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Alex O’Loughlin joins the fight against ALS

July 29th, 2014 by

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin are used to seeing him lend his presence to raise money for a good cause.  Whether it’s to spur organ donation, clean the coastline, or fight cancer, O’Loughlin has always generously donated his time and efforts to them.

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Photo Credit: Kokua For The Philippines.

The CBS star’s latest cause however, has an extremely personal connection.   A recent Twitter post by the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association (@alsagoldenwest) alerted us to the fact that O’Loughlin would be joining the group in September to promote their “Walk to defeat ALS.”

Photo: @alsagoldenwest

Alex with ALS Golden West CEO Fred Fisher  Photo: @alsagoldenwest on Twitter

Although we here at  50undercover.com were initially unaware of his personal connection with the cause, we have some friends who knew the circumstances leading to this partnership.  Through them, we discovered that the mother of Alex’s wife, Malia, was a victim of ALS, and so this charity has particular meaning to their family.  Violet Jones-Medusky was a triathelete, and in a rather cruel irony, ALS often attacks people who are in exceptionally good shape.  Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis affects the motor neurons that normally send signals to your voluntary muscles. Without those signals, the muscles weaken, atrophy, and eventually stop functioning. The sufferer becomes paralyzed and is unable to breathe or swallow on their own.

As I looked into this story, I discovered that Vi Jones-Medusky was quite an extraordinary woman. An avid athlete, Jones-Medusky conquered triathlons, marathons, and even “Ultra-marathons”, including the “Haleakala Run to the Sun,” a grueling 36 mile trek up 10,000 feet up Maui’s famous crater.  What impressed me most about this woman wasn’t her athleticism, but her love for life in spite of the hand she was dealt. Even as her muscles ceased to work and her quality of life deteriorated, the photos always depict a woman with a warm, genuine smile on her face.

A nurse by profession, Vi knew what she faced once she received her diagnosis.  Determined to fight as long as possible, she continued to run, and when she could no longer complete an entire race, she joined relay teams where less endurance was required.  And so it went until she had to rely on a wheelchair for mobility.  Rather than feeling sorry for herself, Jones-Medusky became a tireless advocate for others suffering from ALS, offering them support and cheer while maintaining a blog chronicling her own fight.  Her posts allow you into the mind of this incredible woman who always made the best of her situation, who not only celebrated family and love, but celebrated her life, as difficult as it was.  “The transition of beach to sea was alot smoother,” Vi stated in her blog.  ”I think my friends are getting the hang of it !!! So everyone got a turn holding and helping me to do my exercises for my legs and arms. Thank you again to all of my friends and see you next week as I love swimming with you!”

 

From "Violet's Web"

From “Violet’s Web”

Most ALS patients live between three and five years after diagnosis, but Vi managed seven, all the while surrounded by her loving, supportive family.  Violet Jones-Medusky passed away on March 29, 2011 at the age of 59, but her spirit lives on.  Her friends and family continue to raise funds to beat this horrific disease because as Vi told Midweek, “ALS is an orphan disease, because compared to diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes, drug companies put all their money into these diagnoses, because so few people have ALS that it’s not popular. Therefore, research money (for ALS) usually comes from family and friends of victims.”

Vi with daughter Malia From Violet's blogsite

Vi with daughter Malia
From Violet’s blogsite

And that, my friends, is why we’re asking you to support the fight to defeat ALS.  Join Hawaii Five-0’s Alex O’Loughlin, join long-time Hawaii Five-0 crew member Eric Uyeda and his “H50 ALS Warriors,” in keeping Vi’s fight alive.  Please check out her old blog posts and photos at “Violets’ Web,” and then come back to the link and donate what you can. No amount is too small.  Alex will appreciate your support, but even more importantly, so will the people battling this disease.

Mahalo!

 

Details:

 When: September 6, 2014 Check-in 7:30 AM  Walk begins 9 AM

Where: Honolulu’s Kapiolani Regional Park

Distance: 2 miles

Hawaii Five-0 helps repair the state’s aging film studio

July 28th, 2014 by

In 2012 when developer Marshal Hung purchased the Honolulu Advertiser building to turn it into luxury condos, the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew found themselves booted right out of their home of three years.  CBS’ search for a new location revealed few properties offering the space needed to film a major network production on the island of Oahu.

