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Reel Hawaii is a weekly insider’s news collection about Hawaii's production business - film, television, commercials, photo shoots - and current information about those who work here in the business. Reel Hawaii is published each Wednesday though breaking news is added before the new blog is put up. Reel Hawaii’s mission is to gather and publish news that’s important and significant to and for Hawaii’s production community. As such, Reel Hawaii will not back away from controversies affecting the production community. Reel Hawaii also is linked from Hawaii Film & Video Magazine's website - http://www.hawaiifilmandvideo.com Please send production information, photos, questions and comments to the listed Email listed on the website. All opinions, information, and subject matter are the sole responsibility of Tim Ryan, who has 20 years experience covering Hawaii’s entertainment industry for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, People, US Weekly and other publications.
“THE DESCENDANTS” MAY BE THE MOST HONEST FILM EVER ABOUT HAWAII LIFE

“THE DESCENDANTS” MAY BE THE MOST HONEST FILM EVER ABOUT HAWAII LIFE

JIMMY BUFFET MAKES HIS DEBUT AS GUEST START ON HAWAII FIVE-0’S “KI’ILUA” EPISODE It’s a major departure for Reel Hawaii to review films, but I can’t restrain myself from gushing over the Sony Pictures film The Descendants directed by Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne. It is a flawless work of art and a model of reserved filmmaking understated in the dialogue, acting, and the Hawaiian music…Clooney once again gives a stellar everyman performance conveying honest feelings and doubts in trying…

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“STAR TREK” HAWAII FILMING POSTPONED

“STAR TREK” HAWAII FILMING POSTPONED

Star Trek’s sequel filming which sources said had planned to shoot in Hawaii for 18 days in January has been postponed…Paramount has scouted some Hawaiian islands – Kauai and Oahu specifically – but pretty much decided to film on the Garden Island…Along with the filming about two months of pre production also had been scheduled to start in November… Star Trek pre-production on the sequel is currently underway in Los Angeles. The script — written by Alex Kutzman, Roberto Orci, and Damon Lindelof — is expected to…

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“HAWAII FIVE-0” LANDS JIMMY BUFFETT IN GUEST ROLE

“HAWAII FIVE-0” LANDS JIMMY BUFFETT IN GUEST ROLE

WILL A CONCERT BE ON FOR HONOLULU? Entertainer/song writer, novelist and successful businessman Jimmy Buffett is heading to Hawaii Five-0…He’ll play a veteran pilot who’s a friend of Lt. Commander Joe White (Terry O’Quinn), and helps Five-0 rescue one of its own from a sticky situation…Buffett is a licensed pilot and owns several planes…The episode will air this November on CBS which means it will likely be shot in late October…That’s when Buffett will wrap his mainland tour – Oct….

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BATTLESHIP RETURNS; NEW CASTING SET

BATTLESHIP RETURNS; NEW CASTING SET

DESPITE WEEKS OF FILMING IN HAWAII IN 2010, MEGA BUDGET BATTLESHIP STILL NEEDS MORE FOOTAGE HERE The Battleship production will return in November for for two days of additional filming and will include director Peter Berg (above)…Interestingly, Universal sources said the production needs “to reshoot pivotal scenes” and Berg wants to find “some new characters”… Local casting will be to find actors  70-80 years of age to portray “passionate veterans,” passionate in the sense of being able to “think on their…

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THE ANSWERS ARE! “STAR TREK”, “BATTLESHIP” & “HAWAII FIVE-0”

THE ANSWERS ARE! “STAR TREK”, “BATTLESHIP” & “HAWAII FIVE-0”

We’re Backkkkkkk!…It’s been Hawaii Film & Video Magazine production time so that’s what I’ve been doing…. Now let’s talk Hawaii production… You’ve probably heard the “rumors” about the Star Trek sequel filming in Hawaii…They’re not just “hopeful” rumors… Paramount has been scouting some Hawaiian islands – Kauai and Oahu specifically – and been asking for location information from other island film offices…Right now it looks very favorably that the Star Trek production will begin two months of pre production late…

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OSCAR WINNER PATTY DUKE TO APPEAR ON “HAWAII FIVE-O”

OSCAR WINNER PATTY DUKE TO APPEAR ON “HAWAII FIVE-O”

                  TV legend Patty Duke will guest star in a season 2 episode of Hawaii Five-0…     She’ll portray an Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother of a murder victim…When the Five-0 team go to deliver the notification, they learn her condition has her believing that her adult son is actually still a child. For a while, the team shields her from the news, but ultimately she must confront her devastating loss…     Duke’s first…

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WWII DRAMA HEADED TO OAHU

WWII DRAMA HEADED TO OAHU

          UPDATE   UPDATE   UPDATE   UPDATE      PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON TO DIRECT; JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN TO STAR           Western Film Company executives are on Oahu scouting locations for a one or two day shooting of an as yet “UNTITLED WESTERN MOVIE” that it’s being called by the production company…The military themed feature will film on Oahu on Aug. 12 or and maybe another day…The film began…

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TALK STORY PROD. WRAPS SHOOTING 5 SHORTS FOR HIFF

TALK STORY PROD. WRAPS SHOOTING 5 SHORTS FOR HIFF

THE SHORT LIST USES ALL LOCAL TALENT       THE SHORT LIST is a series of short films that are 100 percent produced from Hawaii  talent. The “episodes” include: HOTEL STREET, THE PROTECTOR, ROUND UP, ONE EVENING IN THE BLUE LIGHT BAR & GRILL, and BAIT will film tomorrow in Honolulu Harbor…The films will premier at this October’s Hawaii International Film Festival…     Talk Story Productions may be best known for producing The Tempest starring Hellen Mirren and the TV series Beyond the Break……

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ARE YOU THE ULTIMATE “HAWAII FIVE-0” FAN?

ARE YOU THE ULTIMATE “HAWAII FIVE-0” FAN?

  EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR FIVE FANS TO BECOME HAWAII FIVE-0 SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS   Winners will attend the 2nd season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, meet the cast and producers and participate in Hawaiian activities…   Here’s the Twitter Pitch: Do you want to be a Hawaii Five-0 Social Media ambassador and win a trip to Hawaii? http://tinyurl.com/3lzpd54#H50   CBS Television Studios announced today the Ultimate Hawaii Five-0 fan contest where five winners will become social media ambassadors for the series and win a trip to Hawaii…    Registration begins Tuesday, July…

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