Wilmywood shot ‘Firestarter’ out on Blu-Ray today!

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Back in May of this year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Wilmywood-shot Firestarter. The Stephen King film starred a young Drew Barrymore, David Keith and Heather Locklear. It’s a story of a young couple who undergo testing as part of a paid medical experiment. The experiment leaves the couple with telekinetic powers and the child the convince together is born with a “pyro kinetic” ability meaning the child can start fires with her mind. With that power, the government seeks her out and her family helps to keep her safe as she learns that fear and anger control the environment around her.

This movie is monumental in Wilmywood’s history as it is often referred to as the movie that “put us on the map” as a studio town 30 years ago. It all started with Frank Capra, Jr. spotting Orton Plantation on the cover of Southern Accents Magazine while he was searching for the ultimate location for the horror flick.  So, we happened to luck out because where ever that home was, that’s where they were gonna shoot it.  Crew members actually built a replica of the exterior of the plantation about one mile down the road.  Why?  So they could set it on fire and blow it up, of course. Other locations include the Pender County Courthouse, Isabel Holmes Bridge,  and Wilmington’s 1st Presbyterian Church.  This movie was when Wilmywood fell in love with Mr. Stephen King and (seemingly) he with us.

Today, we can now celebrate it all over again.  It has been released on Blu-Ray!  Enjoy!

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The Sleepy Hollow countdown, Tammy DVD/Blu-Ray release date, and more.

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Howdy!  Hope you had a great Labor Day! A nice three day weekend even for the productions.

It feels like a ghost town, I know, but Sleepy Hollow and Secrets and Lies will both be shooting around the downtown area again later this week as well as next week. Now that it is finally September we are counting it down!

  • 20 days until Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow
  • 14 days until the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Sleepy Hollow, Season One.

If you missed one minute of Season one, HULU has got your back!  Watch the Entire First Season With Hulu Plus! WATCH NOW

Tammy_BluPOOM baby!  Guess who else has a DVD/Blu-Ray release date! Tammy is coming in hot on November 11th.  The best part of course is all the bonus features.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack features both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film.  It includes:

  • Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Fun Extras

If you buy just he DVD, however, it only includes the theatrical release.

ICYMI: Scott Eastwood was on the Today show this morning. Here’s the link to the story and video WATCH NOW

The psychological thriller, The Harrow, keeps popping up on the NC Film radar. First back in July and now last week. It supposed to be shooting in Charlotte and New York. I believe it is an indie flick. The projected start date is October 13th. Don’t know much else. I will keep you posted.

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Last night on Under the Dome, Big Jim finally learned the shocking truth about what really happened to his wife, Pauline, when they were reunited. Meanwhile, climate change posed a new threat to Chester’s Mill.  After the Emmy’s took all the viewers last week, we expect to see much better ratings this week!  I will posted them later today!

In the meantime, here’s a clip for next week’s episode! Junior finally sees his mom again but it doesn’t go well.

Today is the last day to get 15% off all t-shirts.  I got some new ones in, so get the discount while you can!

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ICYMI:  A crew call is officially out for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice. The Nicholas Sparks feature, The Choice, is now accepting crew resumes.thechoice-680x1020  Production is slated to begin October 13th and will have a 30 day run.  This project will shoot in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. The Choice is about two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina. GET DETAILS NOW

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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!!

CASTING CALL: New major network competition TV series

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From the producers of “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Weight Loss” comes a new series for broadcast television.

Casting is underway for a new  major network is competition TV series.  This series will feature the transformation of divorced couples reuniting for a chance to win a large trust fund for their children.

The series takes a positive approach to bringing divorced couples back together to compete in various physical and mental challenges. Set in a tropical location, the couples must learn to co-exist and put their issues aside, working together to take on challenges for the one thing they still agree upon – the love of their kids.

The prize for the winning couple/divorced parent team is a 6-figure trust fund for their child and/or children.

“Our goal is that through this experience, couples will learn to better communicate with each other, in turn becoming better co-parents and improving their family dynamic.”

