Browsed by
Month: February 2010

HAWAII FIVE-0 CASTING WINDING DOWN; GRACE PARK NEWEST ADDITION

HAWAII FIVE-0 CASTING WINDING DOWN; GRACE PARK NEWEST ADDITION




BUT WHO WILL PORTRAY THE ICONIC DANNO?



James MacArthur will not make even a cameo in the pilot. The actor tells Reel Hawaii “I have nothing to do with the new show.  I hope it is a big hit for all concerned.  The state could sure use it”…




grace_parkx-large


Battlestar Galactica‘s Grace Park has joined the cast of CBS’s updated Hawaii Five-O slated to start filming on Oahu March 8 or 15….Park will play Kona Kalakua, niece of squad member Chin Ho Kelly, who will be played by Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim. In the pilot, Park’s character is a champion surfer in the police academy who’s recruited to join the police unit run by Steve McGarrett played by Alex  O’Loughlin.


Kalakaua is 23-27 years old… In the script she’s described as “a spectacular Asian/Hawaiian beauty…with the smarts to match her amazing physical prowess”… Kalakaua’s primary interest in the pilot is becoming a cop. She’s about to graduate from the police academy when McGarrett recruits her to join his team. Kalakaua goes undercover as a downtrodden immigrant girl looking for help from a notorious human trafficker, a dangerous assignment – it involves sex slavery “that takes a disastrous turn”…


Is Park’s character based on the original Kono role played by Zulu? Remotely, at best…


SPOILER ALERT/HAWAII FIVE-0: When Naval Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett’s  father is taken hostage and killed by a notorious human trafficker and criminal kingpin, McGarrett is determined to bring the killers to justice. The only way he sees doing that is to become the head of a special federal task force in Hawaii where he will  hand-pick his team to fight crime, drugs and terrorism in this region…

BUT: McGarrett will use his special powers to solve the baffling mystery that emerges after his father’s murder…


The McGarrett character is a former Navy SEAL whose background includes being a special investigator and working with Naval Intelligence. McGarrett’s been tracking the infamous Hesse brothers for years, but when his father is taken hostage and slain during his investigation, he’s determined to have justice. He accepts Hawaii governor Pat Jameson’s offer to run a federal task force centered in Hawaii, and given special rights not granted to the police rank and file….McGarrett is determined to trace some baffling clues his murdered father left behind that seems to go back to an unsolved mystery stretching all the way back to his mother’s death, years previously likely an automobile accident…



DETECTIVE DANNY “DANNO” WILLIAMS, in his thirties, is a veteran cop from the Baltimore Police Department. He’s just gone through a difficult divorce and has transferred to Hawaii to be near his seven-year-old daughter. To give you a clue about his character, “Danno” is described in the script as a real “working man in paradise,” and  “only guy on the island (Oahu) without a tan and always looks like he slept in his clothes”… He’s “gruff and driven, with plenty of raw courage and a 24/7 work ethic”… Danno has alienated the laid-back native Hawaiians in his department, and when McGarrett comes in and takes over Danno’s present murder investigation, he’s very resentful…Danno is forced to be McGarrett’s partner and the former Baltimore cop is not pleased…But slowly Danno likes his new boss’s style, and the pair become friends. Danno becomes an indispensable and trusted member of McGarrett’s elite team…



CHIN HO KELLY is “a tough, capable Asian man in his mid 40s,\ a 20-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department and was a close friend of McGarrett’s cop father.” But Kelly was recently forced out of the department for accepting payoffs, though he was innocent of these charges. In the pilot he works as a security officer in Pearl Harbor and clearly grateful to McGarrett for offering him the chance to clear his name and get back into active duty. Kelly is a smart cop with lots of  connections on Oahu. He becomes an important member of McGarrett’s federal task force…




GOV. PAT JAMESON is a bright, beautiful woman in her early 40s, a “local Hawaiian with a Washingtonian’s backbone.” Jameson is “a completely honest politician”…She offers McGarrett the unique opportunity to run a task force with special federal powers beyond the run-of-the-mill police department…Tia Carrere, Demi Moore, and Kelly Hu (below l-r) reportedly are being considered for this role…



pirates06240660demi_moore1_300_400

kelly-huhu





MARY ANN MCGARRETT (below) is McGarrett’s younger sister, “a punked-out young woman with a checkered past, including stints in rehab and several brushes with the law”… She’s been acting out ever since her mother’s early death when she felt deserted by her father… When she shows up stoned at their father’s funeral, Steve McGarrett is furious, but still has a deep, caring bond with his sister…Mary eventually realizes that her father’s neglect may have actually been his attempt to protect her from harm seems to inspire Mary to turn her chaotic life around…This character is a reoccurring and can possibly become a series regular,sources said…



ps3_taryn_manning_01





Soul Surfer, the Bethany Hamilton biopic starring AnnaSophia Rob, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Carrie Underwood, has about  two more weeks of Oahu filming to at least March13 before heading to Kauai for a couple of quick trips…All the Oahu filming remains on the North Shore at or around the Turtle Bay Resort…

