HFP SIGNS DAVID ANNABLE OF BROTHERS & SISTERS; WEDLOCKED A GO IN MARCH

 

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It’s an early Valentine’s Day present for Hawaii FIlm Partners with the Hawaii-based company’s recent signing of David Annabelle to co star in Wedlocked, HFP’s first feature film. Wedlocked has been greenlit for a five-week Oahu shoot beginning mid March. Producers had hoped to begin filming this month but casting of the male lead took longer than expected, said Rann Watumull, producer and co founder of HFP. rannjpgAnnable, who appears in the ABC television series Brothers & Sisters, stars in the $6-million romantic comedy set in Chicago and Tahiti though all the film will be shot on Oahu…

The production is still casting in Los Angeles for the other female lead…

Annable gained recognition in the mid-2000s for his high-profile involvement as one of the lead characters, Aaron, in the drama/murder mystery series Reunion (2005). The program explored occurrences in the lives of six former high school friends from 1986 through 2006, and recounted events leading up to the murder of one of the major characters, or at least it was supposed to. Annable also is in the latest Nora Ephron movie Julie & Julia starring Meryl StreepBrothers & Sisters stars Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, and Balthazar Getty. Annable plays Justin, a psychologically damaged Afghan war veteran with drug problems… 

 

Casting for the film, which will have some 350-400 extras “days”, begins Monday. Auditions will be held at HFPs Hawaii Kai offices. Veteran casting manager Margaret Doversola is doing Hawaii casting. Rene Confair and Angie Laprete who both worked on the recently concluded  The Tempest is line  producer and production coordinator, respectively…Art Rivers is doing locations and Lost production set photographer Mario Perez shooting stills…

 

American Idol runner up  Katharine McPhee was the first to be cast for the project. katharine-mcphee-picture-1The film is written and directed by Rob Hedden, who arrives next week to begin pre productionMcPhee will play Masha, a Croation mobster’s beautiful daughter seeking U.S. citizenship. 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…

 

Here’s the Wedlocked synopsis:

A young man’s goal in life is to be a National Geographic photographer but to support himself he’s a pet photo. One day the wife of a Croatian mobster comes to the studio with her prize cat to be photographed. A bulldog he’s photographing escapes and pummels the cat. The next time the audience sees the animal it’s in a full body cast…It’s not long before the photog is visited by the mobster’s goons who first manhandle him then take him to a restaurant for a meeting with the crime boss.The career criminal says “I can just kill you now or we can come to an agreement. You marry my daughter and in one year we have the marriage annulled and she gets a green card. But you can’t touch her because she’s going to marry my right hand man, Yuri.” The photographer agrees. Meanwhile to hedge his bet, the mobster tries to bribe an INS agent to get his daughter the green card one-way or the other. On the “honeymoon”, Yuri double crosses his mobster boss and kidnaps the girl. Now the photographer has to rescue the girl while he eludes the angered mobster, the right hand man Yuri, and corrupt INS agents. In the process, the photographer and his faux bride fall in love…


The $3 million Christian feature film The Lost Medallion which was slated to film on Kauai late last year when it was suddenly postponed has dropped Hawaii altogether to shoot instead in Thailand. The reason? Budget!…

 

ALERT HAWAII PRODUCTION COMMUNITY & INDUSTRY PROVIDERS:  The Film Community’s Tax incentive for productions filming in Hawaii (Act 88 – the 15 percent for Oahu and  20 percent for neighbor island productions  - is under threat of being eliminated in one year, at the end of  2010.  This by all industry accounts will have a devastating on Hawaii’s growing industry. The elimination is one of many tax credits earmarked for repeal or sunset in Senate Bill #199. It is up to us to stand up and be counted to protect Act 88 that the production industry all worked so hard for in 2006.  This bill brought record revenue setting film business to Hawaii. The first hearing on the first of a number of bills has been scheduled for Thursday Feb 5.

The industry needs everyone’s testimony and support. Be there!

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