FILMING DATES: NOV. 2- DEC 13TH (if you make it to the end)

 Anyone interested should email Vincent ASAP at: CastingDivorcedParents@gmail.com

 Please  include in the email EVERYTHING listed below:

  • Name & Contact info
  • Ages/ Children’s ages
  • How long you’ve been divorced
  • Photos of you two together, your kids, your new families (or links to photos/social media)
  • A paragraph or two about your relationship

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WILMINGTON, NC: Crew Call for ‘The Choice’

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A crew call is officially out for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice.

The Nicholas Sparks feature, The Choice, is now accepting crew resumes. Send your resumes to: TheChoiceProduction@mail.com with your position in the subject line.  Production is slated to begin October 13th.  This project will shoot in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Along with Nicholas Sparks, it looks like Theresa Park and Peter Safran will be producing.  Welcome back to both!  Peter was here not long ago producing The Conjuring. Theresa didn’t have too much time in between shows as she was just here working on the other Sparks movie, The Longest Ride. Same goes for Mark Garner who has been named Production Designer yet again.  Congrats!

The UPM is our fabulous local  guy Chris Bromley, who we all know and love. Behind the scenes, he’s actually been working on The Choice for months now.  Before this Sparks flick, he was the UPM for the TV pilot Red Zone, and the Wilmywood shot Tammy and The Conjuring.

Directing is Ross Katz.  Ross is a Oscar and Emmy nominated director/producer.  He won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series for Taking Chance (2009). This will be his first gig in Wilmywood.

Production is set to begin October 13th and will have a 30 day run.

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)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mark Garner
CAST: TBA
CREW RESUMES TO: TheChoiceProduction@mail.com

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

Wilmywood leaders urge Governor to call special session for film incentives

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Local leaders urge Governor to call special session for film incentives

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Today, elected leaders from New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington sent a letter to Governor Pat McCrory, Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, with a collective voice urging the Governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to reconsider film incentives.

The economic vitality of business and film was identified as one of the County’s three legislative agenda items earlier this year and at an August 26th joint meeting of the New Hanover County Commission and the City of Wilmington Council, support for the film industry was again identified as a top priority. The elected leaders urged reconsideration of film incentives and support of an existing industry as a key economic driver for our region and state.

“The time is now for our elected leaders in Raleigh to act. Saving the film industry is vital to our state and region. If they do nothing these jobs will evaporate.” said New Hanover County Chairman Woody White.

The State’s $21.25 billion budget plan, unveiled last month, allocates $10 million for a film incentive grant program, a significant reduction from the current package that allows productions that spend at least $250,000 in the state to claim 25 percent of their qualifying expenses up to $20 million.

The letter can be viewed here.

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Carey Disney Ricks
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Cinemax’s Banshee to leave North Carolina.

bansheeMy sources are telling me that crew members were already told that Cinemax’s Banshee would not return to Charlotte, North Carolina for the next two seasons.  Now today, other sources have confirmed that and new information is coming our way, saying they will relocate to Louisiana for Season 4 & 5. I am hearing Baton Rouge. I was also told there was another show that they planned on shooting in between seasons and that will be moving to Louisiana as well.   These last two notes, however, have yet to be confirmed. I will keep you posted.

In 2013, Banshee spent more than $67 million in North Carolina.

What? Did you think the folks from the film industry were exaggerating when they said productions would leave without the current incentives in place?

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Mornin’ Sunshine! Happy Humpday.  Not too much going on today, but we do have a few things noteworthy.

The Emmys kicked everyone in the tail. Under the Dome did decent enough, but showed lower numbers with a 1.4 A18-49, 6.59M viewers.

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ABC’s Secrets & Lies is in Porter’s Neck today and Sleepy Hollow is at the sound stages today.

DIckCheneyHBO has been scouting North Carolina, among other states for their mini series Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency (adaptation  of the book by Washington Post investigative reporter Barton Gellman published in 2008).  Some sources say they have made their decision and are shooting in New York and North Carolina, however, other sources say they have not locked in NC as a location. At least not yet anyway. Wherever they shoot, they will need to make a decision soon as production is supposed to start in October. The Line Producer is Louise Rosner. David Frankel is directing. More on this project from The Hollywood Reporter. READ NOW 

FILM INCENTIVE UPDATE: The Port City Daily reports, “City of Wilmington and New Hanover County officials are formally asking Gov. Pat McCrory to reconvene the North Carolina General Assembly to resolve the issue of the state’s film credit.”  READ MORE AT PORT CITY DAILY

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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!!