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Hawaii Five-0 Double Header Weekend

June 27th, 2014 by

 

It’s a Hawaii Five-0 double header repeat weekend!

In Friday night’s episode titled “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”, fans relive Danno fussing over his parents’ break up. Melanie Griffith (as Clara Williams) and Scott Caan work well together playing mother and son, ending the three part story arc in this episode. Conspiracy theorist Jerry, helps decode more of the Champ box for McGarrett, leading Steve into a deeper mystery about his mother. Not wanting all the attention going to Jerry, McGarrett rips his shirt off when confronting a CIA operative.  OK, so it doesn’t happen exactly like that, but you ladies deserve a heads up.

Does Jerry have a 'Beautiful Mind'?

Does Jerry have a ‘Beautiful Mind’?

On Saturday, fan’s heart strings will be tugged in “Kupu’eu” as a guest star  is killed off , and a little too early, in my opinion. I was hoping for this character to be around much longer to give McGarrett a run for his money since his story had a lot of potential.  No spoilers here, though! You will have to tune in to see who it is, if you missed it the first time. One of my favourite characters, Joe White also returns. You know that his appearance only means more angst for McGarrett.

Autumn Reeser as Gabby

Autumn Reeser as Gabby

As a side note, former Hawaii Five-0 guest star, Autumn Reeser (Danno’s love interest, Gabby) will appearing on the Thrilling Adventure Hour panel at San Diego Comic Con in July. Reeser has been part of the stage show and podcast team for the last 6 years. If you will be in San Diego on Comic Con weekend (July -24-27, 2014), Reeser will be appearing in the old time radio stage performance on July 26th, 2014. No Comic Con badge needed! Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

 

H50 Summer Scanner – June 25, 2014

June 25th, 2014 by

Mark your calendars!

On June 24th, CBS announced the Fall schedule with Friday, September 26th, being the date for Hawaii Five-0′s fifth season to debut.  The show is maintaining it’s Season 4 timeslot, 9pm/8c.  The DVD set for last season goes on sale on September 16th.

Season 5 premiere date.

Season 5 premiere date.

But until then, it’s almost time for the filming of Season 5 to begin; July 8th to be exact. If we’re lucky, the show and local media will share the opening Hawaiian blessing ceremony with us via live video stream as they have in the past two years.  And let’s hope for some good on-set photos this season, as cast and crew don’t seem to be sharing as many as they did in the first few years.  Come on, CBS, give the fans some Season 5 love!

Recently Daniel Dae Kim was spotted in Atlanta where Insurgent (of the Divergent movie series) is filming. Daniel took advantage of his southern location to skip over to North Carolina and cheer on Hawaii native Michelle Wie, who went on to win the U.S. Women’s Open.  Obviously enjoying the filming experience, Kim tweeted, “That was a good day. Really impressed by the talent and kindness of the people on this project. #Insurgent”

Daniel tweeted this photo of himself with U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie.

Daniel tweeted this photo of himself with U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie.

On Monday, June 23rd, students and staff at Hongwanji Mission School (the first Buddhist School established outside of Japan) were fortunate to host the Five-0 main-man himself, Alex O’Loughlin.  O’Loughlin, a guest of the school’s Ohana Arts Program spoke about “about acting as a profession and his experiences.

Photo: @ohanasummerarts on Instagram

Photo: @ohanasummerarts on Instagram

He answered questions from the students and offered some sage advice regarding being true to oneself and treating others as you want to be treated,” according to a school representative.  Apparently Scott Caan also phoned in to speak to the students as well.

From @hmsdolphinsnow on Intagram

At Hongwanji Mission School – Photo: @hmsdolphinsnow on Intagram

 

 

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 DVD release date

June 23rd, 2014 by

Although you’ve been able to pre-order the Hawaii 5-0 Season 4 DVD on Amazon for awhile, we now have the release date for you!  Mark your calendars for September 16th and f you’d like to support this blog, you can order using one of our links here or by clicking the Amazon link on the right side of the blog.

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TVshowsonDVD.com has a few more details for you, but we’re hoping the Blu-ray is released on the same day.

