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“BATTLESHIP” SCOUTING OAHU; EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” FILMS SET FOR JAN.; CLOONEY STARS IN “DESCENDANTS”

“BATTLESHIP” SCOUTING OAHU; EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” FILMS SET FOR JAN.; CLOONEY STARS IN “DESCENDANTS”




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George Clooney to star in The Descendants filming on Oahu and Kauai in March



Despite news about the Hawaii Film Office possibly facing staff reductions next month, several major productions are still planning to shoot in Hawaii…



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Clint Eastwood‘s (above right) film Hereafter – now shooting in Paris and the French Alps – plans to film on Oahu for at least three days in January…Director Alexander Payne (Sideways) arrives in Hawaii on Sunday for two weeks of scouting on Kauai and Oahu for his film The Descendants that’s slated to begin shooting here in March….Meanwhile, scouts and other production executives for the $140-million Universal Studios Battleship – slated for an April start – have been scouting Oahu with film commissioner Walea Constantinau, according to production sources…Laure Matteson, location manager for the 2001 Jurassic Park III which filmed on Oahu, is handling location duties for Battleship…Matteson also appeared in several Hawaii Five-0 episodes in the late 1970s in the recurring character Luana…


The other  really BIG news regarding Fox Searchlight’s $20-million Descendants is that super star George Clooney will star  in the Kaui Hemmings’ book adaptation. Pre production begins in January with filming starting in March…Descendants‘ producer George Parra arrives on Oahu in a week for a few days of scouting here as well…


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Eastwood’s Hereafter is a supernatural thriller by Frost/Nixon and The Queen writer Peter Morgan that stars Matt Damon as a reluctant psychic. The film tells three parallel stories that eventually intersect – about a French TV journalist, played by Cecile de France, who suffers a near-death experience during the Asian tsunami of 2004; a drug-addicted English single mother, played by Lyndsey Marshal, who loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident; and Damon’s character, who can talk to the dead but prefers not to. De France and Marshal contact Damon in a desperate quest for answers and consolation…Warner Bros. is financing the movie, which is produced by Eastwood’s Malpaso…



Battleship is set for a July 1, 2011. Peter Berg is directing the live-action pic based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game. Berg has called the film “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle”…The studio has not yet decided how long filming will be in Hawaii but an L.A. source connected to the film said “it may look like the whole show.” Oahu scouting continues for the  next few days…





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Twentieth Century Fox’s Predators starring Adrien Brody (below) wraps 22 days of filming today…In his off time Brody enjoyed the sunny Kona coast…


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PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE

PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE



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Filming of 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature Predators started last week along the Hamakua Coast and continues for another two weeks. As previously noted in Reel Hawaii, Oscar winner Adrien Brody (above) stars as the film’s central character, Royce, who hunts the bad guys that aliens kidnap and take back to their homeworld to hunt down as sport…


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Alice Braga (above) is Isabelle, an expert sniper…Danny Trejo is Cuchillo, a Mexican drug soldier whose favorite weapons  are two Uzis strapped on his back; Walt Goggins is Stans, a convict who has spent his entire life in prison;  Louis Ozawa is Hanzo, a Japanese Yakuza strong man who uses a katana; Oleg Taktarov is Nikolai, an expert with a shotgun; Mahershalalhashbaz Ali is Mombasa, a member of a Africa death squad; and Topher Grace is Edwin, whose day job is as an accountant but a serial killer at night…


A leaked version of the script  has us meeting Royce right away a a policeman who is taking down a criminal when he’s abducted and whisked off-planet by a visiting Predator. Royce is parachuted down into the jungle landscape of the Predator home world where he meets up with seven other kidnapped humans, each a predator of their own kind. Together the eight humans have to survive the threats of the alien jungle as well as being hunted by three “super Predators” described as a “Predator on steroids”…


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Island Film Group and MarVista Entertainment’s Deadly Honeymoon – formerly The Honeymoon – wraps this Tuesday at Halawa Valley Studios where one of the two stages has been made to look like the interior of a cruise ship…The $1-million drama stars Summer Glau (above right) as the bride Lindsey Forrest and Chris Carmack (above left) as the groom…Deadly Honeymoon is directed by Paul Shapiro





