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Witty film vet keeps movie set on its toes


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POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2009

Anyone unprepared for the wicked, lightning-fast humor of actor Vinnie Jones learns quickly to roll with it—or wither—in his presence. When I inadvertently sat next to him during the lunch break on the set of “;You May Not Kiss the Bride,”; his nonstop barrage of sarcastic and off-color remarks left me doubled over in laughter (and unable to write most of what I heard in my story earlier this week). It was like listening to a wildly talented stand-up comic. You just sit back and wait for the next punch line.

With tattoos decorating parts of his imposing figure, it's no wonder the 44-year-old Jones is the quintessential cinematic guy. A veteran of more than 40 movies, he's starred in “;Gone in Sixty Seconds,”; “;X-Men 3: The Last Stand,”; “;Snatch,”; “;The Big Bounce”; (filmed in Hawaii) and “;Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.”; He also has a new comedy coming out in June with Jack Black and Michael Cera called “;Year One.”; Despite his taunting persona, I know (and others on the set told me) there's a sweet guy underneath. And one of these days I'd like to write a profile about him and his solid golf game—if I can handle the interview ...

Considered the architect of Hawaii's modern Democratic Party, the late John A. Burns played a pivotal role in Hawaii's statehood before serving as governor from 1962 to 1974. “;John A. Burns: The Man and His Times”; tells his story and is airing again nine years after it was originally produced. The Encore Presentation, as it is billed, includes a new introduction by the Honorable James S. Burns, son of Gov. Burns and retired chief judge of Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals. Jim Burns also happens to be married to the documentary's producer, Emme Tomimbang.

The show re-aired Wednesday, but runs again from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday on KHON2. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of statehood, the documentary also will be released as a special Statehood Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD. Cost is $25. For more information, call 947-6677 or visit emmeinc.com ...

Local filmmaker Sherrie Robertson managed to get “;Lost”; star Jorge Garcia, producer Chris Lee and filmmaker Gerard Elmore, as well as reps from several local talent and modeling agencies, to watch “;Perspectives,”; the first annual Actors' Showcase. Dramatic monologues, commercials and improvisation make up the live performances from fresh talent between the ages of 8 and 72. The purpose was to raise money for “;Juke Box Hero,”; the script Robertson hopes will become her first feature film shot in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Last Thursday's show at the ARTS at Marks Garage sold out, so it's a good start. “;We did very well,”; said Robertson. “;Better than expected.”;

Her “;Juke Box Hero”; script made it into the Sundance Lab finals, which means it was one of several hundred selected to move to the next level from thousands submitted. “;It's extremely hard to get into the lab (only 12 in the world are selected), but getting to the finals definitely opened doors,”; said Robertson, who runs Wilderness Road, a film and television production company here in Hawaii.

For more information about the film or casting, contact Robertson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...