Reel News
Tim Ryan

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Brotman plans
mainland tour

"Lost" execs from ABC/Touchstone were here last week to meet with state officials about proposed increases in the state's financial incentives for film and TV productions, especially TV series that could relocate if costs can't be reduced. Sources in Los Angeles say the actual cost of the drama's two-hour pilot was $11 million.

That was KSSK radio's main conference room during Charlie's flashback scene in last week's episode. Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), in his futile attempt to become a copier salesman, ended up getting sick on the demo copier. The segment was filmed on a Saturday last fall. "When I heard they were looking for a copier, we offered one of ours, but the set director quickly said they'd be bringing one in since they knew Monaghan's character would be getting sick on it," said Jamie Hartnett, KSSK's director of promotions. "They also had to remove KSSK's Hawaiian artwork from the room to make it appear more realistic as a conference room set in Australia."

The word from "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams is that the character who dies at the end of the season is a well-loved and admired main character.

The DVD set of the first season will be out in September ...

L.A.-based Monique Yamaguchi last week filmed Grammy award winner and Big Islander Charles Brotman ("Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2" on Palm Records) and nominees Roland and Robert Cazimero for a 30-minute documentary about the debut of the Best Hawaiian Music Album category. Yamaguchi hopes to get it on the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival schedule this fall.

Brotman said Palm Records' artists will tour the mainland later this year. He did not return to Hawaii with the Grammy in tow because it will be mailed to him in Kamuela.

The Los Angeles Times gave the Hawaiian music award a four paragraph write-up under the headline "As Hawaiian As It Needs To Be" ...

Fox TV's "North Shore," which has been on hiatus since early December, has gotten another nail in its coffin. Co-star Amanda Righetti was just cast on the upcoming Fox drama "Reunion." Sources say all of the "NS" actors have been released from their contracts ...

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