Reel News
Tim Ryan

Council seeks
big increase
in film fees

The Honolulu City Council's proposed budget includes raising the commercial filming fee to $300 a day, up from $10 a day for major national and nonlocal movie and TV filming in city parks or recreational facilities. ...


Chris Lee: Legendary Pictures president

Warner Bros. Pictures, with Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures, will invest $500 million in films they'll jointly produce. Hawaii could be a location "if the story fits," says Legendary president Chris Lee, who resigned his post as UH's film school chairman. William Fay, previous president of Centropolis Entertainment, is Legendary's president of production. He was executive producer on the Tim Allen feature "The Shaggy Dog," which filmed a day at Waimea Bay earlier this year.

Fay says from L.A., "Between Chris Lee and I, we have a lot of great reasons to be filming in Hawaii. We're in the process of putting our slate together, and I'm certainly hoping that there will be a film that will bring us to Hawaii soon"... Coincidentally, Warner Bros. is also developing the "Hawaii Five-0" movie project with producer George Litto. ...

NBC is looking for heartwarming, inspirational stories for its latest reality program "Three Wishes," with Amy Grant. The show is about fulfilling dreams and wishes while making a difference in communities. The link to the "Three Wishes" Web site is http://www.nbc.com/nbc/footer/Three_Wishes.shtml. Post producer is local Lohi Lee. ...

Sad to report that longtime locations assistant Lamond Kanohookalani Kanakaole died this week at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital from complications of cancer. Services will be Friday and Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary in Honolulu. ...

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