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Disney’s ‘Moana’ embraces Polynesian past and culture

By Mike Gordon
The buzz surrounding "Moana," the animated story of a young Polynesian navigator from Walt Disney Studios, has focused on the star power involved, most notably Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne Johnson.

Seasoned director teaches art of storytelling in classes

By Mike Gordon
When school starts Monday in the University of Hawaii system, there could be a future Oscar contender or an Emmy Award winner sitting in class. Many of the 646 creative media students already know how to work a camera and frame a scene. Some have already made a movie.

Filmmaker aims to tell tale of defiant Ko’olau cowboy

By Mike Gordon
The story of Ko‘olau and his wife, Pi‘ilani, is one of devotion in the face of death, but for many it remains a footnote in Hawaiian history that is rarely told more than 122 years later. That could change if Big Island filmmaker David Cunningham can bring his latest project to the silver screen.

Deep pool of submissions helps film showcase grow

By Mike Gordon
Fans of short films — and that includes the filmmakers, too — have reason to celebrate this week when the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase screens at the Doris Duke Theatre.

Isle acts as tropical setting for antics in ‘Mike and Dave’

By Mike Gordon
The 20th Century Fox comedy "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" wrapped last week after two months of filming on Oahu.

Return to Texas gives ‘Dog’ a chance to make amends

By Mike Gordon
He had been back to Texas since his release from prison in 1979, since the murder, so it wasn’t unfamiliar territory for Duane “Dog” Chapman.

Honolulu Surf Film Festival to show 'Pacific Vibrations'

By Mike Gordon
One of the best features of the annual Hono­lulu Surf Film Festival has been its devotion to the films that defined the genre.

Kauai TV vet's diagnosis puts reality series on hold

By Mike Gordon
As the star of his own reality TV series this spring, Kauai veterinarian Scott Sims was soaring high. People loved his passion for saving stricken animals — a guinea pig with a tumor, a goat with a hernia, an unconscious horse in a rocky streambed.

Veteran actress plays role alongside starring dogs

By Mike Gordon
Don't let the film and TV trivia buffs fool you. Lauren Graham, the actress who starred in "Parenthood" and "Gilmore Girls," has a pretty slender Hawaii connection.

Filmmaker's point of view deserves a show of aloha

By Mike Gordon
If there's one sure truth in Cameron Crowe's film "Aloha," the much-maligned romantic comedy, it's that it's difficult to create an authentic story about Hawaii, one that will appeal to national audiences as well those who consider themselves local.

Transplanted Jersey girl Yumi Iwama finds her voice

By Mike Gordon
When most people think of acting, their frame of reference is visual — namely the stars they see on a TV show or in a film. But for Yumi Iwama, an actress whose credits include both media, it's more important that you hear her voice.

Sundance lab will help director finish feature film

By Mike Gordon
Christopher Yogi, a Hawaii-born filmmaker living in Brooklyn, N.Y., wasn't looking for a story when he sat with his dying grandfather in his Kai­muki home.

Filmmaker finds strong role model in young girl

By Mike Gordon
When she was growing up in Hawaii in the late 1970s and early '80s, Kimberlee Bassford looked forward to each episode of "Sesame Street," the PBS children's show that's delighted generations of viewers with quirky songs about the alphabet, gentle morality lessons and feel-good characters.

Eurocentric movie festival carries on without HIFF

By Mike Gordon
EuroCinema Hawaii appears to have survived its surprise breakup with the Hawaii International Film Festival, which helped curate and promote the European-centered film festival.

Film shot in Hawaii affirms promise of digital releases

By Mike Gordon
Honolulu filmmaker James Sereno has long felt that young YouTube viewers and digital distribution were the future of indie movies, but now he has a major studio that believes that, too.

Production scouts eye Maui for future film, TV projects

By Mike Gordon
A lot of film and TV projects fail early. The timing isn't right. Financial backers get cold feet. Studio executives change and with them, priorities.

Director Stone due in isles to shoot 'Snowden' scenes

By Mike Gordon
One of Hollywood's most controversial directors is expected in town this month to shoot scenes for the Hawaii connection to the biggest national security scandal in decades.

