‘The Squeeze’ to hit theaters Spring 2015

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Writer/Producer/Director Terry Jastrow has just announced the completion of the Wilmywood shot feature film, The Squeeze. The golf caper which filmed here last fall stars Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Sumpter, Jillian Murray and Michael Nouri, along with some of our local actors including Michael Rosander, David Andrews, and Logan Siu to name a few.

The Squeeze is a true story about a young man from a small southern town who gets caught in between two notorious gamblers, until the stakes become a matter of life or death. The film has been submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

According to a press release, Jastrow recently had its first industry private screening at United Talent Agency in Hollywood to an enthusiastic audience that included film distributors, cast and crew, Terry’s wife and co-producer, actress Anne Archer, and golfer Phil Mickelson.

“Making this movie is a dream come true,” says Jastrow. “For many years as a sports director working for the legendary Roone Arledge, I was schooled in the art of storytelling…’the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the human drama of athletic competition’…and am very pleased to apply those concepts now to movie making.”

Look for The Squeeze in theaters this Spring.

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NC Film Incentives Update: 07/22/2014

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Just keeping you updated.  Nothing is scheduled for today concerning film.  The House is not reconvening until Thursday and we don’t know what time yet.

On a side note, my sources are telling me Thom Tillis is fundraising in D.C. so they won’t be meeting until the Speaker of the House returns.

However, this gives us more time to make our phone calls and let our voices be heard.

Don’t forget our Hail Mary pass …

If they are going to create new incentive program. If they are changing positions on providing  incentives to recruit business, then…

“We we want our current NC film incentives to be a part of this bill. HB 1224 would be the perfect vehicle to place our current film incentives in for ONE YEAR EXTENSION.”

They can call it a grant, call it a fund, but it is what it is, an incentive.  And we need to tell them so.

Let’s continue to make those calls today.

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Sen. Phil Berger (President Pro Tempore)
PHONE: 919-733-5708
EMAIL: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

Rep. Julia Howard
PHONE: 919-733-5904
EMAIL: Julia.Howard@ncleg.net

Rep. Rick Catlin
PHONE: 919-733-5830
EMAIL: Rick.Catlin@ncleg.net

Rep. Chris Millis
PHONE: 919-715-9664
EMAIL: Chris.Millis@ncleg.net

Rep. Robert Brawley
PHONE: 919-733-5741
EMAIL: Robert.Brawley@ncleg.net

Sen.  Bill Rabon
PHONE: 919-733-5963
EMAIL: Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net

Sen. Bob Rucho
(919) 733-5655
Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net

Sen. David Curtis
(919) 715-3038
David.Curtis@ncleg.net

 

Will we have to continue to add an insert?

*“The creation of a closing fund and the expansion of the JDIG credit was a recommendation in our jobs plan, and it will increase North Carolina’s competitiveness against other states across the country,” said John Lassiter, chairman of the N.C. Economic Development Board.   INSERT:  UNLESS IT’S FILM RELATED.

*“The Department of Commerce, under the leadership of Secretary Sharon Decker, has made great strides in recruiting new jobs and businesses to our local communities, and this bill ensures it is well-equipped to expand its efforts and recruit even more jobs to our state,” said Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), co-chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. INSERT: UNLESS IT’S FILM INDUSTRY JOBS.

*“Our responsibility as elected officials is to not only make sure students have the skills necessary to join the workforce when they graduate, but to also do all we can to ensure there are jobs for them when that time comes,” said Sens. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) and Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), co-chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee. “That’s why we are giving local governments the option to designate additional revenues toward education at the K-12 and community college levels – because there is no greater investment we can make than in preparing our children for the future.”  INSERT: UNLESS YOU GO TO FILM SCHOOL.

*Quotes from Press Release from President Pro Tempore Senator Phil Berger (July 16th, 2014) “Senate Bill Expands Job Recruitment, Economic Development Toolkit.”

Ian McShane and Michael Rooker rumored to take on Bolden!

