicity Jones and Jeremy Irons will be completed before the Christmas holidays….Tempest location manager Val Kim and state film commissioner Donne Dawson yesterday in Hilo and today in Kaulia-Kona met with Hawaii County and state officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Parks and Recreation and other agencies to get permit approvals for about a half-dozen Big Island locations that include at least two state and county parks including McKenzie State Park and Isaac Hale Beach Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the Puna district…Tempest execs also to hope to film in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in a location just off Chain of Craters Road but Park officials have not yet rendered their decision. Another location being considered is a brief ocean scene on the west side where some sort of temporary tree is set just offshore where a character is chased, according to the script….Cast and crew on the Big Island are expected to stay at the Big Island’s Marriott Waikoloa Resort & Spa. On Lanai, actors and crew will stay at the one of the Four Seasons hotels and rent private houses on the island…

 

 

HANA NOU: Charlie Long‘s Private Security company has scored again. Not only did Hawaii’s most prominent and hired production security company protect cast and crew of NBC’s Knight Rider during two days of filming at the Turtle Bay Resort last weekend, but its scored certainly one of its most prestigious jobs. Private Security is working on The Tempest on Lanai and the Big Island. The company’s longest running client remains ABC’s Lost which premiers season five in mid January. PS’s other most recent client was Wheel of Fortune which also filmed on the Big Island…

 

Meanwhile, along the Big Island’s rugged Hamakua Coast, Honokaa Boy is expected to complete filming next week in Honokaa. The production began shooting in mid October. Crew iincludes about 20 Big Island workers and  and 40 from Japan. Japan-born Leo Yoshida wrote the book Honokaa Boy after spending some on four months the Big Island in 1999. Bassin said the  the film is loosely based on Yoshida’s book. The production will spend as much as $1 million on the Big Island. Bassin’s Twin Planet Films company, which is registered in Honolulu and is likely eligible for Act 88 state tax credits is handling the United States end of the production. Honokaa Boy is scheduled for a March 2009 debut in Tokyo though no Hawaii or international release is slated…Director is Atsushi Sanada in his feature debut. There are about 40 actors and extras on the film which is about the friendship between the characters Okamoto, 68 (Chieko Baisho),

and Leo (Masaki Okada).

 While in Honokaa, writer Yoshida fell in love with a Japanese-Caucasian woman named Maray who is played by  Jun Hasegawa, a model/actress in Japan. (Hasegawa hosts a music show on Fuji TV called Sakigake Ongaku Banzuke Jet)…

 

 

 

 

Panasonic recently filmed over three days – Oct. 16-18 – music video on Oahu at three locations – Sherwood Forest in Waimanalo, the Sand Bar in Kaneohe Bay, and Kualoa Ranch.

Production Partners is the local production company. The production used two cameras to introduce the new Panasonic 103-inch Plasma monitor, the world’s largest full HD display. Resolution us 1920 x 1080 pixels. The company will be manufacturing 5,000 of these displays annually at its high tech factory in Amagasaki – Japan. Price is about $70,000…

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL MOTION: Hilo-born actor Blake Kushi recently guest starred on the Emmy Award-winning ABC show Pushing Daisies. He played the role of Rubbie Wu, a Chinese restaurant manager. Kushi graduated from Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa… 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Duane “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s publicist is in the dog house. “Dog” and wife Beth are suing a former publicist whom the couple blames for selling confidential and made-up stories about Chapman and his family to the National Enquirer and other tabloids. The couple accuse Maureen Kedes Krutonog and her firm, Vertex Los Angeles-based Communications Co., of selling “false and untrue rumors and stories” to the news media and blocking inquiries from talent bookers interested in hiring the Chapmans for paid public appearances. The lawsuit was filed in First Circuit Court in Honolulu last last month. The couple alleges Krutonog was upset because they fired her after less than a year on the job. The lawsuit goes on to say that the Chapmans hired the publicist to protect “Dog’s” public image but instead sold stories that damaged his career. The lawsuit describes Krutonog as “the Benedict Arnold of the publicity world.” In a separate suit filed the same day, Chapman’s sons, Duane Lee Chapman II and Leland Chapman, and associate Tim Chapman are suing Krutonog’s husband, actor Boris Krutonog, described as their one-time manager…That suit says Krutonog was a “struggling actor” who represented the three men in contract negotiations with A&E from 2003 to 2006 and devised a confidential deal “that called for him to receive more compensation than the show’s stars” by getting a bigger share of the show’s profits. Earlier this year, Krutonog sued A&E and the show’s producers in New York, claiming they owed him more than $5 million in royalties as creator and co-producer of the first three seasons of the show. Krutonog was best man at the Chapmans’ 2006 wedding at the Big Island’s Hilton Waikoloa resort…Neither lawsuit  specifies the amount of damages sought…