When the show landed at the same soundstage where Jack Lord and the original Hawaii Five-O called home, it sounded like a nice bit of synchronicity, but few fans were aware of the state of disrepair of the property.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon reports on just what the network has done, not only for Hawaii Five-0, but for the state of Hawaii and any future residents of the studios at Diamond Head. Reading the story, it’s difficult to believe that employees of ABC’s Lost and Last Resort worked in these conditions.  We’re glad to see that CBS is willing to put out the money necessary to make the complex a better home for stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim, as well as the many behind-the-scenes employees who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making Hawaii Five-0 a success.

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Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head Photo: KITV

From Mike Gordon (@crankydad on Twitter)

When the state film office asked lawmakers in 2012 for money to repair the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the request came with a stark admonishment: In its condition at the time, the facility was “an embarrassment to Hawaii’s film industry and a liability to the state.”

The air-conditioning system in the primary soundstage often stopped working, the large barn doors on a building that houses a tank for underwater filming were too dangerous to move, and several buildings needed to be removed because of termite damage, carpenter ants in electrical systems and rats.

But just as it does every Friday night in prime time, the CBS crime drama “Hawaii Five-0″ rescued the state once again.

Since moving into the facility in May 2013, “Five-0″ has spent more than $709,000 on repairs and improvements that the state applied toward the show’s monthly rent, said state film Commissioner Donne Dawson.  ”Five-0,” which just started shooting its fifth season, is charged $50,000 a month for use of the 7.5-acre complex on 18th Avenue below Kapiolani Community College, she said. Dawson called the show “a brilliant partner.”

“We’re making progress and we’re making good progress,” she said. “Considering the lack of resources to do everything we want to, we are making do with the resources we have.”

The film office estimated two years ago that the Diamond Head facility needed $10.4 million in renovations. Lawmakers gave film officials about half that, including money budgeted for planning and design, Dawson said.

“Five-0″ moved into the state facility during the hiatus between its third and fourth seasons because its original production headquarters — the old Hono­lulu Advertiser building — was sold to a developer.

The show paid $216,000 for new air-conditioning chillers on the Diamond Head studio’s 16,500-square-foot soundstage, replacing a system that was two decades old. It was a critical fix, Dawson said.  ”You need to have a strong, functioning, efficient air-conditioning system to keep your set cool,” she said. “Your set is going to be very hot with lights and equipment and lots of warm bodies.”

The show also spent $137,000 to air-condition a sweltering building once used as a stage by the original “Five-0,” then spent another $105,000 to insulate the 12,000-square-foot building, Dawson said. The stage, which still sports a “Hawaii Five-0″ sign from the original series, is now home to several permanent sets: the crime lab, Max’s morgue and Steve McGarrett’s home.

The series also was credited for the cost of insulating the water tank building — about $115,000. The building was built in 1999 by the producers of “Baywatch: Hawaii.” Other improvements included $103,000 for a new building for costumes and $33,000 worth of electrical upgrades.

For it’s part, the state replaced the barn doors with a safer alternative and completed some repaving. But its next big project — replacing the wood buildings that date back to 1976 — may have to wait until “Five-0″ calls it quits because there isn’t enough time between seasons to complete the project, Dawson said after meeting with “Five-0″ production members last week.

Dawson wants to see a second soundstage on the property, and her office might ask the Legislature for money when it meets next year. She wouldn’t discuss size, location or cost, but said a project like that would have to wait until the Diamond Head property was not in use.

CBS said in a statement that it was happy with the working relationship it has with state film officials. Filming in Hawaii is important to the authenticity and legacy of the series, the network said, noting that it was committed to future improvements. That’s good news for the Diamond Head facility, the only state-owned film studio in Hawaii.

“It is an aging facility that is under heavy use on a daily basis, and things break down unexpectedly and we have to address those things as they come,” Dawson said.

And if “Five-0″ doesn’t receive a sixth season?  ”If they leave, when they leave, we will have a much better, safer, more efficient and user-friendly facility for future productions,” Dawson said. “Given that, we owe a lot to ‘Five-0.’”

