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

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







THE ICONIC SERIES TO DEBUT ON MONDAYS THIS FALL



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



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJOhqxHnWa8&feature=youtu.be



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…





U’S “BATTLESHIP” TO FILM IN HAWAII THIS SUMMER BUT AUSTRALIA FIRST

U’S “BATTLESHIP” TO FILM IN HAWAII THIS SUMMER BUT AUSTRALIA FIRST




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BATTLESHIP DIRECTOR PETER BERG TELLS REPORTERS “MOST” OF THE FILMING WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA




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The Hawaii filming of Universal Studio’s $150-million mega pic Battleship has been pushed until mid summer while the production likely will start the shoot in Australia, several sources have confirmed. That’s a reversal of the original plans since producers were going to film in Hawaii first beginning as soon as April…Not to worry, a source says, this “alternative” was always in the plan as a possibility…



How long Battleship will film in Hawaii depends in part on a January scout to decide exactly what can be shot here and then how long that will take, sources told Reel Hawaii…



Universal officials did not  comment on why Australia might he used more than Hawaii, but local production sources with knowledge of the Battleship plans said some factors are the lack of available space here for sound stages and offices and no water tank large enough to accommodate the production’s filming needs that may include sinking ships….The Hawaii Film Studio’s 96,000-gallon water tank  – built for the Baywatch Hawaii television series – is too small for Battleship‘s needs and not functioning. “They need something large enough to sink battleships,” a source quipped. “But we knew that Australia would be the location for the tank shoot before we ever scouted here” ..Sources in Los Angeles and Hawaii emphasized that the decision to film in Australia – specifically in the Queensland province – has nothing to do with the tax incentives offered Down Under…



The especially good news is that Battleship‘s marine coordinator reportedly “loves Hawaii” and wants to shoot as much as possible on Oahu, most likely the westside, sources said. The Oahu filming will be 4 to 6 weeks…A Universal Studios spokesperson emphaiszed that  “it’s early in the development process for Battleship, and the proportion of the locations where we will shoot the film is still in play”…



Battleship production execs have been talking to some Hawaii crew and equipment companies while looking for soundstage and production office space, including in Halawa Valley,  the former Comp USA building, and a 30,000 square-foot space near Honolulu International Airport…”Their needs are very, very large,” a source said…



Berg told reporters in San Diego earlier this week that they’re just beginning to cast Battleship and that not a lot of big names will be attached to the production. The filmmaker explained that he’s a big fan of how J.J. Abrams cast Star Trek: “young, up and comers who weren’t exactly household names before the blockbuster was released”…



Berg also said  that Battleship will feature aliens as the antagonists with the  movie involving a eartlhing naval fleet engaged in combat with aliens. The interviews were conducted aboard the USS Sterett…



According to published interviews, Berg said the aliens are “a group of life forms from some other planet have come to our planet for something. They’ve got a very specific agenda. That agenda is not global domination. It’s an agenda and that agenda puts them into conflict with members of our military. Their technology is relatable. It’s not incredibly far out and unbeatable. It’s comprehensible”…


Here’s more


Here’s some more information from Berg, according to the Cinematical website:


– Battleship follows a small fleet of American and international ships (5 ) that for some reason get separated from the rest of the Navy and must take on an opposing fleet of alien ships that have arrived on earth in order to build some sort of “bridge” that will help their alien race in some way…


– The aliens are called The Regents who are not here to destroy earth or humankind. They want to use earth to help save their own species. But they will defend themselves if provoked…



– The aliens are a mix of human actors and CGI. Berg compared them to Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.


Battleship has a release date of July 29, 2011…





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LOST & HIFF COME TOGETHER FOR ALOHA SEASON CELEBRATION

LOST & HIFF COME TOGETHER FOR ALOHA SEASON CELEBRATION


TAX INCENTIVES INCREASE IN NORTH CAROLINA & TAHITI


GOOD TO KNOW: North Carolina governor Bev Perdue has signed Senate Bill 943 that allows production companies a 25-percent tax credit for film projects in North Carolina, up from the previous credit of 15 percent. The bill also sets minimum spending and hiring requirements for qualifying film companies working in the state. “This legislation will help grow our $91 million motion picture industry, preserve and create thousands of jobs and increase investments in yet another emerging economic cluster,” said Perdue. “Providing a strong foundation for North Carolina’s film industry is essential as we work to build a strong and sustainable economy through increased diversification”…Companies must spend a minimum of $250,000 on production costs in the state to be eligible for the tax credit. The bill also requires companies to meet hiring requirements for North Carolinians and other criteria to qualify for the incentive…


The incentive is aimed at keeping film production in North Carolina and allow the state to compete on a level playing field in a growing global market…


North Carolina’s production industry employs more than 2,500 statewide. Recent major motion pictures filmed in the state include Nights in Rodanthe, Leatherheads and The Secret Life of Bees. The N.C. film industry is also home to the CW Network’s One Tree Hill TV series as well as hundreds of commercial and industrial productions each year throughout the state.


More than 800 movies have been filmed in North Carolina. The state is well known for supporting its motion picture industry with a strong infrastructure and a bevy of locations that can stand in for sites throughout the world. Wilmington’s EUE Screen Gems, home of the largest studio lot east of California, recently opened the largest film and television production soundstage on the East Coast.


FRENCH POLYNESIA INCENTIVES

CHECK OUT STORY at:

http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/August/08-27-10.htm

or

www.tahitipresse.pf


TAHITI SHIFTS TOURISM FOCUS TO MOVIE PRODUCERS


According to the Tahiti Presse, since Tahiti is having problems attracting visitors during the global financial crisis, the Temaru government has decided to change its promotion tactic by promoting Tahiti as a destination for making movies. Universal Studios is going to bring some 50 journalists to Tahiti, and more precisely Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands from September 20 to 30.


