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Month: April 2010

STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR

STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR




DESCENDANTS WRAPS 3 WEEKS ON KAUAI  RETURN TO OAHU FOR MORE FILMING





Descendants director Alexander Paine (above left) with actor George Clooney (right) filming at Hanalei Bay, Kauai




TIME TO CHEER! A legislative bill that would have transferred the duties and responsibilities of the Hawaii Film Office from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and eliminate its overseer’s position now held by Georja Skinner, director, Creative Industries Division, has failed…That’s good news BUT while Skinner’s position wasn’t eliminated it also was funded…



To maintain that position with or without Skinner, funds are going to have to be found…



EDITORIAL COMMENT> Is it just me but wasn’t it idiotic to think of “reorganizing” the Hawaii Film Office again after the December shakeup?…And doing it just before one of the biggest films in Hawaii’s history – Pirates of the Caribbean IV -is about to spend at least eight weeks in the state – Oahu and Kauai – and some $90-million filming…Not to mention the possible CBS series remake Hawaii Five-0…Then there’s that unimportant $150-million Universal Pictures feature Battleship slated to begin shooting in November…What were these legislators thinking?…Ya think that just maybe some behind the scenes politics were involved in this legislative mess…





Meanwhile on Maui, Adam Sandler‘s Just Go With It comedy wraps a week of filming at the Seawatch Restaurant at Wailea with Sandler, co stars Jennifer Anniston, Nicole Kidman (left, right, and below), model Brooklyn Decker and sports radio host Dan Patrick (who portrays a waiter) in most every scene…



A large tiki bar is being built on the rocky point fronting the Grand Wailea Resort where filming begins Monday for three days before moving to the beach. Believe it or not it will be Aniston’s first venture to the beach since arriving on Maui abut two weeks ago…After that there’s at least two days of beach scenes at the Grand Wailea Resort beach…









For last week’s luau scene at the Grand Wailea, the production used 300 extras. This week extras casting director Rachel Sutton – formerly of ABC’s LOST – and company have cast cast another 200 plus. By the end of filming just on Maui the production will have employed close to 1,000 extras except for the 50 SAG members from Oahu. The rest are all Maui locals… About 1,800 hopefuls audtioned for the extras role…The production is doing its best to use them all…


Oahu-based stylist Paulette Crammond worked on the film for three days…





Thanks to Gravitas Ventures, White on Rice by Tiger Industry Films has been picked up by Warner Bros. for Cable VOD and Online distribution…The film will debut on Pay Per View on June 1…


This is a major national launch with the film being available in more than 50 million US homes. Anyone with cable with access to Movies On Demand or Pay Per likely can watch White on Rice at home.  It will be available in standard format as well as in HD…


The movie also will be available on iTunes and Amazon VOD for download starting on June 1st…Over 100 cable, satellite, telco operators and online will be showing the film including these major ones: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Verizon…


Cablevision, DIRECTV VOD, DISH NETWORK IPVOD, RCN, Insight, Mediacom, Bresnan, Suddenlink, Amazon VOD, and iTunes…


The movie will be available for streaming on Netflix later this year, but it will be after the VOD start date…






WALT DISNEY ANIMATION  & PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS  are holding a special pre release – one month early – screening of  Toy Story 3 to benefit the Children of Future Light Orphanage & Email Foster Parents International on Sunday, May 16, 1-7 p.m. at Consolidated Theater Ward 16…Admission is $125-$200. The price includes after party at Dave & Busters, heavy pupus, cocktails and D&B electronic game playing, PLUS Special Pixar Collector Gift Items…



This early showing is due to the efforts of part-time Kailua resident and two-time Academy Award Winner Dr. Ed Catmull, president, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Catmull, one of the co-founders of Pixar, was President and CTO of Pixar and now is President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios…



Catmull (above) and several Pixar/Disney executives will attend the screening…Catmull will introduce the film…


At this year’s Academy Awards Pixar’s critically acclaimed feature film Up was nominated in five categories taking home two for Best Animated Feature and Original Score. This is the third year in a row that a Pixar film has won in the best animation category after Ratatouille and WALL-E.