AND that’s a wrap …

Grace Park nerds out over Battlestar Galactica and Comic Con for THR Preview issue

July 26th, 2014 by

Hawaii Five-0 star (and possibly closet nerd) Grace Park hams it up with former Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff for a special The Hollywood Reporter preview issue.  But it’s no ordinary issue- they’re decked out in full Star Wars rebellion regalia in this awesome sci-fi mashup.  Are they being recognized for blowing up the Death Star or a Cylon Base Star?  We don’t know exactly, but this candid behind the scenes interview shows us a little more insight from a sci-fi actor’s point of view of the world of convention lurking.

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Film role for Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin

July 23rd, 2014 by

It’s been a few years since Alex O’Loughlin fans have been able to view him on the big screen, and although it remains to be seen if audiences outside of Australia will be able to watch Hadean in the theater, they at least may have a chance of catching the DVD release.

It’s also unclear how large a role the Hawaii Five-0 star might have in this film being produced by Australian actor Nathan Phillips, since it sounds like a large ensemble cast is in the works.  Phillips’ largest American role to date was opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane.

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Nathan Phillips, who stars in These Final Hours, plans to direct his own post-apocalyptic film, Hadean, set in Australia in 2050. “It’s kind of like The Fifth Element meets Star Wars,” he said. Hadean is an adaptation of Phillips’ short film Post Apocalyptic Man.  “I’ve got so many fabulous friends who are going to be in it like Thomas Wright, Angus Sampson, Alex O’Loughlin and Travis Fimmel,” he says. “A lot of good Melbourne boys who’d love to come home.”

Nathan Phillips in These Final Hours

Nathan Phillips in These Final Hours

As the article mentions, Hadean is drawn from Phillips’ short film Post Apocalyptic Man, or P.A.M.  Based on the trailer for the original production, we’re in for a violent picture with some Aussie humor thrown into the the midst of the bleakness.

This is quite a change from O’Loughlin’s last movie The Back-up Plan, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez.  With Scott Caan filming a couple of movies (including Rock the Kasbah) and Daniel Dae Kim landing a part in Divergent”>,  O’Loughlin’s fans have been hungry to see him stretch his wings beyond the role of Steve McGarrett. No doubt whatever character the Aussie heart throb plays in this new venture, his legions of admirers will be waiting for the chance to see him in some new material.
 

Lopez and O'Loughlin in The Back-up Plan

Lopez and O’Loughlin in The Back-up Plan

A bit of trivia, Nathan Phillips is a veteran of the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, as is Alex O’Loughlin’s former girlfriend, Holly Valance.

Another “Lost” alumnus to be found on Hawaii Five-0

July 22nd, 2014 by

Former Lost actor William Mapother tends to play the more nefarious types, unlike his leading-man cousin, Tom Cruise.  The synopsis below reads as though his character is the helpful type, but is he really?  You’ll have to tune in when his Season 5 episode airs to find out.

From TV Fanatic:
William Mapother, who portrayed creepy island resident Ethan Rom on the ABC hit, will appear on an episode of Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 this fall.

According to CBS sources, Mapother will portray Eric Porter, a well-liked, rich business owner who becomes entangled in a painfully tense situation… yet offers his help to the authorities.

William Mapther as Ethan Rom in "Lost."

William Mapther as Ethan Rom in “Lost.”

Mapother – who has also guest-starred on The Mentalist, Mad Men and Castle – is the NINTH former Lost cast member to appear on Hawaii Five-0.

He joins Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick, Sam Anderson, Tania Raymonde and François Chau.

Incidentally, TV Fanatic points out that Mapother is the 9th Lost alumnus to appear on Hawaii Five-0. Am I the only one who thinks it’s high time Josh Holloway showed up? And Holloway (Sawyer on Lost) has expressed interest in joining his good friend Daniel Dae Kim for some beers on the beach.  Come on CBS, let’s make it happen!

Josh Holloway in Lost

Josh Holloway in Lost

Meet Hawaii Five-0′s newest member

July 16th, 2014 by

The name of Hawaii Five-0’s newest cast member has been revealed in a TV Guide exclusive. Much in demand actress Amanda Setton has been cast to play trainee to medical examiner Max Bergman (Masi Oka.) The exotic beauty was most recently seen on the Robin Williams’ comedy The Crazy Ones, and prior to that, played pushy office assistant, Shauna Dicanio on Fox’s The Mindy Project.

