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Oahu versatile in romantic adventure film


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POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2009

A few recognizable stars are in town for a romantic adventure movie that begins principal photography on Monday. “;You May Not Kiss the Bride”; is set in Chicago and Tahiti, but will shoot entirely on Oahu. The cast includes Mena Suvari (”;American Pie,”; “;American Beauty”;); former “;American Idol”; finalist Katharine McPhee; “;Wayne's World”; star, Grammy-winner and local girl Tia Carrere; Dave Annable (Justin on “;Brothers and Sisters”;); and Vinnie Jones from “;X-Men3: The Last Stand.”; Rann and Gina Watumull and David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson of Hawaii Film Partners are producing.

Remember the “;Romancing the Stone”; movies starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in their glory days? That's the idea.

“;When the producers approached me about writing and directing a movie in Hawaii, I jumped at the chance,”; Rob Hedden said in a statement. “;You simply can't beat the amazing scenery and location versatility combined with professional crews in a very film-friendly environment ...”;

Once again, “;Saturday Night Live”; has generated controversy, which usually translates into reams of publicity and Web action — especially when state officials publicly express their vexation. Dwayne “;The Rock”; Johnson participated in a satirical skit about a fictitious Hawaiian hotel, where he deadpans about meth labs, dropping out of school and the not-so-glamorous life away from the tourist attractions, while he dances hula for visitors.

Some media outlets felt compelled to take a poll about whether or not this offended people. Hello? It's “;Saturday Night Live!”; When was the last time you tuned in for a politically correct monologue or sketch? It wasn't meant for insertion into the latest HVCB ad campaign, that's for sure. But this reminds me of the drama that surrounded “;Maui Fever,”; a reality series that ran a couple of years ago on MTV. Some people wailed about the alcohol consumption and hook-ups exhibited on a show full of hot, young white kids ambling about Lahaina. Again, did they expect a documentary fit for PBS? It was MTV. The content has never been a mystery.

True, a few lines on the Hawaiian Hotel skit were a tad harsh. But most of it was pretty funny. And did I mention that the big guy can actually dance? See what you think: snurl.com/snlhawaii ...

Attention reality show wannabes between the ages of 18 and 24: Casting directors for “;The Real World”; will hold an open call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Level 4 Nightclub and Ultra Lounge in Waikiki. Bring a recent picture of yourself and a photo ID, your strong personality (they love that stuff), and be prepared to describe any challenges you've faced in life. They're looking for “;diversity.”;

MTV's longest running show is heading into its 23rd season, and features an eclectic group of young people who live and work together for five months. Executive producer Jonathan Murray says he looks for people “;unafraid to speak their minds.”; (Can you say conflict?) They're also accepting applications through the production company's Web site: http://www.bunim-murray.com.

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