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TRIAD SHOWDOWN WITH “HAWAII FIVE-0” STRIKE TEAM; WILL BULLETS & FISTS FLY?

TRIAD SHOWDOWN WITH “HAWAII FIVE-0” STRIKE TEAM; WILL BULLETS & FISTS FLY?




PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES MOVES INTO FINAL TWO WEEKS OF OAHU FILMING



ABC’S OFF THE MAP TO HOLD OPEN CALL CASTING










After a busy and what several crew say was “a very good week” of filming off of Oahu’s windward side, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides now moves to a new location efore heading to the United Kingdom in about two weeks…



Last week’s P4 filming was all offshore on Blackbeards’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, featuring several scenes between star Johnny Depp, 47, and co star Penelope Cruz, 36 who plays Angelica, Sparro’s love interest…Depp, who reprises his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow, did some very PG-13-rated dance moves (see above) and kisses with Cruz, swinging her around (see below) while holding either a glass or bottle of “stage” rum and taking her into a headlock (also below)…Cruz plays Angelica, Capt. Sparrow’s love interest….She was easily viewed smooching on the vessel’s deck with Depp…Blackbeard is played by Ian McShane



















Angelica is a mysterious woman from Captain Jack’s past, but when she comes back into his life, he can’t decide whether it’s love, or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth…When Cruz forces Depp’s character aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Depp finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past…The fourth movie in the ‘Pirates’ franchise also sees the return of stars Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa and Kevin McNally as Gibbs….








CBS’ Hawaii Five-o is shooting two days of football and fight scenes near Waikiki as a “triad” gang battles with the Five-0 strike force team led by Alex O’Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett…Got to hand it to Five-0’s Hawaii location manager Jim Triplett who has been multi tasking the last few months pulling duties on George Clooney’s The Descendants, NBC’s The Event and now Hawaii FIve-0



Tim Chinn is key assistant locations manager on Universal Pictures mega action film Battleship…







OFF THE MAP TO HOLD OPEN CALL CASTING: The producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice will begin filming the new ABC series Off the Map starting Aug. 30…The production is holding an open casting call on Saturday, Aug. 7 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 100th Infantry Battalion Memorial Building at 520 Kamoku St. in Honolulu; and on Sunday. Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore…



The series, which is set in South American’s Amazon needs all ages from children to seniors, male and female to portray roles of that region…Spanish and Portuguese speaking abilities are a plus. Applicants must have a United States SSN# and work visa…No acting experience is necessary…



Executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and creator Jenna Bans created this uplifting medical drama that explores how far you have to go to truly heal…The Premise: Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. That’s where idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Manny Diaz. All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones with emotional baggage. Take the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA. He walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor, Otis Cole, he’ll teach these newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in….


In this ensemble drama, five doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place…



Off the Map stars Martin Henderson as Ben Keeton, Caroline Dhavernas as Lily Brenner, Enrique Murciano as Manny Diaz, Mamie Gummer as Mina Minard, Jason George as Otis Cole, Valerie Cruz as Zita (Zee) and Jose Julian as Charlie…



Off the Map is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and created/executive-produced by Jenna Bans. The series is from ABC Studios…




IT’S OFFICIAL! “HAWAII FIVE-0” IS A GO

IT’S OFFICIAL! “HAWAII FIVE-0” IS A GO







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Here’s the link to the just released Hawaii Five-0 promos. What do you think? Make your opinions known.



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After 30 years off the air and a previously failed pilot Hawaii Five-0 starring Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett will air this fall on Monday’s at 9 p.m. Hawaii time…The hourlong police drama also stars Daniel Dae Kim as Det. Chin Ho Kelly…CBS executives made the announcement this morning in New York City…



CBS has released the opening credit sequence to the remake of Hawaii Five-O. What is the new Five-0 about?A contemporary take on the original series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the organized crime in Hawaii.  Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest “game” in town.  Joining McGarrett is Det. Danny “Danno” Williams, (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who is committed to keeping Hawaii safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim, below), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protégé of McGarrett’s father.  Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful Hawaii local, right out of the the police academy…






McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father’s case while the state’s brash new Five-0 unit is determined to eliminate Hawaii’s criminal elements…



Unlike the original series as of now there are no local actors in any significant roles…CBS has not done any public relations about the series at least in Hawaii….



Here are some of the other primary actors in episode one: Angela Gots who plays Lt. Catherine Rollins, Will Yum Lee as Sang Min, Troy Manandic as a surfer, and Jonathan Mankuta as a beachgoer…





DESCENDANTS SET TO FILM MARCH 15 ON OAHU

DESCENDANTS SET TO FILM MARCH 15 ON OAHU



U’s BATTLESHIP HAWAII FILMED POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER?


CBS NIXES ANY MEDIA COVERAGE OF HAWAII FIVE-0 PILOT!





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The much anticipated feature film Descendants starring George Clooney and Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne (above) begins some seven weeks of filming on Oahu March 15…The film from a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and screenplay by Nat Faxon is a family drama about a newly widowed father – the descendant of landowners and one of the richest men on Oahu – who takes off with his two rebellious daughters to track down his wife’s lover on the island of Kauai….



