Cameron Crowe’s quirky Hawaii-based dramedy Deep Tiki has been delayed with no new production date announced. The big budget film starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon had been rumored to start filming on Oahu this month and likely shooting on the Big Island as well for a volcano scene. Crowe and James Cameron wrote the film. Cameron also would direct. The storyline included Hawaiian mysticism, volcanoes, appeasing Hawaiian deity and secret military satellites.



According to published reports, Deep Tiki at least in part was postponed because Witherspoon (above) is shooting a James Brooks film this spring…



A major name celebrity will be the star of a new Calvin Klein commerical set to shoot on Oahu this month. Reel Hawaii has been sworn to secrecy for the time being. The name is being kept secret but he shoot is January 14-17. Mainland crew and celebrity will be staying at a Waikiki beachfront hotel…This will be the third fragrance commercial for Oahu in several months including 08280_halle_berry_white_bikini_sheer_top_candids_350_122_933lo1Halle Berry and 

josh_holloway_beach_03Josh Holloway shoots…



































Roy Tijoe, half of the production partnership of Island Film Group (Princess Kaiulani) takes the Honolulu Advertiser and Gov. Lingle to task for the newspaper’s recent story and Lingle’s comments on Act 221 investment credits. The credits provide a 100 percent tax break for technology investments…Tijoe tells Reel Hawaii that to focus on the costs associated with Act 221, without considering the benefits, “is unfair, misleading and simply wrong”… “The (Advertiser) article doesn’t even recognize the invaluable benefit of promoting Hawaii as a tourist destination through film and television projects.  Last I checked, we were still heavily dependent upon tourism”… 


A January 2 issue of Pacific Business News in an article about Act 221 says Lingle “is considering ways to keep the film and performing arts industry from abusing the Act 221 program”…The article also quotes Lingle’s policy advisor Linda Smith as saying “The film industry is important, but that’s why a separate tax credit – Act 88 – was created in 2006 to address that sector; giving 15 percent to 20 percent of production costs back to a studio”…Tijoe says Lingle’s “apparent ignorance of the difference between studio projects and independent projects is shocking. “Yes, Act 88 is a step in the right direction to attract studio projects, which we need to provide jobs, training and employment to our local workers But Act 88 is just a rebate, a discount for companies like studios and networks who already have the production funds needed to complete the project,” Tijoe said…


He’s right. Independent filmmakers need to raise production funds and Act 88 doesn’t help an indie filmmaker do that. “That’s why an investment tax credit like Act 221 was created, and it must remain in place,” Tijoe says. “Without it, Princess Kaiulani would have never been made. Without it, none of the other amazing stories about Hawaii’s history and culture… will ever be shared with the rest of the world…Please tell me the Governor has a bit more aloha than that.”


Act 88 provides 15 percent tax credit for projects shot on Oahu and 20 percent credit for those filmed on a neighbor island like the recent $20-million Tempest…Some Hawaii production people believe the tax credit is modest compared to incentives offered by other states, which offer 30 percent to 40 percent…The production community needs to be aware and prepared for possible moves to make changes to Act 88 in the upcoming legislative session… Tijoe’s email is 




New Year’s Eve Fundraiser: It was quite a gathering for Maui entrepreneur Shep Gordon’s New Year’s Eve party/fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank at his Malo Walea restaurant. Some 200 attended with several performing, including Mick Fleetwood, Carlos Santana, Nickelback lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger, guitarist Mike Kroeger, drummer Branden Kroeger


149153023_23cdf02b23                  Shep Gordon (left) and Alice Cooper (right)


Alice Cooper , Dave Murray, guitarist for Iron Maiden and Michael Bolton. Tom Arnold emceed. Enjoying the party was Owen WilsonJerry Moss, founder of A&M Records; director Richard Donner; producer Lauren Schuller-Donner and Helen Hunt…




The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest night. Guests are invited to experience the 81st Academy Awards® on Sunday February 22 at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s (HIFF) private Oscar Night® America party.  HIFF will be airing an advanced telecast allowing party guests to see the ceremony before anyone else in Hawaii. Oscar Night® benefits HIFF. The newly restored Royal Hawaiian Hotel host the celebration in the Monarch Ballroom. Arrivals and cocktail party begin at 4 p.m. with the advanced telecast of the award ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $250.00 a person. To purchase tickets call HIFF at 808-528-3456 ext. 113 or via e-mail at Guests can also take a private guided tour of the hotel.  The Hawaii Oscar Night® party is one of 46 official parties sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night®. VIP guests in Hawaii will receive the same official Academy Awards program distributed to guests seated at the Kodak Theatre and copies of the 81st Academy Award commemorative poster will be available for purchase. The 2009 Hawaii International Film Spring Festival will be held statewide April 3-9 at the Regal Cinemas at Dole Cannery and the 2009 Hawaii International Film Fall Festival will be held October 8-18. 


OPPORTIUNITY: KITV has two part time jobs available including a weekend weather anchor and traffic anchor. The Weekend Weather Anchor will produce and anchor the ABC affiliate’s weekend weather segments as well as producing and anchoring segments for the station’s 24 hour weather channel. KITV Island Weather. The Weekday Morning Traffic Anchor will produce and anchor traffic updates during KITV 4 Island Television News This Morning. The selected applicants will be trained on the KITV’s equipment. Send applications to …




























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