Amanda Setton

Amanda Setton

Earlier this month TV Guide reported Season 5 would bring a new love interest to Five-0 boss Steve McGarrett, and since Max already has a girlfriend (played by Willis-Moore offspring Rumer Willis,) could it be that Setton’s character Dr. Mindy Shaw, will fill the slot left by Michelle Borth?   Many fans were upset at the announcement that Borth’s Catherine Rollins was being written off the show, so any new love interest will be met with much skepticism from many, particularly after we witnessed a heart-broken McGarrett in tears upon hearing Cath was staying in Afghanistan.

Alex O'Loughlin in "Makani 'Olu a Holo Malie"

Alex O’Loughlin in “Makani ‘Olu a Holo Malie”

 We here at 50undercover wish Amanda the best of luck, both in her role and in her reception from the fans.  Unfortunately, female actors cast on the show (other than original member, Grace Park) haven’t always been met with wholesale acceptance from some on social media.  Let’s make this a positive experience and show Amanda the aloha spirit!

Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Blessing video and recap

July 8th, 2014 by
Alex O'Loughliin Hawaii News Now

Alex O’Loughlin Photo credit Hawaii News Now

In what has become an annual tradition, a Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kauila Kawelo Barber, Hawaii Five-0′s Hawaiian Language and Protocol Advisor, to kick off Season 5 . Getting a show to a fifth season is difficult so perhaps the blessing is working. Present were Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Jorge Garcia, and Peter Lenkov, as well as extras and crew.

Grace Park had this to say about the blessing, “There’s a beauty to the commencement of something and to come together and to recognize not only that point, but to have a vision of the entire time. You don’t know what it will look like, but you feel there is a hope and some reflection.”

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo:  Hawaii News Now

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo: Hawaii News Now

Fans immediately noticed the substantial facial hair that adorned Alex O’Loughlin’s face at the ceremony. He said that many people have been offering their opinions on it – not all of them positive. Shortly after the blessing, O’Loughlin was seen sporting a mustache as he began his transformation into Steve McGarrett.

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya - Hawaii News Now

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya.
Photo: Hawaii News Now

Many hints were dropped about Season 5 including an extended 25 episode season!

Other spoilers include:

Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Blessing to be Live Streamed

July 6th, 2014 by

UPDATE July 7:

Tannya Joaquin will continue her string of Hawaii Five-0 opening day interviews tomorrow. She’s posted the following information, which we hope you’ll find helpful.

“The show is keeping with tradition by gathering for a Hawaiian blessing before getting back to work. It’s a sign of respect for the host culture. Blessings help usher in new beginnings with a prayer, untying of a maile lei and a ceremony uniting the cast, crew and invited dignitaries.

The blessing is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. Hawaii time. Tannya Joaquin will have live preview reports starting at 5:15 a.m. during Hawaii News Now Sunrise. We’ll stream our coverage live at HawaiiNewsNow.com”

See below for the necessary links and apps for viewing the life feed.

Alex O'Loughlin during Season 3 blessing.   Photo credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Alex O’Loughlin during Season 3 blessing. Photo credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS

 

Summer vacation is just getting has just barely started for many people but the cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 are already heading back to work on Season 5. As reported by Tannya Boyd Joaquin, Hawaii News Now will be providing live coverage of the traditional Hawaiian blessing on set before filming of the new season takes place. Set your alarm for Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 6am HST or click here to see when it will air locally for you. Starting time is an estimate depending on other news coverage that day.

You can catch the live stream coverage via computer here. To view from a mobile device, download the Hawaii News Now app by searching for it in Google Play or the App Store.

 

Hawaii Five-0 premier party September 13, 2014

July 3rd, 2014 by

As we mentioned in May, executive producer Peter Lenkov promised fans that there would be a “Sunset On the Beach” celebration to kick off the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0.  A man of his word, today the date of September 13th was announced and now fans can begin making travel plans.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phenomenon, the Hawaii Five-0 “SOTB,” as it is referred to, is the combination season premier, star-studded red carpet walk, and general party thrown by CBS to show appreciation to the Oahu locals.

