Archive for February, 2010

A 'Magnum P.I.' reboot still is in the cards

February 26th, 2010
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With "Hawaii Five-0" set for a relaunch on TV this year, can "Magnum, P.I." be far behind with an overdue makeover?
Think about it: Tom Selleck was a hottie when he played private eye Thomas Magnum, just as Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett cop lorded over viewers.
"Five-0" was a hit from 1968 to 1980, followed by "Magnum" from 1980 to 1988.
Both were CBS shows, filmed entirely on location here. Indeed, "Magnum" wouldn't have existed if not preceded by "Five-0" and the attention it brought to the Islands.
While NBC ("Hawaii," "Baywatch Hawaii," "Big Hawaii") and ABC ("Byrds of Paradise," "Lost") previously have set anchor here, CBS has been the network most interested in Hawaii as a viable production hub, thanks to the success of "Five-0" and "Magnum."
You probably don't recall some earlier CBS shows filmed here: Stephen Caffrey in the Vietnam-war "Tour of Duty" (1987-88), for instance, but you certainly remember William Conrad's "Jake and the Fatman" (1988-90) and Richard Chamberlain's "Island Son" (1989-90). Jeffrey Meek and Lee Majors in "Raven" (1992) was one of the last CBS trysts in the Islands, though not a ratings triumph.
Both "Five-0" and "Magnum" have had buzz about transiting to the big screen, but so far such plans have been like the tide: they've come and they've gone, bubbling and then fizzling over the years.
But the "Five-0" redux becomes a reality when a new CBS pilot is shot here in March, with Alex O'Loughlin of "Moonlight" and "Three Rivers" stepping into McGarrett's world. Daniel Dae Kim of "Lost" also will play Chin Ho Kelly; other classic roles for the next-generation show likely will be announced over the next few weeks and the only other mentionable, as of this week, is Taryn Manning as McGarrett's sister Mary Ann, a character who originally appeared in two early "Five-0" episodes, so her emergence is historically legit. Or not.
Getting back to "Magnum": Who should or could inherit the Selleck part?
Interestingly, George Clooney has been a "maybe" for the movie version, though at last report, Matthew McConaughey was a possibility. Dunno about McConaughey, but I'd say that Clooney's large screen star power would not likely include an option in episodic television, but who knows, he might ultimately consider the film "Magnum." For now, let's just say it's "up in the air" for Clooney.
McConaughey is a surfer, so Hawai'i would appear to be an irresistible destination.
Still, I could imagine someone from the popular "Lost" ensemble to donning a Magnum mustache and getting behind a Ferrari steering wheel to portray an ex-Navy SEAL guy-turned-private investigator, fighting crime in paradise, wooing visitors to the Islands. Like, Josh Holloway, aka Sawyer? He's got the charisma; he puts up a good fight; he already lives here; his star is still rising.
Or Matthew Fox, the Jack of "Lost?"He's got it down pat, rescuing people; he remains primarily a TV staple despite some film work, and conceivably could turn his neurosurgeon nuances to an investigative itinerary, his father issues into Vietnam matters.
Or, think about this one for a sec: Michael Emerson, who is the award-winning Ben of "Lost," as a left-field Magnum? A good guy/bad guy actor, certainly intriguing, with potential layers yet to surface. Did he say he couldn't imagine returning to the ways of New York, trading in his life in paradise, once "Lost" is pau? Well, here's an op; he would be a different kind of Magnum, both likable but extremely tough cop; maybe a little creepy, even? He'd spook the usual underground element, an ingredient for the cop show.
Naturally, Magnum should don aloha shirts, the casual gear a necessity for the fashion industry here, since that Aloha Friday look would be marketable, like it was in the first go-round. In comparison, McGarrett always donned suits and looked like a tourist visiting Hawai'i; this is one element to soften and change in a reboot.
And why wouldn't Magnum continue to wheel around O'ahu in a Ferrari?
Other casting could be equally tricky.
Who would play Higgins, with a Brit clip, who runs the Robin's Nest estate where Magnum lives in a guest house? Would the same Waimanalo house be cast as the hideaway again?
And what about Magnum's sidekick pair, T.C., the helicopter tour guide, and Rick, the club manager? Could be star-making opportunities, if unknowns were tapped.
Or maybe they should just leave the "Magnum" franchise untouched — at least for now.
Unlike "Five-0," where most of the the principal actors have died — with the exception of James MacArthur, who played Danny Williams (you know, "Book 'em, Danno") — the ol' "Magnum" gang is waiting for a call for a possible cameo. Or not.
Perhaps "Magnum" should wait and see first if "Five-0" flourishes or fizzles?
What do you think?

'MAGNUM' MEMORIES
"Magnum, P.I." occasionally borrowed the formula of Angela Lansbury's "Murder, She Wrote" series, and booked guest stars from the stable of Hollywood celebrities (as well as sister shows on the network) to provide do-you-remember-'em fun for viewers.
Among the players: Kam Fong (post-"Hawaii Five-0"), Pat Morita, Vic Morrow, Angela Lansbury (as Jessica Fletcher, from "Murder, She Wrote"), Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker (as Rick and A.J. Simon, from "Simon and Simon"), Frank Sinatra, Ted Danson, Carol Channing, Carol Burnett and Tyne Daly.