New season of 'Red Road' tests Hawaii-born actor

By Mike Gordon
The menacing scowl that made Jason Momoa a star is on full display these days, and — furrowed brow notwithstanding — the Hawaii-born actor couldn't be happier. Looking mean never felt so good.

Kauai veterinarian stars in reality television series

By Mike Gordon
Reality television often looks stranger than fiction, but there's no way a writer could invent the life of Dr. Scott Sims, the barefoot veterinarian from the north shore of Kauai.

Sundance workshop to tout niche filled by short films

By Mike Gordon
Unless you attend a lot of film festivals, chances are you probably don't see a lot of short films. They're not a staple in a world filled with blockbusters.

Filmmaker shows his work at international moviefest

By Mike Gordon
To understand how nervous Josh Kim was as he flew to the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival last month to premiere his film, consider this: When Kim hosted a test screening of "How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)" in October, a veteran director told him he felt nothing — and his uncle fell asleep.

Film recently shot on Oahu headed for release in China

By Mike Gordon
It's easy to understand why the Hawaii-based producers involved with "Pali Road," a romantic thriller shot on Oahu for Chinese audiences, are excited about the project: The China Film Agency estimates the country adds 14 new screens a day, making it the fastest-growing movie market in the world.

Documentary depicts Tyke as tragic figure, not outlaw

By Mike Gordon
When he decided to tell the story of Tyke, the circus elephant that rampaged through Honolulu in 1994, documentary filmmaker Stefan Moore knew the collective memory of that event was overwhelmingly negative.

EuroCinema principals say split with HIFF not mutual

By Mike Gordon
Board members with EuroCinema Hawaii were surprised when the Hawaii International Film Festival ended their five-year partnership with an emailed letter last month, but what raised eyebrows even further was the explanation of what prompted the split.

Maui native co-produces Arcade Fire music video

By Mike Gordon
Lost in the criticism over actor Andrew Garfield's portrayal of a transgender woman in the music video for Arcade Fire's gay anthem "We Exist" was the reality that the medium appeals to actors.

Former DreamWorks artist dressed sets for big hits

By Mike Gordon
Not much is left to chance on the set of a feature film. The way props are positioned can be just as important to a director as the tone of an actor's voice, so set dressers labor to create the necessary realism.

Spending by TV, film firms dipped 2.2% during 2014

By Mike Gordon
Production spending on film and television projects in Hawaii last year dropped slightly despite an increase in tax credits, according to data released last week by the state film office.

Actress changes approach for her role in '12 Monkeys'

By Mike Gordon
In the decade since becoming a full-time actress, Amanda Schull logged screen time in a variety of TV shows but never a starring role.

Artist Keane is just floored by movie about her career

By Mike Gordon
The irony of her situation wasn't lost on artist Margaret Keane during last week's New York premiere of "Big Eyes," the Tim Burton film about her life. Keane's haunting portraits of children with large, round eyes were a pop-culture fixture from the late 1950s to the late 1980s.

'Uncle Kokua' uses wealth to aid folks across the isles

By Mike Gordon
Santa might rule Christmas, but this year his gift-giving supremacy has been challenged by a guy who likes giving as much as the jolly old elf: millionaire philanthropist Marc Paskin, aka Uncle Kokua.

Program gives filmmakers access to industry veterans

By Mike Gordon
For aspiring storytellers trying to make connections in the high-stakes world of Hollywood, it never hurts to have an ally. But it's even better if the ally takes your phone calls.

'Fort Bliss' wins high praise for its true-to-life depiction

By Mike Gordon
The first thing filmmaker John Sullivan thought after reading the script for "Fort Bliss" was that he had never read anything better. Its main character, Maggie Swann, is a decorated Army medic who is struggling to emotionally reconnect with her young son.

Winning means more work, not less, for isle writing duo

By Mike Gordon
While it's certainly a high-five moment when your TV pilot wins a prize in a screenwriting program, it doesn't mean you've written your way to a network contract. It just means you have more to write. A lot more.

Media conference to draft handbook on island culture

By Mike Gordon
Walt Disney Studios hasn't said much about the Polynesian heroine in its newest film, "Moana," but the animated feature is sure to be a lightning rod for filmmakers, writers and producers meeting here this week.

