Rep. Tillis and Gov. Chris Christie sneak out back door to escape film supporters?


This morning on Market St between Front and 2nd, a total of 63 film supporters came out for a last minute mini-rally.  Not a bad turn out considering the rest of the folks are working. And what better place to hold one when the NJ Governor Chris Christie came into town to support the Koch Brothers’  funded Thom Tillis Campaign for US Senate.  We gathered and shared voting information, discussed which NCGA members are for and against our NC Film Incentives  (See Filmmakers voting guide – NCGA_FilmmakersVotingGuide_2014) and also to express our feelings about Thom Tillis showing up in Southeastern North Carolina to do some fundraising. As you know his campaign will fail without SENC on his side, and we will do everything we can to stop him.

When the cars came around in front of the Dixie Grill, Gov. Christie looked a little surprised at the crowd before him. Thom, not so much.  He’s got a good poker face. We gave them their respected breathing room and stood on the median 20 feet away. As media from Charlotte, Raleigh and, of course, Wilmington rolled their cameras and audio devices, the film supporters chanted, “Film =Jobs” until their vocal chords needed a rest.  As Tillis and Christie sashayed through the restaurant doors, a film truck rolled by with joyous honks to support those holding signs.

Meanwhile, Thom Goolsby snuck through the back door to get into the event.

While indoors they smiled and shook hands with their supporters, but the crowd moved on either side of the doorway, lining the curb and still chanting every few minutes.  As expected, Tillis said what we predicted he would say the minute he did his thing in the short session. “Well, I voted for film.”  When one knows the Senate won’t take it up, one can say anything he or she likes to look good.  Perhaps he shouldn’t have had his people whipping up votes against film the first time around!  I am not sure if he thinks we would not remember, or we are just plain dumb, but whatever the case, it was a nice effort on his part.  Bless his heart.

Knowing that we would not leave, it appeared that he chose to exit through the back door in order to avoid us like the plague as did Gov. Christie and Thom Goolsby. Is there any other explanation? Can’t think of any, either. We left the walkway clear for them to exit. I consider that quite a cowardice move, don’t you?

If you were unsure of what they really think about film in this state, you know now.  We have got to let them know just because you have billionaires in your back pocket, and “celebrity” politicians supporting you, doesn’t mean you will get elected.

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/15/2014 Moral Monday, Thom Tuesday, Sleepy Hollow, Paper Towns, Under the Dome.

Under the Dome is tonight – Can you believe this is the second to last episode!  Wow!  Time is flying!

When a new threat from the Dome intensifies, the residents of Chester’s Mill find themselves at risk of being crushed to death. Meanwhile, Melanie’s health continues to deteriorate as the fate of the egg remains unknown, on Under The Dome.

Now, next Monday is the season finale of Under the Dome and the premiere of Sleepy Hollow!

Woooooo!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!! Ahhhhhhh!!!

Okay, now that I got that off my chest!The Browncoat is hosting Under the Dome Season 2 Finale / Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Premiere Party next Monday.  Click on the FB invite for more details or to say you are going!

TOMORROW:  The big DVD release of Sleepy Hollow Season One.


Sorry about that, it was unavoidable. Wait….



Okay now I am done! Yesterday, I posted about Orlando Jones’ Tainted Love, an evening of film, with music by Wicked Warlock and Gang Stir Rock, dance and a Q & A from Orlando Jones at the end of the film! Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Though it is not part of the Cucalorus, it is playing the week of the film festival.  READ MORE NOW


Welcome back to a few of the local crew members who have started working on the Nicholas Sparks flick shooting here in Wilmywood, The Choice. Production begins October 13th.

Now on Friday I reported rumors about another movie coming to North Carolina before the film incentives end. And over the weekend, I got confirmation on it!  Woo Hoo!  This time around, Marty Bowen brings the love to Charlotte with Paper Towns. READ MORE NOW!

TONIGHT: Moral Monday! 5:30pm, join the New Hanover County NAACP and education, environmental, health care and voting rights partners to: Stand for equality, health care, full funding for education, a living wage, economic and environmental justice and Voting Rights for all North Carolina citizens. Check out their Facebook Invite now!

TOMORROW: NJ Governor Chris Christie will be in Wilmywood to support Thom Tillis’ Campaign.  Yes, this is the man who created bridge gate, and same Governor who shut down film in NJ and sent all the productions to New York.  NY was okay with it. They will be doing a meet and greet at the Dixie Grill between 10am-Noon.  If you would like to stop by, with a sign or two to express your feelings to Thom Tillis, please do so.

NEW POLL: Hagan Ahead, Leading Tillis 43-34
Today’s new American Insights poll shows Senator Kay Hagan with a 9-point lead, at 43-34, among Likely Voters. She leads among men, women and Independents.


REGISTER TO VOTE: If you have not yet registered to vote, you must do so NO LATER THAN October 10, 2014 by 5pm or you will NOT be able to vote in the General Elections on November 4, 2014.

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting by mail begins September 5,2014 and runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014



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:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!



TICKETS ON SALE OCT 1: “Tainted Love” starring Orlando Jones ft. Eric Roberts.


A press release just came out regarding Orlando Jones’ “Tainted Love.” Of course you know Orlando Jones from Sleepy Hollow as Frank Irving.  It is a graphic novel of the film kind starring Orlando and features Eric Roberts who was here in Wilmywood last year for The Perfect Summer.

This is an evening of film, with music by Wicked Warlock and Gang Stir Rock, dance and a Q & A from Orlando Jones at the end of the film! Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Though it is not part of the Cucalorus, it is playing the week of the film festival.  See below!

The Scottish Rite Temple Theater
1415 South 17th Street
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tickets go on sale, October 1st. (more details for ticket purchase to come)
Check out their Facebook invite for all details.