Descendants also will film on Kauai for three to four weeks beginning in May…



Cast also includes Shailene Woodley as Alexandra, one of Clooney’s two daughters, Mary Birdsong (below left) as Kai, and Nick Krause as Sid…



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Producers are Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, and Jim Talor, and co producer George Parra who is also line producer…Phedon Papamichael is cinematographer…Hawaii crew include Rene Confair as production supervisor and Ashley C. Smith, travel and shipping coordinator. Mads Hansen is assistant production manager…






Production company is ATC Productions; distributor is Fox Searchlight Pictures…





















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Hawaii sources say that Universal Pictures mega-bucks as in $150-million-plus feature Battleship will not film in Hawaii until late this year and likely in November…The film to be directed by Peter Berg was looking at a Hawaii filming this summer…A Universal spokesperson couldn’t confirm a film start date saying it’s “too soon to tell dates (or) timing”…



The push reflects a change in opening dates from July 2011 to May 25, 2012…According to Universal, “the film was moved to give it the time and resources to thoroughly realize its huge-scale ambitions and position it for Memorial Day weekend in 2012″…The U describes the film as a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force”…



The water-based epic action adaptation of the board game Battleship will not be filmed in 3D despite rumors to the contrary, Los Angeles sources said…The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner is in talks to star in the film…




Principal casting is being done in Los Angeles by Linda Lowy and John Brace at 4151 Prospect Ave., Cottages, Room 105, L.A., CA 90027…Extras casting has not yet been announced…





CBS SAYS KAPU FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF HAWAII FIVE-0 PILOT


Certainly one of Hawaii’s most beloved and cherished series, the CBS network and studio producing the Hawaii Five-0 pilot set to start filming next Monday are declaring no media for the pilot…No reason was given…


What a difference 13 years makes since the last Hawaii Five-0 rebirth was shot here starring Gary Busey and directed by Stephen J. Cannell. That production not only invited news media to the first day of filming but also arranged interviews during the rest of the shoot…







HEY ALL YOU LYCHEE THIEVES PRODUCTION “FAMILY MEMBERS!”





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The indie has been accepted into the Sacramento International Film Festival, New Filmmakers L.A. at Sunset Gower Studios,and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Lychee Thieves also was screened to a huge crowd at Vassar College. One comment during a Q&A there was that the killing of the lychee tree was much more devastating than the destruction of the enormous (CGI) tree in Avatar!…



Lychee Thieves is a short dramatic film directed and written by Kathleen Man that centers on four local characters on O’ahu (Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian), who clash over a miraculously bountiful lychee tree.


Writer/director Man was raied on Oahu and has produced and directed several award winning films and currently teaches narrative and documentary filmmaking at Vassar College. The film explores the often humorous, and sometimes contentious, interactions among the culturally and ethnically diverse inhabitants of Hawai’i. A slice-of-life drama, Lychee Thieves raises questions about our personal responsibility to others and to the land we share…


Lychee Thieves was filmed in August and September on  O’ahu. One month later, an advance cut of the film was screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was then given repeat screenings in the “Best of the Shorts” program in October and in the traveling program in Hilo in November.  The final version of the film was completed in February….






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Localite Angela Laprete (above left with Mann) served as producer…Stephen Gyllenhaal is executive producer…














ACADEMY OF FILM OFFERS METHOD ACTING IN FILM

ACADEMY OF FILM OFFERS METHOD ACTING IN FILM

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Professional Hawaii acting coach Scott Rogers will conduct a clinic on Method Acting for Film Aug. 27- Sept. 24 (Five Thursday sessions) at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Film,
1174 Waimanu Street, Suite A
Honolulu, HI 96814. The class will consist of lectures / Q & As, and acting exercises. Cost is $175 for current Academy students; $225.00 for all others…

Rogers was acting coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a three-year, exclusive contract. He served as acting coach on the Hawaii-made feature film Princess Ka`iulani starring Barry Pepper, Will Patton, and Q’orianka Kilcher. Scott has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, acting coach for the TV series North Shore and Baywatch Hawaii. His clients have included actors and series regulars on Lost, Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull, 50 First Dates, ER, Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Rundown, Tears of the Sun, Blue Crush and Lilo & Stitch...For more information contact the Academy of Film at (808) 596-8300…

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Actor Jennifer Love Hewitt did an oh-so-secret one-day photo shoot on Saturday Aug. 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua for CBS Watch!, the network’s online magazine…Two Maui crew worked on the project…When Hewitt was 15 years old she co starred in the Steven Bochco’s short-lived 1994 Oahu-based series The Byrds of Paradise, arguably one of the most honest dramas about Hawaii. The series lasted 13 episodes before being cancelled over studio issues between Bochco and ABC…

The CBS Watch! photo shoot is for a Hewitt feature story since she stars in the network’s Ghost Whisperer series, about a newlywed who helps dead people pass into the afterlife. The producers of Ghost Whisperer include John Gray and medium James Van Praagh