THE CHILDREN OF FUTURE LIGHT ORPHANAGE in Cambodia was founded in 1992 by humanitarian and Khmer Rouge survivor Phaly Nuon who will also attend the event and briefly address the audience. It now supports about 250 Khmer children ranging in age from seven to eighteen.


Longtime Hawaii resident Rob Hail came up with the Email foster parent concept a decade ago then visited orphanages in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia seeking an ideal orphanage to fulfill his dream…The program has been so successful that the organization is expanding into other countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh.


The cost of one general admission for the “Toy Story 3” benefit fundraiser pays for 375 nutritious meals at Future Light Orphanage. Four seats pays for a year’s university tuition for an Advanced Education student at Future Light Orphanage. Donations are partially tax deductible.


SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Seats are available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone (808) 545-3676 | Fax (808) 533-0497 | Kyle@emailfosterparents.org | Lei Darcey at leidarcey@aol.com. Or, mail to EFPI Attn: Lei Darcey, 501 Sumner St. #605, Honolulu, HI 96817…





MAUI FEATURE STARS CREAM OF HAWAII MUSICIANS

MAUI FEATURE STARS CREAM OF HAWAII MUSICIANS




TALK STORY PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES SPY VS. STU IN PRE PRODUCTION!












Get A Job, a comedy written and directed by Brian Kohne, has just finished its first week or production on Maui where the entire low budget project will be filmed…Filming started April 16…


Get A Job is being produced by The Motion Picture Comedy, a partnership between Cicala Filmworks and Malama Pono Productions. The film stars Willie K (below) , Eric Gilliom, Carolyn Omine, Augie T, Amy Hanaiali’i, Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono, Ernie Cruz Jr., Alaka’i Paleka, Kealoha, and Kathy Collins….






Stefan Schaefer is producer…Dan Hersey, who most recently worked on Philip Serymour Hoffman’s feature Jack Goes Boating is director of photography…Nori Hubbs is production designer; Beth Anne Kelleher is costume designer, and Blaise J. Noto of Blaise Noto & Associates is marketing consultant…



Writer-director Kohne described the feature as “a love story in which the characters must learn to first want what they have, in order to get what they want”…



“We’ve assembled an experienced Hawaii crew along with several exceptional key positions from New York. Stefan and I first met in March of 2009, and this will be the first of many planned collaborations in the coming years. He’s written a cool Hawaii based dramatic screenplay, Ohana, and I’m sitting on an unusual cultural/spiritual/action/adventure/comedy entitled Brother’s Kuleana. Add to that he has a 10-part web-series scheduled to shoot in the fall, and I’ve a pretty fleshed out television musical sitcom ready to fly based on the characters Willie, Eric, and I developed known as the Barefoot Natives”




GET A JOB! is a contemporary comedy set on Maui.  William (Willie K) is a successful employment agent whose own career is jeopardized when, over the course of one week, he repeatedly fails to find work for a 40-something year-old, Merton (Gilliom), a simpleton who surfs everyday in a spot where there are no waves. He needs to “GET A JOB!”   William’s  problems are compounded tenfold by his longtime wedding planner girlfriend, Laura (Omine), who wants desperately to be married and chooses this particular week to achieve her goal at all costs. At week’s end, William finds himself jobless, homeless, car-less, girlfriend-less … but more resolved than ever to make the tough choices needed to find lasting joy, love and fulfillment…




“Hawaii is the main character in the story,” continues Kohne. “Willie, Eric and  I previously explored many of these ideas with the Barefoot Natives in music, on TV and in multimedia musical theatre productions.  “Get A Job” will not present a Hawaii the world is accustomed to seeing but rather will honor the working class realities that support the familiar Hawaiian façade.  Naturally, Hawaii’s inherent beauty will shine through but you’ll be introduced to what local folks know all to well – the struggle, the challenge and the complications of living in Paradise,” he concludes…



Fans can follow the progress of the production at the website www.getajobthemovie.com,..








