Russian star needs hotel for movie set
Look for Russian movie star, producer, author, activist and bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky around Honolulu this week. He's in town vacationing with his wife and scouting for his new movie "Magic Man," which includes plenty of hotel scenes. It's a tossup between Honolulu and Las Vegas, according to his Los Angeles-based publicist, Tatiana Detlofson. Hopefully his stay in the islands will make the decision easier.
His newest film, "Treasure Raiders," premiered last month at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Detlofson said they will try to enter additional film festivals, but admitted that the big-budget action flick is not exactly art-house fare. Europe will host the wide release.
Nevsky, the bodybuilder-turned-actor (yes, Arnold inspired him) produced the $10 million movie and starred with David Carradine ("Kill Bill") and Sherilyn Fenn ("Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning," "Gilmore Girls"). The plot centers on an American professor and a Russian street-car racer searching for an "ancient treasure in Moscow," with plenty of interference from the bad guys.
An author of several books on bodybuilding and a vocal opponent of steroid use, the 34-year-old Nevsky will open his own production company in the coming weeks in Los Angeles, where he lives. However, he typically hires American crews to shoot in Russia "because of his connections and the production value," said Detlofson. But then he comes back to the United States for post-production, where "he wants to always have the best of the best." When asked if the actor still had the physique of a bodybuilder, Detlofson said, "Oh, god, yeah."
When we watch "Lost," we certainly notice the actors and the sets. But are we conscious of how much the music sets the mood? Composer Michael Giacchino will take his haunting melodies to the Waikiki Shell at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, where listeners can hear -- for the first time -- the score from the hit ABC television show played live. It's a special event, which is why you should know about it well in advance. Call 792-2000 for tickets.
Maui filmmaker Ken K. Martinez Burgmaier earned an Emmy nomination from the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences for his film "Kiho Alu Keola Beamer." Mainland viewers are now learning more about slack-key guitar and Hawaiian culture as the documentary makes the rounds on PBS nationally. The small film seems to be on a roll, with 12 awards in the television industry.
Kalani High School and UH graduate Carole Whang-Shutter is in Los Angeles enjoying the premiere of "September Dawn," a film she wrote, which opens nationwide on June 22.