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It’s looks like King Bolden Productions have secured two more cast members with one returning to Bolden! Michael Rooker will be back to play Pat McMurphy and it looks like Jackie Earle Haley will not be returning for his role as Judge Perry.  My sources tell me the incredible Ian McShane is being tapped to take his place.  As in the bad ass Al Swearengen in Deadwood and every other bad ass character he has played. Let’s all hope he signs that dotted line, and get him here to Wilmywood. Stat!

Gary Carr(Downtown Abby)is still up for the lead which was originally played by Anthony Mackie.

BOLDEN! – KING BOLDEN PICTURES
STATUS: September 2014
PRODUCERS: Jonathan Cornick, Michele Tayler
WRITERS: Derick Martini, Steven Martini, Dan Pritzker, David Rothschild
DIRECTOR: Dan Pritzker
CAST: Gary Carr, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Rooker
CREW RESUMES TO: boldenresumes@gmail.com

A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

‘How and Why’ and is a no go with FX.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Kaufman’s How & Why has been passed over at FX, however, not all hope is lost.  The producers are now shopping the comedy starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes to other outlets.  FX CEO John Landgraf said that although the pilot turned out well, he did’t feel like it was a good fit with the FX audience.  The production, if picked up, was supposed to begin production in January.  Now we will wait and see what happens ans where they will shoot it.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY 07/21/2014 Another Hollywood Legend Gone, Jessabelle, Don’t Know Yet, Under the Dome and more.

JamesGarnerHollywood legend, James Garner who has graced us with his presence here in North Carolina, has passed away at the age of 86 in his home in Brentwood, which is just outside LA. If you remember he played Red Stevens in The Ultimate Gift which was partially shot in Charlotte.  And of course he was here back in 2001 for the Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood playing Shep Walker.

The Longest Ride is heading out to three locations today: They are heading to Wallace as well as Orange St. and back to the Cameron Art Museum.

Sleepy Hollow heads to Bijou Park this afternoon.

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Man, I feel so empty inside, not reporting where are Domies are! They are completely wrapped and crews are now striking sets.  Well, at least we still have them on TV!  Get ready for tonight!  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come :

As conditions in Chester’s Mill worsen, Big Jim and Rebecca consider resorting to the extreme measure of population control, which drives a wedge between Barbie and Julia. Meanwhile, clues to Melanie’s past and her connection to the Dome are revealed, on Under The Dome, Monday, July 21 at 10/9c.CBS.  Dwight Yoakam guest stars.

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Wilmywood shot “Tammy,” added $7.6 million to its box office total over the weekend pulling in 71.2M domestically.

Blumhouse Productions has pushed back the release date for our Wilmywood shot Jessabelle. Originally, it was going to be released next month, but it will now hit theaters and on-demand services the week after Halloween, November 7th.

“It’s a ghostly tale of Jessabelle who returns to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return and this spirit has no intention of letting her escape.”

Jessabelle stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, and of course one of our favorite local actors David Andrews.

The feature film produced by the UNCW FST department, and faculty member Terry Linehan, Don’t Know Yet, is now available for PRE-ORDER on AMAZON!

If you want to save $5 on owning the film, and you want to help them achieve pre-sales numbers that will rank them higher on Amazon’s list of offerings, please BUY NOW.

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LOOKING FOR THESE STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

 

FILM INCENTIVES: Final Call to Action Today

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So, I brought this up yesterday on Facebook and now it’s in the paper.  If everyone’s so against incentives, why are they developing new plans to put a brand spanking new incentives bill on the table so they can hand out millions of dollars. Yes, an incentives bill.

Now technically, HB 1224 (Page 9, Part III) has nothing to do with film.  But I say that it most certainly does.  Suddenly, the Senate feels the need for incentives?  The one thing they have been fighting about?  We have 4200+ HIGH paying jobs on the line that already exist, but they are touting , “Hey, let’s bring in companies to bring in manufacturing jobs.”  Which by the way don’t even come close to the annual income our film workers get paid AND will not aid the 1000+ small businesses that are affected by them!  That’s business that already exists.