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Many viewers thought that the fourth season of the CBS show was better than the previous two, so you’ll want to add this one to your collection.  In addition to behind the scenes features, the gag reel featuring a very funny Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim, is always one of the high points of the set, and new cast member Chi McBride should add a few laughs.

H50 Summer Scanner – June 17, 2014

June 19th, 2014 by

 

Ian Anthony Dale & Daniel Dae Kim at #PowwowHawaii event. Photo via @Chant808 @Nonstophonolulu

Ian Anthony Dale & Daniel Dae Kim at #PowwowHawaii event. Photo via @Chant808 @Nonstophonolulu

During a recent interview with Popsugar.com, Ian Anthony Dale talked about his new role as homicide lieutenant Jim Koto in TNT’s Murder in the First. Dale revealed that he relies on advice from his brother, a homicide detective, when playing roles such as this. He says his brother is a valuable resource but will be the first to tell him when he has done something wrong. Ah, brotherly love.

For Hawaii Five-0 fans, Dale teases about his future on the CBS show, saying, he “can’t talk about” what might be coming up for Adam Noshimori next season. Can we hope that Kono’s love interest will return?

Check out the entire interview below.

 

Photo: Broadwayworld.com

Photo: Broadwayworld.com

Island resident Daniel Dae Kim is throwing his star power behind a Hawaiian bid to create the Barack Obama Presidential Center by lending  his voice to the video pitch. The Presidential Center will include a museum and “think tank” institute . Chicago and New York are also submitting bids. No stranger to assisting the President, Dae recently served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in South Korea.

Hawaii Five-0 fan grapples with Alex O’Loughlin

June 16th, 2014 by

 

Alex O'Loughlin at Egan's Training Center

Alex O’Loughlin at Egan’s Training Center

Last November Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin teamed up with friend and trainer, MMA artist Egan Inoue to offer two self-defense classes for women.  The proceeds of the event at Egan’s Training Center topped $10,000 and went to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Zoe Griffiths, once of our readers from Great Britain, saw the announcement for the event here on our blog, which led to her incredible husband giving her a most generous gift; a trip to train with with Steve McGarrett!  After seeing Zoe post photos on social media, we contacted her to see if she’d be interested in sharing her story with us.  We were thrilled that she responded positively, but her write-up languished for a while in the very busy Officer 808’s in-box.  Perhaps that’s turned out for the best as we now having something “new” to read while we suffer through the slow months of Hawaii Five-0 hiatus.

We hope you’ll enjoy Zoe’s narrative and the photos she shared, as much as we did. Additionally, we’d like to nominate her husband for “Man of the year.”

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From Zoe:

Having spotted and commented on your post about the seminars on Facebook, I didn’t really think much of it, let alone contemplate the possibility of traveling from UK to Hawaii to attend. What I had not accounted for was my husband spotting the post I had commented on, and booking a place for me as a surprise anniversary present (serious husband brownie points). With my place booked we set about organizing our trip to Hawaii.

Since the pilot episode I have been desperate to visit this island and it completely surpassed all expectations. We were lucky enough to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and a couple of days prior to the seminar I had my first glimpse into the H50 world. One evening we noticed that around half a dozen white trucks had been parked on Ala Wai Harbour next to the hotel, so being curious we wondered over to take a look. Much to my excitement it turned out to be base camp for the 5-0 crew, the crew were really nice and happily chatted to us and explained that the cast were a couple of blocks away filming scenes at the ‘Hideaway Bar’. So no cast sightings unfortunately but as a huge fan of the show, still amazing to see the set up.

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Alex with the adorable Zoe

The seminar itself fell on our final day on the island. The team at Egan’s Training Center had been brilliant in helping me organize things prior to arriving. I was going to be part of the first seminar so they had advised us to arrive by 12.30pm for a 1pm start. When the day arrived I was excited/nervous/apprehensive all in one, I was unsure of what to expect in terms of how much time we would get to meet Alex, what the format would be, how many people would be there, what to wear (girl problems!) and also attending the event without knowing anyone else! Also prior to this point anyone who knows me would have happily told you (myself included) that I was allergic to the gym!