FinalFlattened




Sean McNamara, Soul Surfer director (above left), and John Leonetti, director of photography (right), focus on co star Carrie Underwood






UPDATE: Executives for Adam Sandler’s feature Pretend Wife set to begin filming in Hawaii in April are also considering Oahu as a location besides Maui and Kauai…




ADAM SANDLER’S PRETEND WIFE TO FILM ON MAUI 5 WEEKS; 4 ON KAUAI

ADAM SANDLER’S PRETEND WIFE TO FILM ON MAUI 5 WEEKS; 4 ON KAUAI

Unknown

modernfamilycast2JUST IN! ABC’s Modern Family comedy series will film an episode on Maui March 6-13 bringing with it a Los Angeles crew of about 55-60 with the rest being Hawaii-based hires. The hotel where the hotel will be based also will be used in the program…Modern Family has an ensemble cast starring Ed O’Neill who stars as Jay…

ABC gave an early renewal to the promising freshman comedy series in January…Modern Family was created by and is executive produced by Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd and 20th TV, which has been widely praised by critics…

CBS’s UPDATED HAWAII FIVE-O SERIES IS NOT JACK LORD’S STORY ANYMORE: KONO AND HAWAII’S GOVERNOR ARE FEMALE. AND MCGARRETT’S SISTER IS EDGY!

50wave

imagesMaui which in January was a location for three days of filming for Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter feature in April will be the setting for Adam Sandler’s Pretend Wife co starring Jennifer Anniston, Nicole Kidman and model Brooklyn Decker – tennis champ Andy Roddick’s wife…
Jennifer-Aniston_290

The production which already has done several scouts on the Valley and Garden islands will begin five weeks of filming on Maui in mid April and on Kauai in late May…Glenn Beadles and his On Locations Services is locations manager for the Maui shoot  and on Kauai it’s Angela Tillson…

T09_brooklyn-decker_022he film is expected to pump millions of dollars into the Maui economy…Director is Dennis Dugan who also directed Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With The Zohan comedy. This comedy/romance was written by Timothy Dowling and Allan Loeb…Much of Pretend Wife will be shot at a high-end Maui hotel as well as beaches…

Also appearing in the film is Bailee Madison who plays Maggie; Todd Sherry as the hotel desk clerk; and Rakefet Abergel as Patricia…

nicole kidman 2010 golden globesNicole Kidman’s character is Rea Ann Devlin; Nick Swardson as Eddie Simms, along with Dave Matthews and sports announcer/Sports Illustrated columnist – and Sandler buddy – Dan Patrick

The film’s tentative title was Holiday in Hawaii…Sandler’s Happy Madison company will produce. Columbia Pictures is planning a shoot early next year and eyeing a release on February 11, 2011 just before Valentine’s Day…The storyline in true Sandler fashion has been kept under wraps but recent casting calls for actors do shed some light on the plot: Aniston’s character is a mother;  Maggie is 10-12 years old; and a precocious daughter of Anniston’s character, cute and skinny; Michael  is 6 years old and the precocious son of Aniston’s character, a sweet boy who is a little odd…

Here’s an extras casting call notice in Los Angeles where film also is being done from Sande Alessi Casting: male and female, adults 18+, all ethnicities, no experience necessary. Specifically seeking the following types—Exceptionally Beautiful Men and Women: 18-24, who are fabulously upscale, think Beverly Hills 90210 and/or Entourage; Women with Extremely Large Implants: think Pamela Anderson

NEWMCGThe Hawaii Five-0 production office has been up and running at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Kalia Tower for several weeks preparing for a March 8 start film date…That date apparently was pushed from March 8…Filming on Oahu is about 17 days…

taryn-manning-picture-3Here’s casting thus far: Australian Alex O’Loughlin (above) plays lead character Steve McGarrett; Daniel Dae Kim plays Chin Ho Kelly, the character played by the much older  Kam Fong in the original series

