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TEMPEST CHARGES ON SUNDAY; BIG ISLAND NEXT WEEK

TEMPEST CHARGES ON SUNDAY; BIG ISLAND NEXT WEEK

 

Actor Djimon Hounsou rehearses a scene and rocks the set on Lanai’s The Tempest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miramax’s indie feature film The Tempest with a stellar cast that includes Academy Award winners like Helen MIrren has faced fire, heavy rains, gale force winds and the Lanai’s famous red mud but seems to be back on shooting schedule though yeoman work by crew and cast that included a rare Sunday filming. Mahalo nui loa to Splash News for the exclusive set photos…

 

Now it’s off to the Big Island where filming begins on Monday at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa for a day before heading to Kekaha Kai State Beach for a two-day shoot and other Big Island locations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna District, and Hilo where the $20 million production wraps Dec. 18. The production has built on Oahu about one third of the stern section of an ancient sailing vessel that will be used for their Dec. 17-18 night filming of a storm sequence in Hilo. Filming was set to to be done in a warehouse but, sources said, will now be shot in “a river section.”…The ship which took two weeks to build is in sections and being loaded tomorrow on a barge at Honolulu Harbor then shipped to Hilo where it will be assembled and dressed…The Tempest wraps Dec. 18. Cast and crew have a day of rest on Dec. 19 then fly out Dec. 20…

 

 

Russell Brand (left) & Djimon Hounsou (far right)

 

 

Helen Mirren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Brand having fun (left & below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Hana hou to Mynette Louie (above), formerly of the Hawaii Film Office where she did extensive work about tax incentives, legislative issues and oversaw renovation of the Hawaii Film Studio. The feature film Louie produced – Children of Invention written and directed by Tze Chun – will premiere at the Sundance Film
Festival in the “Spectrum” category in January. In Children of Invention two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.  The film is the debut feature by Chun and loosely based on his own Sundance 2007 short Windowbreaker that earned him a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “Top 25 New Faces of Indie Film” list. The film stars Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water) and newcomers Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu. The
film was shot by Chris Teague, who lensed Sundance  shorts Man, The Second Line, and Salt Kiss; edited by Anna Boden, co-produced by Dave Saltzman, and scored by T. Griffin. The film was financed by Sasquatch Films and Impact Partners…Here’s Indiewire’s coverage of the “Spectrum” films at Sundance 2009:
http://www.indiewire.com/ots/2008/12/sundance_09.html…

 

 

COCONUT WIRELESS: It’s true that fashion company Calvin Klein wants to do a shoot on Oahu as early as January but “nothing is finalized,” several sources said. The production would be shot over several days here with non local crew and talent – including “a major celebrity” –  likely staying in luxury Waikiki accommodations…No location permits have yet been issued…

 

Hawaii’s production industry is abuzz about CBS’s remake of the Hawaii FIve-0 series, saying that the network has given the green light for 13 epsiodes and not requiring a pilot. The network likes the episode one script, sources said. The only problem is that CBS has kept quiet about any production start date…

 

LA BEAT: A man has been charged in last month’s vicious attack on actor Jason Momoa

 

who made his acting debut in Baywatch Hawaii and went on to star in Stargate Atlantis. Momoa was allegedly struck in the face with a glass by a 21-year-old man after a verbal altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant. Momoa required 140 stitches and reconstructive surgery after his face was shattered. The alleged assailant was out on probation for a gun charge conviction and has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon…

 

 

HAPPENING: Shiseido, the oldest cosmetic company founded in 1872, will film as many as eight days on Oahu starting Saturday. Local production company is Magic Island Productions. Weekend filming is in downtown Honolulu with most other locations at private condominium properties. The remarkable aspect of this shoot being in Hawaii is that Shiseido usually does these campaigns in Los Angeles but found everything they needed in Honolulu, according to two sources familiar with the project. The production is bringing about 22 crew from Japan but will use more than 100 Hawaii crew and extras..

 

The Big Island’s Island Planet One Productions has signed on Hawaii-born actor 

Jason Scott Lee for voice overs for the  company’s animated science fiction feature strange frame: Love & Sax. Lee, who lives in Volcano, has said he wants to help the Big Island’s production industry grow. The 100-minute 2-D and 3-D, $2.5 million feature was created by  animator GB Hajim and musician Shelley Doty. (Below)

 

 

 

The project began in 2005 and will be released in 2009, said Hajim. The producer described the film as “one musician’s journey to save her lover from a killer than few can survive: Stardom. It’s about choosing friendship and love over fame and fortune,” Hajim said. The main characters are the musicians Naia & Parker. Casting is by the Big island’s Laura Bollinger…IPOP has received permission from Roger Waters of Pink Floyd to use the Gunner’s Dream from the Final Cut for our movie; only five domestic films in 35 years have gotten permission to use Pink Floyd songs…Impressive! 

 

Naia is about to kiss Parker

gets tapped for stardom and Parker is left behind.

Parker’s journey is to try to reconnect with Naia… who has been pulled away from her…

 

 

 

Parker puts on a “Prox”

 

 

 

 

 

(Left) A groupie whispers to Systrom Star Chandra Childs

 

 

 

 

RUMOR ONGOING Chapter III: The oh-so-hush-hush Cameron Crowe project starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon this summer was looking for sumo wrestler to appear in the film, sources said. Crowe apparently pushed the project back from a December pre production date because he didn’t want to start in Hawaii during the Christmas season… 

 

 

 

Now, let’s get REEL..

Now, let’s get REEL..

