SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

Bethany Hamilton at Kawela Bay SOUL SURFER SUBJECT SLATED FOR NBC’S TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE FRIDAY DEC. 11 Six weeks of pre preproduction on the long-delayed biopic Soul Surfer about Kauai wave rider Bethany Hamilton who had an arm amputated in a shark attack begins monday, several sources confirmed. That’s more good news for Hawaii’s production community and co producers Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment who have labored for months on the script and helping to cement funding. Filming is scheduled to start either…

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CALLING ALL BACKGROUND ACTORS FOR THE HONEYMOON

CALLING ALL BACKGROUND ACTORS FOR THE HONEYMOON

Island FilmGroup and MarVista Entertainment’s film THE HONEYMOON needs background actors for an upscale wedding scene to be shot next week at the Kahala Resort and later “Luxury Cruiseliner Scenes.” Here are the details: Age range: 20 years – 40 years; Caucasion and Mixed Ethnicities. The scenes also require  experienced bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and card dealers for blackjack, roulette, craps table in a casino scene. Filming is Sept. 30 through Oct. 21… The OPEN CALL signup is  Saturday, Sept./26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m….

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HONOKAA MEETS HOLLYWOOD (AND JAPAN)

HONOKAA MEETS HOLLYWOOD (AND JAPAN)

                    Honokaa People’s Theater   PRODUCTION UPDATE: Right on the heels of the Wheel of Fortune filming, the Big Island scores again with the independent feature Honokaa Boy slated to shoot  Oct. 5- Nov. 15 in quaint Honokaa…  The film is “loosely based” on the book by Leo Yoshida… Here’s the story: In 1999 a young Yoshida visits Honokaa and falls in love with the town. He meets Dr. Kinney who owns the Honoka’a People’s Theater and asks if he…

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HAWAII FILM PARTNERS’ FEATURE “YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE,” BEGINS FILMING MONDAY

HAWAII FILM PARTNERS’ FEATURE “YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE,” BEGINS FILMING MONDAY

      Hawaii Film Partners will begin principal photography on Monday, March 16, on its first motion picture You May Not Kiss the Bride directed by Rob Hedden from his original screenplay. The film’s producers are Rann and Gina Watumull and David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson, also co-founders of Hawaii Film Partners…   You May Not Kiss the Bride is a romantic adventure comedy set in Chicago and Tahiti and filmed entirely on location in Hawaii.       …

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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…

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TROPIC THUNDER FEVER BUILDING FOR AUG. 13 OPENING

TROPIC THUNDER FEVER BUILDING FOR AUG. 13 OPENING

Paramount Pictures has just released several new photos from the upcoming Ben Stiller summer war comedy Tropic Thunder. As you probably know it’s a comedy about five actors who go on location and find themselves relying on their boot camp experiences when they get stuck in a real war-like situation. The film stars Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson and Jay Baruchel as a group of actors shooting a Platoon-esque war film in the jungle… Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Several reviewers have said that the best part of…

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KISS THE BRIDE ALOHA – HFP WRAPS FIRST FEATURE

KISS THE BRIDE ALOHA – HFP WRAPS FIRST FEATURE

        Katharine McPhee, co star of You May Not Kiss the Bride   There’s good news and bad news about Hawaii Film Partners feature You May Not Kiss the Bride wrapping tomorrow with filming at HMI studios in Halawa Valley and at Bamboo Ridge in east Oahu. HFP has successfully completed its first feature film on time and reportedly under budget, sources said. The producers including HFP’s Rann and Gina Watumull and Show Entertainment’s David and Shauna…

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SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

        JUST IN: Soul Surfer will begin pre production on Oahu June 25 for an Aug.3 start filming date.  The apparent Screen Actors Guild settlement with studios and networks apparently pushed the start dates, sources said. The film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack, recovery and success as a professional surfer despite having lost an arm will shoot at least 80 percent on Oahu and the rest on Kauai. The film’s budget has also increased 25 percent from…

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SMART CHOICE FOR FIVE-0’S GOVERNOR

SMART CHOICE FOR FIVE-0’S GOVERNOR

Sou Soul SOUL SURFER WRAPS SATURDAY The cast is full. Jean Smart (above) will play Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson in CBS’ updated Hawaii Five-0 pilot in the only character to whom Steve McGarrett has to answer. Smart most recently won an Emmy for Samantha Who, and was twice nominated for her performance as First Lady Martha Logan on Fox’s 24… In the script Smart’s character is from Hawaii, has a “Washingtonian’s backbone” and is a completely honest politician… Hawaii Five-0…

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