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Watching the wedding from the wings was Summer’s real-life beau Daniel Wisler, who was quick to pick her up and whisk her away from hunky Carmack

Watching the wedding from the wings was Glau’s boyfriend Cooper Reynolds (right)…
















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MORE GOOD HAWAII PRODUCTION NEWS! Jason Lau and his Talk Story Productions will co produce with Irish Dream Time and Magnet Media Group the feature film in Hawaii Spy Vs. Stu  early next year starring sometime Kauai resident Pierce Brosnan (above), who also is a producer…New Line Cinema is distributor…Release date is 2011…


Writers are Adam “Tex” Davis, Allie Dvorin, and Keith Mitchell…



Brosnan’s character’s name is Simon Devine…



The comedy/romance features Stu, a regular guy with commitment problems. He whisks his girlfriend away for an island vacation where he plans to ask her to marry him. But also vacationing on the island is a spy (Brosnan) who has his eye on Stu’s woman and becomes a very tough-to-be beat suitor…


Spy Vs. Stu will be directed by Howard Deutch


Talk Story Productions most recently shot The Tempest starring Helen Mirren, an adaptation from Shakespeare’s original text  by Julie Taymor. The film which was shot on Lanai and the Big Island co starred Alfred Molina, Chris Cooper, Djimon Honsou, Russell Brand, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti, Felicity Jones, Reeve Carney, and Ben Whishaw. The Tempest has a tentative release date in early 2010…






UNIVERSAL’S $100-MILLION BATTLESHIP FEATURE TO SET SAIL FOR HAWAII FILMING IN APRIL

UNIVERSAL’S $100-MILLION BATTLESHIP FEATURE TO SET SAIL FOR HAWAII FILMING IN APRIL


DIRECTOR PETER BERG (LEFT) RETURNS TO HAWAII TO DIRECT BATTLESHIP





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In what would be Hawaii’s biggest budget film since Tropic Thunder, Universal Studios Battleship – directed by Peter Berg – is expected to begin filming on Oahu in April…Battleship has a planned release for July 1, 2011. The live-action film is based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game…


Scott Stuber and his Universal-based Stuber Pictures will produce Battleship with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir, Berg and his Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey. The screenplay was written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber...Berg is known for having a passion for ship-bound war stories that he picked up from his naval historian father…


According to Los Angeles sources, Battleship is a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle…


Berg directed The Rundown starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Oahu in 2003…



KNOTS! Extras Casting Call!

ISLAND FILM GROUP is casting for non-union extras for its film KNOTS, a low budget feature film...All Ages, Types and Ethnicities are Needed…Filming begins tomorrow, Oct. 1324$100 a day.To apply, submit a recent picture and contact information to Mericia @ Knotscasting@gmail.com






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BOOK ‘EM DANNO (AGAIN)





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Reporting from the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona:


Rumors have been circulating for months that CBS was close to finally reviving the iconic police drama Hawaii Five-0 after an announcement more than a year ago…Now it’s official…

CBS made the announcement yesterday saying that writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen) will do the screenplay…

“It obviously will be a very updated, modern version,” a source at CBS told Reel Hawaii…



Kurtzman, Orci and Peter Lenkov, an executive producer on CBS’ CSI: NY, will develop the new version…According to the CBS announcement, Lenkov will write the pilot script under Kurtzman and Orci’s supervision, with Lenkov being the showrunner if the pilot is picked up as a series…



No time frame was given as to when CBS would start shooting the pilot, begin preproduction or if it even will be shot in Hawaii…



Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros.’ Cooler Kings pilot according to sources has been delayed until at least January because so many productions are heading to Hawaii that available production equipment is quickly dwindling…Don’t be surprised if much of the Five-0 pilot is filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles, a source said…According to Variety, CBS gave the project a pilot commitment yesterday after a pitch from Kurtzman, Orci and Lenkov…



CBS reportedly has wanted to revive the series since the disastrous pilot filmed on Oahu more than a decade ago starring Gary Busey…That pilot by veteran producer Stephen Cannell never aired…


The original Hawaii Five-0 series was created by Leonard Freeman and starred the iconic Jack Lord…A Five-0 film has been languishing in development for years by business partners of the Freeman estate…


Casting hasn’t been announced for the rebooted Five-0

WEDDING DAY FOR ISLAND FILM GROUP’S THE HONEYMOON

WEDDING DAY FOR ISLAND FILM GROUP’S THE HONEYMOON



PREDATORS CAST ANNOUNCED!



