Launch party offers surfers, penguins
ACTORS, studio reps and a massive entourage stationed at the Kahala Hotel and Resort last week celebrated the premiere of the new animated action flick "Surf's Up." Megastar Shia LaBeouf
joined veteran Jeff Bridges, Jon Heder
and "Sex and the City's" Mario Cantone
for interviews with print and television journalists from all over the world. Also part of the package were a couple of live penguins -- flown to Hawaii on their own seats from San Diego's Sea World, and constantly spritzed during their brief stay -- and lessons on the waves with world-champion surfers Kelly Slater
and Rob Machado
, both of whom lend their voices to the movie in cameo appearances. The comedy/mockumentary opens June 8.
DON'T miss the premiere of the second season of "Beyond the Break" Saturday at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki. Hawaii's Sonya Balmores (Kai Kealoha on the show) and star Suzie Pollard (Dawn Preston) will be on hand to greet the crowd. The show, shot entirely in Hawaii, starts at 7:30 p.m.
GOT A sneak preview of Disney Channel's new original movie "Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board," the sequel to the successful "Johnny Tsunami." It airs June 8, and features Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprising his role as Grandpa Tsunami. He's preparing to marry a woman with a young son, who will become Johnny's step-uncle. The only drawback is that it's supposed to take place in Hawaii, but was filmed in New Zealand. The vast beaches won't fool Hawaii residents, but it may suffice for the rest of the country. As usual, Tagawa shines as the laid-back longboarding grandpa.
Tagawa will be in Honolulu at that time leading a two-day workshop for Pacific New Media at the University of Hawaii. He will teach students how to analyze a script, prepare for cold readings and navigate the movie business. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9 and 10, and the fee is $300.
TIRED of your wife? ABC's "Wife Swap" is looking for families associated with "Hawaiian-run businesses" to participate in a Season 4 episode. The premise is not quite as horrifying as it sounds: For seven days, two women from two different families with different values swap husbands, children, homes and lives (but not bedrooms, thankfully). Two-parent families must have a child between the ages of 6 and 17 living at home full time. If you're interested in applying, provide details to associate producer Julia Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIX student filmmakers from UH's Creative Media program will screen their films at the Shanghai International Film Festival next month. ACM chairman Tom Brislin said the films "tell original Hawaii-based stories that bridge cultural boundaries."
Students include Jay Hubert, Ty Sanga, Henry Mochida, Brian Makanoa, Tod Barnett and Russell Blanchard. As part of this cultural/intellectual exchange, filmmakers from Shanghai will visit the islands during the Hawaii International Film Festival.