Red light from 'Greenlight' validates Kauai filmmaker

By Mike Gordon
Jesse Cudworth, a 21-year-old filmmaker from Kauai, didn't make the final cut for the HBO reality series "Project Greenlight," but he's OK with that. He's measuring success with a story that would make a Hollywood director jealous.

State film studio prospects to be scouted across isles

By Mike Gordon
The governor's recent release of $100,000 to help state officials identify the best location for a new film studio was welcome news to state film commissioner Donne Dawson. Despite recent repairs, the state film studio at Diamond Head remains an aging and limited facility.

Hawaii Kai director for hire builds 'Call of Duty' images

By Mike Gordon
The magic of computer-generated images is always right in front of you, from your smartphone to the big screen. But for Remington Scott, a freelance director from Hawaii Kai, much of the magic lives inside his active imagination.

'Gotham' actress credits dance training in Kaneohe

By Mike Gordon
If you want an executive producer to cast you as the next Catwoman, then it's best to consult a cat. Camren Bicondova watched her own cat, Mr. G, and landed the role of Selina Kyle — aka Catwoman — on "Gotham."

Where are they now?

By Mike Gordon
Ten years ago the cast of the mind-blowing ABC drama "Lost" could walk through Waikiki unrecognized, save for Dominic Monaghan because he was in "The Lord of the Rings."

Award-winning screenwriter bringing expertise to isles

By Mike Gordon
Gordy Hoffman, an award-winning screenwriter, an instructor at the University of California at Los Angles film school and founder of the popular BlueCat Screenplay Competition, says he's passionate about inspiring storytellers and will be on Oahu this week to lead four workshops.

Hamilton and her husband hit the road for reality TV

By Mike Gordon
Nothing tests a relationship like travel, but Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and new husband Adam Dirks believed in each other so much that they gave their marriage the ultimate test: They entered "The Amazing Race."

'Hiki No' builds confidence, pride in young journalists

By Mike Gordon
When the videojournalists at Waianae Intermediate planned to produce a story about a transgender classmate for "Hiki No," the student news show on PBS Hawaii, Robert Pennybacker held his breath — but only for a moment.

Kailua's Ray boosts profile with comedy co-hosting gig

By Mike Gordon
Kailua's Jonah Ray has come a long way from the nights when he played in punk bands and read funny poems between sets. Back then, in 2001, Ray enjoyed wailing on the drums, but what he wanted most was to make people laugh.

'Blood Red Sun' tale makes dramatic film production

By Mike Gordon
For 15 years, producer Dana Hankins tried to turn the beloved young-adult novel "Under the Blood Red Sun" into a film, failing twice before she found financial backing last year. Now its premiere scheduled for next month.

Thank 'Five-0' for film studio's badly needed improvements

By Mike Gordon
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."

Stunt chief gets Emmy nod for derring-do on 'Five-0'

By Mike Gordon
Anyone who watches "Hawaii Five-0" knows the show's high-octane stunts are as common as bad guys. There were so many last season that stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente figures he could make a 45-minute highlight reel.

Momoa hits the open road for his directorial debut

By Mike Gordon
When Jason Momoa dreamed of making his first feature film, he wanted to include his friends, tell a poignant story and set it on the road.

Movie could be big break for celeb sibling Adam Braff

By Mike Gordon
If Adam Braff finds success as a Hollywood screenwriter, it's going to be on his own terms. That's the promise he made to himself six years ago this summer when he and his wife decided to move from Los Angeles to Hawaii. And no, success hasn't quite happened yet.

Makers of movies and TV get boost from accelerator

By Mike Gordon
Five film and TV projects conceived in Hawaii each received $50,000 in seed money this month, including some from the state, as part of a new program to accelerate the development of creative ideas.

Filmmaker rises to occasion as he juggles multiple tasks

By Mike Gordon
Chris Kahunahana's alarm goes off when most people are fast asleep — 3 a.m. — but the Kaimuki filmmaker says that's his most creative time of the day. "It seems to be the only time that my mind is free to wander and create things," he said.

'Out' assists gay surfers in quest for acceptance

By Mike Gordon
Surfing is often celebrated as a bastion for free spirits and self-expression. But ask former pro surfer Cori Schumacher about that and the story she tells will break your heart.

