Reel News

Tim Ryan

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Coke ad stars
Hawaii surfers

Publicity teams for Warner Bros. "The Big Bounce" and Sony's "50 First Dates" descend on Waikiki tomorrow to coordinate the movies' media junkets Friday through Sunday. As many as 60 mainland and local TV and radio reporters, and some foreign print writers, are coming to see special advance screenings and to interview actors. No mainland or Hawaii print media, however, are invited. Media are staying at Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian hotels. ...

Coca-Cola execs auditioned some 220 male and female surfers at the Turtle Bay Resort over the last three weeks for a big national commercial campaign that began three days of North Shore filming Monday. The commercial stars surfers Malia Jones and Kalani Robb, another five principals and about 30 extras, all locals. The story has Jones repeatedly taking off in front of Robb. At the end of the session, when the surfers are getting ready to go home, someone hands Robb a Coke, which he can't open because he doesn't have a bottle opener. Jones takes the bottle and provocatively opens it with Robb's belt buckle. ...

The Fiji-themed film "The Land Has Eyes," directed and written by University of Hawaii at Manoa professor Vilsoni Hereniko, with the help of his producer-wife Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, will be screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, which runs Jan. 21 to Feb. 1. The couple will travel to Europe from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where "Land" will have its world premiere Friday.

A party at Sundance is being sponsored by the Fiji Visitors Bureau and Fiji AudioVisual Commission that will include Fijian dancers from Suva. ...

Producers Don Brown and Stephanie Castillo of "Hawaii's Reel Stories," a new weekly television series premiering on Oceanic Cable 16 on Apr. 19, need a host with an "outgoing personality" and preferably with ties to the film community. Casting call is noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 in the Community Room at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St. Anyone interested should e-mail or call co-producer Castillo at or 735-0477 to request an interview.

Brown, meanwhile, is shooting "Hawaii Does Sundance," featuring the activities there of Maui Film Festival director Barry Rivers and the premiere of "The Land Has Eyes."...

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson did a photo shoot and interview in windward Oahu last Saturday for an upcoming issue of Men's Journal.

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