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TURTLE BAY RESORT STARTS NEW YEAR AS OAHU’S PRODUCTION HUB

TURTLE BAY RESORT STARTS NEW YEAR AS OAHU’S PRODUCTION HUB




ABC FINISHES FILMING A “SCRIPTED REALITY ” PRESENTATION ON OAHU





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It was a busy week at Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort not only with a nearly full house of guests but several productions including the feature film Soul Surfer, two television commercials by Capital 1, and a photo shoot by REI for its summer catalogue…Actually, Cap 1 spent several days on Lanai filming the first of three commercials with the theme set around “bugs,” sources said….Then they filmed the next two spots last Sunday through Wednesday on Oahu’s North Shore: three days at the resort and one in Haleiwa…



And Soul Surfer which begins filming Tuesday, Feb. 2 was holding extras auditions at the resort…




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Cap 1’s second commercial – created by Tool of North America – involved using two rain machines and two massive fans with blades that looked like aircraft propellors. The rain and fans were used to simulate the not-so-calm before a hurricane was set to hit showing two visitors oblivious to the drenching “rain” and flying debris, including pool chairs and palm fronds. The visitors pretended to be reading books while in chaise lounges then were being blown across the Resort’s pool deck. (Actually, both chairs had thin ropes attached and were being pulled by a crew member out of camera view)…Another scene showed the same two female visitors trying to to do yoga while being pelted by rain then blown over by the heavy wind…The message was that the Capital 1 card has no blackout dates so card holders are not limited to when they can travel on vacation…




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Director of photography for the Capital One pre hurricane theme commercial was five-time Academy Award-winner Bobby Richardson (see below in long gray hair) who was also DP on the about to be released feature Shutter Island, The Good Shepherd, The Aviator, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 &2, Nixon, Casino, Natural Born Killer, and The Horse Whisperer













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For the third commercial, a “trained” pig was flown in from the mainland to simulate a tourist visiting the resort…This commercial’s message was about indentity theft…It had the the five trademark Vikings also used in several other Capital 1 commercials…The Vikings and the pig were living the high life on someone else’s credit card. In one scene a Viking is sitting with pig at the luau table when a roasted pig hanging upside down on a stick is suddenly carried by the pair…

































Art Rivers was locations manager for the hurricane theme shoot while Stephanie Spangler (below left) did it on the piggy piece…

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REI’s still shoot (above) was the first one the outdoor gear company had done on Oahu. Other Hawaii locations have been Lanai, Molokai and the BIg Island. The production shot on the north side of the resorrt where there are no palm trees and “doesn’t scream Hawaii,” a production executive said…Maria Caprio was location manager…




Some 100 acting hopefuls auditioned for a variety of extras roles for Soul Surfer that begins eight weeks of filming on Oahu and Kauai next Tuesday..Casting vet Lorie Foi and her team are handling extras casting for the film…

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ABC REALITY SHOW UPDATE: ABC was on Oahu shooting the “scripted reality” show tentatively being called either Almost Paradise or Oahu NIghts. The show ostensively is about people who work in Hawaii and show what it’s like to actually “live in Paradise.” The director told some cast the reality series is “like Sex in the City.” Here with the production were the pilot’s writers, director, and producer….


Filming was Wednesday through Sunday… According to sources, the production was ” all over Oahu”  with the 30-somethings local cast “acting like they’re somebody already, including several “Oh look at me!” functions…One location included the BLT Steak grand opening at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki…The production filmed Saturday night at a Kailua house and yesterday at the Kahala Resort where the actors…It took three different casting companies brought to Hawaii from the mainland to get the right mix…



The pilot is scheduled to air in late summer following Grey’s Anatomy















CARRIE UNDERWOOD SIGNED FOR “SOUL SURFER”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD SIGNED FOR “SOUL SURFER”

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BIO PIC ABOUT KAUAI SURFER  BETHANY HAMILTON BEGINS FILMING TUESDAY FEB. 2



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As recently reported on Reel Hawaii, singer/actor Carrie Underwood will have a co starring role in Soul Surfer which begins filming Monday on Oahu’s North Shore, production sources confirmed…Underwood will only be filming here three days because she goes on tour March 11…Underwood plays a youth pastor named Sarah in Bethany Hamilton‘s church and she helps Hamilton after the horrendous shark attack in a sort of a counseling way, according to the script…




Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt also have been signed to play Hamilton’s parents…




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MAUI NO KA OE FOR ADAM SANDLER FEATURE & OAHU

