Reel News
Tim Ryan

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Castaway show
gets new name

The Discovery Channel's kid castaway drama originally called "29 Down" is now officially titled "Flight 29 Down." The 13-episode series will debut in September ...

Indie Notes: Still confidential, but a $20-million historical drama that would employ hundreds of locals as extras will film here, possibly beginning by the end of the year. And another drama long on hold is about to make its announcement about major stars and the director. But not even a whisper of a TV series pilot ...

Actress Marisa Tomei had to drop out from attending the Maui Film Festival next month because her new film is starting production earlier than expected. Tomei was to receive the festival's Pathfinder Award.

Frequent Maui visitor Mike Myers will receive the festival's top Silversword award, Jake Gyllenhaal will get the Shining Star Award for his "magnetic presence on screen (that) generates both heat and light," William H. Macy the Rainmaker Award Tribute "for his magical ability to positively impact the creative dynamics of every project he touches -- both on set and on screen," and Owen, Luke and Andrew Wilson all get the Shooting Star Award "for the inspired creation of (their film "The Wendell Baker Story")."

The festival, which runs June 15-19, will screen about 55 features and 20 shorts ...

Maggie Grace, one of the stars of "Lost," is up for the role of Kitty Pryde in "X-Men 3."

"Lost," meanwhile, has become the fastest-selling TV series ever for Buena Vista International Television, which licenses it to broadcasters worldwide ...

Paris Hilton still insists that season four of "The Simple Life" will be filmed on Maui ...

While the long-stalled bio-pic "Kamehameha" remains in development hell, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson yesterday began filming "Gridiron Gang" in Los Angeles. Johnson plays a detention camp probation officer. The movie's studio, Columbia Pictures, owns the rights to "Kamehameha" ...

"American Knees," by writer/director Eric Byler and starring Kelly Hu, just wrapped in Los Angeles ...

Former "Hawaii" producer Frank Conway is off to Chicago to produce the 20th Century Fox TV series "Prison Break" ...

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