This is but one of two upcoming events connected with the movie-making industries in Hollywood and France that the French Polynesia Tourism Ministry and GIE Tahiti Tourisme are helping to organize during September. During the same month, filming will wrap in Tahiti on a 3D IMAX movie due for a February release and eight Hollywood scriptwriters will be chosen to visit Tahiti on an all expenses paid trip that Tahiti is hoping will result in more movies being filmed in French Polynesia…


GIE Chief Executive Dany Panero has said that a 2004 study by the Film Exporters Association found that 62 percent of foreign tourists in France were influenced in their travel destination decision by what they saw at the movies…


But Universal Studios is bringing the journalists to Tahiti to launch its media coverage of the movie Couples Retreat. Some 75 percent of the comedy was filmed last fall on French Polynesia’s Bora Bora…Nearly US$7 million was spent locally during the filming, including, airline tickets, lodging and hiring 80 people and 35 extras…


Also in September, filming will be wrapped for the 45-minute 3D IMAX movie The Ultimate Wave 3D that focuses on the legendary Teahupoo surfing site as well as the people, culture and beauty of Tahiti. Filming began in August…


Also on the September agenda is a seven-day visit by eight “A-List” movie scriptwriters chosen jointly by the French Embassy’s Los Angeles Film and TV Office and the Writers’ Guild of America. This is being billed as an “Unlimited Access Tahiti Mission” trip to allow the Hollywood scriptwriters to check out the movie scenario possibilities in French Polynesia…


The criteria for qualifying for the trip to Tahiti includes having had one scenario made into a movie that has earned a minimum of US$100 million for the film studio during the past three years…


Tahiti is counting on the chosen scriptwriters coming up with eventual film ideas from their visit that will make the rounds of Hollywood film producers and perhaps result in more movie-making business for Tahiti…


The French Parliament enacted a law in December creating a new credit for foreign films shot in France to promote actual film production as well as post-production services of movies whose ‘dramatic content’ has links with the ‘culture, heritage or territory of France,’ to quote the text of the law”…


The rebate is worth 20 percent of all eligible costs and is capped at US$2.8 million. Eligible costs include authors’ rights (through French contracts), crewmembers’ salaries, actors’ salaries (up to the minimum rate of the collective bargaining agreement), technical costs (rentals and purchases), locations fees, transportation, food and all fringes.” The Tahiti Film Office is reportedly considering a rebate of around 15 percent…








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In what will be one of the premier events in Hawaii International Film Festival’s storied history, HIFF and ABC-TV are joining hands for a multi-tier, marathon Lost event that will include open-to-the-public seminars with cast, crew and executives, an in-depth, two-hour discussion in the evening of the hit show’s progression over the last five years that includes a question-and-answer segment with at least two of the show’s producers followed by an invitation-only after party. Video clips and other visual media likely will be used during the discussions…


The fundraiser events will be Saturday, Oct. 17 at as-yet-to-be-determined venue. The evening event will be 7-9 p.m. Details of who will be attending,where there events will be held, and event costs are being discussed. But this unprecedented event honoring Lost and with unparalled access to Lost crew and above-the-line execs is expected to attract domestic and international media and attendees. Lost joins Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum, P.I. as being synonymous with mega successful Hawaii productions that have not only spend hundreds of millions of dollars here but brought immense publicity to the aloha State…


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The Saturday Master Classes may begin as early as noon led by key Lost crew and execs that the public normally does not have access to…


This is Lost’s sixth and final season. The series is scheduled to air from February to May 2010. (Sources say Matthew Fox is the only cast member who knows the ending of the show so get your questions ready.) HIFF proposed the idea to Lost executives weeks ago “and they jumped at it,” said Chuck Boller, HIFF director. Prior to the evening event will be a private meet and greet cocktail party with Lost execs and actors at a Waikiki beachfront hotel…

Since the production plans to auction off nearly every prop used on the show at season’s end, ABC will preview some of the items at various this and other HIFF events.


“This is an event (HIFF) has to do,” Boller said. “The production has done so much for Hawaii and local filmmakers and crew that they deserve so much.”

BTW: Title of the final season’s two-hour premiere is “LA X” with the space intentional…


More details to come so keep checking back…



PREDATORS PRODUCTION UPDATE: Scouts for 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature are back on the Big Island for their third week of scouting Hawaii most of it where a lot of jungles have been looked at. The production would film for 18 days with an October start if the Hawaii portion is a go. That decision is expected to be made very soon…Some Hawaii production execs are being contacted about availability…

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The creature feature is directed by Nimród Antal (left). Filming begins Sept. 28th at producer Robert Rodriguez’s (below) Troublemaker Studios in Austin TX…Produced by Rodriguez, the new film will involve a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors that are not always from outside their group. The sci-fi action-adventure is written by Alex Litvak and Michael FinchPredators is slated to open summer 2010…

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This will be the  alien-hunter franchise’s first solo outing since 1990. The dreadlocked menace, who first appeared in a Central American jungle stalking Arnold Schwarzenegger and friends in 1987, has had other two solo features. Box office for the last combined feature was just $121 million worldwide after the previous installment’s $169 million. The studio and filmmakers reportedly aim to return to the franchise’s roots as a character-driven action movie…


In this version, a group of humans find themselves stranded on a planet home to Predators and must survive the horrors they encounter…





LATEST COOLER KINGS NEWS: Producers would like to be here at the end of August to start prep on the Jerry Bruckheimer produced pilot pilot for A&E…





EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

EXCLUSIVE! SOUL SURFER BEGINS FILMING IN AUGUST

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(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…

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)

 

 

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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… 

 

 

 

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