MAUI NO KA OE FOR ADAM SANDLER FEATURE & OAHU





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On the heels of hosting the Clint Eastwood protected feature Hereafter for three days in and around Lahaina, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions appears committed to film Columbia studio’s romantic comedy Pretend Wife on Maui for for six weeks beginning in mid April…



Producers are still looking for a Maui hotel as a prime location…



There will also be filming on Oahu where the production is looking for a waterfall location and dolphins. Can you say Sea Life Park?…That’s where Sandler film a hilarious scene with a walrus for 50 First Kisses




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Brothers star Bailee Madison, 10, (above) will play Aniston’s daughter. Madison told Eonline.com that “Adam Sandler pretends to have Jennifer Aniston as his wife and we pretend to be his kids so he can get the other girl.” The child actor said she can’t wait to start shooting the movie in Hawaii because “We get to swim with dolphins”…




Though the actual deal to come to Hawaii isn’t official, production sources on Oahu and Maui are confident that after several scouts here that began in October Pretend Wife is a done deal…”We’re very close,” a source said…



The production every island in October then did two additional scouts on Maui and Oahu…




The filming will be Sandler’s first production filming on a neighbor island. He’s done two films on Oahu: 50 First Dates and Punch Drunk LoveJennifer Anniston (below) will play opposite Sandler…






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Production executives slipped into Maui recently to scout locations with the Valley Isle’s Glenn Beadles assisting…Part of the scout reportedly is finding a hotel location….



According to published reports, Dennis Dugan may direct the project…



The script, written by Allan Loeb and Tim Dowling, had been called  Holiday in Hawaii. Release date  is Feb. 1,1 2011, the Friday before Valentine’s Day, sources said…





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Sandler, a frequent Hawaii visitor, shown above at the Sony Hawaiian Open in 2004








DISNEY TO FILM “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES” IN HAWAII!

DISNEY TO FILM “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES” IN HAWAII!

THE DISNEY PICTURES’ PRODUCTION MAY GENERATE $85 MILLION HERE

State agencies/county film offices had two-week deadline from Disney/Bruckheimer to assist in making it happen or lose to an international location

Largest production for Kauai since the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder

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As mentioned in Reel Hawaii for weeks, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of Disney’s action adventure film series from Jerry Bruckheimer Films will be filmed on Kauai and Oahu this summer with preproduction starting in spring. However, the Big Island is also being considered as a location, sources said. Location scout KK Greenley did the scout with the production on Kauai and Oahu while Val Kim is doing the Big Island..Pirates is slated for release in 2011…

Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason knew the Big Island was being scouted but hasn’t been told it was still in consideration as a location…An executive at a production friendly resort on the Kohala Coast also had not heard anything about Pirates filming there…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will star Johnny Depp in the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow. The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and directed by Rob Marshall. Writers are Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and the executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Elliott, Rossio and John DeLuca

Pre production is expected to begin May 20 with filming “taking up most of the summer, probably two months” a Hawaii source said…Another source told Reel Hawaii that there would be 55 days of filming…

To illustrate the enormity of the Pirates franchise here are some dollar figures from the first three movies, according to Disney…Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): Budget $140 million, United States gross $305 million, worldwide $653 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man’s Chest (206): Budget $225 million, U.S. gross $423 million, worldwide $1.06 billion; Pirates of the Caribbean: A t World’s End (2007): Budget $300 million; U.S. Gross $309 million, worldwide $958 million. Total budget for first three films is $665 million with total gross worldwide $2.76 billion…

Disney also produces ABC’s LOST on Oahu …

The Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger (below left) met with Gov. Linda Lingle last Friday to give her  the news…

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“The Walt Disney Company has a great relationship with Hawaii that we’re looking forward to building upon with the filming of the latest adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew,” said Iger. “I thank Governor Lingle and her team for their tremendous support of the projects Disney has underway in this great state.”

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said his production company has always sought out “the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the Pirates of the Caribbean films.” Pirates previously shot briefly on both Maui and Molokai.

“Hawaii provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we’re delighted to return for On Stranger Tides, said Bruckheimer who also filmed Pearl Harbor on Oahu…

The state’s Creative Industries Division and the Hawaii Film Office lead by administrator Georja Skinner began working with Disney last year and organized a series of meetings and conference calls to help secure the business…

Skinner worked collaboratively with the Governor’s office, Department of Taxation and Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert, along with Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Kauai Visitors Bureau, the Kauai Film Office, Honolulu Film Office, The Resort Group, Ko Olina Resort, and Disney Vacation Club to help secure Pirates of the Caribbean for Hawaii…

These agencies were were approached in part about assisting in lower than some production costs like accommodations…Why Ko Olina thanks? Disney is building a new mega resort at Ko Olina and the corporation has “a good relationship with Ko Olina,” a source said. Also, there are possible  locations near Barber’s Point which developer Jeff Stone wanted the the production executives to see…

Disney is scheduled to open its first Hawaii resort at Ko Olina in 2011.