‘Hawaii Five-O’ lands ‘Die Hard’ director Len Wiseman

February 24th, 2010
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Len Wiseman, who helmed the 2007 action film “Lie Free or Die Hard,” will direct the CBS revival of “Hawaii Five-O,” slated to begin production here in March.
Movieweb.com reports that Wiseman has come aboard to direct the pilot that, to date, has three actors lined up to reboot the classic Jack Lord series which was a CBS staple from 1968 to 1980:
• Alex O’Loughlin, as Steve McGarrett.
• Daniel Dae Kim, as Chin Ho Kelly.
• Taryn Manning, as Mary Ann McGarrett, sister of the head of the state police unit.
The pilot is a project of “Fringe” creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, along with CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov, who wrote the pilot script based on a story that Lenkov, Orci and Kurtzman collaborated on.

Datebook: Hula fundraiser, two jazz concerts

February 24th, 2010
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Looking for stuff to do? Consider a star-studded hula fundraiser and a pair of jazz-oriented concerts.
The details:

Fundraiser: Halau needs kokua for Merrie Monarch

A fundraiser will be held from 10:30 a.m. this Saturday (Feb. 27) at the ‘Ainahau Showroom of the Sheraton Princess Kai’ulani hotel.
The event, with arts, crafts, hula and Hawaiian entertainment, is a benefit for Kaleo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, Miss Aloha Hula contestant Delys Recca, and the hula men to raise funds for the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival this spring in Hilo.
Artisans will convene from 10:30 a.m. to noon, offering Ni’ihau shell and other lei (Mel Lantaka), hala lei (Roy Benham), Polynesian fasions (Teiti Hawai’i), hula art (Kim Taylor Reece), pahu (Etua Tamali’i), Hawaiian quilts (Patricia Lei Murray), Hawaiian fashions (Nake’u Awai), haku silk lei (Mike and Cil Kop), coconut weaving (AJ), and books and Hawaiiana (Native Books and Na Mea Hawai’i).
A show, from noon to 2:30 p.m., will assemble a bevy of Island entertainers, including
Aaron Sala, Kaleo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La with kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad, Nina Keali’iwahamana, Marlene Sai, Na Palapalai, Afatia Thompson, Beverly Noa, Karen Keawehawai’I, Kealoha Mahone with Prolific Unknowns, Gary Aiko, Tihati’s Polynesian performers, Naluhoe with Vicky Hollinger, Kawika McGuire and Joe Recca, Ihilani Miller, Kaleo Del Soul, Ku’uipo Kumukahi and Friends, Ha’alilio Heyer, Clyde Lono, Bernard Kalua, Keoni and Brandon Souza, Jeff Au Hoy, Joe and Shirley Recca, and emcee Kimo Kahoano.
A raffle for a variety of items also will be held.
Tickets: $25. Information: Joe at 226-5376.

Music: A von-derful evening of jazz, world, new age

Musician von Baron will perform music from his “Pangaea” and “Souljourner” CDs, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 3 at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
The fare will be a blend of jazz, world and new age music.
Von Baron, a drummer, will be supported by Jeff Peterson on guitar, Mark Tanouye on bass, Rocky Holmes on woodwinds and Dan Del Negro on keyboards.
There is no cover charge.

Music: Duo performs tonight at Brasserie

Duo @ Brasserie Du Vin, from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Feb.24), will feature pianist Satomi Yarimizo and bassist Jon Hawes, at downtown’s Brasserie Du Vin, 1115 Bethel St.
There is no cover charge. Call 545-1115.
Yarimizo also will play March 13 at the Dragon Upstairs.

Has 'Hawaii Five-O' booked its Danno? Could be Irishman

February 22nd, 2010
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Book 'em Danno?
Peter O'Meara has met with the creative team for the Danny "Danno" Williams role in the planned remake, the pilot for which will shot in March.
O'Meara, an Irish actor from Tipperary, is under consideration for the role — and utterance — made famous by James MacArthur.
"This is a tremendously exciting prospect for me," said O'Meara in a press release. "I grew up in damp rainy Ireland and 'Hawaii Five-O' with its sunshine and adventure was the show that I loved most as a kid. It's had everything. It's the show that first made me want to be an actor. Of course I wanted to be Steve McGarrett. He's the James Bond of Television characters.
"But Danno would be great too. It's the fulfillment of a childhood dream just to be considered for the revival of such an iconic series."
Alex O'Loughlin has been tapped to

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Ian McShane will be Blackbeard in fourth ‘Pirates’

February 22nd, 2010
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Ian McShane, a British actor, is expected to portray the legendary villain pirate Blackbeard, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
McShane joins Johnny Depp, continuing in his Captain Jack Sparrow role, in the fourth of the Disney series that will be filmed in Hawai’i this summer, with Rob Marshall directing.
Penelope Cruz, who starred in Marshall’s most recent project “Nine,” will also star in a tale revolving the Fountain of Youth.
McShane is best known in America for his starring role as the owner of a brothel in HBO’s “Deadwood,” but he also provided his voice in “Coraline” and “Kung Fu” panda.

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