Reel News

Tim Ryan

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Stockwell gone
from isle flick

"Blue Crush" director John Stockwell is out as director of "After the Sunset" over reported "creative differences." Stockwell hoped to film "Sunset," which stars part-time Kauai resident Pierce Brosnan, in Hawaii this fall. Stockwell is now headed for south Florida to direct the underwater action adventure "Into the Blue." ...

New York-based WorldAsia is planning a weeklong celebration of entertainment in Waikiki in March 2004 called XENTOPIA. According to its Web site, events include beach concerts, games, contests, fashion shows, club nights and foam parties. The event also will mark the launch of WorldAsia Television, the first 24/7, English language, Pan-Asian cable television network for and by Asian-Americans. WorldAsia founder/CEO/president Michael Tsang is in Honolulu this week to meet with Hawaii Film Office execs, production people and possibly city leaders. ...

Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Blaise Noto has opened a Maui-based company called Blaise Noto & Associates, specializing in strategies for entertainment marketing, publicity and special events that will focus on Hawaii, the Pacific Rim and artist representation. Noto was executive VP at Paramount and Sony, headed Columbia Pictures as executive VP of publicity, promotion and field operations, and most recently worked on Sony's campaigns for "Spider-Man" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." ...

A&E's "Take This Job ...," a new weekly series airing tonight, is an insider's look at unusual lines of work. Tonight's episode features famed Hawaii bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman (the man who nabbed Max Factor heir Andrew Luster), as he makes his busting rounds with his wife on the Big Island. ...

Local writer/director Aaron Yamasato has finished his six-part Hawaii-based television series "Blood of the Samurai." Production began July 1. Yamasato teamed with fellow writer/producers Anderson Le, Ian Hirokawa and Kamuela Kaneshiro. The storyline follows the cast of young heroes through their exploits that weave samurai B-movie action with hip sensibilities. The cast includes Bryan Yamasaki, Michael Ng, Colleen Fujioka, Stephanie Sanchez, former Miss Hawaii USA Alicia Michioka, Ban Daisuke of "Kikaida" fame and Superbrawl champion Egan Inoue.

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