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And since that’s when the latest Pirates will premier, it’s likely that the state and county have discussed with Disney a possible media junket to visit the resort, see the film, and interview some of the actors…”We are exploring promotional opportunities with Disney,” a source said…

“It was all part of an extensive two-week time frame in which we had to either help to make this location even more attractive or we would lose it to another international location,” Skinner emphasized…

“Hawaii competes on a global basis for productions and to have Disney choose Hawaii over other states and countries is a huge win for us,” said Skinner.  “Creative industries are by nature collaborative and what I think made a difference for us is the combination of our tax incentive as well as local film, travel and destination industry support”…

Skinner doesn’t anticipate any crew shortages when Pirates and possibly Universal’s Battleship are both filming here…

“I have a feeling there will be good flow of crew with all the people coming off of Lost,” she said. “This is an opportunity where with our depth of crew here all our people will be working”…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is one of several feature film and television productions slated to film in Hawaii this year…Warner Bros. feature Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood filmed three days on Maui last week….Pre-production is going on for for the feature film The Descendents starring George Clooney and directed by Academy Award®-winning writer/director Alexander Payne. Several network pilots, as well as a Japanese drama series and a Korean drama series are also scouting Hawaii for projects this year…

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ABC PILOT UPDATE: The ABC “union Pilot” rumored to be filmed on Oahu this Thursday through Sunday is called Almost Paradise…State film officials said while ABC has expressed interest in doing a pilot in Hawaii following the departure of Lost this year, no one supposedly has heard about the above mentioned filmingIt may be a reality show since one of the pilot’s Los Angeles key crew member has worked on American’s Next Top Model, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Last Comic Standing…

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ABC REPORTEDLY COMING TO OAHU THIS WEEK TO FILM PILOT





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Hawaii, one of Adam Sandler‘s favorite locations, looks to be the setting for part of Columbia studio’s romantic comedy Pretend Wife. Jennifer Anniston (below) is in talks to play opposite Sandler…


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Production executives slipped into Maui recently to scout locations with the Valley Isle’s Glenn Beadles helping…The same team is expected scout Oahu this week minus Beadles…Part of the scout reportedly is finding a hotel location….

According to sources in Hawaii and Hollywood, five days of filming would be done either on Maui or Oahu at the end of May…



Sandler filmed 50 First Dates (2004) and Punch-Drunk Love (2002) on Oahu as well as part of  ?…



According to published reports, Dennis Dugan may direct the project…Sandler’s production company Happy Madison is producing…



The script, written by Allan Loeb and Tim Dowling, had been called  Holiday in Hawaii. Release date  is Feb. 1,1 2011, the Friday before Valentine’s Day, sources said…





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The Descendants, in the midst of preproduction before its mid March filming begins, has rented the former 38,700 square-foot Comp USA building at South Street and Ala Moana Blvd. for its primary sound stage where sets are being built…The lot is 144,274 square-feet, plenty of room for production trucvs and crew parking…



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George Clooney is starring in director Alexander Payne’s feature for Fox Searchlight. Casting by John Jackson is still going on in Los Angeles…Filming will be done on Oahu and Kauai…The production company is Payne’s Ad Hominem Enterprise in Santa Monica…



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Former Lost location manager Jim Triplett (above) is location scout for The Descendants which has a release date of 2011…Rene Confair is production supervisor…


The Descendants novel was written by Kaui Hemmings; the screenplay by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash



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RUMOR ALERT! Several sources tell Reel Hawaii that ABC television this week will film a pilot for a series. Filming on Oahu is Thursday through Monday, sources said….




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RUMOR #2: Rumors are flying around that singer Carrie Underwood (above) will appear in Soul Surfer. The news comes from actor Kevin Sorbo who reportedly also has been cast for Soul Surfer.



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Sorbo rose to stardom in the title role of the hit series Hercules, the Legendary Journeys



In his online Tweet, Sorbo, who took the SS gig Jan. 15,  also mentions other actors, including Denis Quaid and Helen Hunt…No official confirmation has been announced…Soul Surfer begins filming on Oahu the first week in February…





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