 

BREAKING 4/26: Look for director Stephen Sodenbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean’s 11) to bring his big budget pic The Informant (Warner Bros.) starring Matt Damon to Oahu in June. Prepping would begin next month. There have been two scouts here already. Filming would be no more than two weeks. Some of the Oahu filming will be on the island’s west side. Jennifer Fox and George Clooney are producers…

The tentatively titled movie of the week/pilot The Reef from MarVista Entertainment’s producers/directors Sean McNamara and David Brookwell, and MGM will begin three to five weeks of filming here May 12. Brian Keaulana is second unit director. Show could become a series depending on the popularity of the MOW. Production office is at the Ilikai Hotel. The McNamara-Brookwell team also produced three seasons of Beyond the Break on west Oahu…

Denise Richards just finished four days filming on Maui of her new and still untitled reality show. Production was based at the Westin Maui in Kaanapali. The show follows Richards’ transition into life as a single mother after her divorce and custody battles. The series airs this summer on E!  Sources say actors were hired to portray paparazzi following her around. To see pics of Richards shot by real Maui-based paps go to www.splashnewsonline.com

Heather Locklear wraps next week the Lifetime movie of the week Flirting with 40 being shot on Oahu. Locklear plays a divorced mother of two who decides to spend her 40th birthday in Hawaii and has a romantic encounter with a surf instructor, played by Robert Buckley, (Lipstick Jungle.) Locklear spent most of last Wednesday shooting beach sequences at Alii Beach Park. Check at the exclusive pics at www.pacificcoastnewsnoline.com

Island Film Group’s The Last Princess has begun two weeks of filming in the U.K. Producers Rick Galindez and Roy Tjioe return to Honolulu May 5.

DON”T BELIEVE IT DEPT.! Rumors swirling around Hollywood say Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of Thomas Magnum in Universal Picture’s still-in-development-hell film version of Magnum, P.I. His possible rumored co star is Kate Hudson. Script is by Rawson Thurber. Not true several Hollywood sources say…

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PRODUCTION UPDATE: Island Film Group (Ric Galindez and Roy Tjioe) and the Lifetime channel partner again this month for yet another two-hour movie of the week, Flirting with 40 starring Heather Locklear. She plays a divorced mother approaching her 40th birthday and falling for a younger man while on vacation in Hawaii. The production films on Oahu for eight days, April 21 to May 1 primarily in the North Shore and in Waikiki, with some major scenes at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Flirting also stars Chelah Horsdal and Stefanie von Pfetten. Preproduction began earlier this month. Lifetime’s MOW Special Delivery – also filmed on Oahu – producer Marc Lorber steps back into that post on Flirting. Mario Perez is doing stills; Anna Fishburn, local casting; Art Rivers, location manager; Lisa Lee Mitchell, assistant production office coordinator; Brock Little, stunts coordinator; and Ron Condon, Water DP…

HBO’s hit comedy series Entourage finished filming on Wednesday after a 2-1/2 day shoot here. The show stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven. The Hawaii segment has two of the main characters coming to Mexico – Hawaii is standing in for south of the border – to escape from the stress  of Hollywood. The characters vacation in a beach shack where they swim and ride jet skis until their agent arrives on a seaplane to retrieve them. The main location was Waimanalo Beach Park, near where the Fantasy Island house is set, and a couple of miles off Makua Beach where jet ski sequences were filmed coordinated by Brian Keauluana.

Lost again has pushed its wrap date to May 7 – subject to change – beyond the previously scheduled May 2 shutdown after filming five post-strike episodes rather than the previously announced eight. Next season will have the ABC show shooting 17 episodes including a two-hour finale. In season six, the show’s final year, 18 hour long episodes will be shot including another two-hour finale…

Looks like a welcome back may be in order for producers/directors Sean McNamara and David Brookwell who hope to shoot a feature film here – working title is The Reef – for five weeks beginning as early as May in a co production with MGM. The treasure hunting theme has a terrorist twist. The film was written for the Caribbean but producers decided that Hawaii was where they wanted to shoot so the script was rewritten. The film, currently untitled, will include underwater scenes, boat work, and some Waikiki locations. The production scouted Oahu a second time in March. The producers filmed three seasons of Beyond the Break on west Oahu…

 

Travel Channel host Jayms Ramirez was recently at Kona Village filming one of six one-hour shows loosely titled Welcome to the Jungle. The shows begin airing in July and are targeted at those interested in eco-travel and adventure. During the Kona Village filming, Ramirez learned how to make poi, went scuba diving with Kona Village Dive Master Jimmy Kilbride, interviewed Kona Village Executive Chef Mark Tsuchiyama about his use of island-grown products in resort kitchens, helped Ashlyn Uina pull invasive plants from the resort’s ancient fishponds and met with Kona Village historian Lani Opunui to learn about the petroglyphs carved into the lava field adjacent to the resort. The Kona Village program airs in August.

ONGOING: Following three weeks of filming including two 12-hour, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. night shoots at Iolani Palace, the Princess Kaiulani drama has moved to the U.K. for a final two weeks of filming.

B O R I N G BUT IMPORTANT: While filming here, PK faced a lot of hurdles not the least of which was the tempest in a tea pot controversy about the film’s title – first as Barbarian Princess then The Last Princess – director Marc Forby‘s ethnicity because he isn’t Hawaiian, and then veiled threats by at least one legislator that Act 88 might be revoked because of differences with the script…

BREAKINGAvalon Pictures’ Amelia Earhart biopic scheduled to film in Hawaii for two weeks isn’t, according to sources. The pic stars Hillary Swank and Richard Gere. Shooting starts later this month in Toronto, Nova Scotia and South Africa. No reason why Hawaii was dropped…

Hana hou: Local production phenom Angie Laprete who handled UPM duties on PK and according to producers, the director, AD, and crew did an outstanding job in her first UPM stint. Laprete is production coordinator on the Entourage production…

That’s a wrap….

 

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