Actor Djimon Hounsou rehearses a scene and rocks the set on Lanai’s The Tempest


















Miramax’s indie feature film The Tempest with a stellar cast that includes Academy Award winners like Helen MIrren has faced fire, heavy rains, gale force winds and the Lanai’s famous red mud but seems to be back on shooting schedule though yeoman work by crew and cast that included a rare Sunday filming. Mahalo nui loa to Splash News for the exclusive set photos…


Now it’s off to the Big Island where filming begins on Monday at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa for a day before heading to Kekaha Kai State Beach for a two-day shoot and other Big Island locations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna District, and Hilo where the $20 million production wraps Dec. 18. The production has built on Oahu about one third of the stern section of an ancient sailing vessel that will be used for their Dec. 17-18 night filming of a storm sequence in Hilo. Filming was set to to be done in a warehouse but, sources said, will now be shot in “a river section.”…The ship which took two weeks to build is in sections and being loaded tomorrow on a barge at Honolulu Harbor then shipped to Hilo where it will be assembled and dressed…The Tempest wraps Dec. 18. Cast and crew have a day of rest on Dec. 19 then fly out Dec. 20…



Russell Brand (left) & Djimon Hounsou (far right)



Helen Mirren









Russell Brand having fun (left & below)



















Hana hou to Mynette Louie (above), formerly of the Hawaii Film Office where she did extensive work about tax incentives, legislative issues and oversaw renovation of the Hawaii Film Studio. The feature film Louie produced – Children of Invention written and directed by Tze Chun – will premiere at the Sundance Film
Festival in the “Spectrum” category in January. In Children of Invention two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.  The film is the debut feature by Chun and loosely based on his own Sundance 2007 short Windowbreaker that earned him a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “Top 25 New Faces of Indie Film” list. The film stars Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water) and newcomers Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu. The
film was shot by Chris Teague, who lensed Sundance  shorts Man, The Second Line, and Salt Kiss; edited by Anna Boden, co-produced by Dave Saltzman, and scored by T. Griffin. The film was financed by Sasquatch Films and Impact Partners…Here’s Indiewire’s coverage of the “Spectrum” films at Sundance 2009:



COCONUT WIRELESS: It’s true that fashion company Calvin Klein wants to do a shoot on Oahu as early as January but “nothing is finalized,” several sources said. The production would be shot over several days here with non local crew and talent – including “a major celebrity” –  likely staying in luxury Waikiki accommodations…No location permits have yet been issued…


Hawaii’s production industry is abuzz about CBS’s remake of the Hawaii FIve-0 series, saying that the network has given the green light for 13 epsiodes and not requiring a pilot. The network likes the episode one script, sources said. The only problem is that CBS has kept quiet about any production start date…


LA BEAT: A man has been charged in last month’s vicious attack on actor Jason Momoa


who made his acting debut in Baywatch Hawaii and went on to star in Stargate Atlantis. Momoa was allegedly struck in the face with a glass by a 21-year-old man after a verbal altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant. Momoa required 140 stitches and reconstructive surgery after his face was shattered. The alleged assailant was out on probation for a gun charge conviction and has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon…



HAPPENING: Shiseido, the oldest cosmetic company founded in 1872, will film as many as eight days on Oahu starting Saturday. Local production company is Magic Island Productions. Weekend filming is in downtown Honolulu with most other locations at private condominium properties. The remarkable aspect of this shoot being in Hawaii is that Shiseido usually does these campaigns in Los Angeles but found everything they needed in Honolulu, according to two sources familiar with the project. The production is bringing about 22 crew from Japan but will use more than 100 Hawaii crew and extras..


The Big Island’s Island Planet One Productions has signed on Hawaii-born actor 

Jason Scott Lee for voice overs for the  company’s animated science fiction feature strange frame: Love & Sax. Lee, who lives in Volcano, has said he wants to help the Big Island’s production industry grow. The 100-minute 2-D and 3-D, $2.5 million feature was created by  animator GB Hajim and musician Shelley Doty. (Below)




The project began in 2005 and will be released in 2009, said Hajim. The producer described the film as “one musician’s journey to save her lover from a killer than few can survive: Stardom. It’s about choosing friendship and love over fame and fortune,” Hajim said. The main characters are the musicians Naia & Parker. Casting is by the Big island’s Laura Bollinger…IPOP has received permission from Roger Waters of Pink Floyd to use the Gunner’s Dream from the Final Cut for our movie; only five domestic films in 35 years have gotten permission to use Pink Floyd songs…Impressive! 


Naia is about to kiss Parker

gets tapped for stardom and Parker is left behind.

Parker’s journey is to try to reconnect with Naia… who has been pulled away from her…




Parker puts on a “Prox”






(Left) A groupie whispers to Systrom Star Chandra Childs





RUMOR ONGOING Chapter III: The oh-so-hush-hush Cameron Crowe project starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon this summer was looking for sumo wrestler to appear in the film, sources said. Crowe apparently pushed the project back from a December pre production date because he didn’t want to start in Hawaii during the Christmas season… 




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