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“PIRATES 4” WRAPS THIS WEEK ON OAHU; SETS SAIL FOR THE UK

“PIRATES 4” WRAPS THIS WEEK ON OAHU; SETS SAIL FOR THE UK




“I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” – Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) said yesterday via the web…




Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides wraps this Friday on Oahu with filming throughout the week in a large warehouse near Honolulu International Airport where some mega sets have been built…


The production spent about two weeks shooting off Windward Oahu primarily Heeia Pier and in Kaneohe Bay…
























By the time the production is wrapped out – by the end of August – Disney and Jerry Bruckheimers‘ production companies will have spent about $100 million in Hawaii including the four-week shoot on Kauai…Bruckheimer said in a Email that he’s back on Oahu this week for the final filming since it’s “almost time to move to the next shoot location”…












HAWAII FIVE-0 KUDOS: Crew seem to be happy – no ecstatic – about “The Five-0″ experience so far…”I’m very happy, very happy,” one crew member told Reel Hawaii this week…One surprising thing several local crew said is having a few production executives “actually taking time to tell us when we do a good job,” a crew member said…”That is very rare”…



“There’s a decidedly lack of yelling on this one,” a crew vet said…That’s saying a lot considering all the location changes and new sets required….A former Honolulu Advertiser warehouse is being used as a sound stage; the production offices are at at Gentry-Pacific on Nimitz Highway…



“There’s every indication that the network and certainly this production team and this series is going to be very big,” a junior production executive said…



CBS has ordered 12 hourlong episodes then will evaluate the ratings before deciding if another nine episodes will be ordered….”We’ll know by mid October, no later, if we’re a go or not”....






After a long day of filming at the International Market Place in Waikiki last week, Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin took some time to pose for photos and chat with with fans…”Thank you,” O’Loughlin told each fan after the photos…That’s the same thing Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck would do when filming in such a public place...



UNIVERSAL PICTURES BATTLESHIP STARTING CASTING: The first call is for Japanese men (American citizens) to play “Japanese Navy” ages 19 – 35 for paid work. Possible dates for employment are: 9/7, 9/8, 9/15 and 9/21. Must be willing to have military haircut…More info to come…






HAWAII FIVE-0 RAMPING FOR JULY 15 START; PRE-PRO STARTED

HAWAII FIVE-0 RAMPING FOR JULY 15 START; PRE-PRO STARTED







MARRIOTT WAIKIKI TEMPORARY HEADQUARTERS FOR !FOUR! PRODUCTIONS



Hawaii Five-0, Pirates of the Caribbean IV, Battleship, and the ABC series team for Off the Map are using the popular resort as their base to prepare for upcoming filming on Oahu this summerExpect to see the Pirates production move to Marriott’s Ihilani Resort as filming begins on Oahu in mid July







MEDIA ALERT! HAWAII HIRINGS






CBS finally has named a public relations person to handle Hawaii media requests for its new Hawaii Five-0 series and to coordinate local events…



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In what some see as a surprising career move, Erika Kauffman, director of public relations  for the Halekulani hotel in Waikiki since 2005 and a former MIss Hawaii, has been hired by the network as the local publicist for  Five-0’s media needs…

Former LOST Hawaii casting director Rachel Sutton is now on 5-0 in the same position…



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.



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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…














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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