A Graphic Novel Style Action Comedy created by Orlando Jones and Avi Youabian
Executive Produced by Ron Bloom
Produced by Ted Andre & Noam Dromi

-Plot Outline-

Black Barry (Orlando Jones) is a binary man: one part criminal, one part new father. He is a grossly underpaid bag man for Fred Lucas (Eric Roberts), the baddest gangster in town. The love of his life, Jezebel Jackson (Deanna Russo), is his perfect match: one part thief, one part new mom. Jezebel has a two step plan to establish their new family. Step one: rob Fred Lucas. Step two: marry Barry. Her plan goes horribly wrong and puts Barry at odds with Detective Jamshid (Maz Jobrani) and Lucas’s goons. Barry will stop at nothing to ensure his family’s safety

Genre   Action Comedy
Starring Orlando Jones, Deanna Russo, Maz Jobrani, Jim Jefferies and Eric Roberts
Directed By         Avi Youabian
Written By          Orlando Jones
Produced By      Ron Bloom, Ted Andre, Noam Dromi

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As NC FILM fades to black who NOT to vote for at the polls.

Even though his very own Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says that the JDIG program will run out of money by October unless the General Assembly acts, the Governor put the nail in the coffin today announcing he would NOT call the General Assembly back into a special session.

He is choosing fracking over film, he is choosing potential jobs over those that already exist.

So, you officially know what that means. The film incentives will not exist come January 1, 2015.  As you know we already lost Banshee.  We will not see the return of Sleepy Hollow, we will not see ABC’s Secrets & Lies go to Charlotte for a second season. We have lost two indie projects that were projected to come to Wilmington at the beginning of 2015.  We have lost a network television series and a mini-series, one to to Charleston, SC and one to New Orleans, LA.  We have also been passed over for 9 other productions because of the uncertainty. And unless Under the Dome is getting some “special” deal with the grant program, they will likely head to Charleston, SC or somewhere else.

Gov McCrory is touting about jobs, yet he is clearly just fine and dandy with losing 4200 in the film industry and he is clearly okay with the affects it will have on approximately 25,000 people across the state who are supplemented by it in some way.

The House was ready to be called back, however the Senate is another story.  And a majority of them MUST go!  The General Elections are November 4th, and we must all get EVERYONE to the polls!  We might have lost this battle, but just like Sleepy Hollow has proclaimed, “war is coming,” and we will not lose it!

Please view the complete list of all the members of the House and the Senate. You will see statewide, who is for and who is against the current film incentives. We need to make sure the General Assembly FEELS the affects of the film industry, ESPECIALLY at the polls!



CHARLOTTE, NC: One more film before the end of the year?

TheLongestRide071014_0152Rumor has it, Producer Marty Bowen is bringing Temple Hill Entertainment back to North Carolina yet again this year.  And if the rumors are true, it looks like he will be heading to Charlotte, NC with his partner in crime Wyck Godfrey. Both, of course, were just here in Wilmington this summer producing the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride.

????????????This fall,  Paper Towns just might be heading to Charlotte.  This is a story of friendship, come and gone and has a very Stand by Me feel to it (without the dead body).  Taking on the lead role, is Nat Wolff who will be returning to North Carolina for the 3rd time in his career, the second this year alone.  Nat was just here a few months ago in NC for the Mickey Rourke flick, Ashby.   Nat and Marty have already worked together on The Fault in our Stars. Directing is the award winning Jake Schreier.

If these rumors are true, this will a huge relief to the Charlotte area filmmakers and will get them through the holidays with their families.  This of course is especially needed after Cinemax (or HBO) decided to move Banshee to Louisiana for the next two seasons due to the film incentives expiring at the end of the year. (See related article)

While working on The Longest Ride here in Wilmington, Marty did mention Paper Towns, but he did not reveal the location.   Marty was already seasoned to the area as he was also the producer for Sparks’ Safe Haven and Dear John.  He absolutely loves North Carolina and has a strong bond with our state.  In fact, his son was born here in Wilmywood! Besides already having a connection to our state, he also has a strong tie to our North Carolina Film Crew.  I caught up with him a few months back and asked if he could explain exactly why our NC Film crew is world class and what it actually means.  LISTEN NOW

Paper Towns is expected to begin production in November with offices projected to open at the end of September. More details to come and let all the rumors be true! :)

ABOUT PAPER TOWNS: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. ~GoodReads


eBay auction items for Sunny 104.5 Radiothon from Tammy, Under the Dome


All proceeds raised will go to the Sunny 104.5 Caring for Kids at NHRMC Radiothon, raising money for the Betty H Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This year we are raising money for a Pediatric Transport Ventilator. This ventilator will help ensure area kids have the latest technology to aid their breathing while receiving care at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
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Autographed “Tammy” Poster



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A Night Out!



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“Under The Dome” Season Two Crew T-Shirt



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“Under the Dome” Season Two, Episode One, Signed Script



The Choice names their extras casting director.


The final Nicholas Sparks film of the year, The Choice, is set to begin production on October 13th and will continue shooting until the end of November. So that means it’s time to name that extras casting director!  So, who was their choice? (Ya see what I did there?)

MartySiuCongratulations to Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting! Marty has just come off the longest ride ever!  No seriously, The Longest Ride, which of course is the other Nicholas Sparks movie that was here this summer.  Before that she did the extras casting for Max Steel and the pilot Red Zone.

If you would like to be an extra on The Choice more details will be given in the next 2 weeks.  Make sure you like her casting facebook page for more announcements.

The production will be shooting in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Congrats Marty!  Woo Hoo!

THE CHOICE – Lionsgate/Safran Company
STATUS: Pre-production
LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)

Two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina.


WILMINGTON, NC: Crew Call for ‘The Choice’