The latest hire is Taryn Manning (above) from Hustle & Flow as a cast regular playing Mary Ann McGarrett, the younger sister of O’Loughlin’s McGarrett, who heads up a special unit of the Hawaii State Police…The role of Daniel “Dano” Williams has not been cast but in the script we do learn how he got his nickname…The McGarrett character is supposed to be about 35 while Chin Ho Kelly played by Kim is about 45; Kim is 41…Manning’s character is described as funky and edgy with dyed hair and some facial piercings…

The pilot’s screenwriters are Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci and CSI: NY executive producer/co-showrunner Peter Lenkov…Pat Crowley is line producer…Director is Len Wiseman, husband of actor Kate Beckinsale (below)…

len-wiseman-kate-beckinsaleAccording to the current version of the script, the character of Kono – originally played by the beefy Zulu – is now a woman as is the character for  Hawaii’s governor…According to several sources in Hawaii and in Los Angeles, actresses being considered for the Hawaii governor role, include Demi Moore, Tia Carerre, and Kelly Hu…The original Hawaii Five-0 theme music will be used, sources confirmed…

Local crew hired so far include the indefatigable Angie Laprete, production supervisor; Rick Romer, set decorator; Stephanie Spangler, locations manager; Margaret Doversola, Hawaii casting; and Private Security headed by Charley Long, considered Hawaii’s most experienced and reliable production security company…A special congrats to veteran casting director Doversola who began her career in Hawaii on the original Hawaii Five-0

The Five-0 pilot reportedly will include a large number of second unit filming and special effects, including land and water chases and a Striker Force vehicle (s?) that’s blown into the air where it spins around violently,  several sources said…The Five-0 production is  still locking down locations but has rented half of a large warehouse  for sets in Mapunapuna near where NBC’s Hawaii TV series had its stage set…

In the pilot’s back story, McGarrett is a naval commander working in Korea. His father is alive and living in Hawaii but his mother is deceased…McGarrett returns to Hawaii bringing back a criminal of European descent  – Anton Heffe…who….That’s enough spoilers for now. The production requires a lot of military support in Hawaii primarly from the U.S. Coast Guard and Army…Expect a lot of local military in the  cast…The production likely will have two will have two “first” units shooting at same time though from different perspectives…

According to L.A. sources, “this is a wait and see pilot and not a a pre sold deal that will not automatically be picked up”…”It may not even air publicly but just be seen by CBS execs,” a source said….”But (production executives) are talking like they’re going to be here a long time,” A Hawaii source said. Producer Lenov was overheard saying “We’re going to be here a long time and (locals) are going to get  a lot of work”…

movie_7298_posterFox Searchlight’s Descendants is slated for a March 16 start on Oahu for seven weeks filming then in mid April moving to Kauai for three weeks…Crew will begin building sets in the former Comp USA building on Ala Moana Boulevard March 1. Production offices are a block away…Oahu locations will include “a lot of houses,” sources said…The much anticipated film to be directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne stars George Clooney…

Shailene-woodley-shailene-woodley-1919466-405-608

Shailene Woodley (above) from ABC’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will play Clooney’s oldest daughter….The feature is based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The story revolves around an attorney (Clooney) who is forced to get closer to his daughters after the death of his wife, and decides to take a trip to Kauai with his daughters to find the man she was having an affair with”…Nat Faxon and Jim Rash wrote the script. Payne is also producing along with Jim Burke…Several crew from Sony Entertainment’s Soul Surfer will move on Descendants when it wraps on Oahu later this month…

george_clooney_swimming_mid_air_jump

Clooney (above) slipped into Honolulu this week for script readings and wardrobe fittings. He returns to Los Angeles on Saturday before coming back to Oahu for filming next month…


169opr5.jpg

Ian McShaneCannes+Vicky+Cristina+Barcelona+Photocall+SOgL81IaRkQlKauai film officials next week will meet with some heavy hitters from Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Pirates of the Caribbean: Ponce De Leon production. Interesting coincidence but the announcement that Pirates would be filming on Kauai (as well as oahu) was on the same day in 2007 when Ben Stiller’s Tropical Thunder execs announced the production would film on the Garden Isle…Looks like another bonanza for Kauai production…

Ian McShane (above) reportedly is in talks to play Blackbeard in the Pirates’ sequel… The film sees hero Sparrow played by Johnny Depp setting sail on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth…Penelope Cruz (below) also is in talks to appear as Sparrow’s “foil and equal”…Pirates 4 will film on Oahu and Kauai this summer…Disney is planning a May 2011 release…

pirates-of-the-caribbean-4-800-75

Here’s Johnny!

%d bloggers like this: