TEMPEST FINALIZING BIG ISAND LOCATION PERMITS

TEMPEST FINALIZING BIG ISAND LOCATION PERMITS

 

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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