Talk Story Productions’ Spy Vs. Stu feature starring Pierce Brosnan is in pre production, the company has announced…No start day for filming has been announced…






Stu, a regular guy, whisks his girlfriend away on an island vacation, where he plans to pop the question. On the island is a spy (Brosnan), who sets his eye on Stu’s woman, Molly, and becomes her tough-to-beat suitor. Once Molly is taken captive, the Spy and Stu must learn to work together in order to save her, and the world…



The film will be shot entirely on Oahu…






Talk Story also announced that The Tempest starring Helen Mirren (below), Felicity Jones, Reeve Carney, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Djimon Hounsou, and Russell Brand is slated for a fall 2010 release…Tempest was shot on Lanai and the Big Island...







In this Shakespearean fantastical thriller, the magician Prospero orchestrates spirits, monsters, a grief-stricken king, a wise old councillor, two treacherous brothers and a storm at sea into a fantastical journey filled with banishment, sorcery and betrayal. The shipwreck catapults the collision of two hapless lovers, who stir their budding emotions, and eventually seal their fate…







The film is directed by Julie Taymor


SANDLER’S “JUST GO WITH IT” SMOOTH SAILING ON MAUI

SANDLER’S “JUST GO WITH IT” SMOOTH SAILING ON MAUI

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SEQUEL TO FILM
FIRST ON KAUAI IN LATE JUNE THEN ON OAHU.

Adam Sandler‘s (above left) Just Go With It feature also starring Jennifer Aniston (center), and Nicole Kidman (right) is in full production in Wailea where the first week of filming was all at the Grand Wailea Resort with scenes in the lobby, a gift store, and three nights on the beach fronting the hotel for an elaborate luau scene…

I spent a day hanging out with crew watching filming (and dodging security). Crew had nothing but praise for Aniston as a “total pro” showing up knowing her lines, friendly with extras and stand ins, and excited hotel guests…The crew also “love” Sandler who a production source said  “gets the job done and makes it fun for everyone”…


This is the largest production on Maui in years if not ever. Maui Film Commissioner Benita Brazier this year alone has had two major films shot on the Valley Isle, including Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter in January and last year The Tempest with Helen Mirren on Lanai…

On the little time off Aniston has had since arriving on Maui a week ago, the actress has been working out every morning in the Four Seasons Resort gym pretty much dominating the Stairmaster and treadmill…Aniston, Sandler, Kidman with hubby Keith Urban, and musician Dave Matthews are staying at the Four Seasons Resort Wailea next door to the Grand Wailea Resort…Director is Dennis Dugan (below) who also helmed Sandler’s previous film You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)…

Just Go with It finishes the luau scene tonight and then on Monday shoots at one of Wailea’s premier restaurants, The Seawatch Restaurant at Wailea which, sources said, has been rented by the production for a week for several day’s filming…

The production is using some 300 extras while filming six-plus weeks on Maui then moving to Kauai for three weeks filming…

Director Rob Marshall’s upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is expected to begin filming on Kauai the third week in June with preproduction already begun on the Garden Island…The cast will be staying at the recently launched uber luxurious St. Regis though mega star Johnny Depp (above)n is staying in a private home…Crew is expected to stay at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club where the film’s production office is already set up then on Oahu set up shop at the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club…Interestingly, Disney is also considering the Turtle Bay Resort property on Oahu to shoot for one week in July…

According to a Kauai production official, Pirates will be in preproduction and filming on the island for eight weeks then moving to Oahu for about the same time…Walt Disney Picture executives and Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle earlier this year when announcing the Pirates filming here said the production will spend about $86 million in Hawaii…If Kauai just gets half of  that or $43 million, it will be the second most production revenues ever spent on the island after Ben Stiller’s mega hit Tropic Thunder which filmed for 10 months there in 2007 generating $68 million, said Art Umezu, Kauai Film Commissioner…

Up and coming British actor Sam Clafin has been added to the cast as the young male lead playing opposite Depp…Claflin plays  the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary, who get’s caught with Depp’s Jack Sparrow searching for the Fountain of Youth…

Astrid Berges-Frisbey (above) also has just been cast as Syrena, a beautiful and alluring young mermaid encountered by Sparrow…

