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Tim Ryan

Wednesday, June 19, 2002


Isles play roles in movie
and TV filming

Roll 'em! Finally ... the big time! My editors have finally seen the bright lights in giving me a column geared specifically to entertainment: That means film, televison, concerts, theater -- what is or will happen here before you read it ANYWHERE else ...

What you'll get: Entertainment news connected to Hawaii. The items are just not yet prominent enough to devote an entire story. What's not here? ... who's eating where, who's dating who, who's vacationing where ...

Action!: ABC's "My Wife and Kids" will film for two weeks on Oahu in August ... "Blue Crush" (formerly "Surf Girls") looks likely to have a Honolulu premiere before the film's national August release ... ABC has picked up reality show "The Last Resort" as a summer miniseries. The pilot will be filmed at Kona Village Resort in October. Five half-hour episodes will air on consecutive weekends in August, dates and times to come ... Also on the Big Island, Kona-based Hawaii Filmwerks and owner, indie director/producer Albert Pyun, has wrapped two independent features, "Aloha My Love" and "Kapu" at the Hilton Waikoloa, and now is starting three more low-budget pics. In the meantime, Pyun is applying for some of those Act 221 investment tax credits from the state ...

For years, Hawaiian Airlines has cornered the market on transporting film production casts and crews out of its LAX terminal. Don't be surprised that, with Aloha Airlines' new Burbank Airport destination -- just a few miles and minutes from several major film and TV studios -- to see Aloha entering that market, perhaps as soon as August. There have been meetings ...

Liza Minnelli wants to perform in Hawaii this summer. Local promoters have heard nada ... Screen Actors Guild honchos are considering closing some small regional offices, including Honolulu, to save money. Consultants say new technology would let SAG keep presence with field reps in shuttered cities. No timetable for a decision ...

Better believe it dept.: Tom Moffatt and Shep Gordon are trying to get the Rolling Stones to make a tour stop here next year. The inside connection? The entrepreneurial Gordon is buds with the Stones' tour manager ...

That's a wrap ...




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