 

 

 


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TEMPEST IN PREPRODUCTION FOR LANAI-BIG ISLAND FILMING

Monday, October 20th, 2008

 

 

UPDATE KNIGHT RIDER: NBC has given a full-season order to Knight Rider which begins two days of filming here next week on the North Shore. It’s NBC’s first back nine pickup this season. David BartisDoug Liman and Gary Scott Thompson exec produce Knight Rider. Much of the Oahu filming will be done in and around the Turtle Bay Resort…

 

It’s all a go for Miramax’s The Tempest starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand (below), Alfred Molina, 

Ben Wishaw, Felicity Jones (below) though Jeremy Irons participation is in question. Another Oscar winner -  Geoffrey Rush - is in negotiations to join the cast…According to production executives, Tempest – directed by Julie Taymor - will do three weeks filming on Lanai beginning in mid November followed by two weeks on the Big Island…

 

The production will wrap before the Christmas holiday…The $20-million film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play. All the actors are working far below their normal salary, sources said…

 

 

Total crew will be about 70 with 50 from Hawaii, including – hopefully – some Maui crew…The budget also includes some three weeks of stage filming interiors in New York city with Mirren. All the interiors will be done on stage in New York. Hawaii will strictly be exterior filming…

 

The film will premier in 2009…

 

Taymor’s take on the classic play is a gender-defying twist with Mirren reigning over the story’s magical island. Although the real Shakespeare play centers on Prospero, an exiled duke-turned-sorcerer, Taymor has rechristened the lead character Prospera so that a female – Mirren –  can take that part…Taymor also directed Disney’s Broadway musical adaptation of The Lion King and Disney’s specialty division Miramax, which released her Salma Hayek-starrer Frida.

 

The Tempest is produced by Bob Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julie Taylor-Stanley and Taymor. Miramax has the rights to all English-speaking territories; Icon is handling foreign sales…Lanai was selected for its picturesque quality, and being isolated and rugged.. 

 

The cast and crew will be staying at any one of the three Lanai hotels. The production is working with the Four Seasons on discounted rates but no deal has been completed…

 

Wheel of Fortune while filming last month on the Big Island gave away a grand total of $1,029,790 in cash and prizes.  The first week of the shows, “Hawaii’s Big Island,” will air November 5-7 and November 10-11). These will feature all Hawaiian residents. The festivities continue with “Best Friends Week” airing November 12-14 and November 17-18 and feature island buddies playing together. The third week is Wheel Goes Waikoloa” airing November 19-21 and November 24-25.  

The fourth and final week of shows, “Second Honeymoon” will air in February 2009… 


   


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KNIGHT RIDER TO FILM 2 DAYS ON OAHU

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

 

NBC’s Knight Rider series will film two days on Oahu – Oct. 25 and 26 – all on the North Shore and primarily at the Turtle Bay Resort where cast and the Los Angeles crew will be staying. The iconic 1980s television series that starred David Hasselhoff has been reinvented and updated showcasing the new car KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) which is now equipped with an “AI” (artificial intelligence)  capable of hacking almost any system. KITT is not making the Hawaii trip. Only two Knight Rider cast will be in Hawaii,  star Justin Bruening and Deanna Russo. The episode being shot here is called Knight to King Pawn. Russo’s character comes to Hawaii to get away from a personal tragedy back home. The majority of crew will be from Oahu. Preproduction begins Monday…

 

 

The Hawaii International Film Festival got off to good start with its opening night film from Korea The Divine Weapon by director Kim Yoo-jin 2008. Some of those attending included (l-r) publicist Kristen Jackson; Maria Jacquemetton, Emmy award supervising producer on Mad Men; production exec Angie Laprete; production exec Chico Powell; Chuck Boller, HIFF executive director; actor Tia Carrere; promoter Tom Moffatt; actor Stacy Kamano; production exec Brian Keaulana; and Carol Kamano.