Talking about it now it still feels very surreal, even more so than it did at the time! Once the taxi pulled up outside the studio it really did start to feel like an out of body experience. I checked in at the front desk and started to fill out my forms, I think I had been there less than a minute when I spotted Alex out of the corner of my eye in one of the offices off to the side of the studio…now it was real and surreal all in one. There were a couple of other ladies who had arrived ahead of me, and I got talking to a lovely lady who had traveled from Tasmania, Australia and later another fabulous lady, Kathy, who was local, who became my partner for the session. Whilst we were chatting on the benches at the front of the studio, Alex came out of the office and started doing some stretches on the mats behind the front desk, at one point he had his head on the mat to do some neck stretches when his t-shirt fell forwards giving us all a view of his impressive lower back tattoo (credit to the H50 make up department for covering all that up!)

Alex looking quite delighted.

In total there were only about 16 of us for the first class – I was surprised and thrilled that is was such an intimate group. At last we were on the mats and Marcia (Egan’s wife) did the introduction for the seminar and introduced Egan and Alex individually; she introduced Alex as one of Egan’s pupils and contributor to the training center, then also added that we might also know him from various shows – to which Alex joked that he was ‘really good at pretending things’. Marcia also explained that they had arranged for Kelli Bullock to do photography for the day so asked that we not use personal cameras/phones during the session, and also then told us that Alex had kindly agreed to make time at the end of the seminar to do individual photos with everyone…by this point I am really not even sure this is real let alone happening right now in front of me.

Egan and Alex were supported by 2 other trainers from the center who helped demonstrate the self defense moves we were learning; Heather Wong and Corrie Agon – both of whom were amazing. So came the time to learn self defense (remember this is really what we were meant to be here for!) I tried to concentrate on remembering every second of the experience as I doubt I will have such a opportunity again, I gave myself an inner monologue of a pep talk to get over my nerves and have the confidence to enjoy the experience and most of all have fun! During the first moves Heather helped Kathy and I get started, she chatted to us whilst we worked and then whispered that we would have more fun if Alex came over to show us, then casually asked Alex to come over and help us…I tell you; Cloud 9 has nothing on this! Alex was incredibly relaxed and very down to earth, full of smiles and quick humor, and very easy to talk to. Throughout the session, Kathy and I were very very fortunate with the amount of time we got to spend interacting with Alex. He helped us with several moves, happy to answer questions and go through things as many times as you needed, he also used us to partner him when he was trying to demonstrate what he was saying to us…I was not ready for this.
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At the end of the session, we each got the individual photographs we were promised (everyone secretly hoping they didn’t look too hot and sweaty!) I was the last one to have their photo done and was able to chat more with Alex after our photo. We talked about his martial arts training which he has been doing for a good 20+ years and also that he spent 6 or so years boxing as well. He asked about whereabouts in the UK I was from, and that he missed being in the UK and hadn’t been back in a long while.

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I’ve always been nervous about meeting someone who I would say is an ‘idol’ as you can never be sure if they will live up to your expectations, but I can safely say that Alex squashed any fear I mighthave had. He presents himself incredibly well, he’s very approachable and seems just a nice, genuine person to be around. He made sure he spent time with everyone in the class and seemed genuinely happy to be there. He mentioned his wife (he does refer to Malia as his wife, sorry ladies) and children several times and is obviously in a very good, happy place now.

Before we left I was able to take some sneaky pics on my photo whilst he was getting ready for the second session. He was mixing a protein drink at the front desk before he went out to his car when we were leaving the center. On our way out of the car park; he waved, grinned and wished us well. Perfect end to a perfect day. Well worth the 24hrs of traveling it took to get to the island, and I barely noticed the return journey home afterwards.

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Alex O’Loughin “hands-on” with Zoe.