Every production that comes here, comes with a sign that says, “Employees wanted!”  and if we would stop giving off the rank stench of uncertainty, we would never have a lapse in employment with these 4200+ jobs.  In fact, we would be looking at more hires.  Do you think for a second our high rated shows like Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow are going to just sit and wait for folks to make up their mind on our little Capitol Hill?  No announcements have been made, but mark my words, the next season we will be waving from across state lines to our friends and family and favorite actors and producers because they won’t be here.

We have a small window here to put this to rest.  The damage has already sorely been done, but if we have any glimmer of hope, it is that we can make one last ditch effort to raise our voices and let them be heard.  Speaker Tillis has been sitting idle too long on this issue and he is one of the folks who have the power to get things done.

If they are going to create new incentive program. If the are changing positions on providing  incentives to recruit business, then we we want the current film incentives to be a part of this bill.   HB 1224 would be the perfect vehicle to place our current film incentives in for a one year extension.   They can call it a grant, call it a fund, but it is what it is, an incentive.  And we need to tell them so.

I have been asked for us to do a final call to action.  Listen, I know you are feeling quite deflated after McCrory’s visit, however, let me remind you it doesn’t come down to the governor’s decision.  It will come from the House and the Senate.  Sure, he can veto anything, however, the General Assembly can always override it. The trading game is now in full force with HB 1224 and lemme tell you some of these folks REALLY want this bill. And some will not vote for it unless the film incentives are extended.

Simply put, if they support the incentives bill, HB 1224, for new jobs, then should they support the continuation of our film incentives for 4200+ existing jobs in North Carolina.  Yes, it might be a Hail Mary pass, but someone’s got to win the Superbowl! And again, I always believe in the underdog.

So let’s PLAY BALL!

Please call these folks IMMEDIATELY!  Call as many as you can today!  Leave a message if no one answers!

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Sen. Phil Berger (President Pro Tempore)
PHONE: 919-733-5708
EMAIL: Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

Rep. Julia Howard
PHONE: 919-733-5904
EMAIL: Julia.Howard@ncleg.net

Rep. Rick Catlin
PHONE: 919-733-5830
EMAIL: Rick.Catlin@ncleg.net

Rep. Chris Millis
PHONE: 919-715-9664
EMAIL: Chris.Millis@ncleg.net

Rep. Robert Brawley
PHONE: 919-733-5741
EMAIL: Robert.Brawley@ncleg.net

Sen.  Bill Rabon
PHONE: 919-733-5963
EMAIL: Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net

Sen. Bob Rucho
(919) 733-5655
Bob.Rucho@ncleg.net

Sen. David Curtis
(919) 715-3038
David.Curtis@ncleg.net

And in case you need some musical motivation, I got your back!

EUE/Screen Gems statement RE: Governor Pat McCrory’s Visit

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Governor Pat McCrory Visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington This Afternoon

Wilmington, N.C. (July 17) — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory made a last- minute stop at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington today. Executive Vice President Bill Vassar received a call just after lunch.

“The Governor’s people said he has some extra time between meetings and wanted to stop by,” says Vassar. “It was an unexpected but welcome surprise. The Governor wanted to see the studio, meet members of the crew and better understand our industry.”

Vassar said he and the Governor discussed the importance of the incentives to the health of the industry, and the Governor indicated that many issues hang in the balance as budget negotiations continue.

The tour lasted over an hour. The Governor toured the stages for “Under the Dome” (CBS), “Sleepy Hollow (FOX) and “Secrets and Lies” (ABC). Vassar said McCrory chose to spend more time than expected at the studios, and he speculated the Governor might have been a bit late for his next appointment.

“I’m glad the Governor came,” Vassar says. “It’s gratifying to know that we’re on his radar, and that he was willing to carve out time to see us and learn more about the industry. He understands our desire is to keep film alive in North Carolina.”

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