Love, adventure, high surf pack Maui Film Fest lineup

By Mike Gordon
When Barry Rivers gets excited about the films in his Maui Film Festival, he can sound like a man who drank too much Red Bull. But this year, as he prepares for the 15th annual edition, his descriptions are machine-gun fast.

Huge fantasy film still set to make waves across isles

By Mike Gordon
Pre-production on the big fantasy film "Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren," which was to begin in early June on Maui, Molokai and Kauai, is three months behind schedule, but the author who created the story insists her film will be made.

Pair's 'unconventional story' gets filmmakers' attention

By Mike Gordon
A pair of Hawaii expats — filmmaker and commercial director Brett Wagner and aspiring producer Dagny Looper — have landed a screenplay on New York University's Purple List.

'Blood Red Sun' previews offered online, at festival

By Mike Gordon
Filming isn't finished on the adaptation of "Under the Blood Red Sun," but the producers aren't waiting to show off their version of the popular young-adult novel set in World War II Hawaii.

Hawaii-based 'Ingredients' to air nationally next year

By Mike Gordon
Given America's insatiable appetite for everything related to food, from reality cooking shows to the social media obsession of making each meal a photo op, the idea of creating a new food program on TV is daunting, to say the least.

Location scout for 'Five-0' wants to film at your house

By Mike Gordon
The actors are on vacation, production crew members have joined other local film and TV projects, and the Diamond Head soundstage is buttoned up. But even though "Hawaii Five-0" is on hiatus until July, location manager Timmy Chinn is already scouting for next season.

'Walking Dead' Web series ignites community's passion

By Mike Gordon
Tyler Rezentes, a 20-year-old aspiring director with no real filmmaking experience, thought it would be good practice to make a Web series based on the hit TV show "The Walking Dead."

Fans pick tune by The Green to set tone in 'Five-0' episode

By Mike Gordon
No one is more eager to watch this week's episode of "Hawaii Five-0" than the band members of The Green, whose catchy tunes made them rising stars on the reggae charts.

Film on transgender 'Kumu' set for April world premiere

By Mike Gordon
When films have focused on issues facing transgender individuals, they often told stories filled with discrimination, violence and disrespect. Filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson were familiar with that, having explored the LGBT community in rural America in their film "Out in the Silence."

'Lost' alumnus struggles to save mankind in '100'

By Mike Gordon
When Henry Ian Cusick describes his new character on the CW series "The 100," it's easy to understand the attraction. As Kane, he has a say on the survival of the human race. Who could resist a role like that?

Fans of ‘Five-0’ break bread with CBS show’s principals

By Mike Gordon
Most days the cast and crew are just as busy as their counterparts on any other show, but "Five-0" honcho Peter Lenkov decided to reach out anyway. The executive producer invited a small group of devoted fans to meet him March 1 for breakfast (mostly pancakes) at Wailana Coffee Shop in Waikiki.

Roomier location provides better focus on film contest

By Mike Gordon
The most popular underground film contest in Hawaii "Showdown in Chinatown" is poised to start its season of challenges Saturday with a huge new venue that should allow organizers to pack the house without having to seat people with a shoehorn.

Momoa's newest acting job has him play complex man

By Mike Gordon
The last time we saw Jason Momoa, the Hawaii-born actor was a sword-swinging anti-hero in the 2011 feature film "Conan the Barbarian." It was an encore of sorts from a genre that also turned him into Khal Drogo, the brutal horse-riding warlord of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Storyteller extraordinaire shares craft at UH-Manoa

By Mike Gordon
Students at the University of Hawaii are having face-to-face discussions this month with one of the great storytellers in film: John Sayles. Among independent filmmakers and art house aficionados, he's royalty, the American godfather of the genre.

'Seedy' Hilo serves as locale for duo's proposed TV series

By Mike Gordon
Hilo may seem like a sleepy town to a lot of people, but if Chris McKinney and Walter Dods III get their way, it will be the backdrop of a cable TV drama that paints a dark portrait of Hawaii.

Makers of TV and movies cut isle spending last year

By Mike Gordon
Spending by film and television productions in Hawaii dropped 7 percent last year, but industry insiders here feel 2013 was a strong year and that recent increases in the state's tax credits will bear fruit over the next 12 months.