After about a week of post-Hawaii blues and serious jet lag I came home from work to find an email from Kelli Bullock who did all of our photos with Alex, with links to the online gallery and first looks at
our individual and group photos. Then just before Christmas a very special parcel arrived on my doorstep all the way from Honolulu – this was our event t-shirt, certificate and signed photograph of Alex. I was expecting a generic signed photo of him, but I was thrilled to find that he had actually signed our photos taken with him. A couple of days after this we had yet another email from Kelli to tell us that
Alex’s rep had approved the release of the candid shots taken during the classes (minus any shots that were seen as ‘compromising’ positions between Alex and class members; a fabulous early Christmas present!

Alex talking to students while whipping up a healthy drink.

Alex talking to students while whipping up a healthy drink.

Monday brings Ian Anthony Dale on Murder in the First

June 9th, 2014 by

Ian Anthony Dale plays the reluctant head of the local Yakuza on Hawaii Five-0, but for the summer at least, he’s on the other side of the law. Dale’s dramatic portrayal of Adam Noshimuri won the heart not only of Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua on the island-based show, but those of many viewers as well.

Ian Anthony Dale as Lt. Koto Photo: TNT Network

Ian Anthony Dale as Lt. Koto
Photo: TNT Network

Five-0 is on hiatus now but fans can catch the talented actor as Lt. Jim Koto on Murder in the First, starring Taye Diggs and Christine Elise. Concentrating on one murder over the course of the 10-episode arc, the series from the legendary Steven Boccho, begins airing Monday June 9th on TNT 10/9c. Be sure to check it out and support Ian!

H50 Summer Scanner – June 5, 2014

June 6th, 2014 by

We’ve got some movie news for Hawaii Five-0 fans!  Variety reports that Daniel Dae Kim will be joining the Divergent  franchise as Jack Kang. He will be appearing along-side stars Shailene Woodley, Theo Thomas, Octavia Spencer, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”, the second in the four film series. The movies are based on a trilogy by Veronica Roth with the final book being split into two movies to be released in 2016 and 2017. The first Divergent filmed grossed $267 million.  No word on whether Kim will be in the later productions as well.

Daniel Dae Kim in "Lost"

Daniel Dae Kim in “Lost”

Filming on the movie has already begun in Atlanta, Georgia. Kim tweeted that Insurgent filming will be what he is “doing this summer”. We hope it will not interfere with the Hawaii Five-0 once filming resumes in July.

Movie synopsis – Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Insurgent is set to be released March, 2015.

In other movie-related news, Scott Caan is in Morocco filming Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, and Kate Hudson.  Directed by Barry Levinson, the movie centers on a burned-out music producer who brings an American Idol type show to Afghanistan.  Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, has recently signed on to join his CBS-mate, Caan, who replaces Shia LaBeouf in the film.

From @chabichimorocco on Instagram

From @chabichimorocco on Instagram

 

One last thing for this edition of the Scanner, Ian Anthony Dale’s (Adam Noshimuri) new television show begins this Monday, June 9th, on TNT.  It will air at 10/9c.  Be sure to show Ian the aloha and check it out!

Grace Park receives honor from Asian Hall of Fame

June 1st, 2014 by

On May 31, 2014, actress Grace Park was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington.  Grace was in good company with fellow inductees including former Presidential Cabinet member Norm Mineta, Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, and Manu Tuiasosopo of San Francisco 49ers fame.

Photo credit:  Reporter Janet Kim of KING-5 in Seattle

Photo credit: Reporter Janet Kim of KING-5 in Seattle

The Asian Hall of Fame “honors distinguished individuals of Asian Pacific descent whose personal achievements have contributed to the American experience.”  In the field of entertainment with its noticeable scarcity of Asians, Ms. Park’s 14 year career is quite an achievement.

Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Vancouver, Canada, Ms. Park first became known to many Americans when she played two lead roles on Battlestar Galactica.  Her beauty and talent caught the eyes of the right people when it was time to cast the CBS reimagining of Hawaii Five-0, where she’s still going strong as team member Kono Kalakaua.

To read Grace’s  previous comments on her Korean heritage and receiving this honor, you can check out our previous blog. http://www.50undercover.com/2014/02/13/grace-park-to-be-inducted-into-the-asian-hall-of-fame/

Nathan Adrian tweeted "Straight cheesin' with Grace Park from Hawaii 5-0."