Umezu earlier this week remind Reel Hawaii that James Cameron and a crew filmed a small section of Avatar on Kauai. “And some actors came over three years ago to learn how to walk in the jungle,” Umezu said…(Sandler had about 30 crew scouting the Kauai this year, Umezu said.)…

George Clooney and The Descendants have been on Kauai for a week filming in and around Hanalei Bay and two days at the historical Tahiti Nui restaurant (above) in downtown Hanalei…Descendants will film two more weeks on Kauai before returning to Oahu for another three weeks filming…

Waterman and Kauai resident Laird Hamilton (above) did a cameo with Clooney…

Speaking of LOST, the production has its wrap party tomorrow 5-9 p.m at the Kahala Resort at the Plumeria Beach House. According to sources, the entire cast including original actors filmed last week for the finale…

Chef Robert Irvine (above LEFT) of Dinner: Impossible is back in Hawaii on a mission to feed the LOST cast and crew…Irvine is “stranded” on the deserted LOST location set of Papailoa Beach (PoliceBeach) in Haleiwa…Using food found on the beach and minimal cooking supplies, and with the help of Executive Chef Jon Matsubara of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Irvine must figure out a way to quickly create a delicious meal for 90 hungry Hollywood types before his time runs out….

The show airs May 19, 7 p.m. on the Food Network, Oceanic Cable 60/Digital 321…The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau partnered with Starwood Hawaii to assist with the on-island filming of Dinner: Impossible’s LOST Hawaii episode…

NBC’s “THE EVENT” WRAPS AS HI DOUBLES FOR CARIBBEAN

NBC’s “THE EVENT” WRAPS AS HI DOUBLES FOR CARIBBEAN




RUMOR: IF HAWAII FIVE-0 IS GREEN LIT BY CBS IT WILL BE SHOT IN LOS ANGELES. PRODUCTION EXEC SAYS NO, “IT WOULD EFFECTIVELY KILL THE SERIES.”






The Event filming at Oahu’s Spitting Caves





NBC wrapped up three days of busy filming on Oahu for part of the pilot The Event. Hawaii doubled as the Caribbean island of St. Lucia with scenes shot at Secret Beach at the Kualoa Fishpond, Correa Ranch in Waimanalo, and China Walls and Spitting Cave in Hawaii Kai…


Likely the most dramatic filming was Friday’s Spitting Cave location where a female swimmer had to be rescued in the churning surf after a stunt double took a wild 40-foot plunge off the rocky shelf into a narrow channel just outside the cave…






In the scene, actor Jason Ritter – son of John Ritter – and who plays John Walker and his girlfriend Leila Buchanan (played by Sarah Roemer) comes across a frantic man Greg (Wes Ramsey) whose girlfriend has just fallen into the ocean from the cliff…





Stunt coordinator Tim Gilbert and the Hawaii crew spent nearly two hours setting up the stunt and safety rigs for the two camera operators shooting the “only doing it once” leap…






Rush Randle (above) was the stunt double; stunt double for the drowning woman in the water was Kawena Chun (below left) with water safety crew member Rusty Keaulana…





A small armada of boats and a jet ski hovered around the churning Spitting Cave cove shuttling stunt double Chun in and out of the water after each rehearsal, some resting on the larger boat during scene set ups, or providing heavy water cameras to water director of photography Mike Prickett to capture the dive from the ocean and underwater, and the rescue…





A lot of locals worked on the production, including camera operator Mark Gerisaminko (above), ADs Matt Locey and Rick “Coop” Cooper, the inexhaustable key rigging grip Henry Fordham, the award-winning sound team of sound mixer John Reynolds, boom operator Rich Linke, and utility sound technician Dan Garab, 2nd assistant camera Robert Campbell, costumers Kathe James and Pam Gossage, property master Charlie Kaeo, and locations manager Timmy Chinn





Linke (above hilding boom) spent much of Thursday afternoon floating in the water off China Walls holding the boom…





Fordham (below) spent a large part of his Friday afternoon tied by rope to A camera operator Lukas Bielan (below right with camera) who hovered near the cliff’s edge while filming several scenes…






A very happy director Jeffrey Reiner calls “It’s a wrap!”…




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