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MIRREN, IRONS, HOUNSOU, MOLINA TO STAR IN HAWAII-BASED SHAKESPEARE FILM ADAPTATION

Monday, October 13th, 2008

 

 

PRODUCTION BULLETIN: Rumored for months among Hawaii crew and whispered between some local film commissioners now Miramax has confirmed that director Julie Taymor will film for as long as five weeks in Hawaii a big screen adaptation of the Shakespeare play The Tempest with several Oscar winning actors. Filming will begin next month on Lanai for about about four weeks followed by one to two weeks on the Big Island. The cast of Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Ben Wishaw and Felicity Jones may represent the most stellar array of acting talent to ever work together on a Hawaii-based project. Another Oscar winner -  Geoffrey Rush – is in negotiations to join the cast…

Taymor’s take on the classic play is a gender-defying twist with Mirren reigning over the story’s magical island. Although the real Shakespeare play centers on Prospero, an exiled duke-turned-sorcerer, Taymor has rechristened the lead character Prospera so that Mirren can take that part…

 

 

Scouts for the production already have searched Lanai and the Big Island that included Taymor, the film’s director of photography, first assistant director, special effects manager, and local locations manager Val Kim. “It’s not a question any more of if the production will come to Hawaii. (The production) is just fine tuning the details before filming begins here next month,” a source close to the production said. About 70 crew will work on The Tempest, a mix of local IATSE and those from Los Angeles…

 

Angie Laprete also is working on The Tempest likely as production coordinator…

 

Filming is slated to begin on Lanai Nov. 10 or 11 and run into the first week of December when the production will move to the Big Island for 7 to 10 days filming, sources said…

 

Rumors about The Tempest filming here started circulating nearly a year ago but delays in getting the reported $25 million production budget for the unusual concept – by any Hollywood standard – slowed start up…Rumors were so strong last spring that an executive working on a Lifetime MOW shooting on Oahu called Taymor at her Los Angeles home asking to work on the project…

 

The Tempest is produced by Bob Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julie Taylor-Stanley and Taymor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Miramax has the rights to all English-speaking territories; Icon is handling foreign sales…

 

As revised for the big screen, the film centers around Prospera, her daughter Miranda (Jones) and a shipwrecked crew full of Prospera’s enemies. The island’s other inhabitants include Hounsou as the deformed slave Caliban and Wishaw as the airy spirit Ariel…On the ship are comedy star Brand playing Trinculo, a jester; Irons, as Alonso, the King of Naples; and Molina as the drunken butler Stephano. Rush would play Gonzalo, a royal adviser and old ally of Prospera’s…The Tempest is Taymor’s second big-screen foray into Shakespearean territory – she turned Titus Andronicus into the 1999 film Titus.

 

Taymor also directed Disney’s Broadway musical adaptation of The Lion King and Disney’s specialty division Miramax, which released her Salma Hayek-starrer Frida.

 

Taymor and company last scouted in Hawaii in mid September for one day on the Big Island. Taynor specifically wanted to see desolate lava landscapes and part of the scout took her to various Big Island county and state parks. “She loved what she saw and pointed out specific locations that would work for scenes in the film,” a production source said…

 

Mirren earned best actress honors for The Queen; Irons took home the best actor trophy for Reversal of Fortune and Rush got the nod for Shine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hounsou won best supporting actor nominations for Blood Diamond and In America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taymor has directed The Tempest on stage twice. Her 1986 production was filmed by WNET-TV in New York and shown on American public television. Taymor in a recent published interview said The Tempest is one of those Shakespeare plays in which (a gender twist) is not for the worst, but brings a whole lot more to its depth.”

“It goes back to the 16th or 17th century, and women practicing magical arts of alchemy, who were often convicted of witchcraft,” she told The Age. “In my version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her-four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. You have the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospero; it’s not about brawn, but about intellect.” 

 

For the record: No one mentioned in this report was a source for its information.

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