Nathan Adrian tweeted “Straight cheesin’ with Grace Park from Hawaii 5-0.”

 

 

H50 Summer Scanner – May 30, 2014

May 30th, 2014 by

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Daniel Dae Kim is not spending his hiatus sipping Blue Hawaiians on the white sands beaches near his home in Hawaii.

Kim’s production company, 3AD (launched last year), is in talks with CBS to remake the popular South Korean medical drama, Good Doctor. The show follows a genius pediatric surgeon who is also a savant. He tells the Hollywood Reporter that his Korean background will help in the adaptation for a North American audience. “I can understand the Korean dialogue, the cultural nuances of what the show is trying to portray. I think I have a fairly good sense of what will translate and what won’t.”

The popularity of Gangnam Style is part of the reason that Kim wants to bring Korean influenced projects to the US. “K-pop is bigger than ever, there is an awareness in the U.S. of an international market, there is an interest in intellectual property such as basing TV and film on books and foreign content.”

Kim is also in talks to bring the story of Mike Kim, a North Korean specialist who helped refugees cross from North Korea into China, to film. (Mike) Kim’s memoir, Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country, is the basis of the movie. He is also the founder of Crossing Borders, a non-profit organization that assists North Korean refugees.

CBS and Kim signed a two year project development deal last September. We look forward to following Daniel in his new role as a producer.

Alex O’Loughlin’s guilty pleasure returns to the air

May 27th, 2014 by

You can help help save one of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin’s favorite pleasures this summer.  I’ll bet you didn’t realize you had that much power.

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As a long-time fan of FOX’s dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” I have to admit that I got a bit of a thrill upon hearing that the Aussie actor not only loves the show, but gets cranky if he misses an episode.

When CBS released a video of the man behind Steve McGarrett answering fan’s questions, one of the inquiries was, “What is your guilty pleasure?”  I think most of us were surprised at Alex’s response.

So You Think You Can Dance.  I love it so much.  I dream about it.  Listen, I don’t care.  I don’t care if the world knows.  This is the thing – I DVR it.  If I don’t get to watch it within 72 hours of the DVRing, I get extremely grumpy.  I get short with the kids, I get short with the people at work.  I have to watch it.  I get very emotional when it’s on.  When people get cut, or sometimes they get a little, they get a little upset…I have been known to get a little misty.”

Alex, I know exactly what you mean, because I have shed more than a few tears while watching the inspiring performances, gorgeous choreography, and heartbroken fellow contestants as their friends are sent home.  One of the aspects that sets this competition apart from others on television, is that most of those who make it into the top 20 have devoted their lives to studying their passion, they haven’t just moonwalked in their bedroom and thought they were ready for prime time.  Not all of the contestants have studied their art formally, some have learned their style on the streets. so there are opportunities for all.  SYTYCD celebrates all genres of the art and I love watching as these performers learn styles that push them outside their comfort zone.

Now, you may ask why I said you can help save this show.  Television is a cut-throat business and in recent years FOX has already dropped the separate elimination episode and SYTYCD has had to incorporate results into the competition episodes.  It’s resulted in an awkward format, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has done the best he could with the time he’s been allotted.  Like most shows on TV today, this one is on the edge, and last month Mr. Lythgoe tweeted his pleas to fans to watch the show, and to implore their friends to do so.

 

From SYTYCD EP Nigel Lythgoe

From SYTYCD EP Nigel Lythgoe

Alumni of the show have gone on to Broadway (Newsies, Wicked) movies (the Step Up series) and Hawaii native Mark Kanemura from the fourth season, became one of Lady Gaga’s primary dancers.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want a cranky Alex O’Loughlin taking his bad mood out on his kids and co-workers, so it you want to keep the man in a good mood, here’s your chance!  We were fortunate enough to get a Season 11, but let’s see if we can get the gorgeous Aussie (and ourselves) a Season 12.  You can see the entire interview below, or you can skip to the 7:54 mark to hear him talk about So You Think You Can Dance.  But why wouldn’t you want to deprive yourself of more of that Australian accent?

If you’d like to check out the show, tune into to your local FOX station Wednesday, May 28th at 8/7c.