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Tim Ryan

Wednesday, May 14, 2003


‘The Break’
washes out


Looks like they'll be no break given to "Blue Crush" director John Stockwell's television project "The Break." The Fox network will announce its fall programming lineup tomorrow and the Oahu-based police drama isn't on it. A source says that even though the pilot episode (filmed here in March) received favorable reactions from test audiences and Fox execs, it came down to scheduling and programming. "The Break" didn't fit into the network's comedy and reality show focus.

There was also less room on Fox primetime, with only two hours set aside, compared to three hours by the other three networks. It's possible "The Break" could be a mid-season replacement or even go to another network. ...

Stockwell has been in Hawaii meeting with Pierce Brosnan on Kauai and Woody Harrelson on Maui about the film he's directing titled "After the Sunset," currently set in the Virgin Islands. Stockwell wants to film it here beginning in September. Brosnan will play a master thief who retires to an island after his last heist. His idyllic life is complicated when an old FBI adversary turns up to see if he really has retired. New Line Cinema will produce. ...

The WB network reality show "High School Reunion" is filming three weeks on Oahu, wrapping at the end of May. The show has brought 15 Texas high school classmates who graduated a decade ago. The group is visiting scenic locales and night life spots. Six hour-long episodes air this fall. ...

On news of the local filming of the Adam Sandler feature "50 First Kisses," Rob Schneider's character Ulu ends up getting an on-camera wife in the latest script revision. So far the local actress has no lines, except for flipping the bird. ...

One very cool wave of color at the Maui Film Festival at Wailea (June 11 to 15) will be the digital projection at the outdoor Celestial Cinema of "Step into Liquid," the latest surf film by Dana Brown, son of Brice Brown ("Endless Summer"). Thanks to sponsor Microsoft, the film will be projected from a hard drive using Windows Media 9 software. The film features Hawaii surfers Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Layne Beachley, Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly. ...

After a series of stops and starts, the making of a major studio comedy is moving forward again, with about 40 percent of it to include Maui and Oahu locations. That's all I can say about the project for now, but keep reading "Reel News" for further developments.




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