Book records Hawaii's role on big (and small) screen

By Mike Gordon
Writer Ed Rampell likes to share the story about a conversation he had with two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne, the director/screenwriter whose 2011 movie "The Descendants" showcased Hawaii in its most accurate light to date.

Twin brothers make inroads in Hollywood screenwriting

By Mike Gordon
Jordan and Aaron Kandell are identical twins, so it's no surprise that they've been thinking many of the same thoughts since they were born. They chose the same sports at 'Iolani School, the same school clubs, too.

New movie depicts heroes who were stationed at Pearl

By Mike Gordon
If the story of the Navy SEALs in the new film "Lone Survivor" sounds familiar to you, it's because five of the elite warriors who died in the mission and failed rescue were based at Pearl Harbor, and a sixth — the lone survivor, Marcus Luttrell — was also stationed here.

Translating tale to big screen requires passion, patience

By Mike Gordon
Turning someone else's work of fiction into a movie script is one of the least glamorous and most demanding jobs in filmmaking. Think late nights, too much coffee and writer's block.

Librarian's efforts ensure star actress is not forgotten

By Mike Gordon
Los Angeles librarian Christina Rice has been a film buff for years, with a special affinity for films from the 1930s and '40s. But that didn't prepare her for Ann Dvorak, a forgotten star who was living on government assistance in a run-down Waikiki neighborhood when she died in 1979.

Hawaii actor rubs elbows with film star in 'Buyers'

By Mike Gordon
He wound up with only a single day in front of the cameras, but it was enough to put Hawaii actor Joji Yoshida in the middle -- literally -- of one of this fall's most talked-about films -- and in a scene opposite the star of the movie.

AJA documentary series honors beloved senator

By Mike Gordon
There's a moment near the end of a new documentary on the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, "Journey to Washington," that speaks volumes to Tomo Mizu­tani, president of Nitto Tire U.S.A., which sponsored the film.

Local actress finds spaces in Web series, social media

By Mike Gordon
That perky actress on the new Web series "Emma Approved" is Hawaii's Joanna Sotomura, and her role has given her a front-row seat to a new form of entertainment.

'Blood Red Sun' launches at last with isle-heavy cast

By Mike Gordon
Finding the right actors is a priority for any filmmaker, but there was a lot riding on the casting of the two lead roles in "Under the Blood Red Sun," the indie film based on the popular young-adult novel set in World War II Hawaii.

Woman films own search for meaning of her name

By Mike Gordon
Even with a happy ending, the story that documentary filmmaker Christen Marquez tells is profoundly sad.

Maui's scenic beauty suits young-adult fantasy series

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2013
The owner of Maui Film Studios thought he would benefit from a pair of film projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars: "Tar­zan," a $175 million Warner Bros. remake starring Alexander Skarsgard, and a five-film deal based on the young-adult book series "The Order of Ethyrea."

DVR viewership ensures strong ratings for 'Five-0'

By Mike Gordon
The Nielsen ratings for the season premiere of "Hawaii Five-0," which aired on a new day and time, were good. In fact, executive producer Peter Lenkov told his cast and crew they were "excellent."

Kaiser grad wins an Emmy for 'Simpsons' animation

By Mike Gordon
Nothing attracts a crowd at a party like a shiny golden statue in your hand. Just ask animator Paul Wee, the Hawaii native who just won an Emmy for his work on the Fox series "The Simpsons."

Aikau documentary poised for major airtime on ESPN

By Mike Gordon
Starting with a benefit screening tonight at the Hawaii Theatre and continuing through October and into early November on ESPN, the new documentary "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" will share the late surfer's story with millions of people who have probably never heard of him or even been to the beach.

Hit movie doesn't change much in director's life

By Mike Gordon
Destin Daniel Cretton insists that success has not changed him. His new film "Short Term 12" is playing in theaters across the country, including a held-over run here, but he's the same unassuming guy from Maui who went to Los Angeles to make movies.

OC16 celebrates 25 years of airing high school sports

By Mike Gordon
The scene was right out of a television sitcom. A huddled group of football players waiting for the coin toss. An Aloha Stadium crowd eager for the kickoff. And a woman in a muumuu and heels running onto the field, ...