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Looks like the Kauai filming for Soul Surfer has been cut to two days from about 10, all to save money on the $9-million biopic feature which has been pushed several times. Principal photography now is supposed to start Sept. 22 on Oahu…Some big names being floated to appear in the film include Kauai resident Pierce Brosnan and his son, Dylan Thomas. Also mentioned is Jack Nickolson‘s daughter, Lorraine Broussard…Two other A-list actresses have been approached to appear in the film but likely would have to agree to take a small salary upfront and a part of the gross on the back end…

EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

Soul Surfer feature film execs

(Soul Surfer executives at Turtle By Resort): (L-R) Debbie Schwartz, co writer; Doug Schwartz, producer/co writer; Sean McNamara, director/producer/co writer; Tiffany Hofstetter, consultant for Bethany Hamilton; and Dutch Hofstetter, producer.


The long-awaited feature film Soul Surfer begins eight weeks of  filming in August, primarily on Oahu, two days on Kauai, and a day in San Clemente, California. Filming will be preceded by seven weeks of pre production beginning next month…

“Some film people in Hawaii said this film would never be made, well we’re on our way and Soul Surfer is here,” said Dutch Hofstetter, one of the film’s producer. At $10-million, Soul Surfer to date is Hawaii’s biggest budget feature of 2009. The film is scheduled for general release next June…

Other members of the Soul Surfer creative team includes Hofstetter;  Sean McNamara, producer, co writer, and director; Doug Schwartz, producer/co writer; and Debbie Schwartz, co writer…Hofstetter is also surfer Bethany Hamilton’s manager and has the rights to her story.

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The film is based on Hamilton’s best selling book about her vicious attack by a tiger shark in 2003 on Kauai’s North Shore. Hamilton’s left arm was severed at the shoulder with one surgical like bite bite from the shark. The film chronicles Hamilton’s recovery from the attack and subsequent success on the surfing contest circuit…

McNamara and Schwartz have extensive Hawaii production experience. McNamara is co owner with David Brookwell of Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment, which produced the popular television series Even Stevens that  shot some episodes in Hawaii as well as three seasons of Beyond the Break filmed on Oahu’s west side…Schwartz was a producer-writer on all 324 episodes on Baywatch and co produced two Baywatch movies of the weeks in Hawaii…

The Soul Surfer script was completed this month while the writers were ensconced at the Turtle Bay Resort where the production is based. Much of the film will be shot on the resort’s surrounding property, including most of the eight scenes showing Hamilton being attacked by the tiger shark. The shark attack scene in part will be filmed at Turtle Bay Resort’s Baby Beach, north of the hotel…

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Soul Surfer shark attact scenes will be shot at the Turtle Bay Resort beaches at lower right

The 10 principal characters, including a respected and known actress to portray Hamilton, are being cast in Los Angeles. Casting could be announced as early as  mid July. Two A-list male actors are considering working on the project, sources said…Hawaii surfer Ben Aipa will portray Hamilton’s surfing coach. Hamilton is not acting in the film but will do all her character’s surfing…

Schwartz described the Soul Surfer feature as “Blue Crush meets Jaws but with an uplifting tone”…

According to the producers, some water scenes may be shot in the water tank at the Hawaii Film Studio. About 80 percent of Soul Surfer will be shot on Oahu, two days on Kauai also with the principal cast members, and one sequence at a Southern California surf contest. (Oahu’s Kahuku Hospital, which has been used in several Lost episodes, will “stand in” for Kauai’s Wilcox Hospital where Hamilton received emergency care after the shark attack.) About 20 Oahu locations will be used for filming…

The film is doing most of the shooting on Oahu rather than Kauai because there’s more infrastructure here and a solid crew base, the producers said…

McNamara and Schwartz plan to use  many of the same crew from their Hawaii shows, including Brian Keaulana as water work director and Greg Barnett, who lives in Los Angeles, as second unit director. Producers also want Hawaii production veteran Francis Conway to be Soul Surfer’s line producer and unit production manager, citing his knowledge of Hawaii crew and the mutual respect between both sides. The production will hire as many local crew as are available  bringing “in a only few keys from the mainland,” McNamara said.

Producers have not yet been in contact with most of the local crew they hope to hire

The producers’ biggest challenge is having the actress portraying Hamilton work as if her left arm is missing, McNamara said…“It’s a visual effect that has to be consistent throughout the film. We have to do it in such away that it’s authentic”…

One  big budget effect will be the shark attack. “We want this to be the best, most convincing, and relentless shark attack every filmed,” Schwartz  said. “Suspense can work very well and not be bloody.”  The trick is to be realistic, scare the audience “a little bit, but remain family friendly,” McNamara added…

Soul Surfer is one in a long line of films and TV shows to base at the Turtle Bay Resort that’s included both Baywatch MOV’s, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and The Big Bounce. ABC’s Lost uses a remote jungle on the resort’s property as a location…Turtle Bay Resort will be featured in the film with its name prominently used during a surfing competition sequence. Forgetting Sarah Marshall also used the Turtle Bay Resort name in several scenes…

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