JUST IN: The $40-million Predators creature feature which starts filming on the Big Island Oct. 12 will star  Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, who, according to Big Island sources, plays a mercenary named Royce. Other cast members include The Shield’s Walter Goggins, I Am Legend’s Alice Braga, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali from The 4400, and Oleg Taktarov and Louiz Ozawa


The script follows a group of elite warriors who are being hunted by members of a race of merciless alien trackers called Predators…

Brody is a man who ends up inheriting the leader position and is known as a hunter of men. Grace would play an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer .

Braga is the tough female killer. Ali is a man not afraid to die, Goggins is the loose canon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent…




According to sources in Los Angeles and Honolulu, the Jerry Bruckheimer/Warner Bros. co production of Cooler Kings television pilot for A&E has been pushed to January. No reasons given but both sources believe it’s because of the possible lack of available necessary production equipment with so many features planning to start filing here before the end of the year…HMI, which is supplying production equipment for Island Film Group/MarVista Entertainments’ The Honeymoon, is also providing gear for the $40 million creature feature Predators that starts at least 15 days of filming on the Big Island Oct. 12…Speaking of The Honeymoon, producers have hired Charley Long‘s veteran Private Security team that replaces another company…The Honeymoon has about another 8 days of filming on Oahu…Tom Holowach, manager, Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College, portrays actor Chris Carmack‘s father in The Honeymoon





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The Reef’s Chris Carmack returns to Hawaii to star in the cruise ship murder mystery



With pre production for The Honeymoon in full swing, principle photography for the Island Film Group/MarVista Entertainment production began this week  at the Kahala Resort through Friday. Scenes included the wedding between co stars Chris Carmack and co star Summer Glau (right) before they go on their honeymoon on a cruise ship….The Kahala Resort lobby is being filmed as the main salon of the cruise ship…

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Meanwhile at the Halawa Valley Studios run by Island Film Group and HMI, carpenters are building a massive cruise ship suite set where the Carmack and Glau characters are staying on their honeymoon…


The $1-million budget feature will film on Oahu for about 18 days…


Carmack last year filmed Into the Blue 2: The Reef on Oahu…



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Casey Cameron, costumer on The Honeymoon



Dallas Dornan, costumer The Honeymoon

Dallas Dornan, costumer on The Honeymoon




Carmack plays the groom in this cruise ship murder mystery while Glau is his bride. Filming was on the beach fronting the hotel and at the beach bar/restaurant which was turned into a reception area where a few dozen extras milled around as wedding guest…According to producers, The Honeymoon is based on multiple true stories and not one event…



Laurie Foi is doing location casting…Angie Laprete is producting…Nice to see stylist Paulette Crammond back on set after surviving three years working with Beth Chapman on the Dog, The Bounty Hunter show…Kauai-based Mario Perez has been busy shooting stills for both The Honeymoon and Lost



Tiffany Hofstetter, daughter of Soul Surfer producer Dutch Hofstetter, plays a bridesmaid in The Honeymoon



Rick Johnson, first AD on One Kine Day, is doing the same job on The Honeymoon…Director is Paul Shapiro



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Director Paul Shapiro gives directions to actors Carmack and Glau



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The Honeymoon films at the Kahala Resort’s beachfront restaurant/bar



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Actor Chris Carmack greets the wedding party for The Honeymoon at the Kahala Resort



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Actress Tiffany Hofstetter, one of the two brides maids in The Honeymoon, has her hair styled by stylist Paulette Crammond for a scene at right


The $1-million production is still trying to find a cruise ship for three days shooting. If a ship in Hawaii can’t be found, the production is considering traveling to Miami to film a cruise ship there for about three days…

CASTING ALERT! THE HONEYMOON needs males and females 20 to 35 years old who love to dance for upscale luxury cruise ship night club scenes; caucasion and mixed ethnicities. Filming is Monday Oct. 5…Send photo, resume and contact phone information to thehoneymoonextras@gmail.com…










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