HIFF program aims to hone local screenwriters' talents

By Mike Gordon
The state's next generation of film and television storytellers is going to receive hands-on mentorship that money can't buy, thanks to a new program with the Hawaii International Film Festival's Creative Lab.

Tale of Tyke the elephant disturbs, inspires filmmaker

By Mike Gordon
When it comes to drama, few things can top an angry African elephant running through a city before a barrage of gunfire finally ends the rampage.

Collection of 10 brief movies has fully 5 in a Hawaiian vein

By Mike Gordon
Filmmaker Gerard Elmore likes to be surprised, at least when it comes to movies. But even he was taken aback with the realization of just how many selections in this year's ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase have a Hawaiian theme, a Hawaiian director or a Hawaiian script.

Star of 'One Kine Day' downplays celebrity status

By Mike Gordon
Ryan Greer doesn't view himself as a movie star, so you can't blame him for being a bit surprised by the reaction he got the other day at Dave's Ice Cream in Wai­ma­nalo.

Ponce lived 'a blessed life' as a multitalented performer

By Mike Gordon
Every Wednesday evening when "Hawaiian Eye" aired on ABC, the Big Island town of Hono­kaa would shut down and tune in to watch one of its own on national television.

Old-school film projectors find home at a new school

By Mike Gordon
In the media of sound and images, it isn't enough to simply collect old films for preservation. If you don't have a projector, you might as well have nothing at all.

Lewers Street crowd panics over imaginary giant lizard

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2013
From sundown to sunrise, the movie extras raced up and down Lewers Street, trying their best to look as if their lives depended on how fast they could go.

Copter landing in stadium touch and go for '5-0' filming

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2013
Landing inside Aloha Stadium isn't included in Makani Kai Helicopters tours, so don't go reaching for your cellphone to book a flight if you to see one of the company's Eurocopter Astars disappearing behind the north end zone this week.

Maldives poses ultimate survival test for isle woman

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 7, 2013
There was a moment on the Discovery Channel's new reality show, "Naked and Afraid," when Alison Teal and the survivalist ex-Marine she was paired with saw the camera crew in a whole new light.

Historian aims to tell story of Hawaiians in Civil War

By Mike Gordon
Nanette Napoleon has seen people express the same reaction so often that she has a name for it: "The "Wow! What? Factor." But the best reaction was the first one, 13 years ago, when Napoleon experienced it herself while going through microfilmed newspapers.

Your house, yard or garage could be a star on 'Five-0'

By Mike Gordon
The searching never stops, and the realization of that can prompt Timmy Chinn to smile and shake his head. He could be driving through Hono­lulu, sitting at a restaurant or even staring at a storefront and every single time ask the very same question: How would this look on television?

'Off the Hook' host enjoys challenge of isle adventures

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2013
In his brief time as a gonzo fisherman, "Showtime" Eric Young has caught a lemon shark from a paddleboard, free-dived beneath the ice-capped waters of the St. Lawrence River for small-mouth bass and used his hand for bait while wrestling a catfish in a Tennessee lake.

Maui Film Festival picks combine 'smart and heart'

By Mike Gordon
If there was an award for viewing the most films in a year, Barry Rivers would certainly be a contender. The founder of the Maui Film Festival figures he watched parts or all of nearly 1,000 movies as he whittled his festival selection to 51 features and shorts.

Volunteers help 'Lost' alum put together short movie

By Mike Gordon
Henry Ian Cusick is going where he's never gone before, but it won't make sense unless you consider where the actor has been. Context, "bruthah," context.

'Mad Men' star Kartheiser heads to isle film festival

By Mike Gordon
When Vincent Kartheiser sheds the Brooks Brothers suit that belongs to Pete Campbell, his uptight character on the AMC series "Mad Men," he turns into a pretty simple guy.

YouTube series highlights underwater camerawork

By Mike Gordon
As he swam through the murky depths off the southeastern coast of the island of Hawaii, his underwater camera trained on molten lava entering the sea, Craig Musburger weighed his desire to shoot the best footage against the possibility of being boiled alive.

Pals pack 3-D surfing flick with thrills, raw honesty

By Mike Gordon
In the Australian winter of 2011, veteran surfers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones embarked on a four-month quest to ride the largest waves their country had to offer.

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