BIG BUDGET REALITY SHOW DESCENDS ON BIG ISLAND; HARRY ENDO PASSES AWAY

BIG BUDGET REALITY SHOW DESCENDS ON BIG ISLAND; HARRY ENDO PASSES AWAY

UPDATEMatthew Fox, co star on ABC’s hit series LOST tells Details magazine that he’s looking forward to the show ending next year.                

“Personally, it’s a relief,” Fox says in the January/February issue of Details (on newsstands Jan. 20). “I owe this show a great amount, and I think it’s exceptionally good… [but] I am looking forward to the freedom that comes with not working on one project professionally.” Fox, 42, said when LOST wraps in May 2010 he and his family will move from Hawaii to central Oregon. Fox’s brother and brother lives there…


 

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SAD TO REPORTHarry Endo (above center) who played Che Fong, the primary forensic scientist on Hawaii Five-0 and was one of the original cast members of the crime drama that began in 1968, suffered a stroke and died at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on Friday. He was 87. Though born in Colorado Endo spent much of his life in Honolulu where he worked for a bank. While doing a commercial for the bank Endo was approached to play the role of Fong. After Hawaii Five-0 ended in 1980, Endo played a couple of small parts on Magnum P.I. He retired from show business in the late ’80s. Endo, who was married for more than 60 years, is survived by his wife Myrtle, daughter Leslie Baker of Brooklyn and Scott Endo of San Diego. He will be missed….

 

 

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VH1 is on the Big Island to film My Antonio a, $4-million-dollar plus, 10-episode reality series – producers call it a docu-soap – starring soap actor Antonio Sabato Jr. who also is producing the series with Mrs. Wright Productions. The show has been in pre production since late December. Filming begins Monday through Feb. 8. In the non-scripted show, Sabato teams up with professional matchmakers at VH1 to help find that special someone…The actor, best known for his leading roles on Melrose Place and daytime dramas General Hospital and The Bold And The Beautiful, is taking a page from the Book of Flavor Flava for that dating reality series scheduled to debut on the network this year. The Sabato series will air this summer…There are several Big Island locations, including the Hilton Waikoloa where cast and crew are staying, property around the Waikoloa land company, and Parker Ranch, Kua Bay, Kekaha Kai, Kiholo and several water and aerial work off Kawaihae and  Waikoloa…According to a production executive, the series is “the highest budgeted actuality contestant based television show” ever done. The show has a crew of about 110… 

 

Similar to other VH1 dating competitions, the series features a group of beautiful contestants tolling through a set of challenges to win Sabato’s love. Each challenge which will include re-creating love scenes and skydiving in an evening gown center around the theme of soap operas…(For the record, Sabato has been wed once in a one-year marriage to Alicia Tully Jensen. The pair divorced in 1993. Since then, Sabato has twice been involved in long-term relationships. He and actress Virginia Madsen have a 14-year-old son, Jack; and Sabato has a daughter, six-year-old Mina Bree, with longtime girlfriend Kristin Rosetti)…

 

The single women for Sabato’s series were cast in Los Angeles by Doron Ofir Casting that began in November. The casting notice reads that producers are looking for

 

“The most alluring, seductive and exotic single women to embark on the romantic adventure of a lifetime. In this heartfelt and romantic competition of love and seduction, one femme fatale will become the envy of all others and attain the love of Antonio Sabato Jr.”… Type wanted is “Gorgeous, refined, and glamorous single women at least 21, who are young and vibrant in their appearance”… The show will feature narration by Sabato…

 

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Scott Shotski, a producer of the series, was supervising producer on Top Chef in the 2006-2007 season for which he was nominated for an Emmy. He also produced a Project Runway episode…Maui’s Glenn Beadles is the show’s locations manager…

 

The Big Island in December also landed two Dior fragrance commercials – video and still. The Big Island’s Tony Basile did locations. Basile is also locations manager for the REI summer catalogue shoot going on now…

The Dior commercials were shot simultaneously in about a week. The Fahrenheit cologne shoot budget exceeded $200,000, which would allow producers to apply for the 20 percent ACT 88 production tax rebate. About 30 Hawaii crew worked on the production…

 

 

 

 

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Hawaii Film Partners has landed American Idol runner up  Katherine McPhee for one of the three leads in its $6 million romantic comedy feature tentatively titled Wedlock written and directed by Rob Hedden that will begin four weeks of filming on Oahu in mid February or early March. McPhee will play Masha, the Croation mobster’s beautiful daughter seeking U.S. citizenship. A native of Sherman Oaks, CA, McPhee began singing at age two. Her mother, Patricia McPhee, is an established singer in her own right, performing and recording as Peisha McPhee. McPhee has appeared in the film Crazy, a musical about Hank Garland, and an MTV series, You Are Here, which didn’t make it to the air. She also appeared in productions of Annie Get Your Gun and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir before auditioning for American Idol in 2005…The production is still casting for the male and another female lead…

 

Hawaii Film Partners also produced the teen television series Flight 29 Downfor NBC and Discovery Kids network. HFP is producing the $6-million adventure comedy tentatively titled Wedlock written and directed by Rob Hedden…Hedden has written for the Friday the 13th: The Series, and also has worked on several television shows including MacGyver, and screenplays Clockstoppers and The Condemned

 

Primary casting in Los Angeles is by Nancy Nayor (Nim’s island). Hawaii casting is through veteran Margaret Doversola

 

 

NOT HAPPENING!: The big budget  Calvin Klein commerical set to shoot on Oahu this month has been cancelled. Oahu production crew were notified this week that the filming will be done in another location. No reason was given…

 

 

 

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