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Well, that’s how it began.  For the first Five-0 SOTB, some groups of dedicated Alex O’Loughlin fans flew to Honolulu for a chance to glimpse their favorite star. Those who couldn’t make the trip were able to watch a portion of the event via live feeds being broadcast online.  As photos, video, and word of  that first exciting event spread around the world, more travelers descended onto the Waikiki beach each subsequent year.

Unfortunately, not all of the main cast have attended each season, but Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim, who both live in Hawaii, have not missed a chance to show their love to the throngs of vocal fans.  Other frequenet attendees are Taylor Wily (Kamekona,) Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams) and Wo Fat actor, Mark Dacascos. Hopefully fans will Grace Park and Scott Caan this year!

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Alex O’Loughlin from SOTB4 Photo: Agent Madjack

This year’s Sunset On the Beach will be even more special to the cast and crew than in past years.  The show will be filming it’s 100th episode that week; a  major milestone in this day and age of disposable television shows.  As Lenkov told the Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon, ”It allows me the privilege of sharing our premiere episode with our extended family on the most beautiful beach in the world,” Lenkov said. “So if you ask if I am excited — I am. More than words can describe.”

Daniel Dae Kim at SOTB 4 Photo: Agent Madjack

Daniel Dae Kim at SOTB 4
Photo: Agent Madjack

Last year as the sun set over the ocean, Alex O’Loughlin proclaimed that there should be a Sunset On the Beach every year, even after the show goes off the air.  Well, we don’t want to look that far ahead, but we’re grateful that the stars, Peter Lenkov, and CBS are so invested in showing the fans some aloha.  Let’s hope this party continues for many years to come.

Chi McBride's first Sunset On the Beach Photo: Agent Madjack

Chi McBride’s first Sunset On the Beach
Photo: Agent Madjack

Because those attending the beach-side premiere see the season debut before the rest of the world, one drawback has always been keeping spoilers from leaking out.  This year will be even more of a challenge as SOTB occurs almost two weeks before CBS rolls out its Fall shows.  Hawaii’s Aloha Festival will be taking place on September 20th, which would have been the prime date for the CBS fete.

Check back at 50undercover.com for more updates.  If you’re going to be there, we’d love for you to tell our readers about your experience. And if you get some great photos that wouldn’t mind sharing with us exclusively, we’d love you forever!  Let us know here on the blog, or message us on Facebook.   Mahalo!

H50 Summer Scanner – July 1, 2014

July 1st, 2014 by

There is some big news coming from the Hawaii Five-0 camp as the cast and crew get ready to start filming Season 5 next week!

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Steve finds out that Catherine is staying in Afghanistan.

TV Guide is reporting that Steve McGarrett will  be getting a new love interest this year. His former flame, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth,) was last seen riding off into the Afgan sunset leaving a big hole in McGarrett’s heart. The new lady is somehow connected to the senior McGarrett and when she visits his gravesite on the anniversary of his death, she’ll meet our favourite Navy SEAL. Will sparks fly?  Judging from reaction on social media, not all fans like the idea of the Five-0 leader rebounding from heartbreak so quickly.  What do you think? Yea or Nay?

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See that guy the second from the left? Recognize him? That’s Victor Hesse, the man who killed Steve McGarrett’s father. Hesse went on to meet an untimely end at the hands of Wo Fat in Season 2. Or did he? Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, released the following teaser tweet.

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@Jm_Live is the Twitter handle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran, James Marsters, the actor who played Hesse. Although he killed McGarrett’s father, he later saved Steve’s life. Looks like the complicated character is coming back to the island! It is not clear if he survived his jail house shanking at the hands of Wo Fat or if he will appear in flashbacks. As the kind of villain you love to hate, we’re hoping Hesse has lived to see another day.

Teilor Grubbs with Ian Anthony Dale

Teilor Grubbs with Ian Anthony Dale

In other news, Ian Anthony Dale is keeping himself busy this summer. He will be joining the Hart of Dixie Season 4 cast as a rich, charming doctor that men would like to be and women would like to be with (not too much of a stretch for Dale.) This casting could mean he will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 in the near future. Sorry, Adam fans, he may be scarce in Season 5. The Heart of Dixie can be seen on the CW network.