Release finally set for Cruise’s anti-Nazi film
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced this week that it will release the big-budget thriller "Valkyrie" on Dec. 26. Hawaii's Chris Lee
is one of the executive producers of the film, which stars Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel
and Terence Stamp
. Cruise plays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg
, a German officer during World War II who engages in a plot to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the Nazi government. Director Bryan Singer
("Usual Suspects," "X-Men," "Superman Returns") worked with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie
("Usual Suspects") on the movie, shot in Germany, where most of the historic events occurred ...
A couple of locally made documentary films continue to put Hawaii on the national filmmaking map.
Adding to his growing list of accolades, filmmaker Brett Wagner picked up the award for Best Dramatic Short for "Chief" last Friday at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival. Even bigger news: This makes "Chief" eligible for an Oscar nomination in the short-film categories. In the past, 30 of the festival's winners have received nominations. Nine have won.
Filmmaker Lisette Flanary won a National Independent Lens Audience Award for "Na Kamalei: Men of Hula," a documentary featuring master hula teacher Robert Cazimero and his all-male halau. The award goes to the film that receives the most votes from the audience at the end of each "Independent Lens" season (the weekly series airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays on PBS).
"Na Kamalei: Men of Hula" premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2006 and won the Hawaii Filmmaker Award and Audience Award for Best Documentary. The following year, during its travels to other festivals, it won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Asian American film festival and Best Documentary at the San Diego Asian American Film Festival.
The story follows the halau, whose members range in age from 18 to 55, on the challenging, emotional journey to the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival ...
They might seem an unlikely pair, but veteran television producer/host Emme Tomimbang says everything went smoothly with Chef Alan Wong's television debut as her co-host. "Chefs du Jour Island Moments" airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Thursday and again at 4 p.m. Saturday on KHON2. What does it take to prepare a gourmet dinner for 500 guests in Tamarind Park in downtown Honolulu? A lot. The "farm to table" menu for the massive fundraiser for Easter Seals Hawaii included input from 12 chefs, as well as a myriad of agriculture and aquaculture producers. Go behind the scenes with Emme and Alan next week ...
Entertainment Weekly reported that "Lost" will bring back the ill-fated Michelle Rodriguez (DUIs in real life; shot to death on the show). The brief article mentions that Rodriguez probably will return for just one episode. "As a result," it read, "the risk to Hawaii's roadways is said to be minimal." The slew of reader responses indicates that despite her huge number of devotees, "Lost" fans aren't terribly fond of her. But she always generates news!